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Sarris, John (full)
Professor and Chair
Tagliatela College of Engineering
Mechanical, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Buckman Hall

    Dr. Sarris joined the faculty at the University of New Haven in 1977 as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He has served as chair continuously (with the exception of one year)  since 1983, first of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and later of the Department of Mechanical, Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Sarris also served as Associate Dean  from 1989 to 2000 and Interim Dean in 2000-01 for the College of Engineering. He has guided the department  through several successful cycles of ABET accreditations, was instrumental in the adoption of the college-wide Multidisciplinary Engineering Foundation Curriculum,  the non-credit Internship requirement, and the development of the 4+1 combined BS/MSME program. Professor Sarris has participated in numerous committees at the department, college and university levels, and served as campus coordinator for an outreach program and for the NASA CT Space Grant College Consortium. He is a member of ASME, ASEE and several Community College Advisory Committees.  As coordinator of the BSME program, Professor Sarris evaluates transfer credit for all mechanical engineering transfers and advises all mechanical engineering seniors. His research interests are in the area of mathematical modeling and numerical simulations of acoustic wave propagation. He  teaches mostly in the Thermo/Fluids area.

    Current Interests

    • Mathematical modeling and numerical simulations of acoustic wave propagation.
    • Some consulting done with the cooperation of Professor K. Lambrakis that resulted in a number of technical reports to the clients which were of proprietary nature and therefore non-publishable.
    • Involved in litigation cases as an expert witness along with Professors K. Lambrakis and S. Ross.
Academic Credentials


    Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University

    M.S.  in  Mechanical Engineering, Tufts university

    B.S. in Physics, Hamilton College

    Professional Development Activities

    Chair, M.E. Session, ASEE New England Conference, Fairfield University, 2005

    Co-chair, M.E. Session, ASEE New England Conference, Northeastern University, 2004

    Secretary, M.E. Department Heads Committee, Region I, 2004-2005

    Course Development Teams: EAS222, EAS224, Summer 2004

    Co-Director, Center for Thermofluid and Multiphase Phenomena, 1997 – 2006, a research unit at the university dedicated to modeling, simulations, and analysis of multiphase flows, transient thermal phenomena and casting and solidification processes.The center was funded by Connecticut Innovations Inc., Hershey Metal Products, Inc., and Opticon, Inc.

    Awards and Honors

    Full scholarship, 10 years (grades 5-12), Athens College, Greece

    Full scholarship,   3 years, Hamilton College

    Courses Taught

    • ME 204 - Dynamics
    • ME 301 - Thermodynamics I
    • ME 302 - Thermodynamics II
    • ME 305 - Engineering Dynamics
    • ME 321 - Fluid Mechanics
    • ME 415 - Thermo/Fluids Lab
    • ME 602 - Senior Seminar
    • ME 604 - Numerical Techniques in M.E.
    • ME 615 - Theory of Elasticity
    • ME 625 - Mechanics of Coninua
    • EAS107 - Introduction to Engineering