Research

Our research tackles some of the biggest challenges in the world. We offer graduate research programs that encompass a wide range of interests in the areas of:

Labs

Thermal and Fluid Sciences

Thermal and Fluid Sciences encompasses a broad range of disciplines within fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and heat transfer. Research in this area addresses issues related to energy, environment, health, materials, transportation, and manufacturing. Specific applications include alternative energy, energy conversion and storage, thermal transport phenomena, thermal management of electronics, active flow controls, and active filtration.

Theory and Simulation

Theory and simulation provides a basis for understanding physical phenomena that is not accessible from experimental methods, and is a powerful tool for design and optimization. The research focus includes material properties at molecular levels, laminar and turbulent fluid flows, convective heat transfer with moving boundaries, and piezoelectricity. Faculty in the mechanical engineering department actively engage with other departments to expand the capability of current theory and simulation approaches.

Design, Manufacturing, and Controls

Design, Manufacturing, and Controls is the most fundamental and core area of mechanical engineering. The topics are based on the mechanical engineering disciplines of solid mechanics, mechanics of materials, composite materials, mechanism design, dynamics, and vibrations. Current research interests of the mechanical engineering department include 3D printing, resonant ultrasound spectroscopy, liquid metal electromechanical motors, bio-inspired layered composites, and blast resistant materials.

Micro and Nano Scale Engineering

Micro and Nano scale engineering is a relatively new emerging area that has the potential to revolutionize engineering and science in many ways. The mechanical engineering department will have a continuous effort to expand capabilities in this area with collaborations with other departments at the University of Mississippi and other institutions. Some of the current research topics include micro-structured surfaces for heat transfer augmentation and Molecular Dynamic (MD) simulations on nanomaterials.

Materials Science and Engineering

Materials science is the study of the properties of solid materials and how those properties are determined by a material’s chemical makeup and structure. With a basic understanding of the origins of properties, materials can be selected or designed for an enormous variety of applications, ranging from structural steels to computer microchips. Materials science is important to engineering activities such as electronics, aerospace, telecommunications, information processing, nuclear power, and energy conversion. At UM, several research groups are focused on designing, fabricating and testing, novel wood based composite materials, thermal energy storage materials, and high performance alloys for aerospace and nuclear power applications. Computer based simulations are underway, to design metallic alloys for additive manufacturing and discover materials for energy applications. This includes detailed studies of the physical mechanisms that determine the material’s behavior on an atomistic level.