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Dr. Daejong Kim

Dr. Daejong Kim

Dr. Kim is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and MS and BS degrees from Seoul National University, all in Mechanical engineering. Before joining at the University of Texas at Arlington, he was an assistant professor at Texas A&M University. Dr. Kim was appointed as AFOSR Summer Research Fellow in 2013 and 2009-2011 working in the area of hybrid air foil bearings for aero-propulsion engines. Dr. Kim has 7 years of industry experience and he has been a PI or co-PI of numerous funded projects from government and industry. Dr. Kim has been also an active consultant helping industry in energy systems and small turbomachinery integrated with foil bearings. Dr. Kim owns two US and international patents on air foil bearings. Dr. Kim is Associate Editor of ASME Journal of Tribology and serves as Planning Committee member in STLE Annual Meeting and STLE Tribology Frontier conference. He has also served as session chair/session organizers for IGTI conference for last 8 years.

Dr. Fangcheng Xu

Fangcheng Xu

Dr. Xu is a post-doctorate scholar at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. He joined Dr. Kim’s group after he received a Ph.D. degree at Harbin Institute of Technology in 2013. His research focuses on theoretical and experimental study of gas foil journal bearings, thrust bearings and foil seals, and designing and manufacturing foil bearings for high speed turbomachinery. He will join the School of Control Science and Engineering at the Dalian University of Technology as an associate professor in late 2016.

Behzad Zamanian Yazdi, PhD Candidate

Behzad Zamanian Yazdi

Behzad is pursuing his Ph.D. in Mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a research assistant at the Turbomachinery and Energy System Laboratory. His research focuses on rotordynamic analysis of rotor supported by air foil bearings. He has extensive experience in designing, manufacturing and testing air foil bearings for micro gas turbine applications and larger systems. Behzad also has experience as a teaching assistant at the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering department for the following classes: Thermal Engineering, Engineering Analysis, Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery.

Nguyen LaTray, PhD Candidate

Nguyen LaTray

Nguyen holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Mechanical Engineering. She worked at the Lab as a research scientist before returning to school to pursue a Doctoral Degree. Her current research focuses on the rotordynamic response of a turbocharger system. Nguyen also has substantial experience in fabricating and testing foil bearings. Nguyen is an active member of ASME student Chapter at UT Arlington. Nguyen enjoys cooking, and spending time with her daughter in her free time.

Arvind Prabhakar, Master's Student

Arvind Prabhakar

Arvind is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. He joined the lab in Fall 2014 and became a Graduate Research Assistant in Fall 2015. His current research focuses on numerical modelling of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) in high speed gas foil thrust bearings. His research interests include numerical modelling of computational fluid dynamics such as high speed compressible and viscous flows, heat transfer in turbines, advanced air cooling schemes (internal channel cooling), and development of computational solvers for CFD in C++.

Ajit Rajesh Desai, Master's Student

Ajit Rajesh Desai

Ajit Desai holds a Bachelors of Engineering Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Mumbai and a Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering Degree from University of Texas at Arlington. He specializes in Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer (CFD&HT). He worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Turbomachinery and Energy Systems Laboratory while pursuing his master’s degree at UT Arlington. Ajit’s research focuses on system-level and component-level simulation of hybrid power generation systems. He has developed in-house applications for CFD and conjugate heat transfer analysis of Plate-Fin Heat Exchangers and Catalytic Converters. His work also includes Thermodynamic Cycle Analysis, Balance of Plant and Thermal Management of power generation systems. Ajit has done a summer internship at Siemens Corporate Technology, Princeton, NJ. Here, he worked on modeling and simulation of Additive Manufacturing Processes at Siemens NX. Ajit was the recipient of the 2014 MAE Academic Scholarship. Email: ajitrajesh.desai@mavs.uta.edu ~ Phone: 682-583-2097.

Srikanth Honavara Prasad, PhD Candidate

Srikanth Honavara Prasad

Srikanth is a PhD student in Aerospace Engineering. He holds a Master's degree in Mechanical, a Master's degree in Aerospace and a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has extensive experience in the fields of thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics and computational fluid dynamics. His current research is focused on foil bearings for high speed turbo-machinery systems. Previously, he also worked on modeling fuel reformers for fuel cell applications. He has also worked as a Mechanical Engineering Intern at Intel Corporation.

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering