ESM welcomes four new faculty members

11/28/2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) is proud to welcome Andrea Arguelles, Christopher Kube, Jacques Rivière and Parisa Shokouhi as its newest faculty members for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Arguelles has been hired as an assistant professor and will also hold an affiliate faculty position with the Penn State Graduate Program in Acoustics. She comes to Penn State from Brimrose Technology Corporation, where she was a lead scientist for nondestructive testing (NDT), developing improved NDT techniques and instrumentation, and cultivating new research programs in NDT. Prior to Brimrose, Arguelles was a research and development engineer at X-Wave Innovations, Inc.

She earned a doctorate in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in 2016 and both a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas Pan-American (now known as the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley) in 2012 and 2011, respectively.

During her doctoral study at UNL, Arguelles received the Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award from the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering in 2016 and the Othmer Fellowship (2013-2015), which is intended for recruiting exceptional scholars.

Arguelles’s research focuses on wave propagation in heterogeneous media with applications in materials and microstructural characterization, nondestructive evaluation (NDE) and biomedical ultrasound. 

She is a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the American Society of Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), where she also serves as a Research Council Program Committee member.

Kube will join Penn State in January 2019 as an assistant professor. Most recently, he was a research engineer with Bennett Aerospace, Inc. under contract from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s (ARL) Weapons and Materials Research Directorate (WMRD). At WMRD, his research focused on ultrasonic NDE and qualification of additively manufactured materials. Prior to WMRD, he was with ARL’s Vehicle Technology Directorate, where he served as NDE lead with a focus on developing ultrasonic technology for predicting overall health and remaining useful life of rotorcraft components. 

Kube, who will also hold an affiliate faculty position with the Penn State Graduate Program in Acoustics, received his doctoral degree in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics in 2014 and his master’s degree in engineering mechanics in 2011, both from UNL. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Hastings College in 2008.

He is an associate editor of the journal Ultrasonics, and is a member of the Society of Engineering Science, American Physical Society, Acoustical Society of America (ASA), Sigma Xi and ASNT, where he serves as a Research Council member and Program Committee organizer. 

Kube’s research revolves around the study of elastodynamic behavior of heterogeneous media with applications in structural health monitoring, NDE and materials characterization.

Rivière has been hired as an assistant professor following two years as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at Grenoble Alpes University in Grenoble, France. He will also hold a courtesy faculty position as an assistant professor in the Penn State Department of Geosciences. 

He earned a doctorate in 2011 from the University Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris, in 2011, and a master’s degree in acoustics from the Université du Maine in Le Mans, France, in 2008.

Rivière was a postdoctoral scholar, working on projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation and Chevron, at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (2012-2015) and the Penn State Department of Geosciences (2015-2016).

He holds professional memberships in the American Geophysical Union and ASA.

His main research interests include the use and development of novel ultrasonic tools for material characterization and monitoring of rocks in the context of earthquake physics and geophysical applications, concrete and metals for civil and industrial applications and bone and bone/prosthesis interfaces in the biomedical domain.

Shokouhi joins the department as an associate professor and will also hold an affiliate faculty position with the Penn State Graduate Program in Acoustics. Most recently, she was an associate professor in the Penn State Department of Civil Engineering.

Her research interests involve stress wave propagation in fractured media, nondestructive evaluation (linear and nonlinear ultrasonic testing), structural health monitoring (acoustic emission), machine learning and data analytics and seismic metamaterials.

Shokouhi received her doctoral degree and master’s degree in civil engineering from Rutgers University in 2006 and 2003, respectively. Prior to joining Penn State, she was a research group leader at BAM (Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing) in Berlin, Germany, and a visiting research faculty at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

She has served as the elected vice-chairperson of the Susquehanna Valley Section of ASNT since 2016 and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation, the premier international NDE meeting designed to provide an interface between research and early engineering through the presentation of current ideas and results focused on facilitating a rapid transfer to engineering development.

All four faculty members will conduct research in the Penn State Ultrasonics Lab, which focuses on ultrasonic research with diverse applications in industrial, geophysical and medical fields.

 

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Andrea Arguelles, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics

Andrea Arguelles, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics

Christopher Kube, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanicsChristopher Kube, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics

Jacques Rivière, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanicsJacques Rivière, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics

Parisa Shokouhi, associate professor of engineering science and mechanicsParisa Shokouhi, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics

 
 

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