Students

Current Students

Jonas Vinol Fernandes is a Junior pursuing a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. He took Computational Methods in Fall 2020 and has been exposed to the online format of Dr. Kaw’s class. He has experience as a tutor for the Smart Lab where he helped students from different majors with a variety of math courses. He is a Student Instructional and Learning Assistant for Computational Methods.


Rafael Braga is a senior pursuing a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering with plans to graduate in May of 2021 and later pursue a graduate degree. He took the EML3041 Computational Methods in the Spring of 2020 and has been exposed to both the in-person and online format of Dr. Kaw’s class.  He is a teaching and research assistant for the class.


Bharat Pulaparthi is a graduate student pursuing an M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. He will be graduating in spring 2021 and after gaining industry experience, he plans to pursue a Ph.D. He has carried out informative sessions with Dr. Kaw related to adaptive learning for the computational methods course. He is a Student Instructional and Learning Assistant for Computational Methods.


Mayank Pandey is a sophomore pursuing a B.S. degree in Computer Science. He was interested in research opportunities and approached Dr. Kaw for joining his Adaptive Learning Research Project. He has experience as the Head of Design for Hackabull, USF’s only hackathon, where he was responsible for managing the website and creating graphic flyers. He is a Research Assistant working on developing simulations for a course in Numerical Methods.


Nicole Figueroa is a junior pursuing a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. She took Computational Methods in Summer 2020, so she has been exposed to Dr. Kaw’s adapted online class format. She also has experience as a tutor/Peer Leading Mentor in Calculus I-II! That’s where she helped first-year engineering students ease into the university and calculus by creating practice problems/formula sheets to help them out. She loves playing soccer, especially with friends back in Intramurals, and drawing obscure warped-up stuff is her passion. She is a teaching and research assistant for the class.


GRADUATED B.S. REU/Honors Thesis Students 

  1. N. Abate, “Analysis of Adaptive Learning Data from a Numerical Methods Course”, May 2018 (BS).  Employed by Pierce Manufacturing.
  2. R. Chisty, “Development of Adaptive Learning Lessons for a Numerical Methods Course”, August 2018 (BS).  Pursuing MS in Mechanical Engineering at NYU.
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 Applied Materials, 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 blackbaud.com
  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 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.
  32. E.Delgado, Non-Thesis option, M.S., May 2019, Employed by Vega Americas, OH.