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Ali P. Gordon

CECS Associate Dean and Professor

Phone: 407-823-4986
Office: ENG I, Room 317
Website: Mechanics of Materials Research Group

Office Hours:
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-5 p.m.


Ali P. Gordon serves as an associate professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering at UCF. Just prior to joining UCF, he earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech. His principal research activities are focused on the development of continuum-level models to predict behavior of materials subjected to complex operating environments. This research has been funded by NSF, ONR and AFRL, among others, and various industrial partners. He has led or co-authored over 100 articles, and is a recipient of the Orr Award and the Widera Award for best papers in journals of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering.

In the classroom, he instructs curricula related to theoretical and experimental mechanics of materials and structures and was twice awarded UCF's highest honor for teaching. During the summer of 2012, he was selected as the first Visiting Scientist of Structural Integrity with Siemens Energy. He has been appointed an AFOSR Summer Faculty Fellow at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on multiple occasions. Gordon is an active member of ASME, and is the advisor of UCF’s NSBE chapter.

  • Mechanics of additive manufactured materials and structures
  • Creep rupture and thermomechanical fatigue
  • Design of experiments in mechanics and materials
  • Constitutive modeling
  • Failure analysis
  • Machine design and analysis
  • Life prediction methodologies
  • Fracture mechanics

  • Shen, C., Calderon, J. E., Barrios, E., Soliman, M., Khater, A., Jeyeranjan, A., Tetard, L., Gordon, A., Seal, S., and Zhai, L. (2017) “Anisotropic electrical conductivity in polymer derived ceramics induced by graphene aerogels” Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 5(45): 11708-11716.
  • Smith, K. and Gordon, A. P. (2017) “Mechanical Characterization of Prosthetic Feet and Shell Covers Using a Force Loading Apparatus” Experimental Mechanics, p. 953-966.
  • Bouchenot, T., Felemban, B., Mejia, C., and Gordon, A. P. (2016) “Development of Non-Interaction Material Models with Cyclic Hardening” Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology, 138(4) DOI: 10.1115/1.4033488
  • Torres, J., Owji, A., Cole, M., and Gordon, A. P. (2016) “Optimization of Strength, Ductility, and Fracture toughness of Rapid Prototyped PLA samples” Rapid Prototyping Journal, 22(2): 387-404. DOI: 10.1108/RPJ-07-2014-0083
  • Shabahang, S., Tao, G., Kaufman, J. J., Qiao, Y., Wei, L., Bouchenot, T., Gordon, A. P., Fink, Y., Bai, Y., Hoy, R., Abouraddy, A.F. (2016) “Controlled fragmentation of multimaterial fibers and films via polymer cold-drawing” Nature 534(7608): 529–533. 2016. DOI:10.1038/nature17980

  • G.E.O. Widera Literature Award for the Outstanding Technical Paper of the ASME Journal of Pressure Vessel Technology, 2012
  • UCF Teaching Incentive Program Award, 2011 and 2016
  • Central Florida Engineers’ Week Award for Technical Excellence – Academia, 2014
  • AFOSR Summer Faculty Fellowship Program Awardee, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2018

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers member