Faculty Profiles

Mechanical Engineering Department faculty contact and bio information.


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Dr. Michael Reynolds

  • Position: Department Chair Associate Professor
  • Department: Mechanical Engineering
  • Office Location:  Building 4, Room 327

Dr. Michael C. Reynolds, Chair and Associate Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, played a major part in establishing the mechanical engineering program.

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Mr. John Ireton

  • Position: Instructor/Lecturer
  • Department: Mechanical Engineering
  • Office Location:  FWB - Building 2, Room 252

Mr. John Ireton holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Dr. James Mann

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Department: Mechanical Engineering
  • Office Location:  Building 4, Room 436C

Dr. Mann's research and teaching interests; Materials processing, Manufacturing, Structures, Mechanics of Materials, Tribology, Deformation Mechanics, Mechanical Design, Product Design, Finite Element Analysis, Metrology, Entrepreneurship in Engineering.

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Dr. Joseph Piacenza

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Department: Mechanical Engineering
  • Office Location:  Building 4, Room 136

Dr. Piacenza instructs the Junior Mechanical Engineering Design courses I and II and is actively involved with hands-on and interdisciplinary student design projects.

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Dr. Brad Regez

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Department: Mechanical Engineering
  • Office Location:  Building 4, Room 436C

Dr. Brad Regez has worked on research projects for NASA, FAA, ONR, and the NSF, as well as industry (Renault F1 race team, John Deere & Company, Boeing, GKN, GE, Honeywell, and Imperium Inc.).

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Dr. Cheng Zhang

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Department: Mechanical Engineering
  • Office Location:  Building 4, Room 436A

Dr. Cheng Zhang's research includes solid fuel gasification, wind turbine flow and noise, diesel/biodiesel-fueled internal combustion engine, microfluidics, computational fluid dynamics, and computational aeroacoustics.

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