Dr. Kavan Hazeli

Dr. Hazeli research lies at the intersection of applied mechanics and materials science and engineering and thrusts on multi-scale experimental and computational characterization of material response and aims to for enhanced functionality and high-performance in novel materials under extreme environments such as temperature, strain rate and fatigue. His work looks to develop a fundamental understanding of the mechanisms by which materials deform and fail across multiple lengths and timescales.

Dr. Hazeli received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University in 2014. Prior joining to UAH, Kavan was a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University (Apr 2014-Aug 2016) in the Department of ME and the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute.

PhD Candidates

Joseph Indeck

Joseph is currently working towards his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering researching the deformation behavior of magnesium under dynamic loading. His research interests include material response to high strain rate loading, experimental mechanics, shock compression, and detonation phenomena. Prior to joining UAH Joseph worked at The Boeing Company for five years in Huntsville, AL and St. Charles, MO. He holds a master’s degree from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University.

Behzad Bahrami Babamiri

Behzad is Ph.D. student in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He received his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from the Bu-Ali Sina University in Mechanical Engineering. He served as a part-time faculty member in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Azad University, Boukan Branch. He is currently working on Materials with structural hierarchy such as lattice structure and composites. His focus is to understand instability, deformation and failure mechanisms of lattice structures and composites under high strain rate using finite element analysis and experimental methods.

Destin Sandlin

Destin is studying Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Alabama and an M.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. While an undergraduate, he was awarded the University of Alabama's Outstanding Senior Award. He is a full-time Missile Flight Test Engineer at Redstone Arsenal. Destin Sandlin (born 1981) is an American engineer best known for his educational video series Smarter Every Day (SED), which is hosted on a YouTube channel of the same name launched in 2007

Masters Students

Andrew Minor

Andrew obtained an Associates Degree in Science from Bevill State in May 2015 and his Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering in August of 2017. He intends to remain at UAH to pursue his Masters Degree starting in the fall semester of 2017. His research will focus primarily on experimentation using nickel-based super alloys at extremely high temperatures.

Undergraduate Students

Madison Frederick

Madison is presently completing her fourth year at UAH and intends to conclude coursework for her Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering in May 2018. She plans to continue into graduate work at UAH in pursuit of her Masters Degree the following semester. She is currently planning to principally devout her efforts to researching the thermal fatigue of planetary materials.

Jeremy Floyd

Jeremy is currently a senior in the Mechanical Engineering program, hoping to complete his Bachelors Degree in December of 2018. Jeremy hopes to continue his education by entering the Masters program in Mechanical Engineering shortly after graduation. He is currently assisting in research on how long term damage due to fatigue in a material effects the mechanical properties of said material in dynamic environments

Prathmesh Anantwar

Prathmesh is a third-year undergraduate student expecting to graduate in May of 2019 with a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Prathmesh plans on obtaining a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering though the JUMP program at UAH. He is currently assisting in research involving the investigation of pre-existing microstructural damage on the mechanical behavior of polycrystalline metals.

Visiting Students

Ângelo Cristante Neto

Ângelo is a master’s degree student in the Department of Materials Engineering at Engineering School of Lorena - University of São Paulo (EEL-USP). He is currently studying the crack propagation in ceramic refractory materials at the Mechanics of Materials Under Extreme Environments Laboratory at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (MMEE – UAH). His research interests include thermal shock behavior and crack propagation in ceramic materials.