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Karla M. Mossi, Ph.D.

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Karla M. Mossi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
Phone: (804) 827-5275
Fax: (804) 827-7030

Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Engineering
Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
East Hall, Room E3268
401 West Main Street
P.O. Box 843015
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3067


  • B.S., mechanical engineering, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras, Honduras, 1988
  • M.S., mechanical engineering, Old Dominion University, 1992
  • Ph.D., mechanical engineering, Old Dominion University, 1998

Awards and honors

  • Student Section Advisor Award for District F, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2007
  • Parents’ Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, VCU, School of Engineering, May 2007
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for Laboratory Instruction, Old Dominion University, 1995-96
  • Special Doctoral Award, spring 1996
  • Certificate of Appreciation (Academy Graduate Assistant), CHROME, 1996 Young Ph.D.s in Aeronautics, March 30, 1996
  • Graduate teaching assistantship, summer 1996, fall 1995, summer 1995
  • Certificate of Appreciation, I. C. Norcom High School, Science Fair, March 1995, March 1994
  • Certificate of Excellence, CHROME, 1994 Young Ph.D.s Program, November 1994

Research topics

  • Energy harvesting
  • Smart materials
  • Fluid mechanics

Classes taught

  • Engineering statics
  • Dynamics and kinematics
  • Mechanics of deformables
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Sensors and measurements


  • Mane, P., Xie, J., Mossi, K., Leang, K. (2010) “Cyclic Energy Harvesting from Pyroelectric Materials.” IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, in press.
  • Mane, P., Richeson, M., Mossi, K. (2010) “Energy Harvesting from Synthetic Jet Actuators.” Smart Materials Journal, submitted.
  • Xie, J., Mane, P., Green, C., Mossi, K., Leang, K. (2010) “Performance of Thin Piezoelectric Materials for Pyroelectric Energy Harvesting.” Journal of Intelligent Materials Systems and Structures, 21(3), 423-429.
  • Mane, P., Mossi, K., Green, C. (2009) “Optimizing Energy Harvesting Parameters using Response Surface Methodology.” IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, 56(3), 429-436.
  • Mane, P., Mossi, K., Bryant, R. (2008). “Piezoelectric Synthetic Jets in Quiescent Air: Experimental Design and Analysis.” Smart Materials and Structures, 17(1), (12pp).