Ashley and Greg performed summer research at Boeing Seattle
Jessica Baker is currently an undergraduate student pursing her Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering along with a minor in Mathematics. She joined Vasu Lab in the spring of 2019 and began working on the IRES program with a research focus on combustion. She is a member of the Burnett Honors College and is an active member of the Honors Congress, SWE, and AIAA. In her free time, she enjoys going to concerts and playing video games.Contact: jessicablueb_at_knights.ucf.edu
Andrew Laich is currently a Ph.D. student studying Mechanical Engineering within the Thermal Fluids Track. He is a member of the Combustion, Propulsion, Laser Diagnostics & Absorption Sensors, and Fuels Laboratory (Vasu Lab) performing combustion kinetics research with an emphasis on aerospace and energy applications. He is also the recipient of the 2017 UCF ORC Fellowship. In addition to combustion science, Andrew enjoys traveling, nature, coffee and music.Contact: alaich_at_knights.ucf.edu
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. Since he joined the lab, he has manufactured TBC samples at the NASA Glenn Research Center and performed 2D XRD experiments on them. In his free time, he enjoys listening to fictional audiobooks, traveling, and playing sports.Contact: matthewnortham_at_knights.ucf.edu
Zac is an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering with an interest in aerospace materials research. He is a member of SEDS-UCF and in his spare time, he enjoys designing and building high-power rockets and learning and applying new skills, such as learning languages. While in the lab, Zac has studied the effects of CMAS on TBCs, which led him to perform experiments at Argonne National Laboratory during Summer 2018.Contact: steinzj_at_knights.ucf.edu
Michelle Otero is currently a graduate student pursuing a Ph.D in mechanical engineering. During her undergraduate years she interned at Northrup Grumman and Universal Studios. After working in industry her sophomore and junior year, she decided to do research her senior year with Dr. Ahmed in the Propulsion and Energy Research Lab (PERL) at UCF. After a semester working in the lab, she realized that she loved doing research and wanted to pursue her Ph.D. Her research focus is currently on thermoacoustic instabilities found in combustion chambers. In her spare time, she enjoys watching T.V. documentaries, especially of unsolved murder cases.
Luisana Calderon is currently a graduate student pursuing her master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. She is doing research at the Center for Advanced Turbomachinery and Energy Research (CATER) lab at UCF. She studies heat transfer and the fluid behavior of different cooling schemes used for turbine cooling.
Jalime Vargas is an undergraduate student pursuing her bachelor’s and master’s degree in aerospace engineering, with a focus on space systems, through the B.S. to M.S. program at UCF. She has been conducting research at the Propulsion and Energy Research Lab (PERL) with a focus on detonation wave propagation in hypersonic crossflows with the hopes of advancing propulsion technologies in space place engines since January 2017. Her research interests include deep space exploration propulsion and she has career goals of building spaceships for space exploration and colonization and commercializing space travel. Jalime is an NSF RAMP and NSF CAMP YES Entrepreneurship Scholar, an officer in STREET and SHPE Jr, and an active participant of AIAA, SWE, and SEDS.
Chance Barrett is currently a 2nd year PhD student in physics interested in material characterization with a focus on nanoscale time resolution. He graduated from Lincoln University (PA), in 2015 with a degree in physics and French. While he works under Dr. Laurene Tetard, Chance became a collaborator with the Raghavan Research CMAS group in the Fall of 2017
Estefania Bohorquez is an undergraduate student currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Structural Engineering and a technical degree on AutoCAD drafting along with a minor in Art History. She has successfully completed an internship with The Walt Disney Co. Architecture & Facilities Engineering Division as a Structural Engineering Intern. Currently, she works as a Structural Engineering Intern at Siemens Energy, Power, and Gas. Now, she is a participant in the IRES: US-Germany Collaboration project where she plans to implement what she has learned about the industry.
Debraliz Isaac Aragones is currently an undergraduate aerospace engineering student working on her bachelor’s and master’s degree through the B.S. to M.S. program at UCF. She transferred to UCF from Lake Sumter State College in the spring of 2016. She has been a member of the Raghavan Research Group since the spring of 2018 when she joined the IRES program. Her research focus is characterizing additively manufactured Ni-based superalloys. She is a recipient of the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando and is an active member of their community. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising and reading.
Lin Rossmann is currently an undergraduate student studying mechanical engineering and is interested in materials research. In her spare time, she enjoys sewing, gardening, and reading science fiction.
Owen Pryor is currently a Ph.D. student studying Mechanical Engineering with a focus on combustion kinetics and propulsion systems. He is a recipient of the UCF ORC, FSGC DIF, and USAF Summer Faculty fellowships.
Jose Cotelo is a graduating senior in mechanical engineering. His previous research and academic experience include a semester abroad in the UK, a summer research experience at the University of California, Irvine, and two years of simulation and experimental mechanics research with the Mechanics of Materials Research Group at UCF. He has long-term aspirations of becoming a professor and will be pursuing a Ph.D. program in mechanical engineering upon graduating.
Zachary Crain is an undergraduate Aerospace Engineering student. He is interested in researching WIPOX matrix applications for aerospace materials. He is currently an Aviation Design Lead for AIAA@UCF and a participant in the IRES: US-Germany Collaboration project. He enjoys spending his free time playing golf and learning acoustic guitar.
Wilson Perez is currently an undergraduate student studying Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering. He currently does research on next-generation adhesive strength and is also interested in advanced aerospace materials. He is a McNair Scholar and his hobbies include playing music and skateboarding. He will be graduating Spring 2016.
Brooke Sarley is currently an undergraduate student studying Mechanical Engineering, with a focus on materials. She is researching additively manufactured superalloys with applications in the aerospace field, under a ICubed and RAMP fellowship programs. In addition to materials engineering, Brooke enjoys participating in cross-cultural education and collaboration.