Research

AREAS OF RESEARCH INTEREST:

  • Theoretical and Applied Mechanics.
  • Dynamics, Vibration, and Thermal Response of Structures.
  • Dynamics of Progressive Structural Failure.
  • Finite Element Analysis a & Modeling
  • Lunar Structures/Habitats & Regolith.
  • Structures in Orbit
  • Mechanics of Granular Material Beds for Space Life Support Systems.
  • Analysis of Percussive Drilling Systems for Planetary Exploration
  • Health Monitoring and Sensor Systems for Civil Infrastructure
  • Fiber Optic Force and Displacement Sensors.
  • Weigh-in-Motion (WIM) Technologies.
  • Railroad Bridge and Track Structures.
  • Highway Bridge Structures and Expansion Joints.
  • Geomechanics, Subgrade soils & Pavement Joints.
  • Structural Analysis of PEM Fuel Cells.
  • Energy Harvesting (Small-Scale Hydropower and Structural Vibrations)

 

RESEARCH GRANTS & AWARDS AGENCIES:

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
  • National Science Foundation (NSF).
  • National Academy of Sciences (NAS)/Federal Highway Adminstration (FHWA).
  • NASA/Connecticut Space Grant Consortium.
  • NASA/Connecticut¬†EPSCoR Grant Program
  • New England Transportation Consortium (NETC)
  • Yankee Ingenuity Program, State of Connecticut.
  • Hamilton Sundstrand Space Systems International, Inc.
  • Honeybee Robotics Spacecraft Mechanisms¬† Corporation
  • GM2 Associates, Inc.
  • MetriLight, Inc.
  • University of Connecticut Research Foundation.