New Faculty to Join MAE Department January 2015

MAE is pleased to announce Dr. Tadd Truscott and Dr. Ryan Berke will be joining the department in January as assistant professors.

Dr. Tadd Truscott received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Mechanical and Ocean Engineering in June 2009 directly funded by the University Laboratory Initiative of the Office of Naval Research in 2009. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Utah in 2003. After completing his graduate studies he worked at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, Rhode Island. His research focuses mainly on the cavity dynamics and forces acting on solid bodies falling through the air-water interface, including the study of high-speed projectiles (bullets) entering the water at shallow angles. He also has interests in better flow visualization techniques stemming from his ongoing research in these complicated free surface flows. He has co-authored a new and novel technique to visualize experimental flow fields in three dimensions named Synthetic Aperture Particle Image Velocimetry (SAPIV). His work has been formally published in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Physics of Fluids and several conferences.

Dr. Ryan Berke earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2008, and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University in 2013. He also worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign from 2013-2014. His primary research interest is in the mechanical characterization of solids and structures at extreme temperatures, with applications that include the energy, aerospace, and nuclear industries. His work is predominantly experimental in nature, but is further supported by analytical and numerical techniques. Contact Dr. Berke at

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