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Seetha Raghavan

Seetha Raghavan

Professor, Aerospace Engineering Program Coordinator

Phone: 407-823-1737
Office: ENG I, Room 407

Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3-6 p.m.

Seetha Raghavan is an professor at UCF with research interests in aerospace structures and materials. She holds a doctoral degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Purdue University, a master's degree in aerospace engineering from ISAE-SUPAERO in France and a B.S in Mechanical Engineering from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She has seven years of experience in the aerospace industry where she was a senior engineer involved in aircraft structural analysis, aircraft maintenance, repair and modifications, as well as research and development in nondestructive structural testing.

As a UCF faculty member since 2008, Raghavan works with her students to engineer materials as sensors to monitor structural integrity and capture the mechanics of high temperature materials for jet engine turbine blades, high speed and re-entry vehicles. She develops innovative characterization techniques that lead to experimental discoveries — from the fundamentals of load transfer with nanoparticle reinforcements to “seeing” strains evolve in high temperature coatings and materials under extreme operating conditions — the outcomes will engineer materials and structures that lead to game-changing technology in aeronautics and space.

  • Mechanics of aerospace structures and materials
  • Piezo-spectroscopy
  • Thermal barrier coatings
  • Spectral analysis methods using genetic algorithims
  • In-situ strain measurements using synchrotron radiation
  • High temperature materials for jet engines
  • High-speed and re-entry vehicles
  • Sensing materials for structural integrity
  • Non-destructive evaluation
  • College of Engineering and Computer Science Office of Diversity and Inclusion's Appreciation Award, 2017
  • Life@UCF Award for UCF Women Excelling at Helping UCF, 2016 
  • UCF Reach for the Stars Award, 2016
  • International Research and Collaboration Award, University of Sydney, 2015
  • College of Engineering Excellence in Research Award, 2014
  • College of Engineering Teaching Incentive Program Award, 2013
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Associate Fellow,  2013
  • Lockheed Martin Faculty Fellow, 2012
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Associate Fellow
  • Chair of the publications awards sub-committee for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 
  • Publications liaison of the awards sub-committee for the, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Structural Dynamics Technical Committee member 
  • Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society member
  • American Ceramics Society member
  • American Society for Engineering Education member
  • Society of Women Engineers senior member
  • Society of the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering member
  • American MENSA member