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Students Head to National Labs This Summer for Research Internships

June 26, 2018

Top row, from left to right, Arturo Rodriguez, Zackery Nieto, and Diego Lazano. Bottom row, from left to right, Jose Terrazas, Kotteda Krushnarao, and Vinod Kumar.

Top row, from left to right, Arturo Rodriguez, Zackery Nieto, and Diego Lazano.
Bottom row, from left to right, Jose Terrazas, Kotteda Krushnarao, and Vinod Kumar.

Five researchers under the direction of Vinod Kumar, Ph.D., associate professor of mechanical engineering, have been accepted to cutting-edge research projects at premier national laboratories.

Arturo Rodriguez, a senior mechanical engineering major, has been accepted to a summer internship with the Fire Science Department at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Rodriguez will work under the direction of senior researchers, Alexander Brown and John Hewson, researching modeling and validation of fire behavior to improve risk model and probabilistic risk assessments for nuclear infrastructure design and operation.

Zackery Nieto, a senior mechanical engineering major, has accepted a summer internship at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. He will spend the researching uncertainty quantification and sensitivity analysis of rotorcraft using Dakota software.

Diego Lazano a graduate student in the department of mechanical engineering, will work with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory studying the impact of strong atmospheric turbulence in spatial and temporal domains using large eddy simulation (LES) turbulence modeling and will employ machine-learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms for complex engineering applications on high-performance computing (HPC) systems.

Jose Terrazas, a Ph.D. candidate will work with scientists and engineers including Kumar at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, New Mexico. His research will focus on fundamental research in test science, test engineering, and the analysis of test results. During his internship, Terrazas will also work with the Holloman High Speed Test Track researchers to develop in-depth understanding of high-speed tests and its breaking mechanism using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models on HPC systems.

Postdoctoral fellow Kotteda Krushnarao of Mechanical Engineering will work with scientists from the Center for Computing Research at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque. His summer research will focus on learning about Sandia's exascale computing capabilities and how they could be integrated the Multiphase Flow Interface Exchange (MFiX), open source software widely used by the fossil fuel reactor communities to model and understand the multiphase physics in a fluidized system.

 


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