Principal Investigator

DR. AADr. Arvind Agarwal
Principal Investigator. Distinguished University Professor and Chair, AMERI Director

Research Interests

Plasma and Cold Spray based Additive Manufacturing; Surface Engineering; Spark Plasma Sintering; Boron Nitride Nanotube and Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Composites and Coatings; Graphene Foam; Ultrahigh Temperature Ceramics; Nanomechanics and Nanotribology; Nanomechanics of Bio and Soft Materials

Email: agarwala@fiu.edu
Office: EC3474
Phone Number: (305) 348-1701


Dr. Benjamin Boesl
Co-Principal Investigator. Associate Professor, Associate Chair, and Director of Undergraduate Program of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests

Solid Mechanics; Fracture Mechanics; In Situ Mechanical Testing; High Strain Rate/Dynamic Material Response, and Processing-Structure-Property Relationships.

Email: bboesl@fiu.edu
Office: 
EC3172
Phone Number: 
(305) 348-3028

Research Assistant Professor

CHENG ZHANG Post Doc

Dr. Cheng Zhang
Research Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Ultrahigh Temperature Ceramics (UHTCs); Graphene Foam (GrF) and Ceramics-GrF Composites; Spark Plasma Sintering, Plasma Spray and Cold Spray.

Email: czhan009@fiu.edu
Office: EC2659


Tanaji Paul

Dr. Tanaji Paul
Research Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Cold Spray, Ultrasonic Casting, Nanomechanics, Composites, Metallic Glass, Spark Plasma Sintering

Email: tpaul@fiu.edu
Office: EC3232

Postdoctoral Researcher 

Dr. Ambreen Nisar
Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Interests

Ultra High Temperature Ceramics; CNT Reinforced Composites; Functionally Graded Ceramics; Surface Engineering.

Email: nisar.ambreen@gmail.com
Office: EC3270


Dr. Lihua Lou

Dr. Lihua Lou
Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Interests

Fabrication and environmental/biomedical applications of electrospinning nanofiber or nanofiber/functional matters composites; Nano-mechanics of functional materials.

Email: llou@fiu.edu
Office: EC3270

Doctoral Students

Tyler Dolmetsch
Graduate Research Assistant

Research Interests

Nanomechanics and In-situ Mechanics of Advanced Materials.

Email: tdolm001@fiu.edu
Office: EC3230


Giuseppe-Bianco

Giuseppe Bianco
Graduate Research Assistant

Research Interests

Artificial intelligence and machine learning applied to material sciences and manufacturing.

Email: Gbian007@fiu.edu
Office: EC3230


Riddhi Joshi
Graduate Research Assistant

Research Interests

Predicting thermos-mechanical properties of advanced coatings through microstructure-based finite element analysis.

Email: rjosh009@fiu.ed
Office: EC3230


Abhijith Sukumaran
Graduate Research Assistant

Research Interests

Tribology, metal coatings, implant tribology, aerospace coatings, composite materials, bio lubricants.

Email: asuku002@fiu.edu


Preyojon Dey
Graduate Research Assistant

Research Interests

Two-Dimensional Materials Reinforced Polymer Composites

Email: pdey004@fiu.edu


Denny John
Graduate Research Assistant

Research Interests

Additive Manufacturing, Cold Spray, Plasma Spray, Spark Plasma Sintering.

Email: djohn286@fiu.edu

Undergraduate Students

Nicole Bacca
Undergraduate Student Researcher

Research Interests

Mechanical properties of aerospace materials and resistance of these materials to extreme planetary environments.

Email: nbacc006@fiu.edu


Kazu

Kazue Orikasa Lopez
Undergraduate Research

Research Interests

Integration of 2D materials and polymers to create composites that exhibit improved mechanical and electrical properties to develop aerospace technologies.

Freeze-drying processing of ultra-high temperature ceramics.

Mechanical characterization of ultra-soft materials and biomaterials

Email: korik001@fiu.edu


Hervangelot Lordeus
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Research Interest

Corrosion of additively manufactured, Plasma Spray

Email: hlord002@fiu.edu


Lia Paolino

Lia Paolino
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Research Interest:

Tissue engineering, Mechanical properties of soft materials and biomaterials

Email: lpaol002@fiu.edu


Brandon Aguiar
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Research Interests

Ultrasonic Treatment on Aluminum and High Speed imaging.

Email: bagui020@fiu.edu

Outreach & Research Coordinator

Beatriz Morillo
PRE-CCAP Outreach and Research Coordinator
ColRAD: Cold Spray and Rapid Deposition Research Coordinator

CELL-MET Coordinator at FIU

Email: bmorillo@fiu.edu Phone number: 305-348-9945

Student Graphic Designer

Maria Mendez
Student Graphic Designer

Email: mmend295@fiu.edu

Webmaster

Nicholas Gonzalez
Webmaster

Email: nsgonzal@fiu.edu