MEM is an independent academic program that belongs to both the School of Engineering and the School of Business. The students majoring in MEM graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree conferred by both the School of Engineering and the School of Business.

Author: Frank Cunha

Office: Engineering II, Room 312
Phone: (860) 881-0743


Frank J. Cunha, Ph.D., P.E.

Management for Engineering and Manufacturing, MEM,

Mechanical Engineering, ME,  Departments                         


Ph. D., P.E., Mechanical Engineering, New York University.

Focus Area:

Manufacturing Processes, Turbomachinery Design Development, Advanced Thermodynamics, Energy Systems, Solid Mechanics, Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue, Fluid Dynamics, Advanced Heat Transfer.


Professor-in-Residence, MEM and ME Departments 2019, United Technologies Pratt-Whitney Nov 1999 – March 2015 and April 1998 – Oct 1998 Development Leader for design of military and commercial aircraft engines, turbines, combustors and afterburners over 100 US patents, Siemens-Westinghouse Corporation  Oct 1998 – Nov 1999 and March 1997 – April 1998 Principal Engineer development of land-based gas turbines 2 patents, General Electric Company January 1990 – Oct 1996 and June 1979 – Dec 1980 Edison and Staff Engineer responsible for the development of  heavy-duty gas turbines 14 patents, Public Service Electric and Gas Company March 1981 – August 1989 Electrical Power Generation Staff Engineer.

Selected Publications:

Cunha, F.J., Gas Turbine Heat Transfer, Turbine Aerodynamics, Heat Transfer, Materials and Mechanics, Progress and Astronautics and Aeronautics, Vol. 243, ISBN-13: 978-1624102639.

Cunha, F.J., Turbine Heat Transfer Analysis, Gas Turbine Handbook, United States Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory.

Cunha, F.J., Trailing Edge Cooling for Gas Turbines, Special Section on Turbine Science and Technology, AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power.

Cunha, F.J., Integrated High Performance Turbine Engine Technologies VII “Turbine Edge Cooling, United States Air Force, Air Force Material Command, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Research Laboratory.

Cunha, F.J., Enhanced Turbine Airfoil Lifing for Long Hot Missions, United States Air Force, Air Force Material Command, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright Patterson Air Force Research Laboratory.

“Heat Transfer on Internal Surfaces of a Duct Subjected to Impingement of a Jet Array with Varying Jet Hole-Size and Spacing”, Journal of Turbomachinery, Vol.128.

“Effects of Coating Blockage and Deposit on Film-Cooling Effectiveness and Surface Heat Transfer”, AIAA 2006-0024.

Thermal-Mechanical Life Prediction System for Anisotropic Turbine Components Journal of Turbomachinery, TURBO-05-1110.

“Measured Adiabatic Effectiveness and Heat Transfer for Blowing from Tip of a Turbine Blade”, Journal of Turbomachinery, TURBO-04-1094, Vol. 125.

“Cooling the Tip of a Turbine Blade Using Pressure Side Holes – Part 1: Film Effectiveness”, Journal of Turbomachinery, TURBO-04-1095, Vol. 125.

“Cooling the Tip of a Turbine Blade Using Pressure Side Holes – Part 2: Heat Transfer Measurements”, Journal of Turbomachinery, TURBO-04-1096, Vol. 125.

“Comparison of Measurements and Predictions for Blowing from Turbine Blade Tip”, AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol. 21.

“Adiabatic Effectiveness Measurements and Predictions of Leakage Flows on a Blade End-wall”, Journal of Turbomachinery, TURBO-04-1164.

“Inverse-BEM, Method to Determine Surface Temperatures at Inaccessible Surfaces” ASME.

Selected Patents:

  1. US 5,253,976, “Integrated Steam and Air Cooling for Combined Cycle Gas Turbines”.
  2. US 8,131,285, “RMC-Defined Tip Blowing Slots for Turbine Blades”.
  3. US 5,636,439, “Methods for Coating and Securing Multi-Vane Nozzle Segments”.
  4. US 9,322,560, “Combustor Bulkhead Assembly”.
  5. US 8,713,909, “Elimination of Unfavorable Outflow Margin”.
  6. US 7,988,418, “Microcircuits for Small Engines”.
  7. US 7,866,370, “Blades, Casting Cores and Methods”.
  8. US 7,686,580, “Turbine Element”.
  9. US 7,581,928, “Serpentine Microcircuits for Hot Gas Migration”.
  10. US 20140327056A1, ”Gas Turbine Engine Combustor”.


Author: Dr. Liang Zhang

Office: ITE 333
Phone: (860) 486-4462

New Engineering faculty portraits – Liang Zhang

About: Dr. Zhang received his BS and MS from Tsinghua University in China. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan.

Dr Zhang’s research interests are: modeling, analysis, continuous improvement, design, control, and energy efficient operations of manufacturing and service systems; Mathematical modeling and analysis of battery systems.

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Author: Dr. Hongyi Xu

Office: UTEB 354
Phone: (860) 486-2855

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Xu received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University, China (2008), M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tsinghua University, China (2010), and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University, USA (2014). Prior to joining UConn, Dr. Xu was a research engineer in Ford Research and Advanced Engineering, Dearborn, Michigan (2014-2019).

Dr. Xu joined University of Connecticut in February 2019 as Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research focuses on developing design optimization and uncertainty quantification methods for integrated manufacturing-material-structure design. His research interests also include Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) and data mining-enhanced multi-disciplinary optimization of mechanical products.

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Author: Dr. Diane Van Scoter

Office: Engineering II, room 315
Phone: (860) 486-0415


Dr. Van Scoter earned a BS and MS in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Washington – Seattle, an MS in Operations Research from the Colorado School of Mines, and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Oregon State University.

Dr. Van Scoter is an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering. She served as the Co-Director of the Management and Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM) program for three years, completing her appointment in May 2016 and tripling student enrollment in the program.

Dr. Van Scoter has over twenty years of diverse industry experience, ranging from manufacturing at Boeing Commercial, work in quality and process improvement at an international logistics company and U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) in space optics, space survive-ability, and technology transfer. She has been both a technical and management consultant. Her work as a senior management consultant for Deloitte focused on improving operational and cost efficiency for U.S. and international companies and governments.  As a senior technical consultant, she supported D.O.D. space optics and presented papers at International conferences on the dangers of space debris to spacecraft.

Her research field and applications include industrial engineering, process improvement, and studying the impact of contextual factors in STEM education. She has striven to injected real world examples and expectations into the junior and senior curriculum to better prepare students for employment requirements. Since arriving at the University of Connecticut in 2012, she was a champion of the MEM program, updating the program to reflect 21st century industry needs and standards, better serving UConn students, the university, employers, and the engineering profession.


Author: Dr. Lakshman Thakur

Office: BUSN 384
Phone: (860) 486-2581

About: Dr. Thakur earned his BS from Bombay University, Bombay, India, and his MS and Eng. Sc.D, from Columbia University.

Dr. Thakur’s areas of expertise are: development and applications of linear, nonlinear, and integer programming methods in management science and function approximations in optimization mathematics.

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Author: Dr. Jiong Tang

Dr. Jiong Tang (Co-Director of MEM)

Office: UTEB 452
Phone: (860) 486-5911

Curriculum Vitae

Jiong Tang PortraitAbout

Dr. Tang received his B.S. and M.S. in Applied Mechanics from Fudan University, China, in 1989 and 1992, and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State in 2001. From 1992 to 1995 he served as Lecturer at Fudan University in Applied Mechanics. Prior to joining UConn, Dr. Tang was a staff engineer at GE Corporate Research Center, Niskayuna, New York.

Dr. Tang joined the Mechanical Engineering Department in 2002. His current research interests are structural dynamics and system dynamics, active and passive structural controls, structural health monitoring/diagnosis, smart materials and mechatronics, and large-scale analysis of complex dynamic systems. His research projects are interdisciplinary, encompassing multi-physics modeling and analysis, electro-mechanical integration, and sensing/actuation development and signal processing. Dr. Tang’s research has been supported by federal agencies such as NSF and also by industries. While fundamental studies are being pursued in his lab to explore paradigm change in the structure and system dynamics area, research is also being carried out to implement the new findings to practical platforms such as aero-engines and fuel cells.

Dr. Tang was appointed as Co-Director of the Management and Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM) program in May 2016.

For more information about Dr. Tang, please visit this page: Structure and System Dynamics Research Laboratory

Author: Dr. Mousumi Roy, P.E.

Office: Engineering II, room 313
Phone: (860) 486-0678

Mousumi Roy on Sept. 3, 2015. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

About: Dr. Roy earned her BS from Jadavpur University, India, MS from The Cooper Union, NY, and her Doctoral degree from Columbia University.

She has over 15 years of experiences working in reputed consulting firms such as Weidlinger Associates, BA&C, and WBCM in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Maryland. Her work involved analyzing, designing, and supervising construction of various types of existing and new buildings, bridges and other structures.

Author: Dr. Manuel Nunez

Office: BUSN 370
Phone: (860) 486-1333

About: Dr. Nunez earned his BS from the University of Costa Rica. his MS from Stanford University and his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr Nunez’ areas of expertise are convex optimization, combinatorial optimization, stochastic models, operations management and manufacturing, statistical modeling and simulation, computer programming and data structures, genetic algorithms, supply chain management, security and confidentiality in database systems, innovation and sustainability.

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Author: Dr. Cuihong Li

Office: BUSN 365
Phone: (860) 486-5914

Cuihong LiAbout: Cuihong Li is an Associate Professor of Operations and Information Management at the School of Business, University of Connecticut. Her research explores operations and supply chain management, with a focus on the strategic interactions in the upstream and downstream supply chains, interfacing with economics, marketing, and information technology. Her current research studies problems in procurement and sourcing, supplier and consumer behavior, and service operations. Her research work has been published in Management Science, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, and other leading academic journals. She serves as a Senior Editor for Production and Operations Management, and an Associate Editor for Decision Support Systems. At UConn, she teaches core operations management and business decision modeling for the undergraduate, full-time MBA, and BAPM master programs. She received the Best Paper Award (2013) and Teaching Innovation Award (2015) of the School of Business. Cuihong earned her Ph.D. in Management of Manufacturing and Automation from the Tepper School of Business joint with the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, and B.S. and M.S. degrees in Automation and Systems Engineering from Tsinghua University, China.

Dr. Li was appointed as Co-Director of the Management and Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM) program in 2019.

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Author: Dr. Shalabh Gupta

Office: ITE 341
Phone: (860) 486-3494

About: Dr. Gupta earned a BTech  in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology-Roorkee, an MS in both Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Gupta’s research interests are built around various problems related to Cyber-physical Systems. In particular, he is interested in Data Analytics, Information Fusion, Resilient Infrastructures, Distributed Intelligent Systems, Networked-control Systems, Swarm Robotics, Sensor Networks, Smart Grids, Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles, Adaptive Navigation & Path Planning,  and Diagnostics & Prognostics in Complex Systems. Dr. Gupta has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Connecticut since August 2011.