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Specialized Research Areas Overview

For a listing of fundamental research areas and teaching interests, visit the Fundamental Research Areas page.

Cardiovascular Mechanics

Primary Investigator:
Dr. Zhaoming He
Zhaoming.He@ttu.edu
Phone:
806.742.3563 x225

Website
Cardiovascular Mechanics

The Cardiovascular Mechanics group is comprised of 7 individuals who are currently pursuing research in multiple different areas of the cardiovascular system. Please refer to each individual’s synopsis to learn more about their specific areas.

Combustion Laboratory

Primary Investigator:
Dr. Michelle Pantoya
Michelle.Pantoya@ttu.edu
Phone:
806.742.3563 x227

Website
Combustion Laboratory

The Combustion Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas Tech University conducts research in the area of energetic materials. Most current research involves quantifying and qualifying differences between the properties of nano− and micron−scale thermite powders. Other research areas include underwater applications of thermites, thermite gas production properties, and thermite aided diffusion.

Computational Fluid Dynamics

Primary Investigator:
Dr. Siva Parameswaran
Siva.Parameswaran@ttu.edu
Phone:
806.742.3563 x246

Website
Computational Fluid Dynamics

The Computational Fluid Dynamics Lab involves simultaneous solution of momentum, heat, and mass transfer problems by applying various computational techniques.

Computational Mechanics Lab

Primary Investigator:
Dr. Alexander Idesman
alexander.idesman@ttu.edu
Phone:
806.742.3563 x234

Website
Computational Mechanics Lab

The Computational Mechanics Lab's research focuses on the development of numerical algorithms for the simulation of mechanical systems and their application to the analysis of different engineering problems. The main results obtained are related to new numerical approaches for the time-integration of elastodynamics problems, new finite elements with reduced dispersion that are used for elastodynamics, finite elements algorithms for the simulation of large thermoelastoplastic deformation and phase transformations as well as the modeling of numerous engineering problems.

Contact and Surface Engineering Laboratory

Primary Investigator:
Dr. Chang Dong Yeo
changdong.yeo@ttu.edu
Phone:
806.834.5452

Website
Contact and Surface Engineering Laboratory
Contact and Surface Engineering Laboratory (CSEL) research is focusing on thermomechanical/chemical contact behavior of materials in relation to surface degradation, material transfer, and magnetic/electrical properties.

Control Science & Engineering Laboratory

Primary Investigator:
Dr. Qing Hui
Qing.Hui@ttu.edu
Phone:
806.742.3563 x238

Website
Control Science & Engineering Laboratory

The mission of the Control Science & Engineering Laboratory CSEL is to explore and conduct interdisciplinary research on dynamical systems, control theory, networking, power systems, and energy systems.

High-Pressure Materials

Primary Investigator:
Dr. Yanzhang Ma
Y.Ma@ttu.edu
Phone:
806.742.3563 x243

Website
High-Pressure Materials

The High Pressure Material Science Lab's research focuses on understanding the physical and chemical behavior of materials and the synthesis of novel materials with advanced properties through experimental methods under extreme conditions of pressure, shear, and temperature.

Healthcare Engineering

Primary Investigator:
Dr. Ming Chyu
m.chyu@ttu.edu
Phone:
806.742.3563 x230

Website
Healthcare Engineering

Healthcare is the largest and fastest-growing industry in the U.S. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, wage and salary employment in the healthcare industry is projected to increase twice as fast as all industries combined through 2016. Healthcare Engineering research at Texas Tech is overseen by Dr. Ming Chyu, associate chair and professor of mechanical engineering.

Human−Centric Design Research Laboratory

Primary Investigator:
Dr. James Yang
James.Yang@ttu.edu
Phone:
806.834.6746

Website
Human−Centric Design Research Laboratory

The purposes of the Human−Centric Design Research Lab are:

  • to advance the understanding of human movement capabilities by means of modeling, simulation and experimentation, and develop computer software package that facilitates human−centric design, biomechanics analysis, ergonomics assessment, injury prediction, traffic safety system including digital human visibility prediction and human performance assessment.
  • to model and simulate the interaction between the human and personal protective equipment (helmets, goggles, and respirators, clothing, shoes, etc.) for hazard and discomfort assessments.
  • to promote intelligent for digital human models and simulate the action and interaction of individual digital human.
  • to advance computer-aided design and simulation of mechanical systems.
  • to understand wellbore systems by modeling and simulation.
  • to enhance traffic safety systems by developing tools/models.
  • to contribute renewable energy system through modeling and simulation (optimization of wind turbine performance, and human factors related wind turbine design and maintenance.

Materials Performance & Failure Analysis

Primary Investigator:
Dr. Jahan Rasty
jahan.rasty@ttu.edu
Phone:
806.742.3563 x240

Website
Materials Performance & Failure Analysis

When any object is formed through cold working, there is the possibility for the development of residual stresses. These stresses are not visible, but can still decrease the total strength of the material. Therefore, it is necessary to establish means by which the residual stresses can be measured, and even predicted.

Mechanics of DNA

Primary Investigator:
Dr. Todd Lillian
Todd.Lillian@ttu.edu
Phone:
806.742.3563 x244

Website
Mechanics of DNA

DNA is a life−sustaining molecule that enables the storage, retrieval and inheritance of genetic information. It is composed of two complementary polymer chains twisted and base−paired together forming the well−known double helix. Based on their discovery of the structure of DNA some fifty years ago, Watson and Crick immediately proposed a possible copying mechanism for genetic information. Their work laid the foundation for our understanding of the important relationship between the structure and function of DNA.

Microfluidics & Microrheology - Christopher Lab

Primary Investigator:
Dr. Gordon F. Christopher
Gordon.Christopher@ttu.edu
Phone:
806.407.3563 x235

Website
Microfluidics & Microrheology - Christopher Lab

The Christopher Lab at Texas Tech University focuses on developing microrheology and microfluidics techniques to study the rheology and structure of complex fluids and structured interfaces.

Nitro-Hydrogen Economy

Primary Investigator:
Dr. Timothy Maxwell
timothy.maxwell@ttu.edu
Phone:
806.742.3563 x248

Website
Nitro-Hydrogen Economy

The Nitro−Hydrogen Economy offers solutions to foreign oil dependence and global warming while boosting the economy.

Soft Matter & Complex Fluids - Blawzdziewicz Research Group

Primary Investigator:
Dr. Jerzy Blawzdziewicz
Jerzy.Blawzdziewicz@ttu.edu
Phone:
806.742.3563 x226

Website
Soft Matter & Complex Fluids - Blawzdziewicz Research Group

The primary focus of the Blawzdziewicz research group is on nonequilibrium behavior of complex fluids (e.g., colloidal suspensions, emulsions, foams, macromolecular solutions). We are also interested in the dynamics of granular materials and glass−forming matter.

Wind Energy - NWRC (National Wind Resource Center)

Primary Investigator:
Dr. Luciano Castillo
Luciano.Castillo@ttu.edu
Phone:
806.742.3563 x47

Website
NWRC (National Wind Resource Center)

The NWRC (National Wind Resource Center) is a nonprofit organization that works through Collaborative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA's) with national laboratories, academic institutions and trade organizations to develop industry−leading research projects. Created by Texas Tech University in 2010, the organization aims to be the research and development arm of the rapidly growing wind energy industry.