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Brianno D. Coller, Ph.D.
Professor and Undergraduate Director


Mechanical Engineering


  • Ph.D. in Theoretical & Applied Mechanics, Cornell University (1995)
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University (1991)

Research Interests:

  • Dynamics & Control. Dr. Coller’s primary area of research is in the areas of nonlinear dynamical systems, bifurcation theory, and nonlinear control. Applications have included turbulent boundary layers, aerodynamic instabilities in jet aircraft engines, aeroelasticity, and vortex dynamics in bluff body flows. He is beginning to get involved in traffic dynamics. The research has a strong theoretical component, complemented by numerical simulation. In this area of research, Dr. Coller tends to focus on fundamental dynamics and modeling questions rather than specific practical problems.
  • Engineering Education. In recent years, Dr. Coller’s dabblings in engineering education have blossomed into full-fledged research projects. He develops video games for teaching core mechanical engineering courses, and then studies their effects on student learning and motivation.

Industrial Experience

  • Consultant, United Technologies Research Center, Hartford, CT (1997 – 2002).
  • Engineer, Hughes Aircraft Company, El Segundo, CA (1989 – 1991).

Recent Funded Research

  • I-Corps L: Tinkering Labs - Invent It Here, funded by National Science Foundation
  • Collaborative Research: Learning and Teaching Engineering Dynamics Through Play, funded by National Science Foundation
  • FUN: An EAGER Proposal for the Finland-U.S. Network for the Study of Engagement and Learning in Games, funded by TERC (National Science Foundation)

Brianno D. Coller


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