ME Department Adding Tenure-track Faculty in Robotics, Bionic Systems and Energy in Fall 2014


The Mechanical Engineering Department recruited three outstanding educators who will join Stevens in Fall 2014 as Tenure-track Assistant Professors. These three new faculty will add significantly to our department’s expertise in high-impact research areas such as robotics and robust autonomous navigation, integration of viable biological systems with functional mechanical and electronic components, as well as heat transfer and fluid dynamics with applications in energy and sustainability.


Brendan J. Englot, Ph.D.

Dr. Brendan Englot received S.B., S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 2007, 2009 and 2012, respectively. At MIT, he studied path planning for surveillance and inspection applications, deploying his algorithms on an underwater inspection robot that is now being produced in quantity for the US Navy. His research interests include planning, optimization and control in support of robust autonomous navigation.

Dr. Englot will join Stevens in Fall 2014 from the United Technologies Research Center in East Hartford, Connecticut, where he is currently a Research Scientist and Principal Investigator in the Autonomous and Intelligent Robotics Laboratory (AIRLab) and a contributor to the Sikorsky Autonomous Research Aircraft (SARA) project. In addition, he is currently also a part-time lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, where he teaches mechatronics engineering. While studying at MIT, he received the 2011 Thomas B. Sheridan Prize for Creativity in Man-Machine Integration and the 2009 Wunsch, Silent, Hoist and Crane Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant.


Manu S. Mannoor, Ph.D.

Dr. Mannoor received a B.Tech. degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the University of Calicut, India, in 2006, a M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2009 as well as M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 2012 and 2014, respectively. His research focuses on the integration of the biological sciences with mechanical engineering and electronics, with a particular interest in the development of bionic systems via the direct multi-dimensional integration of viable biological systems with functional mechanical and electronic components.

His work has been highlighted by major scientific journals such as Science , Nature, and Nature Nanotechnology , was featured as one of “ 32 Innovations that will change your tomorrow ” by New York Times Magazine and was also selected as one of The CNN 10: Inventions “with big, game-changing potential”. His awards include the 2012 MRS Graduate Student Gold Award for outstanding graduate research and the 2013 Emerging Alumni Scholars Award from Princeton University. He also received the 2012 Luigi Crocco Award for Teaching Excellence at Princeton University.


Nicholaus J. Parziale, Ph.D.

Dr. Nicholaus Parziale received a B.S. degree (with honors) in Mechanical Engineering from SUNY Binghamton, NY, in 2008 as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, CA, in 2009 and 2013, respectively. The focus of his research at Caltech was the novel application of optical methods to characterize hypervelocity boundary-layer instability and the prediction of the laminar-turbulent transition for high-speed boundary layers, which is critical to hypersonic vehicle design. His current research interests include chemical-thermodynamics, heat-transfer and fluid dynamics with special focus on the field of energy and sustainability.

Currently, Dr. Parziale holds a position as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology where he teaches courses on heat transfer and aerospace engineering. Prior to his arrival at Stevens in Fall 2013, he had gained teaching experience as Teaching Assistant for various courses and laboratories at Caltech, including undergraduate fluid mechanics, graduate hypersonic aerodynamics and undergraduate/graduate experimental methods, and he also served as mentor in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows program. He received the Ernest E. Sechler Award for Teaching and Research from GALCIT (2013), the Shirley Thomas Academic Scholarship from the Aeronautical Historical Society (2012), the Donald Wills Douglas Prize Fellowship (2008-2009) and the Mechanical Engineering Department Service Award at SUNY Binghamton (2008).