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

 

Dr. Benjamin Boesl
Co-Principal Investigator. Professor 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

Post Doc Fellows

Dr. Cheng Zhang
Postdoctoral Researcher
Research Interests
Ultrahigh Temperature Ceramics (UHTCs); Graphene Foam (GrF) and Ceramics-GrF Composites; Spark Plasma Sintering and Plasma Spray.
Email
czhan009@fiu.edu
Office
EC3232

Dr. Tony Thomas
Postdoctoral Associate
Research Interests
New Material Development; High Temperature Oxide and Carbide Ceramics; Metallurgy; Process Design and Optimization; Thermodynamic Modelling; Advanced Material Characterization; Energy Harvesting Materials.
Email
tonthoma@fiu.edu
Office
EC2656
Phone Number
(304) 212-1598

Dr. Tanaji Paul
Postdoctoral Researcher
Research Interests
Ultrasonic Cavitation Processing; Casting; Light Metal Matrix Nanocomposites; Nanomechanics; Spark Plasma Sintering; Bulk Metallic Glasses.
Email
tpaul@fiu.edu
Office
EC3232

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
EC3230

Doctoral Students

Pranjal Nautiyal
Ph.D. Student
Research Interests
Boron Nitride Nanotubes; Graphene Foam; Nanocomposites; Cold Spray; Nanomechanics and In-situ Mechanics of Advanced Materials & Nano/Microarchitectures.
Email
pnaut001@fiu.edu
Office
EC3230
Phone number
(305) 348-6552

Masters Students

Tyler Dolmetsch
Graduate Research Assistant
Research Interests
Nanomechanics and In-situ Mechanics of Advanced Materials.
Email
tdolm001@fiu.edu
Office
OU112

Giuseppe Bianco
Graduate Research Assistant
Research Interests
Artificial intelligence and machine learning applied to material sciences. 
Email
Gbian007@fiu.edu
Office
OU112

Undergraduate Students

Catalina Young
Undergraduate Student Researcher
Research Interests
Space Materials such as Ultra High Temperature Ceramics, which I currently work on, and Bio-Compatible Materials, which I hope to work on in the future.
Email
cyoun050@fiu.edu
Office
EC3232
Phone Number
(305) 348-3608

Nicole Bacca
Undergraduate Student Researcher
Research Interests
Mechanical Properties of Materials used for MicroTUGS in Cell Culturing, and Deformation of Honeycomb Scaffolds used to strengthen Cardiomyocytes.
Email
nbacc006@fiu.edu

Noemie Denis
Undergraduate Student Researcher
Research Interests
Boron Nitride Nanotube Reinforced Metal Matrix Composites.
Email
ndeni007@fiu.edu
Office
EC2659
Phone Number
(305) 494-8099

Kazue Orikasa Lopez
Undergraduate Research
Research Interests
Study of Nanomechanical Properties of Advanced Materials through the Nanoindentation Technique.
Email
korik001@fiu.edu

Elisa Bravo
Undergraduate Research
Research Interests
Ultra High-Temperature Ceramics; Spark Plasma Sintering; Microfluidics.
Email
ebrav013@fiu.edu

Outreach & Research Coordinator

Beatriz Morillo
PRE-CCAP Outreach and Research Coordinator
CELL-MET Coordinator at FIU
Email
bmorillo@fiu.edu
Office
EC3475
Phone number
305-348-9945

Webmaster & Graphic Design

Laura Vergara
Webmaster, Graphic Design & Social Media
Email
lverg017@fiu.edu
Office
EC3230