UCSB Department of Mechanical Engineering
Research DescriptionOur current research is centered around operator-theoretic approach to analysis of nonlinear dynamical systems, applications in microfluidics and (bio)-nanotechnology. The research topics can be grouped as follows:
- Mixing and separation in fluids across the scales with applications ranging from
microfluidic phenomena to oceanographic flows.
- Nano and micro-scale particle dynamics induced by dielectrophoresis and other
electrokinetic phenomena, with applications to biotechnology.
- Multiscale dynamics of the Atomic Force Microscope, including interactions with biomolecules.
- Dynamical systems theory of complex systems, including large-scale networked systems.
In each of these topics, the research is characterized by pursuit of the key physical phenomena in a device or system followed by the abstraction of the mathematical problem (or problems) associated with it. We close the loop by applying the solution of the mathematical problem to explain the physical phenomena or design new concepts based on which devices can be built or improved.
BiographyAfter receiving his MS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Rijeka, Croatia in 1990, Mezic received his Ph.D. from Cal Tech in 1994 in Applied Mechanics. Before coming to UCSB in 1995, Igor was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Warwick, UK. Mezic was an Associate Professor in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science at Harvard University from 2000-2001. In 1999, Mezic was awarded the NSF CAREER Award for reserach on "Nonlinear Dynamics and Control from Microscale to Macrosale". He has 40 publications and has received 15 grants and industrial gifts. Mezic has graciously contributed his time and expertise to a significant number journals, panels, workshops, and conferences. Igor Mezix's research group at UCSB is centered round operator-theoretic approach to analysis of nonlinear dynamical systems, applications in microfluidics and (bio)-nanotechnology.