People

People

Ph.D. Students

Julian Long

Julian is currently a PH.D. student at UF, majoring in Materials Science and Engineering. Julian is specializing in ceramic materials and his research examines the effects of polishing tool motion on the polishing characteristics of fused silica optics finished with magnetic field-assisted finishing. Outside of academics, Julian enjoys hiking, camping, canoe trips, playing Xbox and going to concerts.

 

Master’s Students

Roy Luis Araya

Roy was Born in San Jose, Costa Rica and has lived there ever since. He attended the Costa Rican Institute of Technology majoring in Mechatronics Engineering. He worked at Hologic Inc. as a Mechanical Designer and as a Machined Parts Engineer. He now works full time at Teradyne Inc. as a Mechanical Designer. He is currently working towards a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and will be working on the development of a medical device for Prostate Cancer Biopsy. Roy enjoys rock climbing and biking.

 

Mikayla Lamb

Mikayla Lamb was born in Jacksonville, Florida, where she has lived her entire life. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Florida in Spring 2021 and is now working towards a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, with a focus in Solid Mechanics, Design, and Manufacturing (SMDM). She is currently focused on the effect of magnetic field-assisted finishing on Ni-Ti alloy (Nitinol) stent retrievers. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, baking, and hanging out with her friends.

 

Ryan Skelton

Ryan Skelton was born in Nashville, TN and grew up in Boca Raton, FL for almost all of his life. In Spring 2021, he completed his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Florida and is currently a Master’s student studying Mechanical Engineering. He is now working on magnetic single point incremental forming using serial manipulators. After graduating, he plans to work in the industrial section with a focus on design and manufacturing techniques. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, biking, and watching movies with friends.
 

Yi-Chun (Dante) Huang

Yi-Chun is from Taipei, Taiwan and lived there for almost his entire life. He is currently working on his Master’s degree in the University of Florida majoring in mechanical engineering since August 2021. Yi-Chun’s research is now focused on surface finishing of biodegradable stents. In his free time, he loves to travel, watch movies and go mountain hiking with friends. 
 

Dane Ungurait

Dane Ungurait was born and raised in Pembroke Pines, Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida with Honors with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in May 2020. He is currently working towards a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Solid Mechanics, Design, and Manufacturing (SMDM). He is working on a team developing a medical device for Prostate Cancer Biopsy. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports, cooking, and playing online games with friends.

 

Zixi Shi

Zixi Shi is from Shenzhen, Guangdong and is currently working towards a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He will be working on the development of magnetic field-assisted single point incremental forming. In his free time, he enjoys playing the trombone and football with friends.

 

Chen-Kai Hsu

Chen-Kai is from Taipei, Taiwan. He pursued his bachelor’s degree of Mechanical Engineering from National Taiwan University and decided to come to America to study graduate school. He is currently working on his master’s degree in the University of Florida majoring in mechanical engineering since January 2021. Chen-Kai’s research is now focused on surface finishing of biodegradable stents. Chen-Kai loves baseball and enjoys the culture, food and making friends here in America.

 

Justin Rietberg

Justin was born in Orlando, Florida and was raised in Coral Springs, Florida, where he has lived since he was 4. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in the spring of 2022 at the University of Florida and is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Justin’s research is focused on using magnetic field assisted finishing to polish a workpiece with complex geometry. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, cooking, and watching movies.

 

Undergraduate Students

Hiroyuki Matsumura

Hiroyuki was born in Gifu, Japan. He moved to Gainesville in August 2019. Hiroyuki is currently a junior aerospace engineering major at the University of Florida. He is currently working on magnetic-field assisted polishing of a workpiece with Julian and Vipra. In his free time, he enjoys surfing and watching movies.

 

 

Kat Hutt

Kat was born and raised in Panama City, Florida. She is currently a senior studying mechanical engineering at the University of Florida. Kat’s research focuses on the mechanical surface finishing of biodegradable stents. In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano and guitar, and relaxing with her friends. 

 

Erika Joa

Erika was born and raised in Sunrise, Florida. She is currently a senior at the University of Florida majoring in mechanical engineering. Erika’s research is focused on ultra-precision polishing of ceramics. Her hobbies include painting, backpacking, and cooking. 

 

Brian Houtenbrink-Hoyo

Brian was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He is currently a junior at the University of Florida majoring in mechanical engineering. He is working on a team that is developing a medical device to improve Prostate Cancer Biopsy. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, cooking, and watching movies.

 

Graduate Alumni

PH.D.

Arthur Graziano, Junmo Kang, Valens Nteziyaremye, Raul Riveros, Daniel Ross, Pei-Ying Wu.

M.S.

Richard Barrington, Derrick Benson, Vipra Bhand, Taylor Boggs, Robin Carroll, Ho-An Chien, Sean Dobbs, Xueyu Du, Patrick Hendershot, Eva Hinkeldey, Hamit Kahraman, Mingshuo Li, Timothy Pham, Dylan Pinard, Jason Ratay, Max Stein, Zuoben Tang, Erik Tastepe, Andy Therathankorn, Geovanna Ruiz, Yanming Wang, Fang Xu, Zongyi Yang, Tianyu Yin, Xingyu You, Yi Zhao.

Undergraduate Alumni

Bryce Alsten, Taylor Boggs, Alexandors Bouliakis, Whittaker Bullard, Brandon Crone, Alex Fairweather, Brian Flatley, Andrew Gabrang, Arnold J. Garcia, Andrew George, Deanna Gierzak, Patrick Hendershot, Scott Hinton, Peter Hoffman, Daniel Imaizumi, Jovany Jimenez, Micheal Kelley, Blake Krueger, Mikayla Lamb, Andrew Li, Julian Long, Paul Loschak, Kristina Merino, Sterling Miller, Matthew Mo, Matthew Moore, Eduardo Moreno, Nicholas Natale, Kruz Oliver, Mitchell Parker, Adrian Piedra, Daniel Poljak, Hadyan Sani Ramadan, Jason Ratay, Justin Rietberg, Gilmer Rojas, Marissa Scalise, Ryan Skelton, Marcus Spanolios, Max Stein, Kyle Talko, Micheal Tan, Zachary Tupper, Razvan Vesa, Mark Wagner, James Wilkes, Monica Wilson, Anna Woods, Steven Zehnders.

Honors Thesis

Taylor Boggs, Arnold J. Garcia, Mikayla Lamb, Julian Long, Sterling Miller, Matthew Moore, Eduardo Moreno, Adrian Piedra, Daniel Poljak, Hadyan Sani Ramadan, Jason Ratay, Justin Rietberg, Kyle Talko, Zachary Tupper, Razvan Vesa, Anna Woods.

Postgraduate Career

Accenture, Affiliated Engineers Inc., Apeel Sciences, Boss Laser, Cameron Controls Southeast Inc., CoorsTek, Cornelius, Corning, Cummins Inc., Die & Stamping Co., Enercon, F.tech R&D North America, Florida Power & Light Company, GE Appliances, GE Aviation, GE Energy, Gemini Seawater Systems, Henz Engineering, Honda R&D Americas, Inc., Intel Corporation, Intuitive, King of Fans Inc., L3 Harris Technologies, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Jacobs Technology Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas Inc., Molex Electric Solutions, Moses & Associates, Munro & Associates, Nanotherapeutics, Inc, NASA, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Northrop Grumman Corporation, Parametric Solutions Inc., Raytheon, Samsung, Sandia National Laboratories, SpaceX, Sun Hydraulics, TE Connectivity, Tesla Inc., Thin Metal Parts, TP Adiyaman Bolge Mudurlugu Variety, Graduate schools

Visiting Professors and Post-Doctoral Researchers

Prof. Ikko Ihara Kobe University, Japan April 2011-October 2011
Prof. Özlem Salman Süleyman Demirel University, Turkey April 2012-March 2013
Dr. Raul Riveros   August 2012-December 2012

Visiting Students

Masaya Akimoto Osaka Institute of Technology September-November 2016
Shingo Tsujimoto Osaka Institute of Technology October-November 2017
Shuhei Kodama Tohoku University October-December 2017
Jimmy Overmeyer Ohio State University May-August 2018
Sabrina Corbin University of West Florida May-August 2019
Marco Gucciardi University of Palermo  February-November 2020
Amy Forsbacka  St. Mary’s College of Maryland May-August 2021