Principal Investigator

Dr. 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

Research Assistant Professor

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: chenzhan@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: anisar@fiu.edu
                                                                                Office: EC2656

 


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: EC2656

 


Dr. Sohail Mohammed
Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Interests

Fatigue & Fracture, Material Characterization, CNT Reinforced Composites, Lightweight Materials, Powder Metallurgy, Welding & Joining, Heterogeneous & Hybrid Composites, Solid Mechanics
Email: smohamme@fiu.edu
                                                                                Office: EC2655


Dr. Sarvesha Rajashekara
Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Interests

Micro-mechanical testing, in situ microstructure evolution, X-ray micro-tomography, Mg alloys, Electron microscopy, deformation behavior of metallic materials. ​
Email: srajashe@fiu.edu
Office: EC2655

 


Dr. Luiza Benedetti
Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Interests
2D nanoplatelets, high-performance thermoplastics and thermosets, nanocomposites foams, materials characterization
Email: lbenedet@fiu.edu
Office: EC2655

Doctoral Students

Tyler Dolmetsch
Graduate Research Assistant

Research Interests

Nanomechanics and In-situ Mechanics of Advanced Materials.

Email: tdolm001@fiu.edu
Office: EC3180


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: EC3180

 

 


Riddhi Joshi
Graduate Research Assistant

Research Interests

Predicting thermos-mechanical properties of advanced coatings through microstructure-based finite element analysis.
Email: rjosh009@fiu.edu
Office: EC3180


Abhijith Sukumaran
Graduate Research Assistant

Research Interests

Tribology, metal coatings, implant tribology, aerospace coatings, composite materials, bio lubricants.
Email: asuku002@fiu.edu


Denny John
Graduate Research Assistant

Research Interests

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

Email: djohn286@fiu.edu


Blanca

Blanca Palacios
Graduate Research Assistant

Research Interests

Additive Manufacturing, Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing, Mechanical properties of Advanced Materials, Mechatronics systems applied to material sciences.

Email: bpala021@fiu.edu


Omar

Omar Ali Blandon
Graduate Research Assistant

Research Interests

Industrial and experimental research, advanced materials behavior and applications, polymeric materials, nanofibers, process and product development/scalability under experimental and industrial conditions.

Email: oblan021@fiu.edu


Kazue Orikasa Lopez
Graduate Research Assistant

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


Anil Lama

Graduate Research Assistant

Research Interests

Cold Spray, Additive Manufacturing, Plasma spray, Tribology.

Email: alama043@fiu.edu

Master Students


Brandon Aguiar
Graduate Research Assistant

Research Interests

Ultrasonic Treatment on Aluminum and High Speed imaging.
Email: bagui020@fiu.edu
Office: EC3180

 


Priscila Oliveira
Graduate Research Assistant

Research Interests

Addition of 2D nanomaterials in polymer matrices to improve polymer properties such as electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, corrosion resistance, and wear resistance for the automotive and aerospace industries.
Email: poliv032@fiu.edu

Undergraduate Students


Samuel Ovalle
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Research Interest:

Additive manufacturing and automated systems for fabrication of components with advanced materials.

Email: soval003@fiu.edu


Katrina Rodriguez
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Research Interest:

Corrosion of Additively Manufactured Parts

Email: krodr393@fiu.edu


Hans Laureles
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Research Interest:

Graphene Nanoplatelet foam – Polymer composites for aerospace applications

Email: hlaur006@fiu.edu


Gia Garino
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Research Interest:

Ultra High Temperature Ceramics and aerospace coatings​​.

Email: ggari005@fiu.edu


Matty Sey
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Research Interest:

Nano indentation of mechanical properties​.

Email: msey002@fiu.edu


Outreach & Research Coordinator

Beatriz Morillo

ColRAD: Cold Spray and Rapid Deposition Research Coordinator
CELL-MET Coordinator at FIU

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