Faculty, Researchers, and Staff

Douglas A. Bristow

Director of Center for Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies & Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Projects
  • A Method for Change Management in Additive Manufacturing
  • Iterative Process Correction in Incremental Sheet Forming
  • Volumetric Error Compensation for a Robotic Drilling System
  • Robotic Volumetric Error Compensation Using Angular Measurement
  • Thermally Varying Volumetric Error Compensation
  • Virtually Guided Certification of Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tools via Virtual Twin
  • Integrated Manufacturing Variation Management
  • Volumetric Error Compensation of a Deburring Robot
  • Adaptive Control of Laser Trackers
  • Robot Geometric Error Compensation
  • Volumetric Error Compensation
K. Chandrashekhara

Curators' Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Projects
  • Manufacturing of Carbon: BMI Sandwich Composite using Out-of-Autoclave Process
  • Composite Manufacturing Using Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding (VARTM) Process
  • Refurbishing of Boeing Autoclave
  • Development of Glass Fiber Reinforced Transparent Composite Armor
  • Manufacturing of High Performance Composites for Aerospace Applications
  • Composites Using Out-of-Autoclave Prepregs
Xiangyang Dong

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Yijia Gu

Assistant Professor of Materials Science & Engineering

Gregory E. Hilmas

Curators' Distinguished Professor of Ceramic Engineering

Projects
  • Fabrication of Near Net-Shaped Ceramic Parts by Rapid Freeze Prototyping and Freeze Drying
  • Development of Scale-Up Processes to Enable the Production of Ceramic Composites for Service Temperatures in Excess of 2000 °C
  • High Precision Five-Axis Milling and Nozzle Enhancement
  • Rapid Prototyping of Complex Ceramic Components and Graded Composites for Hot Structures
  • Selective Laser Sintering of Ultra-High Temperature Ceramics
  • Fabrication and Testing of UHTC Components for Thermal Protection and Propulsion Applications
  • Next Generation Composite Clutch Material
  • Improved Oxidation Stability and Arc Heater Testing of Ultra-High Temperature Ceramics
  • Direct Digital Manufacture of Near Net-Shape Parts with Ultra-High Temperature Ceramics
  • High Temperature Thermomechanical Behavior of UHTCs
Robert G. Landers

Curators' Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Projects
  • Machining and Mechanical Characterization of Thin Titanium Components
  • Intelligent Control and NDE for Defect-Free Complex Friction Stir Welded Joints
  • Implementation of Friction Stir Welding Intelligent Process Control
  • Metallurgical Characterization and Modeling
  • Direct Digital Manufacture of Near Net-Shape Parts with Ultra-High Temperature Ceramics
  • Hybrid Machining
  • Waterjet Assisted Titanium Milling
Ming C. Leu

Director of Intelligence Systems Center & Bailey Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Projects
  • Spare Build Tooling FDM Autoclave Processing
  • Dynamic Fastening Simulation and Analysis
  • Rapid Prototyping of Complex Ceramic Components and Graded Composites for Hot Structures
  • Selective Laser Sintering of Ultra-High Temperature Ceramics
  • Characterization of Non-Chrome Coating and Other Materials
  • Automated CAD Model Based Simulation of Manufacturing Operations
  • A Simulator for Fastening Operation and Dynamic Ergonomics Analysis
  • Direct Digital Manufacture of Near Net-Shape Parts with Ultra-High Temperature Ceramics
  • CAD Model Based Simulation of Manufacturing Operations Using Dynamic Data Configuraiton and Real-Time Motion Capture
F. W. (Frank) Liou

Director of Manufacturing Engineering Program & Bytnar Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Projects
  • Direct Metal Deposition of IN625 and Ti64 Functionally Gradient Materials
  • Automated Repair of Metal Defect Rework
  • Hybrid Deposition and Removal of Metals for Aerospace Systems
  • Hybrid Deposition and Removal Process for Aerospace Parts with Complex Geometry
  • Recrystallization of Laser Deposition Using Hybrid Process
  • Direct Metal Deposition of Graded Alloys for a Space Heat Exchanger
  • Multi-Axis Planning System for Direct Fabrication and Repair of Metals
  • Die Repair Using LAMP Hybrid Process
  • Laser Cladding of Green Landing Materials
Joseph W. Newkirk

Professor of Metallurgical Engineering

Projects
  • Hybrid Deposition and Removal of Metals for Aerospace Systems
  • Corrosion Prevention of Friction Stir Welded Joints
  • High Precision Five-Axis Milling and Nozzle Enhancement
  • Hybrid Deposition and Removal Process for Aerospace Parts with Complex Geometry
  • Recrystallization of Laser Deposition Using Hybrid Process
  • Direct Metal Deposition of Graded Alloys for a Space Heat Exchanger
  • Laser Cladding of Green Landing Materials