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Research Overview

The Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology program has an active research program that spans from theoretical work, industrial applications, and education in areas that pertain to manufacturing processes and systems. MMET's research program is characterized by collaborations with other disciplines and industry, and the participation of undergraduate and graduate students. Currently the faculty members have research activity in the following broad areas:

  • Automation including robotics, system integration, and smart design of reconfigurable manufacturing systems
  • Manufacturing processes and materials including micro/nano manufacturing technologies for robust, three-dimensional MEMS, materials joining, and the development of novel manufacturing processes.
  • Manufacturing systems including performance assessment and optimization, quality assurance, and capacity management.
  • Applied mechanics including the modeling of novel materials processing technologies, and the modeling of forming polymer coated materials and thin-film coated polymers.
  • Thermal sciences including the physical characterization of nano-particles for heat transfer applications, energy conservation, renewable energy, and fuel cells.
  • Educational research including K-12 outreach models, web-based teaching and learning, and curriculum globalization.

Our Faculty

Ahmed Abdelaal

  • Instructional Assistant Professor, Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution,
  • Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology, Program Coordinator
Ahmed Abdelaal

Jorge Alvarado

  • Professor, Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution,
  • Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology
Jorge Alvarado

Amir Asadi

  • Assistant Professor, Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution,
  • Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology
Amir Asadi

Scott Butler

  • Lecturer, Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution,
  • Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology
Scott Butler

Alex (Gwo-Ping) Fang

  • Associate Professor, Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution,
  • Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology
Alex (Gwo-Ping) Fang

Michael Golla

  • Senior Lecturer, Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution,
  • Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology
Michael Golla

Angie Hill Price

  • Associate Professor, Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution,
  • Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs
Angie Hill Price

Sheng-Jen "Tony" Hsieh

  • Professor, Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution,
  • Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology
Sheng-Jen "Tony" Hsieh

Wayne Hung

  • Professor, Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution,
  • Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology
Wayne Hung

Michael Johnson

  • Professor, Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution,
  • Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Associate Dean for Inclusion and Faculty Success
Michael Johnson

Mathew A. Kuttolamadom

  • Associate Professor, Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution,
  • Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology
Mathew A. Kuttolamadom

Jorge Leon

  • Professor, Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution,
  • Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Associate Department Head for Graduate Studies
  • Allen Bradley Professor
Jorge Leon

Chao Ma

  • Assistant Professor, Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution,
  • Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology
Chao Ma

Sharada Vadali

  • Senior Lecturer, Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution,
  • Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology
Sharada Vadali

Jyhwen Wang

  • Professor, Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution,
  • Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology
Jyhwen Wang

Matthew Whiteacre

  • Senior Lecturer, Engineering Technology & Industrial Distribution,
  • Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology
Matthew Whiteacre