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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.

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 has substantial experience in fabricating foil bearings and rotordynamic testing of foil bearing system. Nguyen is a Student Liaison of the International Gas Turbine Institute.

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.

Amirreza Niazmand, PhD Candidate

Amirreza Niazmand

Amir is a research assistant at TESLAB at UTA. He is pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Mechanical engineering, his research focuses on simulation fluid-structure interaction of gas thrust bearing in single and two-phase flow regimes. He has substantial experience in simulation of thermo-fluidic systems using CFD methods. Previously, Amir worked as a designer of Auxiliary and Accessories system of industrial gas turbines in a gas turbine manufacturing company, and 2 years of teaching engineering level courses at a university (IAU).

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering