Department of Engineering

Lin Lin

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
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Office Location

131 John Mitchell Center

Faculty Office Hours Fall 2018

On Leave Fall 2018



Academic Degrees

  • B.S. Thermal Engineering, Beijing University of Technology, 1994
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Maine, 2003
  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of Maine, 2011


In September 2011, Dr. Lin joined the Department of Engineering at the University of Southern Maine.  Dr. Lin’s research interests mainly focus on non-destructive testing and material characterization using ultrasonic wave.  Her current research on permeability measurement using ultrasonic slow wave has potential be applied to a wide range of applications from biopharmaceuticals to oil refining.  This technique also plays important role in new energy studying such as geothermal energy, fuel cell etc.  In addition to the investigation of waves in porous materials, Dr. Lin is also interested in other diverse fields: experimental constitutive properties and characterization of general materials, high temperature acoustics, material properties under thermal load, etc.

Dr. Lin’s other research area is renewable energy and energy efficiency, especially with applications of thermal energy and HVAC system.  Current projects include the design of environmental friendly HVAC/heat pump system, including methods, procedures, efficiency analysis.

Recent Publications

  • David Miklovich and Lin Lin (2012).  Solar powered striling engine.  2012 ASME international congress & exposition, Houston, TX, USA
  • Lin, L., Peterson. M.L. and Greenberg, A.R. (2012).  Characterization of porous materials using ultrasonic slow wave.  ASA 2012 annual conference, Kansas city, MO, USA
  • Lin, L., Peterson. M.L. and Greenberg, A.R. (2011).  Early stage bio-fouling detection using ultrasonic slow wave.  2011 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Denver, Colorado, USA
  • Lin, L., Peterson, M.L., Greenberg, A.R., and McCool, B.A. (2009).  In-situ measurement of permeability.  Journal of the Acoustical Society of America  125(4) EL123-128.
  • Lin, L., Wang, Z., and Peterson, M.L. (2009). Conditions for bifurcation of the longitudinal wave in porous medium.  Acta Acustica united with Acustica 95, 373-378.
  • Lin, L., Peterson, M.L., and Greenberg, A.R. (2007). Generation and propagation of ultrasonic plate wave in fluid-loaded porous polymeric membrane.  Insight: Non-Destructive Testing and Condition Monitoring, 49(4), 213-216.