Professor and Department Chair
Thursday 2-5 pm
By Appointment (contact Joanie Nelson at 801-422-4372 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
ResearchCombustion, Optical Diagnostics
BackgroundPhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Mechanical Engineering, April 1992Dissertation: "Soot Particle Size and Number Density Measurements in a Direct Injection Diesel Engine Using Light Scattering, Radiation, and Extinction"Attended 8/88 to 5/92Minor Chemical EngineeringMSME, Purdue University, Mechanical Engineering, August 1988Thesis: "Development of a Heat Flux Gauge for a Partially Insulated Internal Combustion Engine"Attended 6/86 to 8/88BS, Brigham Young University, Mechanical Engineering, April 1986Attended 9/80-4/81, 9/83-4/86
Professor and Associate Chair
ResearchMicroelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) and Biological MEMS, Electrical Contacts, Modeling of Systems in Diverse Energy Domains
BackgroundBrian D. Jensen is a professor at Brigham Young University. He received the M.S. de-gree in electrical engineering and the Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Univer-sity of Michigan. He also received B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Brigham Young University. He also worked as a micromechanism designer at Sandia National Laboratories. He has performed research and published over 100 pa-pers in design topics including microelectromechanical systems and compliant mecha-nisms, and he holds 12 U.S. patents. His work has been recognized by several best pa-per awards, the BYU Young Scholar Award, and the Utah Engineers Council Educator of the Year Award.
Associate Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator
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ResearchSoft Robots, Human-Robot Interaction, Controls, Robot Manipulation, Computer vision and 3D Sensing, Haptic Sensing
BackgroundMarc Killpack completed his Ph.D. in Robotics from the Georgia Institute of Technology and joined BYU as an Assistant Professor in December of 2013. His areas of expertise include soft robotics, human-robot interaction, controls, mechanics and perception for robotics and other automated systems. His current research interests relate to improving modeling and control for robot manipulation in unstructured and difficult environments. This includes applications related to search and rescue, disaster response and human robot interaction. While at Georgia Tech in the Healthcare Robotics Lab (HRL), Marc worked on projects including sensing and control for mobile robot bases, automating learning from robot grasping, manipulation around and interacting with human subjects, and control of a robot arm in cluttered and unmodeled environments. Prior to joining HRL, he completed Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering from both Georgia Tech and AM Paris Tech (formerly ENSAM) in Metz, France. In 2007, Marc graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University.
Professor and Graduate Coordinator
Available by appointment
ResearchMaterials Modeling, Grain Boundary Structure-Property Relationships, Mechanical Behavior of Polycrystalline Metals
BackgroundEric R. Homer is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering with research and teaching emphases in Materials Science & Engineering. As a Materials Scientist and Mechanical Engineer, Eric investigates how the atomic- and micro-scale structure of materials affects their macroscopic properties that can be used in the design and construction of engineering structures. His main research focus is in computational materials science where he has developed models and software to simulate a variety of material phenomena.
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