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Graduate School of Computational Engineering Alumni

Since 2004, 17 PhD students and 33 Master’s students have graduated from the SimCenter’s programs in Computational Engineering. With a strong foundation in engineering, applied computational mathematics, applied scientific computing, and team-oriented research, SimCenter graduates are well prepared to succeed in a variety of fields.  Our alums are leaders in academia, private industry, and government across the country and around the world.  

Louie Elliot

Dr. Louie Elliott
Class of 2008

Louie earned his Bachelor of Science in Physics at UTC in 1994, going on to get his Masters degree in Physics at North Carolina State University in 1998 and began his Ph.D. in Computational Engineering, here at UTC in 2005.
Dissertation Title: “Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Simulation and Design Optimization with Numerical Adjoint Techniques.”
Dr. Elliot is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
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Sagar Kapadia

Dr. Sagar Kapadia
Class of 2008

Sagar earned his BE in Mechanical Engineering at the L.D. College of Engineering in 2000, Masters degree also in Mechanical Engineering at Kettering University in 2003 completing his Ph.D. in Computational Engineering, here at UTC in 2008.
Dissertation Title: “Computational Design and Sensitivity Analysis of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells”
Dr. Kapadia is now a Research Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Computational Engineering and the SimCenter, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
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Computational Engineering Alumni

James Beasley, M.S., December 2004, Thesis Title: "Validation of an Unstructured Flow Solver for Oblique Shocks and Expansion Fans"

Vincent C. Betro
M.S., August 2007, Thesis Title: "Parallel Hierarchical 2D Unstructured Mesh Generation with General Cutting
Ph.D. August 2010, Dissertation Title: "Fully Anisotropic Split-Tree Adaptive Refinement Mesh Generation Using Tetrahedral Mesh Stitching"

William Emerson Brock V, M.S., August 2011, Thesis Title: "Design Optimization Using CAD Parameterization Through CAPRI"

Melissa Graves-Brook, M.S., May 2009, (Non-thesis)

Robert Glenn Brook
M.S., December 2004, (Non-thesis)
Ph.D., December 2008, Dissertation Title: "A Parallel, Matrix-free Newton Method for Solving Approximate Boltzmann"

Chad E. Burdyshaw, Ph.D., May 2006, Dissertation Title: "Achieving Automatic Concurrency Between Computational Field Solvers and Adjoint Sensitivity Codes"

Max David Collao, M.S., August 2011, Thesis Title: "Generation and Optimization of Spacing Fields"

Nicholas G. Currier, M.S., August 2010, Thesis Title: "A Hybrid Method for Flows in Local Chemical Equilibrium and Nonequilibrium"

Cameron T. Druyor, Jr., M.S., August 2011, Thesis Title: "An Adaptive Hybrid Mesh Generation Method For Complex Geometries"

Zaineddin Dweik, Ph.D., December 2007, Dissertation Title: "Computational Study of Turbomachinery-Related Flows and Heat Transfer in Buoyancy-Driven Rotating Cavities with Axial Cooling-Air Through-Flow"

Louie C. Elliott, Ph.D., August 2008, Dissertation Title: "Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Simulation and Design with Numerical Adjoint Techniques"

Dawn Ellis, M.S., August 2010, (Non-thesis)

J. Taylor Erwin, Ph.D., December 2013, Dissertation Title: "Stabilized Finite Elements for Compressible Turbulent Navier-Stokes"

Philip Wesley Fackler, M.S., December 2013, Thesis Title: "Physics-Based Point Placement by Particle Dynamics Simulation"

Guy Austin Flynt, M.S., May 2013, Thesis Title: "Computation of Heat Transfer in Turbine Rotor Blade Cooling Channels with Angled Rib Turbulators"

Arash Ghasemi, M.S., May 2013, Thesis Title: "On the Theory of a Space-Time Solution Algorithm for Computational Science and Engineering"

Ryan S. Glasby, Ph.D., August 2011, Dissertation Title: "Computational Design for Electromagnetic Simulations"

Ashish Gupta, Ph.D., August 2013, Dissertation Title: "Preconditioning Methods for Ideal and Multiphase Fluid Flows"

Muhanad K. Hajjawi, Ph.D., August 2007, Dissertation Title: "Advanced Turbulence Closures for a Scalable Parallel Implicit Unstructured Grid Algorithm"

Jason A. Heacker, M.S., May 2011, Thesis Project Title: "A Study in Aerodynamic Drag Reduction for a Small Travel Trailer"

Christopher Bruce Hilbert, M.S., April 2009, Thesis Title: "A Lawson-like Algorithm for the Triangulation of Points in Three-Dimensions"

Ryan Hulguin, M.S., August 2008, Thesis Title: "Direct Numerical Solution of Nonlinear Model Boltzmann Equations"

Matthew Jackson, M.S., August 2008, (Non-thesis)

Lei Ji, Ph.D., April 2011, Dissertation Title: "Unstructured Grid Technologies for Hydrodynamic Applications with Bodies in Relative Motion and Mesh Deformation"

Benjamin C. Johnson, M.S., May 2010, Thesis Title: "A Numerical Investigation of S-Duct Flows with Boundary-Layer Ingestion"

Sagar Kapadia, Ph.D., August 2008, Dissertation Title: "Computational Design and Sensitivity Analysis of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells"

Kristen Catherine Karman, M.S., December 2013, Thesis Title: "2-D CFD Design of the Cross-Sectional Shape of Arterial Stents"

Jessica Elaine Kress, M.S., December 2012, Thesis Title: "An Unstructured Grid Incompressible Navier-Stokes Algorithm for Convective Heat Transfer Based on Artificial Compressibility"

Brian K. Lambert, Ph.D., December 2004, Dissertation Title: "Development and Validation of a Time Accurate Algorithm for Low Mach Number Compressible Flow"

Kyle J. Lange
M.S., August 2007, Thesis Title: "A Fully Implicit Characteristic-Based Algorithm for a One Dimensional Radio Frequency Glow Discharge Fluid Simulation
Ph.D., July 2009, Dissertation Title: "Sensitivity Analysis for a Radio Frequency Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Discharge Simulation"

Weiyang Lin, M.S., May 2013, Thesis Title: "Computational Investigation of the Effects of Casing Treatments on the Performance of a Turbofan"

James S. Masters, Ph.D., December 2010, Dissertation Title: "Winslow Elliptic Smoothing Equations Extended to Apply to General Regions of an Unstructured Mesh"

Brent J. C. Mitchell, M.S., May 2007, Thesis Title: "A Nonmatching and Sliding Interface Method for Unstructured Flow Simulations"

Adam Cofer, M.S., December 2013, Thesis Title: "Validation of Interpolative Interfaces for Rotorcraft Applications"

Matthew David O'Connell, M.S., August 2011, Thesis Title: "Comparison Of Two Methods For Two Dimensional Unstructured Mesh Adaptation With Elliptic Smoothing"

Christian de la Peña, M.S., December 2010, (Non-thesis)

Mandar Sahasrabudhe, Ph.D., August 2008, Dissertation Title: "Unstructured Mesh Generation and Manipulation Based On Elliptic Smoothing and Optimization"

Shane Edmond Sawyer, M.S., August 2012, Thesis Title: "Analysis and Implementation of a High-Order Reconstruction Algorithm for an Unstructured Finite Volume Flow Solver"

W. Lawton Shoemake, M.S., December 2013, Thesis Title: "Extension of A High-Order Petrov-Galerkin Implementation Applied to Non-Radiating and Radar Cross Section Geometries"

Pradeep Sivakumar, Ph.D., December 2006, Dissertation Title: "Characteristic-Based, Parallel, Numerical Solver for the Shallow Water Equations on Unstructured Grids with Wet/Dry Interfaces"

Sean Smith, M.S., May 2014, (Non-thesis)

John Steffan, M.S., December 2011, (Non-thesis)

Nicholas Szapiro, M.S., August 2012, Thesis Title: "Mesh Generation Using a Correspondence Distance Field"

Craig R. Tanis, Ph.D., December 2013, Dissertation Title: "A New Software Framework for Unstructured Mesh Representation and Manipulation

Jacob Chackasseril Varghese, M.S., December 2009, Thesis Title: "Sonic Boom Prediction Methods Using Feature-Based Adaptation of Unstructured Meshes"

Justin Whitt, M.S., April 2009, Thesis Title: "Unstructured, Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes Model of the NREL Phase VI Wind Turbine"

Xueying Zhang, M.S., October 2013, Thesis Title: "Higher-Order Petrov-Galerkin Methods for Analysis of Antennas"