Ashley and Greg performed summer research at Boeing Seattle
NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC)
The NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) was formed in 1989, when NASA implemented the national Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. It is a voluntary association of seventeen public and private Florida Universities and colleges led by the University of Central Florida. FSGC supports the expansion and diversification of Florida’s space industry, through providing grants, scholarships, and fellowships to students and educators from Florida’s public and private institutes of higher education.
Lin Rossmann was awarded the FSGC Masters Fellowship for the academic year 2017-2018. The purpose of this program is to award students pursuing research in areas that NASA has identified as critical to their missions for the next ten years, and Lin has been heavily involved in research conducting synchrotron x-ray diffraction studies of additively manufactured superalloys for high-temperature applications. She has also been apart of a field team working at Argonne National Laboratory, and spending the summer conducting research in collaboration with the German Aerospace Center as part of the IRES program.
Taiason was awarded the Florida Space Research Program (FSRP) in 2017. She received the grant for her studies in PS-PVD (Plasma Spray Physical Vapor Deposition). She is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree majoring in aerospace engineering and minoring in business. She has been conducting research with the team since January of 2017.
Estenfania was awarded the Florida Space Research Program (FSRP) in 2017. She received the grant for her studies in PS-PVD (Plasma Spray Physical Vapor Deposition). She is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree majoring in civil engineering with an emphasis in structural engineering and a technical degree on AutoCAD drafting. She has been conducting research with the team since January of 2017 as a participant of the IRES program.
National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellows
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship program (GRFP) is a highly competitive and extremely prestigious program which provides support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research. The ranks of NSF Fellows include individuals who have made transformative breakthroughs in science and engineering research and have become leaders in their chosen careers and Nobel laureates. Nationwide, more than 16,000 thousand student apply, and 2,000 are selected from across the country. We’re very proud to have the following NSF Fellows from our research group:
Imad was awarded the NSF Fellowship in 2015. Imad joined the research team in the summer of 2013, and has been highly active in undergraduate research through the UCF Research and Mentoring Program (RAMP) and the NSF Innovation through Institutionalized Integration (ICubed) fellowship. Imad has also completed an Honors in the Major thesis, and graduated in May 2015 with honors. While researching advanced composites and stress sensing, Imad has traveled and conducted research at the Canadian Light Source, as well as Purdue University. As an undergraduate, he has also published a number of conference papers and a journal paper, and was awarded best research poster at MAE Research Day 2014, top research talk at Purdue’s Summer Research Symposium 2014, and honorable mention at UCF undergraduate research showcase 2015. After graduating, Imad will be pursing his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University.
Sanna F. Siddiqui
Sanna F. Siddiqui was awarded the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship in 2013. Sanna Siddiqui is presently a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering with honors distinction (Magna Cum Laude) and a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering in Summer 2014. She has been the recipient of several honors including the President’s Honor Roll, Dean’s List, Who’s Who among students at UCF, NSF GRFP Fellowship and several scholarship awards. Sanna has also been awarded the Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship. The Amelia Earhart Fellowship is awarded to women across the world pursuing doctoral degrees in aerospace-related engineering and science disciplines. Among the 35 Fellows awarded worldwide in 2015, Sanna has been honored with this award. She joined Dr. Raghavan’s research lab in Spring 2012 and her research interest is in thermal barrier coatings (TBC). She enjoys traveling and reading novels.
Talia was awarded the NSF Fellowship in 2013. She graduated from UCF with her Bachelor’s degree and was highly active in undergraduate research in the area of Thermal Barrier Coatings. She also presented at the AIAA SciTech conference in 2012.
Spencer Frank was awarded the NSF Graduate research fellowship in 2012. The award will support Spencer as he pursues his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley. With over 3 years of undergraduate research background in our laboratory with various contributions in areas of turbine blade flutter, piezospectroscopy and mechanics of nanocomposites, we know that Spencer is more than ready for his next endeavor. The program recognizes and supports outstanding students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF’s mission.
Ashley was awarded the NSF Graduate research fellowship in 2011. Ashley was an active undergraduate researcher working on high impact research in our laboratory. In addition to her excellent academic and research portfolio, she has been active in mentoring and volunteering efforts. Ashley’s research has been funded by the UCF Office of Research and Commercialization In-house Research Grant. Ashley has been supported by the Undergraduate Research Initiative by the UCF Office of Research and Commercialization. Ashley graduated with her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from UCF.
Rene was awarded the NSF Graduate research fellowship in 2011. Rene was an active undergraduate researcher working on high impact research in our laboratory. In addition to his excellent academic and research portfolio, he has been active in mentoring and volunteering efforts. Rene’s research has been funded by FCAAP and the NSF I-cubed program. Rene has been supported by the Undergraduate Research Initiative by the UCF Office of Research and Commercialization.
Fulbright U.S. Program
The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.
Albert is doctoral engineering student in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Central Florida, and he has been given the opportunity of a lifetime. Albert has been offered the Fulbright Academic Grant Fellowship to Germany, where he will be working with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) as a part of his doctoral research in high temperature coatings for thermal protection systems with an application in jet turbine engines and for space planes. Additionally, Albert has been awarded the Order of Pegasus, which is the most prestigious and significant award a student can attain at the University of Central Florida. Order of Pegasus recognizes exemplary performance by UCF students in the areas of academic achievement, outstanding university involvement, leadership, and community service.