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Principal Investigator

Phone: (407) 823-3402
Email: ranajay.ghosh@ucf.edu
Office: ENG I, Room 417

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Dr. Ranajay Ghosh

Assistant Professor at University of Central Florida
Faculty Member of the Center for Advanced Turbine and Energy Research (CATER)
Director of the COSMOS Lab at UCF

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of Central Florida
4000 Central Florida Blvd, Orlando, FL 32816

Biography

Dr. Ranajay Ghosh is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and the Center for Advanced Turbine and Energy Research (CATER) at the University of Central Florida, Orlando FL. He earned his PhD from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (2010) in the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, where he was awarded the Harriet-Davis graduate school fellowship. His research focus is on mechanics of solids, composite and architected materials, and scientific computing. As a graduate student he was a research intern at General Electric’s Global Research Center at Niskayuna, New York. He was awarded GE’s global reward and recognition award for outstanding performance.  He completed his undergraduate education at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in Mechanical Engineering in 2004, where he was a finalist for the best undergraduate thesis award. He is the recipient of 2019 NSF CAREER award in mechanics and awarded pilot funding under DARPA’s Polyplexus awards. 

Graduate Students

Hossein Ebrahimi
PhD Student
Email: ebrahimi@knights.ucf.edu

Hossein currently is a PhD student at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida under supervision of Dr. Ranajay Ghosh. He does research in Solid Mechanics, Bioinspired Metamaterial and Computational Mechanics. His current project is focusing on "biomimetic scales" to address the mechanical behavior of dermal scales found in nature under different mechanical properties to develop a new metamaterial with tailorable mechanical properties. He also works on FEM simulation of materials working in high temperature conditions such as "Thermal Barrier Coatings (TBCs)" and "Carbon Matrix Composites (CMCs)".

Hessein Ali
PhD Student
Email: ashourh1@knights.ucf.edu

Hessein is currently a PhD student at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Central Florida. He does research on biological structures for the design of synthetic materials focusing on biomimetic scales. Some of his work addresses the mechanical behavior of dermal scales found in nature which opens way for developing the structure-property-architecture framework for design and optimization of these topologically leveraged solids. He also works on addressing the mechanism behind fur antifouling to come up with good design procedures for antifouling surfaces.

Peter Warren
PhD Student
Email: peterwarren@knights.ucf.edu

Peter is currently a PhD student at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Central Florida. He does research on several Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) methods under the supervision of Siemens engineers. Also, he designed and implemented several lab experiments for laser acoustic thermography as well as a cryogenic mechanical testing rig for experimentation on a HTS epoxy and copper tape to determine the elasticity at 77K.

Jeremy L Stephen
MSc Student
Email: jlstephen@knights.ucf.edu

Jeremy currently is a Master student at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida under the supervision of Dr. Ranajay Ghosh. He does research on the indentation loading on biomimetic scales to address the mechanical behavior of dermal scales. His current career goals are to enroll in a master's program for mechanical engineering before entering into the industry.

Jeffrey Dugard
MSc Student
Email: hunt22uk@Knights.ucf.edu

Jeffrey is currently a Master student at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Central Florida. His current research is Nonlinear Dynamics of lightweight structural systems.

Undergraduate Alumni

Ryan Alexander Horton
Undergraduate Student
Email: rhorton5@knights.ucf.edu

Ryan currently was an undergraduate student in Aerospace Engineering with minors in Economics and Material Science. Presently, the plans for his career are set on enrolling in a master’s program for Aerospace Engineering, and eventually entering into the industry either during or after graduate school. From his time spent in the military [United States Marine Corps], research, and engineering projects, he's become an experienced, dedicated, and committed individual driven to succeed.

Eduardo Evaristo
Undergraduate Alumni
Email: ea.evaristo@knights.ucf.edu

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Eduardo was an undergraduate student at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida. He was studying mechanical advantages of biomimetic scales on different animal species and developing analytical, numerical, and experimental models for functionally-graded beams under elastic bending. He worked on characterization of topological nonlinearities associated with the system through finite element analysis (FEA) using Abaqus.