People - Former

Former Graduate Students

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Kenneth McCown
kenneth.mccown@gmail.com

M.S. Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, 2014
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2012

Current Position:
SpaceX, McGregor, TX

Research:
Liquid and Monopropellant Burning Rates

Awards & Other:
UG Research Assistant, 2010-2012

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Alejandro Camou
camou11@neo.tamu.edu

M.S. Candidate, Mechanical Engineering
B.S.,Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2011

Current Position:
Solar Turbine, San Diago, CA

Research:
Shock-Tube Kinetics, Optical Diagnostics

Awards & Honors:
UG Research Assistant, 2011
Foundation Excellence Award, 2010-2011

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Drew Plichta
plic3@neo.tamu.edu

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2013
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Brown University, 2010

Current Position:
Houston, TX

Research:
Laminar Flame Speed

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Lori Sandberg
lsandberg@neo.tamu.edu

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2013
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Wyoming, 2010

Current Position:
Boeing, Seattle, WA

Research:
Aerosol Shock Tube

Awards & Honors:
Boeing Internship, 2011
Goddard NASA Academy, 2009

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Brandon Marks
bdm@tamu.edu

M.S.,Mechanical Engineering, 2013
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of South Florida, 2011

Current Position:
Parametric Solutions, Jupiter, FL

Research:
Combustion Kinetics

Awards & Honors:
TAMU Mechanical Engineering Departmental Fellowship, 2011
UG Research Assistant, USF, 2009-2010

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Christopher Aul
caul@tamu.edu

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, 2013
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2009
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Central Florida, 2006

Current Position:
Houston, TX

Research:
Visiting Researcher, Lehrstuhl für Thermodynamik, TU-München, Summer 2009
Shock-tube Kinetics, Optical Diagnostics

Awards & Other:
Visiting Researcher, Argonne National Laboratory, Feb. 2011
Staff Scientist Assistant (casual), The Aerospace Corporation, 2010-2012

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Brian Hogan
brian.c.hogan@gmail.com

Ph.D. Candidate, 2009-present
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, New Mexico State University, 2009
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, New Mexico State University, 2005

Current Position:
Houston, TX

Research:
Soot Formation in Shock Tubes, Optical Diagnostics 

Awards & Honors:
Eagle Scout

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Tyler Allen
erran911@neo.tamu.edu

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2013
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2011

Current Position:
IBM, Oregon

Research:
Solid Propellant Chemistry

Awards & Other:
UG Research Assistant, 2009 – 2011

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Carmen Helena Osorio
carmenhelena@tamu.edu

Ph.D., Materials Engineering, 2013(Chemical Engineering)
Primary Advisor: Dr. Sam Mannan
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Industrial University of Santander, Colombia

Current Position:
, Houston, TX

Research:
Chemistry of Fire Suppressants

Awards & Honors:
Member of Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center
HBCU/MI Scholarship 2007 – 2008

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Brandon Rotavera
rotavera@neo.tamu.edu

Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Engineering, 2012
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2009
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Central Florida, 2006

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Researcher, Sandia National Laboratory, Livermore, CA

Research:
Shock tube experiments of higher-order hydrocarbons, optical diagnostics

Awards & Other:
Fowler Graduate Fellowship, 2009-2010
Visiting Researcher, CNRS Orleans, Summer 2009
UG Research Assistant, UCF, 2006 

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Madeleine Kopp
mmkopp1@neo.tamu.edu

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2012
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2010

Current Position:
Stress Engineering Services

Research:
shock-tube ignition kinetics

Awards & Honors:
UG Research Assistant, 2009 – 2010
Schlumberger Pi Tau Sigma Scholarship, 2009

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Michael Krejci
mck1887@neo.tamu.edu

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2012
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2010

Current Position:
Cameron, Houston, TX

Research:
High-pressure laminar flame speeds 

Awards & Honors:
UG Research Assistant, 2009 – 2010

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Will Warren
william.c.warren@tamu.edu

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2012
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Alabama, 2010

Current Position:
Engineer, Space-X

Research:
Liquid rocket monopropellants

Awards & Honors:
CW Crawford Fellowship 2010 - 2011
UG Research Assistant, Alabama, 2009 – 2010

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Andrew Vissotski
andrewvissotski@neo.tamu.edu

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2012
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Boise State University 2010

Current Position:
Engineer, Baker-Hughes, Houston, TX

Research:
Heterogeneous flame propagation

Awards & Honors:
Ronald E. McNair Scholar 2008 - 2010
UG Research Assistant, Boise State, 2008 – 2010

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Marissa Brower
marissa.brower@gmail.com

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2012
B.S., Bioengineering, Rice University 2010

Current Position:
Engineer, Baker-Hughes, Houston, TX

Research:
High temperature gas dynamics

Awards & Honors:
Texas A&M Diversity Fellowship

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Corey Frazier
corey_fraz@yahoo.com

Ph.D. , Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2011
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Central Florida, 2007
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida, 2004

Current Position:
IBM, Oregon

Research:
solid rocket propellants, shock-tube heat transfer
Shock Wave Heat Transfer

Awards & Other:
Engineer, United Space Alliance

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Mitch Johnson
mitchjohnson05@neo.tamu.edu

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2012

Current Position:
Graduate Student, Northwestern University

Research:
Solid rocket propellants

Awards & Honors:
UG Research Assistant, 2010 – present

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John Pemelton
jmpemelton@gmail.com

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2011
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas Pan American, 2004

Current Position:

Research:
Shock-tube kinetics at elevated pressure

Awards & Honors:
Engineer, Boeing, 2005 – 2009

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Kevin Kreitz
kevink04@neo.tamu.edu

M.S. , Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2010
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2008

Current Position:
Engineer, National Instruments, Austin, TX

Research:
solid rocket propellants, emission spectroscopy

Awards & Other:
UG Research Assistant, 2008

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William Lowry
willlowry@neo.tamu.edu

M.S. , Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2010
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2008

Current Position:
Engineer, Baker Risk, San Antonio, TX

Research:
flame speed measurements

Awards & Other:
UG Research Assistant, 2008

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Nolan Polley
polley@neo.tamu.edu

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2010
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2008

Current Position:
National Instruments, Austin TX

Research:
Detonation wave propagation

Awards & Honors:
Lexmark, intern, summer 2007

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Nicole Donato
nicoledonato@neo.tamu.edu

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, 2009
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida, 2007

Current Position:
Schlumberger, Houston TX

Research:
Chemical kinetics, shock-tube ignition

Awards & Other:
UG Research Assistant, UCF, 2007
United Space Alliance, intern, fall 2005, summer 2006
CAE, intern, summer 2007

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Jaap De Vries
jaap2007@neo.tamu.edu

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, May 2009
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Central Florida, 2005
B.S., Aerospace, College of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2002

Current Position:
Senior Research Scientist, FM Global 

Research:
flame speed experiment, shock-tube ignition 

Awards & Other:
Best Graduate Student Instructor, Mech.l Eng., 2008-2009
Rolls-Royce Canada, Intern, Summer 2007
University of Duisburg-Essen, Visiting Researcher, Summer 2006
Second Place, Graduate Paper Competition, AIAA Southeastern Regional Student Conference, April 2005

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Mouna Lamnaouer
mounalamnaouer@yahoo.com

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, 2010 (UCF)
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida, 2004.

Current Position:
Siemens Power Generation, Orlando FL

Research:
shock-tube ignition, CFD shock-tube modeling

Awards & Honors:
UTSR Summer Intern Fellowship, Siemens, 2007, 2008

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Alexander Barrett
alexbarrett1@gmail.com

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2009
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida, 2005

Current Position:
Engineer, Siemens Power Generation 

Research:
laser absorption spectroscopy

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Troy Flaherty
troy_hair@hotmail.com

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Central Florida, 2009
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Central Florida, 2005.

Current Position:
Engineer, Harris Corporation 

Research:
shock-tube ignition of syngas

Awards & Other:
Harris Corporation, Engineer (full time), 2005-present

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Shatra Reehal
scsreehal@gmail.com

B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida, 2008

Research:
chemical kinetics, chemiluminescence reactions

Awards & Other:
Fowler Fellowship, 2008-2009
UG Research Assistant, UCF/TAMU, 2006-2008
NASA Langley, intern, summer 2007
Aerospace Corporation, intern, summer 2006

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Matthew Stephens
mstephens@neo.tamu.edu

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2008
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida, 2006

Awards & Other:
President, AIAA Student Branch, UCF, 2005-2006
UG Research Assistant, UCF, 2003-2006.

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Christopher Zinner
chris.zinner@gmail.com

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Central Florida, 2008

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Danielle Kalitan
kalitan@ge.com

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Central Florida, 2007
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Penn State University, 2005
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida, 2003

Awards & Other:
Florida Space Grant Consortium Fellow, 2005-2006
Visiting Researcher, National University of Ireland Galway, summer 2007
MTS, Aerospace Corporation, 2005-2007 (part time)
UG Researcher, UCF, 2002-2003

Current Position:
Research Scientist, GE Global Research

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Brian Walker
Brian.C.Walker@usa-spaceops.com

M.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida, 2007

Current Position:
Engineer, United Space Alliance

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Peter Himmerich
Peter.Himmerich@pwr.utc.com

M.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida, 2007

Current Position:
Engineer, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne

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Rodolphe Carro
legino@msn.com

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Central Florida, 2007

Current Position:
Engineer, Liberty Aerospace

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Kyle Platt

M.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida, 2006 (Co-Advised with
Dr. J. Brandenburg
)

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Jason Arvanetes
Jason.Arvanetes@hurlburt.af.mil

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Central Florida, 2006

Current Position:
Engineer, Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin AFB

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Anthony Amadio

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Central Florida, 2006

Current Position:
Engineer, GE Energy

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Joel Hall
joel.hall@ge.com

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Central Florida, 2005

Awards & Other:
Winner—Best Paper, Graduate Division, AIAA Southeastern Regional Student Conference, 2005
Winner—Best Paper, AIAA National Undergraduate Competition, 2005
Winner—Best Paper, Undergraduate DivisionAIAA Southeastern Regional Student Conference, 2004
UG Research Assistant, UCF, 2003-2004

Current Position:
Aerothermal Design Engineer, GE Energy

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Jami Ward

M.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida, 2005 (Co-Advised with
Dr. A. Leonessa
)

Current Position:
Engineer, ATK

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Zaher El Zahab

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Central Florida, 2003

Current Position:
Ph.D. Candidate, UCF (A. Kassab, advisor)

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Sandeep Bhosale

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Central Florida, 2003

Current Position:
Engineer, Siemens Power Generation

Former Researchers

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Thuy Tran
thuydhtran@neo.tamu.edu

B.S. Candidate, Mechanical Engineering 2013

Research:
Solid Rocket Propellant

Current Position:
Conaco Phillips, Houston, TX

Awards & Honors:
UG Research Assistant, 2013

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Miles Egbert
snowscoob72@gmail.com

B.S. Candidate, Mechanical Engineering

Research:
Detonation gas dynamics

Awards & Honors:
UG Research Assistant, 2009 – present

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Sean Baker
midnightbaker@neo.tamu.edu

B.S. Candidate, Mechanical Engineering

Research:
shock-tube ignition

Awards & Honors:
UG Research Assistant, 2009-present

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Jeff Johnson
jjohnson34@neo.tamu.edu

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, May 2010

Current Position:
Engineer, British Petroleum

Research:
solid rocket propellants, emission spectroscopy

Awards & Honors:
UG Research Assistant, 2009-2010

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Rodrigo Garza
garzarodrigo@neo.tamu.edu

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, May 2010

Current Position:
Engineer, Bray International, Houston TX

Research:
shock-tube ignition

Awards & Honors:
Craig Brown Outstanding Senior Award, 2009
UG Research Assistant, 2009-present

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Alexander LePage
LePage.Alex@gmail.com

UG Research Assistant, UCF, 2005-2007

Current Position:
B.S. Candidate, UCF

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Benjamin Corbin
benacor@gmail.com

UG Research Assistant, UCF, 2006-2007

Current Position:
M.S. Candidate, Aerospace Engineering, MIT

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Kareem Moslehy

UG Research Assistant, UCF, 2006-2007

 

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Derek Lambe
steelhawk2@excite.com

UG Research Assistant, UCF, 2006-2007

Current Position:
Graduate Student, UCF

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Matthew Davis
MatthewBDavis@gmail.com

UG Research Assistant, 2007

Current Position:
B.S. Candidate, Aerospace Engineering, UCF

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Edric Gonzalez
Edric.gonzalez@gmail.com

UG Research Assistant, 2007

 

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Victor Antonovski
victorio84@gmail.com

Graduate Research Assistant, UCF, 2006-2007
UG Research Assistant, UCF, 2005

Current Position:
Ph.D. Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, UCF

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Zachary Dyer
dyer.zachary@gmail.com

UG Research Assistant, UCF, 2007

Current Position:
Engineer, Lockheed-Martin

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Stefanie Simmons
simmons.sl@gmail.com

UG Research Assistant, UCF, 2005-2006

Current Position:
Engineer, Boeing

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Michael Hellmann
mike14mjh@gmail.com

UG Research Assistant, UCF, 2005-2006

Current Position:
Engineer, Siemens Power Generation

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Andreiev Powell
andreiev.powell@gmail.com

UG Research Assistant, UCF, 2003-2006

Current Position:
Graduate Student, Purdue University

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Steven Wolf
steven.r.wolf@boeing.com

UG Research Assistant, UCF, 2004-2005

Current Position:
Engineer, Boeing

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Raymond Simeone

UG Research Assistant, UCF, 2004-2005

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Allison Kraft

UG Research Assistant, UCF, 2005

Current Position:
Engineer, Nelson Engineering

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Schuyler Smith
schuyler.smith@eglin.af.mil

UG Research Assistant, UCF, 2003-2004

Current Position:
Lead A-10 Test Engineer, Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin AFB

Former Visiting Researchers

Daniel Pastrich
pastrich@fh-brandenburg.de

Visiting Researcher, German RISE Program

Parent Institution:

M.E. Candidate, Fachhochschule Brandenburg - Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences, Brandenburg, Germany
B.E. , Fachhochschule Brandenburg - Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences, Brandenburg, Germany 2012

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Irmis Osorio
mimisky91@hotmail.com


Visiting Researcher 2012-2013

Parent Institution:
Universidad Industrial de Santander, Bucaramanga, Colombia

B.S. Candidate, Chemical Engineering, Universidad Industrial de Santander, Colombia

Research:
Shock-tube Chemical Kinetics

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Sebastien Thion
sebastien.thion@neo.tamu.edu


Visiting Researcher 2013

Parent Institution:
University of Orléans, Orléans, France

M.S. Candidate, Chemistry, University of Orléans
B.S., Chemistry, University of Orléans, 2011

Research:
Shock-tube Chemical Kinetics

Fiona Deguillaume
fiona.deguillaume@etu.univ-orleans.fr

Visiting Researcher 2012

Parent Institution:
University of Orléans, France

M.S. Candidate, Combustion, Pollution, and Environmental Risks, University of Orléans, France
B.S. Chemistry, University of Orléans, France, 2011

Research:
High pressure shock tube and chemical kinetics

Anthony Levacque
anthony.levacque@etu.univ-orleans.fr

Visiting Researcher 2011

Parent Institution:
University of Orléans, France

M.S. Candidate, Combustion, Pollution, and Environmental Risks, University of Orléans, France
B.S. Chemistry, Heriot Watt University, Scotland, 2010

Research:
High pressure shock tube and chemical kinetics

Nicolas Marquet
nicolas.marquet@etu.univ-orleans.fr

Visiting Researcher

Parent Institution:
M.S. Candidate, IUP Chimie Appliquee, Orleans, France
Chimie des pollutions et Risques environnemenaux

Oliver Seidel
oliver_seidel@hotmail.de

Visiting Researcher, German RISE Program

Parent Institution:
Diplom Candidate, Energy Systems Engineering, Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen - University of Applied Sciences, Giessen, Germany

Linda Kelly
Linda.Kelly@nisd.net

RET Participant, E3 Site, Summer 2009

Parent Institution:
Chemistry Teacher, John Marshall High School, San Antonio

Jonas Trevino
Jonas.Trevino@nisd.net

RET Participant, E3 Site, Summer 2009

Parent Institution:
Math Teacher, Tom Clark High School, San Antonio

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Dr. Mustapha Fikri
mustapha.fikri@uni-due.de

Visiting Researcher, Aug. 2008; Oct.-Nov. 2007 (UCF)

Parent Institution:
Post-Doc, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

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Nick Eliason
eliason@ocps.net

RET Participant, Summer 2005, 2006, 2007 (UCF)

Parent Institution:
Chemistry Teacher, University High School

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Alison Redd
alisonmredd@yahoo.com

RET Participant, Summer 2006, 2007 (UCF)

Parent Institution:
Waterford Elementary

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Matthew Janish

REU NanoPAC Student, Summer 2007 (UCF)

Parent Institution:
University of Texas, Dallas

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Suraj Thulkar

UG Research Assistant, Summer 2007

Parent Institution:
Indian Institute of Technology, India

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Dr. Gilles Bourque
Gilles.Bourque@rolls-royce.com

Visiting Researcher, UCF, Nov.-Dec. 2006

Parent Institution:
Team Leader, Combustion Research & Technology, Rolls-Royce Canada

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Antonio Russo

REU Student, Summer 2006 (UCF)
Co-Advised with Dr. S. Seal

Parent Institution:
Carnegie-Mellon

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Thanh Hoang

REU Student, Summer 2005 (UCF)
Co-Advised with Dr. S. Seal

Parent Institution:
Oklahoma State University

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Jennifer Small

REU Student, Summer 2004 (UCF)
Co-Advised with Dr. S. Seal

Parent Institution:
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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Patrick Mack

Visiting Scholar, Oct. 2002-Mar. 2003 (UCF)

Parent Institution:
Universitaet der Bundeswehr Muenchen, Germany
 



Aerospace Corporation Former Student Employees

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Dr. Matthew Rickard
matthewja@gmail.com

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 2005
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 2002
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 2000
Aerospace Corporation, Summer 1999, 2000, part-time MTS 2001-2003

Research (at Aerospace):
Shock Tube Physics, Chemical Kinetics

Current Position:
R&D Engineer, Alcon

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Dr. Matthew Traum
mtraum@unt.edu
Website: http://www.mtraum.com/

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, MIT, 2007
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, MIT, 2003
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 2001
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 2001
Aerospace Corporation, Summer 2000

Research (at Aerospace):
Shock Tube Laboratory, Aerosols

Current Position:
Assistant Professor, University of North Texas

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Erin Abbey

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 2002
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 2000
Aerospace Corporation, Summer 2000

Research (at Aerospace):
Shock tube physics

Current Position:
Engineer, Northrop Grumman Corporation


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