Microfluidics and Acoustics Lab

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Lab Members:

Our lab currently has 6 Ph.D. students and 2 REU students working on their dissertation and projects. Since its inception in 2008, we have graduated 15 Ph.D. students, 13 M.S. students and worked with 2 PostDocs and 18 Undergraduate students.

Faculty:

Rasim Guldiken, Ph.D.

  

Ph.D:

John Cotter, Ph.D. Candidate: John is working on the Fast Track Ultrasonic Imaging of Concrete Bridge Decks project.


Tia Sayers, Ph.D. Student: Tia is working on the Fast Track Ultrasonic Imaging of Concrete Bridge Decks project.


Khaoula Ettini, Ph.D. Student: Khaoula is investigating contactless acoustic thermometry for 3-D temperature distribution in additive manufacturing.


Ozge Uyanik, Ph.D. Student: Ozge is working on acoustic based microfluidics manipulation techniques.



Jose Paul, FNU, Ph.D. Candidate (co-advised with A. Kumar): Jose is investigating how liquid crystal polyester/amide copolymer can be employed for optimizing ultrasonic imaging of infrastructures.


Samuel Donatus, Ph.D. Student (co-advised with J. Wang): Samuel is investigating low temperature bonding based fabrication of Piezoelectric Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducers (PMUT)


REU:


Matthew Moss

Teehran Francis






Alumni:

Postdoctoral Fellows (2):

Emre Tufekcioglu (2015-2016)

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Eskisehir Tech., Turkey


Alper Sisman (2011-2012)

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Marmara University, Turkey


Ph.D. (15):


Saleh Alhumaid, Co-Advised with Dr. Hess - 2022

Dissertation Title: "A Noncontact Magneto-Piezo Harvester-Based Vehicle Regenerative Suspension System"

Current Position: Assistant Professor at University of Hail  


Joel Cooper, Co-Advised with Dr. Gallant - 2020

Dissertation Title: "Manipulation and Patterning of Mammalian Cells

                             using Vibrations and Acoustic Force"

Current Position: Project Engineer, Triton Systems, Inc. Chelmsford, MA


Hani Alhazmi - 2020

Dissertation Title: "Experimental Investigation of Liquid Height Estimation and Simulation Verification

                             of Bolt Tension Quantification Using Surface Acoustic Waves”

Current Position: Assistant Professor at Umm Al-Qura University


Marwan Belaed, Co-Advised with Dr. Rahman -2020

Dissertation Title: "Simulation and Verification of Phase Change Materials for Thermal Energy Storage"

Current Position: TBA


Matt Trapuzzano, Co-Advised with Dr. Crane - 2019

Dissertation Title: "Controlled Wetting Using Ultrasonic Vibration"

Current Position: Mechanical Engineer at Blue Origin, Cape Canaveral, FL


Mohsen Ziaae, Co-Advised with Dr. Crane - 2018

Dissertation Title: "Materials and Methods to Fabricate Porous Structures Using Additive

                    Manufacturing Techniques"

Current Position: Additive Manufacturing Engineer at 3DEO, Gardena, CA


Shantanu Shevade, Co-Advised with Dr. Rahman - 2018

Dissertation Title: "Simulation of Turbulent Air Jet Impingement for Commercial Cooking Applications"

Current Position: Director of Engineering, Welbilt, Inc., Newport Richey, FL


Rafael Rodriguez - 2017

Dissertation Title: "Experimental Evaluation of Cooling Effectiveness and Water Conservation in a

                              Poultry House Using Flow Blurring Atomizers”

Current Position: Associate Professor at Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU)


Scott Padilla - 2017

Dissertation Title: "Novel Transducer Calibration and Simulation Verification of PDMS Channels on

                              Acoustic Microfluidic Devices "

Current Position: Project Manager at Neuralink, Austin, TX


Adrian Avila, Co-Advised with Dr. Wang - 2017

Dissertation Title: "Development of MEMS Acoustic Emission Sensors"

Current Position: R&D Engineer at Intel, Chandler, AZ


Ahmad Manasrah, Co-Advised with Dr. Reed - 2016

Dissertation Title: "Application and Analysis of Asymmetrical Hot and Cold Stimuli"

Current Position: Assistant Professor at Al-Zaytoonah University, Jordan


Tao Wang - 2016

Dissertation Title: "Optimization and Characterization of Integrated Microfluidic Surface Acoustic Wave  

                              Sensors and Transducers"

Current Position: Research Assistant Professor at USF Health


Eric Tridas, Co-Advised with Dr. Schlaf - 2015

Dissertation Title: "Use of FDM Components for Ion Beam and Vacuum Applications"

Current Position: Staff R&D Engineer at Pivot, Inc., San Francisco, CA


Myeong Chan Jo - 2013

Dissertation Title: "An Acoustic-based Microfluidic Platform for Active Separation and Mixing"

Current Position: Vice-President of Development at Innovative Biochips LLC, Houston, TX


Onursal Onen - 2013

Dissertation Title: "Analytical Modeling, Perturbation Analysis and Experimental Characterization of

                             Guided Surface Acoustic Wave Sensors"

Current Position: Owner and CEO at Metapax Akustik, Turkey





M.S. (13):

Akshay Gulhane - 2020

Thesis Title: "ROBOAT - Rescue Operations Bot Operating in All Terrains"

Current Position: TBA


Mohammed Al Busaidi - 2019

Thesis Title: "Simulation and Experimental Investigation of Fluid Mixing Enhancement with Orifice  

                      Plate"

Current Position: Development Mechanical Engineer in Petroleum Development Oman


Shivaraman Asoda - 2018

Thesis Title: "Simulation and Optimization of a Sheathless Size-Based Acoustic Particle Separator"

Current Position: Engineer at Cybel LLC, Allentown, PA


Robert Bebeau - 2018

Thesis Title: "Simulation of Radiation Flux from Thermal Fluid

                      in Origami Tubes"

Current Position: Fatigue Engineer at Boeing, St. Louis, MO


Frederik Schousboe - 2017

Thesis Title: "Pleatwise Velocity Distribution in Pleated Air Filtration"

Current Position: Engineering Manager at EnerSys, Tampa, FL


Matt Hardy, Co-Advised with Dr. Reed - 2017

Thesis Title: "Heat Flux Modeling of Asymmetrically Heated and Cooled Thermal Stimuli"

Current Position: U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps Officer, Newport, Rhode Island


Senmiao Hu - 2016

Thesis Title: "Simulation and Verification of Fluid Jet Polishing"

Current Position: Unknown


Jairo Martinez - 2012

Thesis Title: "A Novel Ultrasonic Method to Quantify Bolt Tension"

Current Position: Thermal Systems Integration Engineer at Cummins Inc., Milpitas, CA


Greeshma Manohar - 2012

Thesis Title: "Investigation of Various Surface Acoustic Wave Design Configurations for Improved

                     Sensitivity"

Current Position: Engineer at HARMAN International, Detroit, MI


Eric Tridas - 2012

Thesis Title: "Experimental and Numerical Investigation of an Electrospray RF Ion Funnel"

Current Position: Staff R&D Engineer at Pivot, Inc., San Francisco, CA


Ahmad Manasrah, Co-Advised with Dr. Reed - 2012

Current Position: Assistant Professor at Al-Zaytoonah University, Jordan


Asad Ahmad, Co-Advised with Dr. Gallant - 2011

Thesis Title: "Surface Functionalization and Analysis Thereof for an Ovarian Cancer Diagnostic

                     Biosensor"

Current Position: Global Key Accounts, Tempus Labs, Inc. Chicago, Illinois


Lynford Davis - 2009

Thesis Title: "Investigation of Residual and Thermal Stress on Membrane-Based MEMS Devices"

Current Position: High School Math Teacher, Pasco County, FL




Undergraduate Students/REU (18):


Rafael Braga Gomes:

Simulation of powder bed melting mechanism for Selective Laser Melting


Charles Baker:

HVAC Design (a chilled water system with hydronic heating) for Braden River Middle School Classroom Addition


Richard Leyton:

Performance, Efficiency and Cost Optimization of Custom-designed Camshaft for Mazda Mx-5 (NB)  


Marcos Robles:

Analysis of a Modular Engine Air Particle Separator for use in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles


Joshua Garno, Honor's Thesis, Thesis Director:

Computational Study on Reducing Drag and Boundary Layer Separation in Airfoils


Brandon Demers:

Investigation of aerodynamic modifications to increase the normal load on the tires for added grip


Daniel O'Connor, Honor's Thesis, Committee Member:

Exploring the SCUBA of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow


Laura Byrnes-Blanco:

Ultrasonic Modulation of Protein and Cellular Attachment in Jackson Pratt Drainage System


Kimberly Witke:

Acoustic Analysis of Venturi Nozzle


Alex McCulla:

Change in Shear Stress due to Skin-Friction and Aerodynamic Shape Altered by the Surface Roughness


Stephen MacNeil:

Simulation of a Space Electrical Power System


Ahmad Hares:

Spring Rate and Preload Investigation of Various Valve Sizes using Fluid Transport Principles


Dean Velasquez:

Phased Array Surface Acoustic Wave Transducers for Bolt Tension Measurement


Jaime Pagan:

Characterization Setup for High-Frequency Immersion Ultrasonic Transducers


Andrew Abney:

Simulation of Operation Parameters for Capacitive Acoustic Transducers


Chris Nelson:

Simulation of Thermal Effects on Membrane Based Microdevices


Nathan Rice:

Comparison of Standard and Ground Loop Air-Conditioning Systems,


Momo Kajiwara:

Investigation of High-Intensity Ultrasound (HIFU) for Breast Cancer Treatment,