Sandip Haldar (Postdoctoral Fellow)
Sandip is Postdoctoral Fellow in the group working in the project on developing instrumentation for in situ optical monitoring of TBCs for gas turbines applications. He obtained his PhD in Mechanics and Materials fromthe University of Maryland, College Park , working on bioinspired composite sandwich structures. Sandip’s research background is in the area of Experimental Mechanics of Materials, especially for composite materials using mechanical testing, microscale characterization, Digital Image Correlation, and Finite Element Analysis. Sandip joined the lab in Spring 2018.
Matt is pursuing a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering with a focus on Space Systems Design and Engineering. He completed his Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 2016 at UCF, then worked for two years as a design engineer at American Civil Engineering Company in Orlando before deciding to devote his time to research and to pursue a graduate degree in the Aerospace field. He is interested in orbital and structural mechanics as well as materials science. He joined the lab in Fall 2016 as an undergraduate studying CMAS effects on TBCs, then rejoined in Spring 2018 to work on PS-PVD TBCs. In his free time, he enjoys listening to fictional audiobooks, traveling, and playing sports.
Estefania is an graduate student currently pursuing a Master’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. She obtained her Bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Structural Engineering and a technical degree on AutoCAD drafting. She has successfully completed internships with The Walt Disney Co. as a Structural Engineering Intern, and with Siemens Energy for both Power and Gas and the service sector; she worked on the main hot gas path turbine components. In January 2017, she joined the lab as a participant in the IRES: US-Germany Collaboration program and is now lead of the CMAS group and co-lead of the PS-PVD project.
Susanne Henninger (Visiting until Spring 2018)
Susanne is currently pursuing her Master´s degree in Nanotechnology at the Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany). She is conducting research for her master thesis at UCF and is focusing on characterizing additively manufactured nickel-based superalloy CMSX-4. Synchrotron measurements of the superalloy were taken in a study conducted at the Argonne National Laboratory. She has successfully completed internships at Siemens (Power and Gas) and Infineon Technologies (electroplating). She also worked as a student assistant at the Fraunhofer research organization in the area of semiconductors.
Mohamed is currently a PhD student at UCF majoring in mechanical engineering systems. He worked at AL-khlaig Oil Company, Benghazi, Libya in 2010 as a maintenance engineer, Mitsubishi Air Condition Company, Benghazi, Libya in 2013 as sales/maintenance engineer, and teaching assistant at UCF since 2015 to present. His research interest is piezospectroscopic determination of alumina(ceramic) at high temperature and particulate composites (single particle of alumina in epoxy). He had his masters degree, mechanical engineering, from UCF Spring 2015. He is enjoying his research now due to learning new aerospace materials applications. He loves playing soccer and cooking. He joined the team in Fall 2016.
José is currently a PhD student at UCF majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He also works as a design and analysis engineer with NASA at Kennedy Space Center. His research interest include nondestructive evaluation methods, analytical methods for both materials and classical mechanics, optomechanical systems, and micro propulsion. José has two Master’s degree, one in Mechanical Engineering and another in Space Systems, both from the Florida Institute of Technology (2012). He has over 10 years of professional experience in the aerospace industry working in modeling and analysis of mechanical components using finite element methods and rigid body dynamics.
Sanjida is pursuing her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering after completing her Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at UCF. She completed her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 2013 from Military Institute of Science & Technology in Bangladesh. Sanjida gained 2 years of professional experience as an Aircraft Maintenance Planning Engineer in an airline of Bangladesh. She was a graduate teaching assistant at MAE department of UCF from Fall 2016 to Summer 2017. She joined Raghavan Research Group in Fall 2016 and now she is devoted to research as a graduate research assistant. Currently she is working on a Department of Energy-funded project focusing on advanced instrumentation systems for thermal barrier coatings of turbine blades. She also received a Siemens fellowship to conduct her research in this field. Her previous work was on non-destructive techniques to characterize hybrid carbon fiber reinforced polymer composites and to improve its use in aerospace industry. In her leisure time, she enjoys reading space/spacecraft articles, biking and traveling.
Quentin is a Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering student from France pursuing his PhD at UCF and focusing on brand new materials to equip turbine blades, especially on the additively manufactured CMSX-4, a Nickel-based superalloy created using Electron Beam Melting. He joined the lab in Fall 2016 and led, in collaboration with the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the team that conducted in November 2016 X-ray synchrotron experiments on CMSX-4 at Argonne National Laboratory. In the past, he already worked three months in Dr. Raghavan’s Research Group, in Summer 2015, as a visiting student, taking part in the Hybrid Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer research project led by Imad Hanhan and Dr. Raghavan and co-authoring two publications on this research field. He earned in 2016 a Master’s degree in Materials Science Engineering (obtained at the École Polytechnique de l’Université de Nantes, France and valued through its completion in a European program at the University of Seville, Spain). He also worked as a Design Engineer at Unilaser, Seville an aerospace company that specialized in 3D laser cutting and welding. Quentin is passionate about planes, and he loves traveling and learning languages. He also likes running, swimming, and playing the guitar.
Lin is pursuing a Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering. In her time as a member of Raghavan Research Group, she has been part of a field team that conducted synchrotron x-ray diffraction studies of additively manufactured superalloys for high-temperature applications at Argonne National Laboratory. As part of this work, she developed a novel method of obtaining images for digital image correlation at high temperature. She spent 10 weeks in summer 2017 conducting research in Cologne, Germany in collaboration with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) as part of the IRES program, and has been selected for a Fulbright award. The award will allow her to spend 10 months conducting research with DLR in Germany, beginning in September 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys sewing, gardening, and reading science fiction. She joined the lab as an undergraduate in the spring of 2016.
Remelisa is currently a student at University of Central Florida (UCF) who is pursuing her Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering with a focus on Space Systems Design and Engineering. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (2016). As an undergraduate student, she published two research papers in ERAU’s Beyond: Undergraduate Research Journal pertaining to surfactant solution fluid properties and their applications to engineering systems. Due to her research experience, she developed interest in research and continues to pursue it at UCF. She now works as a graduate research assistant and is a member of Raghavan Research Group. She is currently working on optimizing stress sensing technology so that it is commercially viable for non-destructive testing in the aerospace industry. In her spare time, Remelisa enjoys doing arts and crafts, running, traveling, and learning new things.