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Mechanical Engineering Professors Selected for Air Force Summer Fellowship


Mechanical Engineering Professors Selected for Air Force Summer Fellowship


Vinod Kumar and Chintalapalle Ramana both Ph.D. Assistant Professors of Mechanical Engineering, have been selected for the 2012 Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (AF SFFP).

The program offers hands-on experiences for full-time science and engineering faculty from U.S. colleges and universities to collaborate with Air Force researchers at the Technical Directorates of the Air Force Research Laboratory, the US Air Force Academy, or the Air Force Institute of Technology during the summer.

Fellows have the opportunity to build professional relationships with other AF SFFP participants as well as the participating Air Force research scientists and engineers. In addition to an expanding their network, the professors get to perform high-quality research with their Air Force mentors. The Fellowship also supports graduate students currently working with Professors Kumar and Ramana.

"I feel honored to be selected for this fellowship and to have the opportunity to conduct research alongside scientist and engineers in the Air Force. Also I am excited to be taking students with me so that they will have the opportunity to create networks, research and explore what is out there for them. I am pleased to represent UTEP," Dr. Ramana said.

"My goal is to establish a long-term collaborating relationship with the U.S. Air Force Labs especially the Kirkland Air Force Base in Albuquerque through this Fellowship" Dr. Kumar said. "This unique opportunity gives me the chance to conduct fundamental research in fluid dynamics on the 'Analysis of Strong Turbulence Effects on Laser and Speckle Propagation'," Kumar added.

Kumar will also be taking a graduate student who will conduct research with Dr. Gudimetla, a renowned research physicist affiliated with the Directed Energy Directorate at Kirkland Air Force Base (KAFB)/Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing Site.

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