Doctoral Students

  1. Dr. Tapas Laha (PhD, MSE, Fall 2006): Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Aluminum Based Nanocomposites by Thermal Spray Forming, working as an Associate Professor in the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering department at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur.
  2. Dr. Kantesh Balani (PhD, MSE, Summer 2007): Role of Carbon Nanotube in Fracture Toughening of Plasma Sprayed Aluminum Oxide Nanocomposite, working as an Associate Professor in the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering department at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur.
  3. Dr. Bakshi Srinivasa Rao (PhD, MSE, Summer 2009), Plasma and Cold Spraying of Aluminum Carbon Nanotube Composites: Quantification of Nanotube Distribution and Multi-scale Mechanical Properties, working as an Assistant Professor in the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering department at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Chennai.
  4. Dr. Anup Kumar Keshri, (PhD, MSE, Summer 2010), Comprehensive Process Maps to Synthesize High Density Plasma Sprayed Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Aluminum Oxide Coatings for Improved Mechanical and Wear Properties., working as an Assistant Professor in the Materials Engineering department at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Patna.
  5. Dr. Debrupa Lahiri, (PhD, MSE, Summer 2011), Hydroxyapatite-Nanotube Composites and Coatings for Orthopedic Implants, working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee.
  6. Dr. Sadegh Behdad: PhD (MSE, Fall 2015), Novel Ternary Magnesium-Tin Alloys by Microalloying, working as research engineer with Magic Leap (co-advised with Prof. Benjamin Boesl as Major Professor)
  7. Dr. Chris Rudolf, (PhD, Summer 2016), TaC-NbC Reinforced with Graphene Nanoplatelets, working as post-doctoral researcher at Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Washington DC, (co-advised with Prof. Benjamin Boesl as Major Professor)
  8. Dr. Cheng Zhang, (PhD Fall 2016), Oxidation Behavior of HfC-TaC based Ultrahigh Temperature Ceramics, working as post-doctoral researcher at Plasma Forming  Laboratory, FIU (co-advised with Prof. Benjamin Boesl as Major Professor)

Masters Students

  1. Gabriela Gonzalez (MS, MSE, Fall 2004): Characterization of Vacuum Plasma Sprayed Tantalum Carbide, presently working as Materials and Production Engineer at Toyota.
  2. Venkata B. Pasumarthi, (MS, MSE, Summer 2007): Reaction Synthesis of MAX Phases by Plasma Spraying, presently working as Software Engineer
  3. Sunil Anand Musali (MS, MSE, Fall 2007), Plasma Processing Maps for Ceramic Coatings using In-flight Particle Sensor, presently working as Process Engineer/Thermal spray at F.W Gartner , Thermal Spraying Ltd., Houston, Texas.
  4. Jorge P. Tercero (MS, MSE, Summer 2008), Effect of Nanosize Reinforcement on Plasma Sprayed Hydroxyapatite’s Mechanical Properties and Biocompatibility, presently working as Technical Service Engineer in Titan America.
  5. Riken Patel, (MS, MSE, Summer 2009), An Experimental and Computational Algorithm for Near Net Shape Fabrication of Thin Walled Ceramic Structures by Plasma Spray Forming, presently working as Project Engineer in A&A Thermal Spray Company.
  6. Di Wang, (MS, MSE, Fall 2009), Wear Behavior of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene-Carbon Nanotube Composite.
  7. Andy Nieto, (MS, MSE, Spring 2013), Graphene Nanoplatelet Reinforced Tantalum Carbide by Spark Plasma Sintering, PhD student at University of California Davis from Fall 2013.
  8. Kalty Vazquez, (MS, MSE, Fall 2013), Synthesis of Carbon Nanotubes Using High Voltage and High Frequency Induction Fields.
  9. Sara Rengifo, (MS, MSE, Spring 2015), A Comparison of Graphene and Tungsten Disulfide based 2D Solid Lubricant Additives to Aluminum.
  10. Leslie Embrey, (MS, MSE, Spring 2017), 3D Graphene Reinforced Epoxy Composites.
  11. Louiza Fontoura, (MS, MSE Spring 2017), Metallic Coating on Graphene Platelets.
  12. Ana Exime Tyndle, (MS, MSE Fall 2017), Ultrasonic Processing of Aluminum based Alloys and Composites.

Undergraduate Student Researchers

  1. Brandon Potens (FIU, 2003): Plasma Engineered Nanospherical Ceramic Powders.
  2. Melanie Andara (FIU, 2004-05): Plasma Sprayed Hydroxyapatite -Nanotube Coatings.
  3. Jorge Tercero (FIU, 2006-07): Plasma Sprayed Hydroxyapatite Coatings.
  4. Tanisha Richard (FIU, 2008): Biodegradable Polymer- Nanotube Composites.
  5. Suvrat Bhargava (Vellore Institute of Technology, India, 2008): Splat Formation Simulation During Plasma Spraying.
  6. David Axel Virzi (FIU, 2008-10): Synthesis of Ultrahigh Temperature Tantalum Carbide.
  7. Jonathan Solomon (University of Florida, 2009): Wear Behavior of Plasma Sprayed Hydroxyapatite Coatings.
  8. Akanksha Bhargava (Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, India, January-April 2010): Object Oriented Finite Element Method for Simulating Mechanical and Thermal Properties of Nanotube Reinforced Composites.
  9. Sanat Ghosh (Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India, May-July 2010): Tribology of Advanced Materials.
  10. Samarth Thomas (FIU, January 2011 onwards: Plasma Spraying of Advanced Materials.
  11. Jason Jeffrey Usher (Drexel University, March-September 2011), Laser Engineered Aluminum Coatings.
  12. Lovish Behl (Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, May-July 2011), Tribology of Bulk Metallic Glasses.
  13. Mikael Thiesse (INSA de Lyon, Cedex, France, May-July 2011), Macro-scale Tribological Properties of UHMWPEPE-GNP Composites.
  14. Francoise Hec (INSA de Lyon, Cedex, France, May-July 2011), Nano-scale Tribological Properties of UHMWPE-GNP Composites.
  15. Gianni Jimenez, (FIU, Summer 2013), Electrical Properties of Plasma Sprayed Sensors and Coatings.
  16. Pranjal Nautiyal, (IIT Delhi, Summer 2014), Nanoindentation based Creep of Mg Alloys.
  17. Eddy Ones, (Brown University, Summer 2015), Processing-Structure-Property Relationships in 3D Printed Polymers
  18. Daniela Montero, (FIU, Fall 2015 onward), 3D Printed PLA-Graphene Scaffolds.
  19. Melania Antillon, (FIU, Summer 2016 onward), TaC-NbC based Ultrahigh Temperature Ceramics.
  20. Laura Reyes, (FIU, Fall 2015 onward), Green Tribology.
  21. Jenniffer Bustillos, (FIU, Summer 2016 onward), 3D Graphene Foam Reinforced Silicone Composite.
  22. Arturo Toro, (John Hopkins University, Summer 2016 and 2017), Crystallography of Advanced Materials

Post-Doctoral/Visiting Scientist Supervision

  1. Yao Chen: April 24, 2006- May 30, 2008. Currently as Professor in Soochow University, China.
  2. Tapas Laha: January 1-July 30, 2007. Currently as Associate Professor in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, India.
  3. Kantesh Balani: July 2, 2007-June 30, 2008 and June-July 2010. Currently as Associate Professor in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, India.
  4. Ruben Galiano Batista: April 18-September 30, 2008.
  5. Srinivasa Rao Bakshi: August 15, 2009-December 1, 2010. Currently as Associate Professor in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, India.
  6. Anup Kumar Keshri: August 17, 2010-February 28, 2011. Currently as Assistant Professor in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Patna, India.
  7. Dr. Sybille Facca, Orthopedic Surgeon, University of Strasbourg, France, Nov. 15, 2010- May 15, 2011
  8. Dr. Mingdong Bao, Assistant Professor, Ningbo University of Technology, China, May 16, 2011-May 15, 2012.
  9. Debrupa Lahiri, Post-Doctoral Researcher, August 2011-December 2012, Currently as Assistant Professor in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee, India
  10. Suresh Babu Pitchuka, Scientist, International Advanced Research Center for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), India, June 2012- May 2013.
  11. Ugur Cavdar, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Machine and Metal Technologies, Celal Bayar University, Manisa, Turkey, July-September 2012.
  12. Dr. Mubarak Mujawar, Post-Doctoral Researcher, October 2016 onward.
  13. Dr. Harpreet Sidhar, Post-Doctoral Researcher, January 2017 onward.
  14. Dr. Lin Wang, Post-Doctoral Researcher, January to December 2017
  15. Dr. Manuel Alberteris, Post-Doctoral Researcher, February 2017 to January 2018