Jeffrey Moehlis

Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering


2341 Engineering Science Building II

University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5080

IEE Research Areas: 


Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computation, Member
Center for Energy Efficient Design, Member
Greenscale Center for Energy-Efficient Computing, Member


2008 Kavli Fellowship, National Academy of Science
2008 Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award, UC Santa Barbara
2006-2011 NSF CAREER Award
2005-2007 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in Mathematics

Research Description: 

Jeffrey Moehlis’s research interests include applying dynamical systems techniques to understand the response dynamics of neural populations, the dynamics of natural and artifical swarms, the nature of shear flow turbulence, and the dynamics of individual and coupled MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems) devices. In the area of energy generation, Moehlis is currently researching advanced concepts in vibrational energy harvesting devices that are used to capture energy from unwanted vibrations from vehicles, machinery and buildings. Moehlis has also applied his research to building systems integration by developing reduced-order models that capture particular characteristic behaviors of large systems (like building systems) but which are computationally inexpensive. Moehlis also works with other faculty members at the Greenscale Center for Energy-Efficient Computing to research airflow and control algorithms related to forced air cooling in computational facilities.


BS: Physics & Mathematics, Iowa State University (1993)
PhD: Physics, UC Berkeley (2000)


He completed his postdoctoral research in the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton University and then joined UC Santa Barbara in 2003 where he is currently an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Moehlis has over 45 publications and has served as a visiting researcher at the University of Bristol, England (2007) and the Fachbereich Physik der Philipps-Universität, Marburg, Germany (2003).