University of California, Riverside

Department of Mechanical Engineering


Welcome to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. Our mission is to provide quality education, conduct strong research, foster close partnership with industry and government, and provide related service to the campus community and the community at large. The mission is guided by a commitment to continuous improvement in the overall quality of teaching, research, and service, while adhering to the highest standard of ethics. More

News and Spotlights: 2014-2015 

Mechanical Engineering Department Welcomes Three New Faculty


P.Alex Greaneygreaney

Dr. Greaney received his M.Eng. in Metallurgy Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Oxford in 1998 and his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 2003. After postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Greaney joined the faculty at Oregon State University before moving to the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Greaney’s research is focused on using computation and theory to understand the fundamental structure-property relationships in materials. His group’s research encompases thermal properties of materials, mechanical properties, functional nanostructures materials, and computational design of materials. This research is aimed at solving societally impactful problems of energy conversion, energy storage, and clean water. Currently the group is researching gecko adhesion, battery materials, photocatalysis, creep in superalloys, thermal transport in molecular framework materials, and design of shape-shifting materials. This research is funded by grants from the American Chemical Society, the W.M Keck Foundation, the US Department of Energy, and the US National Science foundation.


 Monica Martinez

Monica Martinez graduated from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2010. She came to Caltech as a Mechanical Engineering Option Fellow and received an M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2012. Monica is currently working with Prof. John Dabiri at the Biological Propulsion Laboratory. Monica’s research interests lie at the intersection between fluid mechanics, oceanography and biology. She has also conducted research in the areas of biological fluid dynamics, turbulence and two-phase flows. 




Richard Wilsonwilson

Richard Wilson will begin as an assistant professor at the University of California Riverside in the summer of 2016. Dr. Wilson’s research focuses on developing a nuanced understanding of electronic, magnetic, and thermal transport phenomena. The ultimate goal of his research is to leverage a fundamental understanding of transport phenomena into materials and devices with enhanced functionality. He is currently a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California Berkeley, where he is developing methods for controlling the magnetization dynamics of ferromagnetic metals on ultrafast time scales. Earlier this year, he earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois, where he used optical techniques to characterize heat flow in solids on nanometer length scales.


Prof. Suveen Mathaudhu Elected fellow of ASM InternationalDr. Suveen Mathaudhu

Prof. Suveen Mathaudhu, an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department and the Materials Science and Engineering Program has been elected to the rank of Fellow in ASM International.  He is one of about 25 society members selected for the honor this year and joins BCOE’s Dean Reza Abbaschian, who was elected as an ASM Fellow in 1992, and served as ASM President in 2006. 

ASM International was founded in 1913 as the American Society for Metals.  Today, ASM is the world’s largest association of metals-centric materials scientists and engineers with over 30,000 members worldwide.  The rank of Fellow of ASM was established in 1969 to provide recognition to ASM members for their distinguished contributions to materials science and engineering and develops a broadly based forum for technical and professional leaders to serve as advisors to the Society. 

Mathaudhu was specifically recognized for his leadership, management and advocacy for the development of new advanced lightweight metals and bulk nanostructured materials, in support of defense materials needs.  He will be honored at the society’s annual meeting in October in Columbus, Ohio.


UCR Student Engineers Build an Autonomous Drone         drone team

A team of 45 UCR engineering students have launched an Indiegogo page to raise funds to build a powered aerial vehicle and compete against other universities at an Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International competition in Maryland. Founded in the 2013-14 academic year, the Interdisciplinary Unmanned Aerial Systems team at UCR is being sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. So far they have raised a little over $2,000, but still need an additional $6,000 to pay for supplies and travel expenses. The students sat down with the Highlander to talk about the goal of their project and the kind of impact that they hope to make with it.

See Highlander produced video here

race car team

Hustling to Build a Race Car for the Future

Engineering students will compete against teams from around the world from June 17 to 20 in Nebraska... see the UCR Today article here.




Mechanical Engineering Department Celebrates 15th Anniversary15th anniversary welcome

On Friday, May 15, 2015, the Department of Mechanical Engineering, UC Riverside, celebrated their 15th anniversary.  In attendance were past department staff and chairs, including Professors Akula Venkatram, Shankar Mahalingam and Tom Stahovich.  The host, current chair, Guillermo Aguilar presented various awards to the faculty.  The welcome introduction was given by Distinguished Professor Reza Abbaschian, current Dean of Bourns College of Engineering.  To view some of the photo highlights please follow this link.

Nanoscale Glass Cages Boost Battery Performanceozkangraphic

Researchers in the Bourns College of Engineering at UC Riverside have investigated a strategy to prevent "polysulfide shuttling" phenomenon by creating nano-sized sulfur particles, and coating them in silica (SiO2), or glass, for ultimate use as a kind of "glass cage" that could result in substantially higher lithium sulfur battery performance. The link to the article is:!divAbstract


Ozkan team develops methods to synthesize 2D materials

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have developed methods for synthesis of few atom thick transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) materials including molybdenum diselenide (MoSe2) and molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) with optical and electronic properties comparable to their exfoliated single-crystalline counterparts. The findings were published ozkansin the article, "Synthesis, characterization, and electronic structure of few-layer MoSe2 films," which was featured as a front cover of the journal Physica Status Solidi.


New Paper-like Material Could Boost Electric Vehicle Batteries

Researchers create silicon nanofibers 100 times thinner than human hair for potential applications in batteries for electric cars and personal electronics.

Link to Article



Professor Mathaudhu to Receive NATIONAL AWARD for OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT in Dr. Suveen MathaudhuEngineering Communications

"Named to receive the Norm Augustine Award for his compelling and innovative approach of engaging children, young people, and the general public with a better understanding of real science and technology by use of pop culture and other nontraditional means of communicating excitement about STEM."

UCR Today Story

Professor Cengiz Ozkan's Work Published as Cover Articlepss

Dr. Ozkan's study was published and featured as the cover article for December 2014 in PSS-A: Advanced Materials Physics. A brief description of his work is how "2D single atomic layer materials are emerging as a new frontier of material science, and they can provide a broad range of functionalities for next-generation electronics and spintronics applications. In a recent study, Cengiz Ozkan’s group at UCR reported on the synthesis of molybdenum selenide thin films by rapid thermal processing and laser annealing."Ozkan’s research is supported by the StarNet Center for Spintronic Materials, Interfaces and Architectures (CSPIN) funded by DARPA and SRC.



UCR Alumnus Haamun Kalaantari Hired as Faculty at Cal Poly Pomonahaamun

Haamun Kalaantari, a recent Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. graduate, has become part of the Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering Department at Cal Poly Pomona.





The Living the Promise Campaignltp

The most recent videos feature Professors Guillermo Aguilar and Marko Princevac.  Please use the links below to view the latest videos.  (Dr. Aguilar) (Dr. Princevac)


Professor Aguilar Receives Educator of the Year Award at SHPEGuillermo Aguilar

At the 2014 Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) National Conference in Detroit, MI, Professor Guillermo Aguilar was the recipient of the “Educator of the Year Award” for higher education. The Educator of the Year Award for Higher Education recognized the exemplary contributions made by an administrator or a tenure-track/tenured faculty member to improve the learning environment for Hispanic students. 

SHPE Link:


Call for Papers: Education and Training in Optics & Photonics (ETOP) 2015

ETOP is a biennial conference that brings together educators from around the world to share information about the practice of teaching optics at all levels. The teaching of optics and photonics, critical fields at the core of today's world-wide technological infrastructure, must continually be upgraded and renewed in order to meet the growing demands of research, science and industry. For more information…


UC Riverside team wins Gold Project Award at BIOMOD 2014

A team of  UCR undergraduate students and their mentors won a Gold Project Award at the 2014 Biomolecular Design franco groupCompetition (BIOMOD), sponsored by the Wyss Institute at Harvard University. The team was advised by Mechanical Engineering assistant professor Elisa Franco. The team worked on a project that combined experiments and numerical simulations to build RNA molecular circuits that behave like switches and timers. These circuits may enable the creation of smart chemical reactions capable of autonomous decision making like computers and smartphones. Outside links:;

Professor Mathaudhu Attends Materials Science and Technology Conference and Curates Superhero Exhibit in Pittsburghshield

"Comic-tanium: The Super Materials of the Superheroes" is a new ToonSeum exhibition that shows how Batman, Iron Man, Captain America and other characters use "real-world" science and engineering to boost their powers and save the day. The mission of "Comic-tanium," a joint effort of the ToonSeum and The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society: "To inspire K-12 students to pursue science and engineering careers.... read story

UCR Today Story: "Science of Superheroes"

Listen or Read NPR interview with Prof. Mathaudhu


Welcome Professor Suveen MathaudhuDr. Suveen Mathaudhu

The department welcomes Dr. Suveen Mathaudhu.  Dr. Mathaudhu received his Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2006.  There, he studied "top-down" processing methods, such as severe plastic deformation, and "bottom-up" processing methods, such as powder consolidation to produce bulk nanocrystalline and metastable metals for structural and defense applications.  He subsequently served as an ORISE post-doctoral Fellow and then a Staff Scientist as the U.S. Army Research Laboratory from 2006-2010.  From 2010-2014, he was the Program Manager for the Synthesis and Processing of Materials at the U.S. Army Research Office, and also, an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at North Carolina State University.  He is active in several Technical societies, including the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, the Materials Research Society and ASM International.  He is also an expert on the science of superheroes as depicted in comic books and their associated movies, and frequently speaks and consults on this subject.

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Colloquia: 2014-2015


Spring 2015

April 3: Dr. Cody Geary, Postdoctoral Fellow, Aarhus University

April 10: Dr. Hari Subramanian, ME Postdoctoral Researcher, Franco group

April 17: SEMINAR CANCELLED (Prelim Exams)

April 24: Eli Brewer & Elias Penilla, ME Graduate Students, Jung & Garay groups

May 1: Prof. John Bischof, University of Minnesota, ME

May 8: Prof. Samantha Daly, University of Michigan, ME

May 15: SEMINAR CANCELLED (ME Department 15th Anniversary Celebration)

May 22: Davil Garcia & Jamie Stewart, MSE & BIEN Graduate Students, Kumar & Franco groups

May 29: Prof. Christopher Hernandez, Cornell University, MAE

June 5: Thomas Lopez & Stephen Exarhos, ME Graduate Students, Mangolini group


Winter 2015

January 9: Richard Hunt, Lead Writing Consultant, Graduate Writing Center, UC Riverside

January 16: Dr. Maggie Gover, Director, Graduate Student Academic and Professional Development, UC Riverside Graduate Division

January 23: Seminar canceled

January 30: TBA

 February 6: TBA

 February 13: TBA

 February 20: Dr. Bruce Tromberg, Professor, UCI BME, and Director, Beckman Laser Institute (CANCELED)

 February 27: Kendrick Mensink & Darren Banks, Ph.D. Students, UC Riverside

March 6: Dr. Damon Brink, VP Engineering, Architected Materials, Inc.

March 13: Dr. Juan Hernandez-Cordero, UNAM Institute of Materials Research, Mexico

Fall 2014

October 3: EH&S Training

October 10: Suveen Mathaudhu, UCR, Mechanical Engineering Department

October 17: Kiran Solanki, ASU, School for Engineering of Matter, Transport & Energy

October 24: Xiaochun Li, UCLA, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

October 31: Monica Wilhelmus, Caltech, Mechanical Engineering

November 7: Sergio Lucato, Teledyne Scientific

November 14: Eckart Meiburg, UCSB, Mechanical Engineering Department

November 21: Garrett Cole, Crystalline Mirrors Solutions, LLC

December 5: Teresa Murray, LATech, Biomedical Engineering

December 12: Roberto Zenit, UNAM, Rheology and Fluid Mechanics


More Colloquia

Department Videos


Living the Promise: Marko Princevac


 Living the Promise: Guillermo Aguilar


Living the Promise: Hideaki Tsutsui 



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