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Email: khare@gonzaga.edu
Office: 509.313.3537
Mailing address:
Gonzaga University
School of Engineering & Applied Science
AD Box 26
502 E. Boone Ave.
Spokane, WA 99258

I am currently an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Gonzaga University, a primarily undergraduate institution located in Spokane, WA. At Gonzaga, I teach courses in materials and manufacturing, and supervise student-led research in experimental tribology, as part of the GU Tribology Research Laboratory.

Before moving to Gonzaga, I was Postdoctoral Associate and later Manager of Research Projects in the Nanotribology Laboratory of Prof. Robert W. Carpick, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, at the University of Pennsylvania. My research at Penn employed a combination of liquid-cell, colloidal-probe atomic force microscopy, nanomechanical characterization and surface analytical techniques to explore functional mechanisms of lubricated nanoscale contacts. Prior to Penn, I obtained my PhD in Mechanical Engineering working with Prof. David L. Burris at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware. My dissertation research focused on friction and wear mechanisms in molybdenum disulfide, although my doctoral research included various solid lubricants such as diamond-like carbon coatings, alumina-PTFE nanocomposites and aluminum-matrix nanocomposites.