Faculty Research Interests

Dr. Reza Abedi

Our research interests are in general areas of applied mathematics, computational mechanics, and fracture modeling. The development of advanced numerical schemes, such as spacetime discontinuous Galerkin finite element methods, and the investigation of their convergence, efficiency, scalability, and robustness are some themes of our research. These methods are capable of obtaining extraordinarily efficient and accurate solutions for a wide array of multiphysics applications in solid, fluid, and thermal mechanics, electromagnetics, and acoustics, particularly for highly multiscale and parallel simulations and problems with nonsmooth features such as shocks and singular features.


Dr. Jacqueline Johnson

Jacqueline Johnson studies the structure and properties of glasses, glass-ceramics, and diamond-like carbon films. She is currently working on an NIH project to develop a new mammography system (incorporating a glass-ceramic plate) in collaboration with scientists from Germany and SUNY, Stony Brook. A small company, Materials Research Development Inc., is responsible for scale-up of the plate.


Dr. Trevor Moeller

Dr. Moeller has broad interests in high-temperature gases and plasmas and high-speed flows.  Areas of interest include modeling and testing of electric propulsion devices, electromagnetic acceleration, plasma diagnostics, generation of nonthermal plasmas for chemical processing and surface treatment, rocket propulsion.


Dr. Christian Parigger

Dr. Parigger has research interests in experimental and theoretical physics, particularly in electromagnetic interactions, quantum optics, atomic and molecular physics. He has experience in argon-ion and narrow-line dye lasers, high vacuum physics, digital electronics, sub-picosecond laser systems, optical pico-second amplifiers, nano-second pulsed eximer and dye lasers. His research includes time-resolved spectroscopy; high power phenomena; laser induced plasma physics; and spectroscopic temperature measurements using atomic lines and molecular spectra.


Dr. L. Montgomery (Monty) Smith

Dr. Smith works in a variety of fields involving the use of electrical engineering in multidisciplinary research. Research interests include electro-optics, image processing, digital signal processing, and statistical data analysis. His recent research has involved interferometric investigation of plasma sources, analysis of signals from strain gauges, and the application of communication theory principles to engine test telemetry.


Dr. Peter Solies

Advancement of Aero-Space vehicle technology, design optimization, applied aerodynamics, powered lift, stability and control, composite structures, and human factors engineering.


Dr. Feng-Yuan Zhang

Dr. Zhang’s research interests lie in thermal-fluid sciences, nanotechnology, and advanced spectroscopies and diagnostics. The goal is to develop high-efficiency, low-cost and sustainable power and propulsion devices, such as fuel cells, electrolyzers, batteries, direct combustion engines, and electric thrusters. The research includes: Micro-/nano-scale fluidics, transport, heat transfer and combustion; Novel multifunctional materials; MEMS/NEMS; Electrochemical energy storage and conversions; Alternative fuel; Laser, optical, x-ray and electron spectroscopies.