Tribology Research Laboratory


Office: Herak 302A
Herak 116B
Call: 509.313.3537
Mail: 502 E. Boone Ave., AD Box 26
Spokane, WA 99258


Harman Khare, Ph.D.

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 at the GU Tribology Research Laboratory. Before 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 graduate training was 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 characterization of various solid lubricants such as diamond-like carbon coatings, alumina-PTFE nanocomposites and aluminum-matrix nanocomposites.


Thomas Walters
BS Mechanical Eng ‘20


Jack Burns
BS Mechanical Eng ‘20


Kimbrell Larouche
BS Mechanical Eng ‘19

I am currently a senior at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA pursuing my degree in Mechanical Engineering.  I grew up in the outdoors in Carbondale, CO, where I developed my passion for design.  My hobbies outside of school include telemark skiing, unicycling, ski-biking, and songwriting.  This past year, I began designing a reciprocating tribometer for Gonzaga's Tribology Research Laboratory.  I am the lead designer of the instrument, which will be used for testing material and tribological properties of polymer nanocomposites.   


Braden Cote
BS Mechanical Eng ‘20

Design for Environmental Microtribometry


William Smith
BS Eng Management ‘20

At the GU Tribology Research Lab, I’ve led the design of a compression molding die for nanocomposite test specimen fabrication. Additionally, I’m designing a LabView interface for tribometer motion control - which includes control of motor position, velocity and acceleration. Outside the lab, I am an avid sports fan, and especially love GU basketball. I also enjoy hiking, climbing, and travelling to new countries


Brenden Miller
BS Mechanical Eng ‘22

I am a first year ME student at Gonzaga University. I aspire to get a doctoral degree in either biomedical or materials engineering. As a part of Dr. Khare’s research team, I am responsible for machining the instruments as well as providing general help.