People

Research Areas:

  • Green and Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Multi-scale modeling of Manufacturing processes
  • Advanced metal forming
  • Intelligent dental implant technologies, and 
  • Carbon sequestration and carbon neutrality methods

Xhuja.Biraku
Xhulja Biraku

Ph.D. Pre-Candidate in Mechanical Engineering 

Email:  xhulja@umich.edu

Research topic: Factors influencing absorption, uptake, transport and penetration of nanoparticles in plants.


Rana Dabaja

Ph.D. Student in Mechanical Engineering (2024 Expected Graduation) 

Email:  rjdabaja@umich.edu

Research topic: Intelligent Dental Implant: In the field of implants, osseointegration is crucial for successful oral rehabilitation in edentulous patients. The problem with current dental implants is that the risk is still high, especially in patients that have diseases affecting the oral region (osteoporosis, periodontitis, diabetes, etc.). When the patient experiences one or more of these diseases, the interface between the bone and implant is compromised and patients can experience low success rates or insufficient remaining bone structure. We plan to solve this problem by developing a porous titanium dental implant to create material properties closest to bone and enhance osseointegration. Furthermore, this porous implant will include a wireless embedded sensor with a data-acquisition system to enable monitoring the behavior of the implant after installation.


Weiling Wen

Ph.D. Student in Mechanical Engineering 

Email:  wlwen@umich.edu

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Yasmeen Shakour

Master’s Student in School of Information

Email:  yshakour@umich.edu

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Marianna Anagnostou

Master’s Student in Mechanical Engineering 

Email:  managn@umich.edu

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Zonta.Owens
Zonta Owens

Master’s Student in Mechanical Engineering 

Email:  zowens@umich.edu

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Tae Hwa Lee 

Postdoctoral Researcher in Mechanical Engineering 

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan 2020

Email:  taehwale@umich.edu

Research topic:

  • Design and manufacturing processes: dissimilar material joining, compression molding of composites, injection molding of composites
  • Multi-scale modeling of joining processes such as ultrasonic welding of thermoplastic short carbon fiber composites
  • Material characterization and identification of the constitutive material models
  • Thermo-mechanical, vibration, fluid dynamics modeling in the manufacturing process.

Jaekwang Shin

Postdoctoral Researcher in Mechanical Engineering 

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan 2016-2021

Email:  jkshin@umich.edu

Research topic: Advanced modeling for incremental sheet forming. Investigation of the influence of the process parameters and the development of the finite element model for incremental forming. An evaluation of different model parameters and the establishment of the guideline for choosing the process parameters for ISF. Deriving the mechanism of various defective phenomena found during the incremental forming. Development of the novel analytical model for 3-D prediction of the geometry and thickness.


Yang Li

Research Fellow in Mechanical Engineering 

Email:  umliyang@umich.edu

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Mohammad Ravand

Research Fellow in Mechanical Engineering 

Email:  mravandi@umich.edu

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Lynn Cook

Administrative Assistant

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Email:  lynncook@umich.edu