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: 2015-2016 

Serol Turkyilmaz from Ozkan's Labs Wins the Best Poster Award at the StarNET CSPIN Annual Review Meetingserol award

Serol Turkyilmaz, a 4th year Ph.D. student of Professors Mihri Ozkan and Cengiz S.Ozkan in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering won the Best Poster Award at the Annual Review of the SRC StarNET Center for Spintronic Materials, Interconnects and Novel Architectures (C-SPIN) at the University of Minnesota,  last week.  His poster presentation under the “Spintronic Devices and Interconnects” category entitled “Toward Non-local Spin Transfer Torque in Graphene” received the first place award among 65 poster presentations with the participation of 125 students from 18 different universities. Jury members in the award evaluation committee are high level representatives from the industry (INTEL, MICRON, GLOBAL FOUNDRIES, IBM, RAYTHEON, UNITED TECHONOLGIES, TEXAS INSTRUMENTS) and DARPA. Preliminary work presented by Serol Turkyilmaz (2nd student from the right) at the Annual Review showed promising results for manipulating spins in Graphene, a promising 2D spin channel material, which is a crucial step toward the realization of future spin-based devices. This work was enabled via a fruitful collaboration between Ozkan's (UCR), R. Kawakami (Ohio State University), S. Koester (University of Minnesota) and P. Crowell (University of Minnesota).


Making Batteries with Portabella MushroomsOzkans

Porous structure of portabella mushrooms is key to making efficient batteries that could power cell phones and electric vehicles... For more, please read the story here



Air Pollution Website for K-12 Students Developed by Prof. Heejung Jung's Research Groupheejung jung


Professor Jung and his students have made an educational website to help K-12 students understand air pollution issues in California. This effort was one of the educational goals of his current NSF funded project, Fate and Transformation of Diesel Emissions. Graduate students, Desiree Smith, Yue Lin, and Liem Pham were involved in outreach activities and development of the contents of the website. UCR Computing and Communications was in charge of technical part of the website.



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.


More News Stories

Colloquia: 2015-2016


Fall 2015

September 25, 2015: EH&S Training

October 2, 2015: Dr. Gaurav Arya,  Associate Professor, NanoEngineering, UCSD

October 9, 2015: Dr. Alex Greaney, Assistant Professor, ME, UCR

October 16, 2015: Dr. Richard W. Roberts, Professor and Chair, CE & MSE, USC

October 23, 2015: Dr. Laurent Pilon, Professor, ME, UCLA

October 30, 2015:Dr. Daniel Maynes, Professor and Chair, ME, BYU

November 6, 2015: Dr. Richard Murray, Professor, Control & Dynamical Systems and Bioengineering, Caltech

November 13, 2015: Dr. Ashwin Gopinath, Post-Doc, Caltech

November 20, 2015: Dr. Deborah Kuchnir Fygenson, Physics, UCSB

November 27, 2015: No Seminar (Holiday)

December 4, 2015: Dr. Andrew Teel, Professor, EE & CE, UCSB



More Colloquia

Department Videos


Living the Promise: Marko Princevac


 Living the Promise: Guillermo Aguilar


Living the Promise: Hideaki Tsutsui 



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