New MechE Faculty


Nicholas Fang Nicholas X. Fang, Associate Professor 

Nicholas X. Fang received his BS and MS in physics from Nanjing University, and his PhD in mechanical engineering from University of California Los Angeles. He arrived at MIT earlier this year as an associate professor in MechE. Prior to MIT, he worked as an assistant professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Professor Fang’s areas of research are in nanophotonics and 3D nanomanufacturing. He was an invited participant of the Frontiers of Engineering Conference by National Academies in 2010; he won the NSF Career Award in 2009, the Society of Manufacturing Engineering Outstanding Young Investigator Award in 2009, the MIT Technology Review Magazine’s 35 Young Innovators Award in 2008, and the ASME Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal Award in 2006.

Domitilla Del Vecchio Domitilla Del Vecchio, W. M. Keck Career Development Assistant Professor 

Domitilla Del Vecchio received a PhD in control and dynamical systems from the California Institute of Technology, and the Laurea degree in electrical engineering from the University of Rome at Tor Vergata. She was an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan for four years before joining MIT. Professor Del Vecchio is a recipient of the Donald P. Eckman Award from the American Automatic Control Council (2010); the NSF Career Award (2007); the Crosby Award, University of Michigan (2007); the American Control Conference Best Student Paper Award (2004); and the Bank of Italy Fellowship (2000). Her research interests include analysis and control of nonlinear and hybrid dynamical systems, and the analysis and design of bio-molecular networks.

Ken Kamrin Ken Kamrin, Assistant Professor 

Ken Kamrin earned his PhD in applied mathematics at MIT in 2008 under the supervision of Professor M.Z. Bazant. His research area is in the mechanics of deformable materials, with a focus on complex constitutive models, primarily for granular materials, as well as numerical simulation methods. He was awarded the Metropolis Award in 2010 for the best dissertation in computational physics by the American Physical Society.

Pedro Reis Pedro Miguel Reis, Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Assistant Professor 

Pedro Miguel Reis came to MIT with a joint appointment in the Mechanical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering Departments. His research focuses on the mechanics of thin elastic objects under large deformations, which may couple with other phenomena such as adhesion, fracture, and flow. Professor Reis received a BSc in physics from the University of Manchester, a certificate of Advanced Mathematics from St. John’s College and Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in physics from the University of Manchester.

Kostya Turitsyn Kostya Turitsyn, Assistant Professor  

Konstantin (Kostya) Turitsyn earned his PhD at the Landau Institute in Moscow, with a focus on nonlinear dynamics and statistical mechanics. His PhD thesis, completed in 2007, focused on the dynamics of polymers in random flows. Later, as a Rice-Kadanoff post-doctoral fellow at the University of Chicago, he worked on a wide variety of problems, including the nonlinear dynamics of vesicles in external flows, the dynamic collapse of gas cavities, the dynamics of plugs in microfluidic channels, and nonlinear waves in optical fibers. Before joining MIT, he was an Oppenheimer fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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