We are always looking for outstanding and motivated students to join our group. Please contact Prof. Vasu with your request and resume/CV.

Principal Investigator

Subith S. Vasu, Ph.D.


Contact
subith {{{AT}}} ucf dot edu



Research Activities
Alternative fuels for propulsion and internal combustion engines, supercritical CO2 power cycles, shock wave physics and chemistry, detonations and explosions, energy conversion processes, laser diagnostics and sensors for combustion and emission, laser spectroscopy, space sensors, chemical kinetics experiments and modeling, non-equilibrium aerothermodynamics, laser ignition, high-altitude balloon measurements, and advanced propulsion engines.

Work History
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL: 2012-present
   Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department
Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA: 2010-2011
   Post Doctoral Appointee, Combustion Research Facility
Stanford University, Stanford, CA: 2010-2010
   Post Doctoral Researcher, Mechanical Engineering

Education
Stanford University, Stanford, CA: 2004-2010
   Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering (major)
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, Chennai, India: 2004
   M.Tech, Aerospace Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, Chennai, India: 2004
   B.Tech, Aerospace Engineering



Post-Doctoral Researchers

Anthony Carmine Terracciano

Anthony.Terracciano {{{AT}}} ucf.edu
Hometown
Davie, Florida

Education
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
   Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, 2016
   M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2014
   B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2013

Research
Optical gas diagnostics for space vehicles and planetary exploration.

Sergey V. Panteleev

Sergei.Panteleev {{{AT}}} ucf.edu
Hometown
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Education
N.I. Lobachevski State University of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
   Ph.D.,Chemistry, 2009

Research
Supercritical CO2 combustion chemistry modeling (co-advised with Prof. Artem Masunov)



Graduate Students

Bader Almansour


Hometown
Sabah Alsalem, Kuwait

Education
The University of Leeds, UK
   M. Sc., Automotive Engineering, 2010
Kuwait University
   B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, 2004

Research
Automotive Combustion, laser ignition, flame speed measurements

Honors
Kuwait Government Fellowship.

Education Status
Ph.D. post candidacy

Owen Pryor


Hometown
Windermere, Florida

Education
University of Central Florida
   M.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2016
   B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2014
   B. S., Aerospace Engineering, 2014

Research
Alternative fuels, Shock Tube, Laser Diagnostics, sCO2

Honors
NASA FSGC DIF Fellowship; AirForce Summer Fellowship; 2016 UCF ORC Doctoral Fellowship; NSF summer internship USA-Germany

Other Interests
UCF United Nations Association, Scuba Diving, Hiking

Education Status
Ph.D. post candidacy

Samuel Barak


Hometown
Hollywood, FL

Education
University of Florida
   B. S., Mechanical Engineering, 2015

Research
Shock Tube, SCO2, laser diagnostics

Other Interests
Weightlifting, Running, Home Brewing, Technology, World News


Education Status
Ph.D. post quals

Justin Urso


Hometown
Sparr, Florida

Education
University of Central Florida
   B.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2015

Research Interests
Medical uses of shock waves, LED sensors

Honors
2016 UCF ORC Doctoral Fellowship; 2017 UCF Multidisciplinary Fellowship


Other Interests
Volunteering, weightlifting, hiking

Education Status
Ph.D.

Raghu Veera Manikantachari Kancherla


Hometown
Andhrapradesh, India

Education
Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
   M. S., Mechanical Engineering, 2012
Aeronautical society of India
   B.Tech., Aeronautical Engineering, 2009

Research
Combustion modeling, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Turbulence modelling


Education Status
Ph.D.

Sneha Neupane


Hometown
Kathmandu, Nepal

Education
Auburn University
   M.S., Biosystems Engineering, 2015
Tribhuvan University
   B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2011

Research
Combustion, Alternative fuels, Organophosphorus Compounds

Other Interests
Trekking, Photography, Food, Cooking
Education Status
Ph.D. post candidacy

Jose Bobren-Diaz


Hometown
Guaynabo,Puerto Rico

Education
Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
   M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2009
   B.S., Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests
Thermo-fluid sciences, Combustion, CFD, Transport Phenomena, Aeronautical Application

Honors
2016 UCF ORC Doctoral Fellowship.

Education Status
Ph.D.

Gihun Kim


Hometown
Busan, South Korea

Education
University of Pittsburgh
   M. S., Bio Engineering, 2016
Korea Aerospace University
   M. E., Mechanical Engineering, 2010
   B.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2008

Research
Combustion

Other Interests
Squash, Swimming

Education Status
Ph.D.

Kyle Thurmond



Hometown
Casselberry, FL


Education University of Central Florida
   M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2016

B. S. Mechanical Engineering (Honors in the Major), 2013.

Honors
2017 UCF ORC Doctoral Fellowship.

Education Status
Ph.D.

Erik Ninnemann


Hometown
Land O' Lakes, Florida

Education
University of Central Florida
   B.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2017

Research Interests
Advanced Propulsion and Alternative Fuels, Shock Tube Imaging, LED sensors

Honors
2017 UCF ORC Doctoral Fellowship; 2016 DOE Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI)

Other Interests
Running, basketball, and travelling
Education Status
Ph.D.

Andrew Laich


Hometown
Lincoln Park, Michigan

Education
University of Michigan
   B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2017

Research Interests
Rotating Detonation Engines (RDE), Aerospace Propulsion, Shock Tube Studies, Chemical Kinetics

Honors
2017 UCF ORC Doctoral Fellowship

Other Interests
Traveling, Nature, Coffee, Music, Astronomy, Physical Fitness
Education Status
Ph.D.

Zachary Loparo


Hometown
Winter Springs, Florida

Education
University of Central Florida
   B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2015

Research Interests
emission diagnostics, multi-species detection in shock tubes

Honors
NSF Graduate Fellowship; DOE SULI 2015, 2014; DOE UTSR Fellowship 2017



Other Interests
International Travel

Education Status
Ph.D.

Akshita Parupalli


Hometown
lake Mary, Florida

Education
University of Central Florida
   B.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2017

Honors
NASA FSGC DIF Fellowship

Research Interests
LED sensors, shock tube

Education Status
M.S. thesis




Visitors

Ladislav Vesely



Hometown
Prague, Czech Republic

Education
Czech Technical University in Prague
   B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2011
   M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2013
   Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, 2013-present







VasuLab Alumni Post-Docs

Frank Barnes


Education
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
    post-doc 2016-2017


University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
   Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, 2016
   M.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2014
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL
   B.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2010

Current Position
Aerojet-Rocketdyne, Jupiter, FL

VasuLab Alumni Ph.D.

Batikan Koroglu



Education
University of Central Florida
   Ph. D., Mechanical Engineering 2016

Current Position
Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Livermore, CA

Carlos Velez



Education
University of Central Florida
   Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, 2015

Honors
McKnight Fellowship

Current Position
Research Engineer, General Electric Global Research Center, Niskayuna, NY

Ghazal Barari



Education
University of Central Florida
   Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, 2015

Current Position
Assistant Professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, AZ

VasuLab Alumni M.S. Thesis

Joseph Lopez



Education
University of Central Florida
   B.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2017
   M.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2015

Honors
NASA FSGC Masters Fellowship; DOE SULI 2015

Current Position
Engineer, Spectral Energies LLC, Dayton, OH.

Leigh Nash



Education
University of Central Florida
   M.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2017
   B.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2014

Research
Shock tube characterization and tailoring, jet fuel characterization

Honors
NASA FSGC DIF Fellowship; NASA ASTAR Fellowship (1 out of 10 recipients in the country in 2015); DOE SULI 2015


Current Position
Engineer, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Lake Mary, FL

Michael Villar



Education
University of Central Florida
   B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2015
   B. S., Aerospace Engineering, 2015
   M. S., Aerospace Engineering, 2017
Honors
NASA FSGC DIF Fellowship

Research
CO/CO2 space sensor development

Sami Alawadhi



Education
University of Miami
   B.S., Applied Physics, 2015
University of Central Florida
   M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2017

Research Interests
Thermodynamics, flame speed measurements, sCO2

Honors
Kuwait Government Fellowship.

Luke Thompson



Education University of Central Florida
   M.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2015

Honors
NASA FSGC Masters Fellowship


Current Position
Engineer, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Orlando, FL

VasuLab Alumni B.S.

Colton Bishop



Current Position
Lockheed Martin, Orlando, FL.

Caleb Amy



Education
University of Central Florida
   B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2015

Steven O'Briant



Education
University of Central Florida
   B.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2014

Current Position
Vance AFB, OK


Group Pictures


Vasu Lab group members infront of the Millican Hall @ UCF 2016




Vasu Lab group members infront of the Millican Hall @ UCF 2016




Vasu Lab group members infront of the Millican Hall @ UCF 2016




Vasu Lab group members infront of the Millican Hall @ UCF 2013




Vasu Lab group members infront of the reflecting pond @ UCF 2013




Vasu Lab group members at the ESS2013 meeting in Clemson




Vasu Lab group members at the ESS2013 meeting infront of the river