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Ehsan Barjasteh headshot
Areas of expertise
•  Development and optimization of advanced polymer and composite materials and processes
Research focus
•  Manufacturing advanced composites using out-of-autoclave processes
•  Self-healing and repair of composite structure using smart materials
•  Toughening advanced composites
•  Life-time prediction and aging
•  3D-printing of polymers for high-temp applications
•  Progressive damage detection and analysis

Ehsan Barjasteh

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Dr. Ehsan Barjasteh has over 10 years of industry experience with development and manufacturing of polymer composite materials for commercial and aerospace applications. He has consulted at Composite Technology Corp., Henkel Aerospace, and Tencate Advanced Composites since 2007. His industry career focused on developing lightweight products and processes to increase material performance and reduce manufacturing cost. He was a visiting scholar at McGill Composite Center at USC in 2015. His research focuses on development and optimization of advanced polymer and composite materials and processes. He obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of Southern California in 2011.

 

 

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Areas of expertise
Heat transfer
Thermodynamics
Fluid mechanics
Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
Microfabrication
Research focus
Phase change heat transfer
Boiling
Electronics cooling
Renewable energy
Desalination

Navdeep Singh Dhillon

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Dr. Navdeep Singh Dhillon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at CSULB. His research interests lie in the use of experimental high-speed optical & infrared imaging techniques as well as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) methods to understand and enhance critical thermo-fluidic and phase change processes (e.g. boiling and condensation). Applications include improving efficiency of industrial boilers, enabling renewable solar-thermal energy generation, and electronics cooling. Dr. Dhillon received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from University of California, Berkeley in 2012. Prior to joining CSULB, he served as a Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellow (2012-2013) and Postdoctoral Associate (2013-2016) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, teaching courses in Thermal-Fluids and conducting experimental and theoretical research in boiling heat transfer.

Dr. Yan Li
Areas of expertise
•  Mechanics of advanced materials
​•  Multiscale/multiphysics modeling
​•  Material design
Research focus
​•  Integrated computational and experimental approaches
​•  Microstructure-based material failure and deformation analysis
​•  Mechanics of advanced manufacturing

Yan Li

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Dr. Yan Li's research focuses on the mechanics of advanced materials. She and her team are designing high-performance metal matrix composites under an $800,000 U.S. Army Research Lab grant. Li joined the CSULB Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2014. She obtained her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2014. Dr. Li has worked on research projects supported by NSF Center for Computational Materials Design and collaborated with Boeing, Gulfstream, and GE. She also worked with the Sandia National Lab to develop a computational tool to allow better understanding of wave propagation in structures. 

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Areas of expertise
Biomaterials
Nanomaterials
Cardiovascular engineering
Cell mechanics & migration
Research focus
Material-cell interaction
Cell migration & mechanics
Cardiovascular nano-biomaterials
Orthopedic translational medicine
 

David A. Stout

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Dr. Stout holds a joint appointment in the CSULB Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering departments. He is International Coordinator for the Research Center for Translational Orthopedics at Soochow University, China. Dr. Stout employs mechanics engineering techniques to the biomedical world to combat deadly diseases and infections ranging from cardiovascular disease to COPD and sepsis. He earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from CSULB and his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Brown University. The recipient of the NSF Graduate Student Fellowship and (twice) Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum Research Fellowship, he has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and proceedings and presented his work internationally. ​

Daniel Whisler
Areas of expertise
​•  Dynamic impact and experimental mechanics
​•  Composite structural design and analysis
​•  Computational validation
​•  Finite element simulation
​•  Non-destructive evaluation
Research focus
​•  Dynamic, high-strain-rate impact testing
​•  Methodologies of novel materials
​•  Finite element analysis and validation of structures and systems
​•  High-performance material and structures in extreme environments

Daniel Whisler

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Dr. Whisler's research focuses on developing experimental and computational techniques for extreme loading environments and understanding dynamic behavior of materials and structures. Experimental and finite element validation tests include composites, honeycombs and foams, and sandwich panels ranging from coupon-sized to full-scale actual components. This research is being applied in vehicle crashworthiness, projectile impacts onto structures, explosive blast mitigation, and protection from natural disaster. He graduated from University of California San Diego with a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship researching impacts and composites before in 2016 joining CSULB's Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.