ME welcomes four new faculty

August 17, 2015

Josh Bostwick, Assistant Professor, Northwestern University (Fluid Dynamics)

Dr. Bostwick joined the department in 2016 following appointments as Golovin Assistant Professor at Northwestern University and postdoc researcher at NC State University. His research addresses fundamental problems in fluid transport with an emphasis on wetting and the interactions with soft substrates. More broadly, he is interested in pattern formation on both liquid interfaces and biological membranes. He is attracted to such problems because it is often possible to elucidate the underlying physics using simple models to compare to experiments.

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Suyi Li, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan (Mechanics, Dynamics and Control, Biomimetics)

Dr. Li joined the department in 2016 following appointments as postdoctoral research fellow at University of Michigan. His research is directed towards developing multi-functional structures that can autonomously alter their configurations and mechanical properties in response to external stimuli or control commands. To achieve this goal, he take inspirations from various examples in nature and art, such as plant species that are capable of rapid movements, and the rich topologies in origami paper folding. Lessons from these examples guide him to exploit the intricate relationships between the geometric forms and functionalities, and synthesize smart structures with programmable and adaptive properties for automotive, aerospace, architecture and many other applications.

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Garrett Pataky, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois (Experimental Mechanics)

Dr. Pataky joined the department in 2015 after completing his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illlinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests lie in furthering our understanding of deformation and failure of materials by merging the gap between materials science and mechanical engineering. He is a member of the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS) and the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) and serves as a reviewer for several journals.

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Cameron Turner, Associate Professor, Colorado School of Mines (Design)

Dr. Turner joined the department in 2016 after seven years at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO. Prior to that, Dr. Turner was a Technical Staff Member at Los Alamos National Laboratories. Dr. Turner teaches classes in engineering design methods, design optimization, mechanical systems, computer-aided design/engineering/manufacturing, and design of complex systems. Dr. Turner is currently the Program Chair for ASME’s CIE Division Executive Committee and is a member of the International Design Simulation Competition Committee of ASME. In 2015, Dr. Turner won the CSM Design Program Director’s Award at for service to the capstone design program. Dr. Turner regularly contributes to the ASME and ASEE design communities as well as the Design Society.

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