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.
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.
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.
Hannah is currently pursuing a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering and plans to graduate in the spring of 2020. She is planning to attend graduate school, specializing in energy systems. Hannah is an avid traveler, having studied abroad in Melbourne, Australia for the fall semester her sophomore year of college. After school, Hannah’s goal is to work in the energy industry. As an avid environmentalist, she hopes to work in renewable energy or in increasing efficiency such that a smaller supply is required.
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.
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.
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.