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Ayoubi, Mohammad A., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Professor Ayoubi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Santa Clara University. He graduated from the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University in 2007, after which he worked as a postdoctoral Research Associate with the Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). In 2008, he joined Santa Clara University. His general research interests are dynamics, control, and optimization.
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Fabris, Drazen, Ph.D.

Chair and Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Associate Director, Center for Nanostructures

Dr. Fabris has a background in fluid dynamics and thermal science involving the development of optical experimental techniques and has an equivalent interest in numerical modeling. At Santa Clara, Dr. Fabris has co-developed the microscale boiling laboratory to study high speed nucleation and bubble growth processes, and spray cooling mechanisms. Dr. Fabris has also been active on the Thermal and Electron Nanoscale Transport project testing thermal interface materials and developing non-contact reflectance based temperature measurement techniques for thin film and carbon nanostructure conductivity measurements. He is also working on the development of spectral element techniques for modeling. He has organized national workshops in direct liquid cooling (2006), a forum on energy use and policy (2001), and was invited to the Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering (2007) organized by the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Fabris has over 60 refereed publications, $3.9M in total funding (PI and Co-PI), and has received NSF support for education and curriculum development. Dr. Fabris is currently working with 1 Ph.D. and 5 Master's students.
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Hight, Timothy K., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Tim Hight has been at SCU since 1984, and chair of the mechanical engineering department since 1998. He has his MS and PhD from Stanford University, and BS from CalTech. His major teaching interest is in design, and the senior design projects. Dr. Hight was the faculty project manager for SCU's 2007 and 2009 Solar Decathlon projects.
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Kitts, Chris, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development, School of Engineering Joint Appointments, Electrical Engineering (by Courtsey), and Bio-Engineering (Affiliate)
KEEN Fellow

Dr. Christopher Kitts is an Associate Professor at Santa Clara University where he serves as the Director of the Robotic Systems Laboratory. He is also the Director of the Center for Robotic Exploration and Space Technologies, a multi-institution consortium or academic institutions focusing on aerospace research and education and which is located at the NASA Ames Research Park. In addition, he holds an Associate Researcher appointment at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, in conjunction with whom he and his students develop several advanced marine robotic systems. Dr. Kitts is also the Mission Operations Director for a series of NASA small spacecraft, which are controlled on-orbit by students in the Robotic Systems Laboratory.
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Hohyun, Lee
Lee, Hohyun, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Hohyun Lee has joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Santa Clara University in 2009. Dr. Lee received his Ph.D. degree in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT in 2009. He is interested in heat transfer mechanisms in nanoscale, and therefore engineering thermal properties of nanomaterials for the purpose of energy harvest.
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Mungal, Godfrey
Mungal, Godfrey, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Engineering
Sobrato Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Professor Godfrey Mungal was born and raised in Trinidad, West Indies and received his undergraduate education in Engineering Science at the University of Toronto (B.A.Sc. 1975, Hons.) and his graduate education in Aeronautics at the California Institute of Technology (M.S. 1977, Ph.D. 1983). He also served on the faculty of the University of the West Indies from 1975-76 as a lecturer in Mathematics, and as a post-doctoral research fellow from 1983-85 at the California Institute of Technology, before joining Stanford University. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1986. He has served as director of the High Temperature Gasdynamics Laboratory from 1993-97, the Associate Chair for Student Services in Mechanical Engineering from 1997-2001, the Associate Dean for Graduate Policy from 2002-2005 and a Stanford Resident Fellow from 2001-2007. He became Professor Emeritus at Stanford University in 2007, and continues his research at Stanford. Since September 2007 he serves as the Sobrato Professor and Dean of Engineering at Santa Clara University.
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Pak, On Shun, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Dr. On Shun Pak received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego in 2013. He then continued his research as a post-doctoral research fellow at Princeton University, before joining the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Santa Clara University in 2014. Dr. Pak's research interests lie in fluid mechanics. He is also interested in the role of fluid mechanics in biological systems. His current research focuses on low-Reynolds-number flows, locomotion of microorganisms, and complex fluids.

Sepehrband, Panthea Ph. D.

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Panthea Sepehrband joined Santa Clara University in 2012. She received her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Waterloo in 2010, and followed her research as a postdoctoral fellow at the same university. Her research is mainly focused on development of new generation of materials with specific properties through a synergy of multi-scale computational modeling and experimental analysis. She has authored over 20 journal and conference publications in the area of materials modeling and microstructural development.

Shoup, Terry
Shoup, Terry, Ph.D.

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Terry E. Shoup, is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Santa Clara University. He has been with SCU since 1989 and served as the Dean of Engineering for 13 years. He also served as Interim Dean of Education, Counseling Psychology and Pastoral Ministries. He currently serves as Interim Vice Provost for Enrollment Management for the University. Recently, he completed a term as the Elected President of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
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