Klaus van Benthem
Klaus van Benthem is interested in the investigation of the functionalities of novel nano-materials. He uses electron microscopy tools to image nano-materials with atomic resolution and correlate their morphologies and atomic structures with nano-scale and macro-scale physical properties. His interests are also in the development of new strategies to investigate materials under more realistic environmental conditions, such as gas phases, liquids, electrical and mechanical fields, etc. His overall vision is the characterization of functional materials with atomic resolution under their anticipated working conditions, i.e., “at work”.
Case C.P. van Dam
We are actively involved in a variety of projects including wind tunnel testing of airfoils, wings, and wind energy conversion systems; computational fluid dynamic analysis of airfoils, wings, aircraft, and rotors; and full-scale aerodynamic testing of various systems.
We work closely with engineers and researchers of various companies and institutions on the above problems and this has resulted in long-term cooperative research, development & demonstration efforts with these groups and, subsequently, outstanding job opportunities for the graduates.
One project that is receiving significant recognition is the research on active control of the aerodynamic loads acting on wind turbine blades. Work in this area was initiated at UC Davis in the late 1990s and has now become a major field of research in Europe and the USA.
Dr. VanderGheynst’s research addresses problems that involve the transformation, decomposition and conversion of plant biomass to products. Plants include dedicated crops and algae, food processing residues and urban and agricultural wastes.
Steve A. Velinsky
My research interests are in mechanical systems analysis and design. I have been involved in the analysis and design of a wide variety of systems including: wire ropes and cables, vehicles, air bearings, ballscrew mechanisms, eye surgery, and automated highway maintenance and construction machinery. I am Director of the Advanced Highway Maintenance & Construction Technology (AHMCT) Research Center at the University of California, Davis. The AHMCT Center is aimed at advancing the methods used for highway operations by incorporating advanced automation and robotics technologies for the purposes of improving safety and efficiency of these operations.
Stavros G. Vougioukas
Professor Vougioukas works in the area of mechanization and automation of specialty crops, focusing on the design, development, and testing of actuators, sensors and control systems for optimal management of inputs and products.