Principal Investigator

Dr. Arvind Agarwal
Principal Investigator. Professor and chair of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Research Interests
Carbon nanotube reinforced composites and coatings, plasma spray, surface engineering, nanomechanics and nanotribology, bioceramic coatings, nanomechanics of biological cells and spark plasma sintering.
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
Postdoc 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

Doctoral Students

Pranjal Nautiyal
PhD 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
(305) 348-6552

Adeyinka Idowu
Research Assistant/PhD Candidate
Research Interests
Advanced Polymer Nanocomposites
Email
aidow002@fiu.edu
Office
EC3232

Archana Loganathan
PhD Candidate
Research Interests
I am currently working on spark plasma sintering of 2D nitride and carbide based materials. The main objective is to study the multiscale mechanical, tribological properties and understand the deformation mechanism of bulk 2D materials by in-situ technique.
Email
aloga006@fiu.edu
Office
EC3230

Sadhana Bhusal
Graduate student
Research Interests
I am currently working in the simulation of the plasma sprayed coatings using computational tools. My research interest lies in the optimization and the development of superior quality coatings. Also, I am interested in the study of heat transfer.
Email
sbhus001@fiu.edu
Office
EC3230
Phone Number
(786) 779-1354

Xiaolong Lu
Visiting PhD Student
Research Interests
Boron Nitride Nanoplatelets reinforced composite coatings, plasma spray, laser cladding
Email
xialu@fiu.edu
Office
EC2659

Masters Students

Jenniffer Bustillos
Graduate Research Assistant
Research Interests
Synthesis, processing and the macro/micro mechanics in reinforced composite materials. Synthesis of composites via 3D Printing and their deformation properties.
Email
jbust035@fiu.edu
Office
EC3455
Phone Number
(305) 348-3608

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

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

Rodolfo Fernandez
Undergraduate Student Researcher
Research Interests
Spark Plasma Sintering Computational Modeling. Materials for aerospace applications such as Ultra High Temperature Ceramics (UHTC) and the sintering processes behind them. Plasma spray and Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS).
Email
rfern245@fiu.edu
Office
OU112
Phone Number
(786) 603-6550

Briana Canet
Undergraduate Student Researcher
Research Interests
New material development, multi-walled carbon nanotubes, boron nitride nanoplatelets, extrusion type 3D printing of biocompatible polymers
Email
bcane005@fiu.edu
Office
EC2656
Phone Number
(786) 368-7810

Nicole Baca
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

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

Outreach & Research Coordinator

Beatriz Morillo
PRECCAP Outreach and Research Coordinator
Email
bmorillo@fiu.edu
Office
EC3475
Phone number
305-348-9945