Center for Composite Materials - University of Delaware

CCM Leadership

Suresh G. Advani 302-831-1674View WebsiteAssociate Director, CCM
George W. Laird Professor, Department Chair Mechanical Engineering
PhD, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Specialties: Polymer and composite processing, transport phenomena in manufacturing processes, non-Newtonian fluid mechanics and rheology, fiber suspensions, flow through porous media, computational fluid mechanics and heat transfer, fuel cells, hydrogen storage, wind energy
John W. Gillespie, Jr. 302-831-8702View WebsiteDirector, CCM
Donald C. Phillips Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering
PhD, University of Delaware


Specialties: Composites, processing, mechanics, design, interphase science, adhesion, experimental methods
Shridhar Yarlagadda 302-831-4941Assistant Director for Research, CCM
Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Ph.D., Penn State University

Specialties: Cost-effective manufacturing technologies for polymer and ceramic matrix composites, composites repair, magnetic materials and nanocomposites, smart structures and systems, electromagnetic signature management solutions, composite micromechanics and information technology
Dirk Heider 302-831-8898Assistant Director for Technology, CCM
Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
PhD, University of Delaware

Specialties: Advanced composites manufacturing including VARTM, automated thermoplastic tape placement, pultrusion and induction-based thermoplastic processing
Dan Molligan 302-831-7410Assistant Director for Composite Engineering, CCM
Applications & Technology Transfer Laboratory
BS BME Tulane University

Specialties: Composite design and analysis, process development and fabrication of composite structures, finite element analysis, prototype development, CAD/CAM/CAE, RTM and low cost tooling methods

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