Faculty Directory

Dr. Joseph Newkirk

Department Chair and Professor

Research Interests

Additive manufacturing, powder metallurgy, wear and corrosion resistant alloys, high temperature materials, aerospace materials, nuclear materials, and heat treating.

Dr. Ayodeji B. Alajo

Associate Professor

Research Interests

High fidelity nuclear systems design and modeling, Advanced fuel cycles, Radioactive waste management and Nuclear systems safety

Dr. Syed Alam (Syed Bahauddin Alam)

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Multiscale & Multiphysics Modeling; Digital Twin; Explainable and Trustworthy AI; Uncertainty Quantification; Robust Optimization.

Dr. Carlos H. Castano Giraldo

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Energy, Nuclear materials, Plasma materials interactions, Hydrogen in materials, Radio-electromechanical effects and Nanotechnology.

Dr. Joseph Graham

Associate Professor, Associate Chair of Research and Director of Nuclear Reactor

Research Interests

Radiation effects in ceramics, Radiation solid interactions, Nuclear fuel properties and Nuclear waste forms.

Dr. Joshua P. Schlegel

Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Academics

Research Interests

Two-phase flow experiments and modeling, Nuclear reactor thermalhydraulics, Heat transfer and Fluid mechanics.

Dr. Shoaib Usman

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Radiation transport, Radiation protection, Radioactive waste management.

Joint Appointment Faculty

Dr. Muthanna Al-Dahhan

Curators' Distinguished Professor of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering

Research Interests

Reactor engineering, Transport-kinetic integration, Advanced measurement and computational techniques.


Dr. John Gahl

Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Missouri-Columbia

Research Interests

Nuclear plasma and beam science, Material science, Pulsed power.

Dr. Joseph Smith

Professor in Chemical & Biochemical Engineering

Research Interests

Hybrid energy systems, Fuels combustion and gasification, Industrial gas flare design, Operation, and Regulation, Process modeling, Monitoring, Control, and Operation.

Dr. Haiming Wen

Assistant Professor in Materials Science and Engineering

Nuclear Engineering Emeritus Professors

Dr. Arvind S. Kumar

Emeritus Professor

Research Interests

Nuclear materials, Radiation effects, Mechanical properties.

Dr. Gary E. Mueller

Emeritus Associate Professor

Research Interests

Nuclear power safety, Particle bed heat transfer, Space nuclear power, Radioactive waste minimization.