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 d.o.t 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: 2018-present
   Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL: 2012-2018
   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



Research Faculty

Anthony Carmine Terracciano

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

Education and Professional Preparation
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
    post-doc 2017-2019


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; Advanced sensors for toxic gases; Fudnamental combustion experiments



Post-Doctoral Researchers

Suhyeon Park

Suhyeon.Park {{{AT}}} ucf d.o.t edu
Hometown
Seoul, South Korea

Education and Professional Preparation
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
    post-doc 2018-


Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
   Ph.D.,Mechanical Engineering, 2017

KAIST, Daejeon, Korea
   M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2012

Korea University, Seoul, Korea
   B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2010

Research
Optical diagnostics for combustion; SCO2 oxy-combustion;

Chun-Hung Wang

chun-hung.wang _{{{at}}}_ ucf dot edu
Hometown
Pingtung, Taiwan

Education and Professional Preparation
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
    post-doc 2018-


Washington State University, Pullman, WA
   Ph.D.,Materials Science and Engineering, 2016

National Chung Cheng University, Chiayi, Taiwan
   M.S., Chemistry and Biochemistry, 2006
   B.S., Chemistry, 2004

Research
Combustion chemical kinetics under supercritical CO2 environment(co-advised with Prof. Artem Masunov)



Graduate Students

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 candidacy

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. post candidacy

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. post quals

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. post candidacy

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

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. 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. post quals

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.

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
Aerospace Propulsion, Shock Tube Combustion, Chemical Kinetics

Honors
2017 UCF ORC Doctoral Fellowship

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

Ramees Khaleel Rahman


Hometown
Kerala, India

Education
Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE
   M. S., Chemical Engineering, 2016
National Institute of Technology, Calicut, India
   B. Tech., Chemical Engineering, 2011

Research
Combustion kinetics, Reaction mechanisms, Soot, Pollutant formation

Other Interests
Soccer

Education Status
Ph.D.

Farhan Arafin


Hometown
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Education
University of Wyoming, USA
   M. S., Mechanical Engineering, 2018
Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, Bangladesh
   B. S., Mechanical Engineering, 2014

Research
Combustion, Alternative Fuels

Other Interests
Soccer, Music, Travelling

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 and Professional Preparation
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
Engineer, Aerojet-Rocketdyne, Jupiter, FL

Sergey V. Panteleev

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

Education and Professional Preparation
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
    post-doc 2017-2018


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)

Current Position
Lead Engineer, Center of Metrology of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

VasuLab Alumni Ph.D.

Carlos Velez



Education
University of Central Florida
   Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, 2015
   M.S., Aerospace Engineering, 2011
   B. S., Aerospace Engineering, 2010

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

Batikan Koroglu



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

Current Position
Staff Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Livermore, CA

Anthony Carmine Terracciano


Hometown
Davie, Florida

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

Current Position
Research Engineer, Vasu Lab, UCF

Bader Almansour


Education
University of Central Florida
   Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, 2018

Honors
ASME IGTI YETA Award; Best Paper LIC 15; Kuwait Government Fellowship;

Current Position
Assistant Professor, Automotive and Marine Department, The Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET), Kuwait.

Owen Pryor


Hometown
Windermere, Florida

Education
University of Central Florida
   Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, 2018
   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

Current Position
Research Engineer, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), San Antonio, TX.

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, Air Force Research Lab and 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

Current Position
Engineer, Department of Defense, VA.

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.

Current Position
Research Engineer, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), Kuwait.

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