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Faculty Affiliates

Tom Lacy – Interim Head & Professor, Aerospace Engineering.
Expertise: Multi-scale modeling, multi-functional composites, progressive damage modeling, ICME.
Vice President: American Society for Composites (President-elect).
Fellow of ASME; Associate Fellow of AIAA.



Santanu Kundu – Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering. Expertise: Rheology, nanocomposites, thin films, soft materials.
NSF CAREER award, 2014.




Chuck Pittman – Professor (Emeritus), Chemistry.
Expertise: Polymer science, micro- and nanocomposites, fiber and adhesion surface chemistry, organic chemistry, materials synthesis.
700+ Publications; Worked with a Nobel Laureate .




Hossein Toghiani – Professor, Chemical Engineering.
Expertise: Synthesis, polymers, multi-functional composites.
Thomas B. Nusz Endowed Professor.





Jim Newman – Richard H. Johnson Chair and W.L. Giles Distinguished Professor, Aerospace Engineering.
Expertise:  Aircraft structures & materials, fatigue and fracture.
Created FASTRAN; NASA has listed Jim as a “Superstar of Modern Aeronautics”




Rani Sullivan – Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering.
Expertise: Advanced composites structural testing and health monitoring, polymer viscoelasticity.
Composites for HondaJet.