People

 

Ph.D. Students

Kangjae Lee

Kangjae received his B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Korea in 2010 and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Seoul National University, Korea in 2014. During his M.S. studies, he worked as a research assistant in Extreme Energy Laboratory performing experiments of remote laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) with various rock samples at low pressure. He also participated in the project funded by National Research Foundation of Korea to develop a compact remote LIBS device which can be utilized on the rover head for lunar exploration.

Currently, Kangjae is working in the Scheffe Group on designing of Laser based heating system in combination with modular Raman spectroscopy for simulation of solar heating conditions and solar thermochemical fuel synthesis.

email: anakin27@ufl.edu 

 

Caroline Hill

Caroline graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2017 with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. While attending UT, she worked as an undergraduate teaching assistant and served on the officer board for Tau Beta Pi and the Society of Women Engineers. After graduation, she worked with the Mechanical R&D department at Siemens Healthcare to design the next generation of Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET-CT) technology. The primary project she assisted with involved the development of a precision alignment system to improve image quality and facilitate better diagnosis and treatment of disease by medical professionals.

email: caroline.hill@ufl.edu

 

Dylan McCord 

Dylan graduated from the University of North Florida in 2019 with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. During his undergraduate studies, he served as an officer in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He spent his senior year working on a project with GE Oil and Gas where he and the UNF team developed a multiphysics model of a pressure relief valve to determine operating conditions that would cause mechanical failure. Through elective studies, Dylan received training on a range of material characterization techniques in the UNF Materials Science and Engineering Research Facility (MSERF). He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in Thermal Science and Fluid Dynamics.

email: dylanmccord@ufl.edu

 

Ahmed Aljabr

Ahmed received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia. Upon completion of his B.S., he was assigned as a teaching assistant and then a lecturer in the mechanical engineering department in KFUPM. During his career in KFUPM, Ahmed taught material science, thermofluids, and measurement and control laboratories. Besides, he was a member of safety, industrial relations, and public relations departmental committees. During his MS, he was given the opportunity to participate in a research project related to electrical power production utilizing concentrated solar energy. The project was under the Clean Water, Clean Energy program, which is a collaborated program between KFUPM and MIT. For his M.S. thesis, he studied different combinations of water desalination systems coupled with renewable energy technologies.

To get the opportunity to explore a new promising utilization technique, Ahmed is pursuing his Ph.D. with Prof. Scheffe’s research group in the Renewable Energy Conversion Laboratory.

email: aljabra@ufl.edu 

 

Master’s Students

Diego Gordon

Diego is an international student from Ecuador, who is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Florida, set to graduate in the Spring of 2019. Diego works in collaboration with the Florida Department of Transportation, on a project that will analyze the viability of integrating phosphorescent stones in pedestrian walkways. Diego is considering different specialization areas in the fields of renewable energy and vehicle’s manufacturing to pursue a job or a master’s degree.

email: diego.gordon@ufl.edu 

 

 

Undergraduate Students

Zorana Visic

email: zoranav@ufl.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collin Hamilton

Collin Hamilton is a Mechanical Engineering student currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree at the University of Florida. Collin is planning to graduate in Spring, 2020 and is considering attending graduate school. Collin works in collaboration with the Florida Department of Transportation, on a project that will analyze the viability of integrating phosphorescent stones in pedestrian walkways. Collin is also Co-Captain of an ASME design team at the University of Florida. Collin enjoys working on different facets of engineering, especially electrical engineering. He enjoys travelling and has visited forty-nine states.

email: collinthamilton@ufl.edu  

 

Martin Nguyen

Martin Nguyen is a mechanical engineering major planning to graduate Spring 2020. Martin works in collaboration with the Florida Department of Transportation, on a project that will analyze the viability of integrating phosphorescent stones in pedestrian walkways. Martin is also part of the Nanomechanics and Nanomaterials lab researching a new cost-effective method to improve the capacity fade of silicon anodes. After finishing his education, Martin plans on pursuing a career in energy storage research and development.

email: mnguyen713@ufl.edu 

 

 

Rahal Ali

Ali Rahal is majoring in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Florida. Ali has previously interned with Power Production Management in which he worked on developing solar energy in Alachua county. He will be graduating in the Spring of 2020 and plans to pursue a job in industry upon graduation. Ali is also an advanced scuba diver and loves to dive.

email: alirahal98@ufl.edu

 

 

 

Enrique Hernaiz

Enrique is a Mechanical Engineering at the University of Florida, planning to graduate in spring of 2021. Currently, Enrique helps to work with the Renewable Energy Conversion Lab on TGA experiments. Enrique also enjoys playing the piano and learning web development.

email: ehernaiz@ufl.edu