Faculty Research

Although San Jose State University's primary mission is teaching and education, research in mechanical engineering is a vital part of keeping our programs current and engaging. Our research objective is multifold: to engage in applied research with industry and government collaborators; to involve and educate undergraduate and graduate students in the frontiers of mechanical engineering; and to satisfy the needs of Silicon Valley businesses and industries in this era of rapid technological advances. Potential research sponsors should contact faculty with the relevant expertise directly, or the department chair.

The areas of research undertaken by our faculty are diverse and ever-changing. For the latest information, please go directly to the websites of individual faculty members.

flexible reed display Winncy Du robot model of parabolic trough
Electronic paper display technology developed by Professor John Lee and Zikon, Inc. read more Professor Winncy Du with pipe-inspecting robot.  Developing a reliable way to inspect utility pipes  transporting water, fuel, waste, or cables for damage is critical.  Scaled model of parabolic trough used for solar energy concentration, installed in wind tunnel. A force balance (not shown) is used to measure wind drag forces on the concentrator and supporting structures.
  micro mechanism  

Rack-and-pinion mechanism in SU-8 polymer by ultrathick photolithography. The rack moves linearly in guided channels to turn the pinion. The moving parts were released by dissolving a thinner layer of lift-of-resist underneath the structural SU-8 layer.




Selected Publications since 2015


Winncy Du, On Sensor Technologies in CVD Diagnosis, International Journal of Materials, Mechanics and Manufacturing, Vol. 4, No. 4, 2016.

Winncy Du, Core Technologies and Challenges in In-Vivo Medical Microrobotics (IVMMR), 2016Sino-American Technology & Engineering Conference, Shenyang, China, May 15-22, 2016.

Winncy Du, Pipeline Leak Detection Technologies Using Sensors and Robots, International Symposium on Energy Challenges and Mechanics (ISECM 2015), Aberdeen, Scotland, July 7-8, 2015.

Winncy Du, Cardiovascular Disease Diagnosis using Sensor Technologies, International conference on Mechatronics, Materials, and Manufacturing (ICMMM 2015), Paris, France, August 3-4, 2015.

Thermal-Fluids Engineering

Werdowatz, A., Okamoto, N., and Kabbani, H, "Developing an Empirical Correlation for the Thermal Spreading Resistance of a Heat Sink, accepted for Proceedings of Semi-Therm, 2018.

Yang, S. and Yee, R.K., “Explicit Finite Element Study of Liquid Sloshing Behavior in Fluid-Structure Interaction Conditon”, Proceedings of the ASME 2017 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, Tampa, Florida, Nov 3-9, 2017.

Okamoto, N., Tineo, I., DiBlasio, D., Carlson, J., Petty, C., and Sommers, A., 2016, "Using Patterned Surface Wettability for Improved Frosting/Defrosting Performance," ASHRAE Annual Conference.

B.T. Hoang, A. Roth, A. Druma, M. Keralpura, S. J. Lee, "Effect of mechanical compression on thermal characteristics of tiuue mimicking material," Proceedings of the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Houston, TX, 2015, Paper IMECE2015-52878.

Control Systems 

Bashash S., “Cost-optimal coordination of interacting HVAC loads in buildings,” ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurements, and Control, 140, pp. 044501-1:4, 2017.

Chan K. and Bashash S., “Modeling and energy cost optimization of air conditioning loads in smart grid environments,” Proceedings of the 2017 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, Tysons, VA, Oct. 2017.

Mounesisohi A. and Bashash S., “Vibration compensation of display contents in smart devices using accelerometer feedback,” Proceedings of the 1st IEEE Conference on Control Technology and Applications, Kohala Coast, HI, Aug. 2017.

Abbaszadeh Chekan J. and Bashash S., “Dynamic programming-based approximate real-time control policies for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles,” Proceedings of the 1st IEEE Conference on Control Technology and Applications, Kohala Coast, HI, Aug. 2017.

Abbaszadeh Chekan J. and Bashash S., “IoT-oriented demand-side energy management of thermostatically-controlled loads,” Proceedings of the 2017 American Control Conference, Seattle, WA, May 2017

Guo Y. and Bashash S., “Analyzing the impacts of plug-in EVs on the California power grid using quadratic programming and fixed-point iteration,” Proceedings of the 2017 American Control Conference, Seattle, WA, May 2017.

Bashash S., “Energy cost optimization of HVAC loads under time-varying electricity price signals,” Proceedings of the 2016 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, Minneapolis, MN, Oct 2016.

Bashash S., “Robust control optimization for high performance track following in hard disk drives,” Proceedings of the 2015 American Control Conference, Chicago, IL, Jul 2015.


Furman, B. (2017, September 9). Spartan Superway Speeds Ahead. ATRA Pulse. Retrieved from http://www.advancedtransit.org/library/news/spartan-superway-speeds-ahead/

Branco, L., Rosenfeld, E., Marques de Queiroz Neto, D., Furman, B., “Case Study of a Solar Power Installation for an Automated Transit Network in San José”, ASES National Solar Conference 2016 Proceedings, San Francisco, CA July 10-13, 2016 (available at: http://proceedings.ises.org/paper/solar2016/solar2016-0020-Branco.pdf).


Furman, B., “The Spartan Superway: A Solar-Powered Automated Transportation Network”, ASES National Solar Conference 2016 Proceedings, San Francisco, CA July 10-13, 2016 (available at: http://proceedings.ises.org/paper/solar2016/solar2016-0019-Furman.pdf).

Furman, B., “Innovating Automated Transit Technology with Students”. ATRA Pulse January 2016 Newsletter (available at: http://www.advancedtransit.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/ATRA-Pulse-Article-for-January-2016-Innovating-Automated-Transit-Technology-With-Students.pdf), December, 2015

Mechanical Systems Design

Camburn, B., Viswanathan, V., Linsey, J., Jensen, D., Otto, K. and Wood, K., 2017, “Prototyping: State-of-the-art in Techniques, Methods, and Design Science,” Design Science, 3(13), DOI: 10.1017/dsj.2017.10.

Nagel, V., Chu, S., Forney, J., Kosinski, L., and Viswanathan, V., 2017, "Design and Control of an Assistive Bionic Joint for Leg Muscle Rehabilitation," ASME's International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition (IMECE 2017), Tampa, FL.

Linayao, F. and Yee, R.K., “Dynamic Impact Simulation Study of Tubeless Pneumatic Tires”, Proceedings of the ASME 2016 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition,Pheonix, Arizona, Nov 11-16, 2016.

Viswanathan, V. , Tomko. M. and Linsey, J., 2016, “A Study on the Effects of Example Familiarity and Modality on Design Fixation,” Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing (AI EDAM) Special Issue on Design, Computing and Cognition, 30, pp. 171-184, DOI:10.1017/ S0890060416000056.