Richard received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Central Florida (UCF) in May of 2015. During his time at UCF, he worked as an undergraduate researcher designing and implementing a lab-scale experimental framework for studying the phenomenon of autorotation. Richard also worked alongside NASA’s Cryogenics Test Laboratory in the development of a “commercial-type” testing apparatus used to provide reliable thermal performance data for a wide range of materials, under conditions representative of practical cryogenic applications. Richard has also done research in the field of robotics; in 2013, as a part of a summer research program at the University of Michigan, he worked on the development and application of an algorithm for semi-autonomous object retrieval with a five degree of freedom robotic arm.
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.
Kent graduated from Valparaiso University in 2015 and received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. While attending VU, he worked as an undergraduate research assistant on two projects that utilize concentrated solar energy. He assisted in the development of solar, electro – thermal reactor technology for the efficient production of Mg from MgO, an ARPA-E funded project. Additionally, he completed the final iteration of a rotary kiln solar reactor that facilitated the reduction of metal oxides with the goal of producing hydrogen. Throughout his undergraduate career, Kent also lettered four years on Valparaiso University’s football team.
Abdalla received his B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates in 2014. His senior graduation project was designing and building a prototype of concentrated solar parabolic trough with thermal storage unit. Abdalla has previously interned at Airbus aerospace in Toulouse, France and he has also worked for two years in Dubai Electricity and Water Authority as Sr. Operator engineer on controlling the combined cycle Gas/Steam turbine for power generation as well as the desalination plant for water production. Currently he is pursuing M.Sc. in Thermal Science/Fluid Dynamics at the University of Florida and working in the Scheffe group on designing the optical and heat transfer model of the External Compound Parabolic Concentrators (XCPC) using Matlab, SolTrace and ANSYS FLUENT to optimize the system performance. He will be graduating in Spring 2018 and he plans to pursue his PhD specializing in thermal science and energy of solar parabolic trough systems.
Sourya received his B.Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, India in 2010. After that, he has worked in power and oil & gas sector for few years. Currently, he is pursuing MS in Thermal Science and Fluid Dynamics at the University of Florida and working in the Scheffe group on External Compound Parabolic Concentrators (XCPC). Sourya is also the Vice President of Gator Cricket Club.
Rishab is Graduate student in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, specializing in Thermal Science and Fluid Dynamics, since the start of the fall 2017 semester. He completed his Bachelor in Technology at Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, India, where during his senior year he had the opportunity to do a project on the Thermal design and Stress analysis of a Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger at Larsen and Toubro, Mumbai, India.
Rishab worked with Kangjae during his second semester on the laser based heating system. He is currently undertaking a research project with the Florida Department of Transportation which entails the integration of photoluminescent stones onto sidewalks for night- time visibility. This would form his master’s thesis and he aims to use the knowledge gained for a future job in industry or research when he graduates in spring 2018.
When he is not studying or engaged with his research he enjoys playing the piano and cooking.
Amy Bohinsky is majoring in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Florida. She plans to graduate in May 2019 and attend graduate school. Amy has previously interned with Siemens Energy working on gas turbine service and upgrades. She is also an avid traveler and has backpacked through many countries.
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.
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.
Brian Kusnick is currently a senior mechanical engineering major set to graduate in Fall 2018. Brian worked with Rishab, in collaboration with the Florida Department of Transportation, on a project to integrate phosphorescent stones with pedestrian walkways. Brian is in Maryland for the Spring semester as part of an internship with NASA working on the Next Generation X-Ray Optics project.
Jacob is majoring in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida. He will be graduating in the Spring of 2019 and plans to pursue a job in industry upon graduation.