Current Graduate Students

E. Delgado, M.S
Expected Date of Graduation: May 2019

Bio: Eleonora Delgado is currently pursuing an MS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.  She was a teaching assistant for Computational Methods at USF in the 2016-17 year.   Her areas of interest include vibrations and aerospace engineering.  She co-developed the Smart Sparrow adaptive platform lessons for Computational Methods course.

R. Jani,  M.S
Expected Date of Graduation: December 2018
Thesis: A Mechanical Energy Prototype for Electricity in Developing Countries

Bio: Rohan Jani is currently studying at the University of South Florida doing his Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering. He did his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Mumbai University, India. After graduation, he worked at Subhada Polymer Product Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai as a design engineer for two years using CAD/CAM software like Pro-E and Mastercam. He also had a startup with 3D printer for small-scale industries and was successful to make low-cost configurations that were as good as the one present in the market. His interest is in the fields of CAD/CAM engineering, and 3D printing will help him in the design of the final product for his thesis.

S. Adapa, M.S.
Expected Date of Graduation: December 2018
Thesis: Evaluating Mouth Guards for Bruxism

Bio: Swamy Rakesh Adapa is currently working towards Master of Science in Mechanical University of South Florida (USF), Tampa, FL. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India. During his bachelor’s degree, he worked on the study of mechanical properties of natural fiber (Asian Palmyra) composites. Before coming to USF he worked as an instructor at Shri Vishnu Engineering College for Women, Bhimavaram, India. His areas of interest are Continuum Mechanics, Biomechanics, Computer Aided Engineering, Advanced Composites and Natural Fiber Composites

Current Undergraduates

N. Abate, B.S.
Expected Date of Graduation: May 2018

Bio: Nicholas Abate is currently attending the University of South Florida in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is a teaching assistant for the Computational Methods course, as well as an undergraduate research assistant conducting both qualitative and quantitative analyses of student data in support of engineering education research studies of the adaptive-flipped classroom. After graduation in May of 2018, Nicholas will be pursuing his interest in the automotive industry as a test engineer.

R. Chisty, B.S.
Expected Date of Graduation: Summer 2018

Bio: Raihan Chisty is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. During his time as an undergraduate, Raihan developed strong interests in energy systems and renewable energy. He plans to pursue higher studies and aims to contribute to the development of a more sustainable future for the world. Raihan has been the principal teaching assistant for the Computational Methods course since Fall 2017.

Graduated M.S. and PH.D. Students
  1. V. Das, “Analysis of Interface Cracks in Composite Structures,” May 1990 (MS). Employed by Intergraph, AL
  2. A. Selvarathinam, “Comparison of Interphase Models in a Fracture Problem in Fiber Reinforced Composites,” August 1991 (MS). Continued for Ph.D. at Clemson University; Postdoctoral work at the University of Tennessee; Knoxville; Research Engineer, University of Houston, Texas; Research Scientist at Exxon Research; Research Engineer at Lockheed.
  3. G. Sudhakar, “Mechanics of Multiple Cracks in Fiber Reinforced Brittle Matrix Composites,” August 1992 (MS). Posthumously awarded Ph. D. from Clemson University.
  4. J. Dorula, “Effect of Debonding of Fiber-Matrix Interface on Transverse Stiffness of Composites,” May 1993 (MS).
  5. V. Bechel, “Effect of Nonhomogeneous Interphases and Global Fiber Volume Fraction on Mechanical Behavior of Composites,” August 1993 (MS). Received USF Graduate Fellowship; Received Sigma XI Master’s Thesis Award; Continued Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with Palace-Knight Scholarship; Currently Materials Research Engineer at AFRL, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH.
  6. D. Jadhav, “Analytical Modeling of a Fiber Crack in Fiber Reinforced Composites,” December 1993 (MS).
  7. S. Chidambaranathan, “Fracture Mechanics of Brittle Matrix Composites with Transversely Isotropic Fibers,” December 1993 (MS). Currently Lecturer in Chidambara University, India.
  8. J. Ye, “Comparison of Fracture Mechanics Models with Axisymmetric and Planar Assumptions,” May 1994 (MS). Received USF Graduate Fellowship Received ME Graduate Studies Award Completed Ph.D. at USF under my guidance. Currently employed by Verizon, Tampa.
  9. S. Kunchithapatham, “Fracture Mechanics of Ceramic Matrix Composites with Imperfect Interfaces,” May 1994 (MS).  Employed by Wipro.
  10. K. Gangakhedkar, “Effect of Fiber/ Matrix Cluster Breaks in Fracture Mechanics of Composites,” December 1995 (MS). Received USF Graduate Fellowship Currently employed by Phoenix Industries, CA.
  11. P. Krishnan, “Finite Element Simulation of a Slice Compression Test,” May 1997, (MS). Currently employed by SDRI, Ohio
  12. J. Ye, “Local Interaction Effects on Fracture Mechanics of Brittle Matrix Composites,” December 1998, (Ph.D.) Currently employed by Verizon, Tampa.
  13. M. Deepak, “A Computer-Aided Design Model for Fiber-Reinforced Pressure Vessels”, May 1999(MS). Software Engineer
  14. M. Denninger, “A Computer-Aided Design Tool for Bascule Bridge Trunnion Assembly”, December 2000 (MS). Received USF Graduate Fellowship;  Executive MBA USF, Vice President, Theme Park Development at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.
  15. B. Ratnam, “Analysis of Trunnion Assembly Failures in Bascule Bridges”, December 2000 (MS). Received USF Graduate Fellowship; Employed by Philips MRI.
  16. S. Nichani, “Experimental Investigation of Failure of Trunnion-Hub-Girder Assemblies in Bascule Bridges”, August 2001 (MS) Received USF Graduate Fellowship; Employed by Schlumberger.
  17. N. Collier, “Benefits of Staged Cooling of Composite Cylinders”, May 2004 (MS). Received Outstanding Masters’ Thesis Award 2004; Post-Doc in KAUST.
  18. M. Berlin, Innovative Procedure to Install a Trunnion-Hub Assembly Into a Bascule Bridge Girder, December 2004, MS (co-advisor); Employed by Boeing.
  19. J. Paul, “Sensitivity Analysis of Trunnion-Hub Girder Assembly Procedure”, Received USF Graduate Fellowship; May 2005 (MS).  Employed by CR Bard – Davol Inc .
  20. T. Wasik, “Effect of Fiber Volume Fraction on Fracture Mechanics of Composite Materials”, May 2005 (MS).
  21. P. Chalasani, “Nanoindentation of Layered Materials”, May 2006 (MS).  Employed by Wells Fargo.
  22. C. Nguyen, “A Design of Experiments Study of Procedure for Assembling Bascule Bridge Fulcrum”, May 2006 (MS).  FinishedPhDat UCF.  Employed by Honeywell, Arizona.
  23. J. Daly, “On Nanoindentation Tests of Thin Films”, May 2007 (MS).  Employed by Pall Aerospace.
  24. S. Garapati, “Nanoindentation Tests: Synergizing Experimental, Analytical and Numerical Results”, May 2009 (MS).  PursuingPhDat USF.
  25. L. Snyder, “Sensitivity Analysis of Alternative Assembly Procedure in Fulcrums of Bascule Bridges”, MSME May 2010. Employed by Lockheed Martin, Arkansas.
  26. D. Miller, “Design and Analysis of an Innovative Semi-Flexible Hybrid Personal-Body-Armor System”, MSME May 2011, Employed by Hatch Corporation and US Navy Reserves.
  27. S. Carballo, “Thermo-Mechanical Beam Element for Analyzing Stresses in Functionally Graded Materials”, Ph.D., August 2011, Employed by Universidad Nacional Experimental Politécnica (UNEXPO), Venezuela.
  28. M. Rajapakshe, “Physically Meaningful Harmonization of Tire/Pavement Friction Measurement Devices”, Ph.D. (co-advisor), December 2011, Employed by Smithers Rapra, Ohio.
  29. J. Zitko, “Effects of Cross-sectioned Distributions, Fiber Misalignment and Interphases in Three-Dimensional Composite Models on Transverse Shear Modulus”, MSME, August 2012, Employed by Jarret Zitko, Inc.
  30. S. Garapati, “Analysis of Heating and Cooling Methods for Assembly of Steel Fulcra in Bascule Bridges”, Ph.D., August 2013, Employed by Optimum Engineering, IL
  31. J. Tai, “Effect of Voids on Transverse Shear Modulus of Advanced Unidirectional Composites”, M.S., December 2017, Employed by Densitron Corporation, CA.