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De-Rad Lab

Design Engineering Research and Development Lab

The DE-RaD lab consists of an interdisciplinary (i.e., ME, EE, Biology) group of students with varied interests including complex system optimization, sustainable building design, automotive design, and additive manufacturing.

I am currently looking for either engineering or computer science students interested in power systems design.  Please contact me at jpiacenza [at] uwf.edu for more details.

Graduate Students

Sean Lin (MS ME, Spring 2017) – Understanding the impact of student users in sustainable building on college campuses, and exploring methods for accurate prediction models regarding energy usage.

Sean Lin

Sean Lin

Bahad Albarhami (MS ME, Fall 2016) – Evaluating the impact of occupant diversity factors (instantaneous energy usage/energy capacity) in sustainable building models.

Bahaa Albarhami

Bahaa Albarhami

Dereck Ferdaws (MS ME, Fall 2015) – Design, manufacture, and validation of a portable test bench for catheter nozzle testing.

Dereck Ferdaws

Dereck Ferdaws

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Kalen Eidenschink, B.S (expected December 2015)

  • Design, manufacture, and validate a functional composites curing “oven” for pre-impregnated carbon fiber components and tools. 
Working Prototype

Working Prototype

Oven Controller

Oven Controller

Andreas Schauer, B.S Spring 2015

  • Explore interdisciplinary team management strategies for engineering driven business ventures.

Caio Morales, Undergraduate Intern – Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. August 2015 – October 2015