Santiago Corujeira
Argentina
Santiago is studying Metallurgy and Materials at the University of Birmingham, in the UK. He earned a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from the Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, in Buenos Aires. For his doctorate, which he expects to finish in December 2008, Santiago is conducting research on the application of Active Screen plasma surface engineering for low temperature plasma carburizing of austenitic stainless steels, to improve both their hardness and wear resistance without affecting their corrosion properties or even improving them.

 

Bianca de Carvalho Pinheiro
Brazil
Bianca will study Materials and Mechanical Engineering at the Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, in France. She received her Master degree in Ocean Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and her Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from the same university. For her Ph.D. studies she will study the evolution of micro-deformations as well as residual stresses during the different stages of fatigue of materials and structures.

 

 

Julian Hallai
Brazil
Julian is studying Mechanics Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, in the US. Julian received his Master and Bachelor degrees at the University of São Paulo in Brazil. Julian’s research interest includes solid mechanics, buckling, fatigue, finite elements, dynamics of structures, vibrations and damping. Another area of special interest for Julian is the design of subsea pipelines, and lateral and upheaval buckling of high temperature/high pressure pipelines.

 

 

Diego Angarita
Colombia
Diego began his Ph.D. in 2006 in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds, in the UK. He obtained his Master degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University College London, and his Bachelor degree at the Universidad de los Andes, in Bogota. For his doctorate Diego is working on the development of novel sensor instrumentation to characterize multi-constituent liquid, multi-phase spray systems and related mixing phenomena using Particle Image Velocimetry.

 

 

Javier Romero Ospina
Colombia
Javier is pursuing his Ph.D. in Material Science at the University of Manchester, in the UK, where he also earned his Master degree in Advanced Engineering Materials. A graduate of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Javier is now conducting research on stress/damage characterization, texture and deformation mechanisms of metallic materials, and is working on a project to study the texture evolution of zirconium alloys during processing. 

 

 

Ivan Quevedo
Mexico
Ivan is studying Chemical Engineering at McGill University. He previously obtained both his Master and Bachelor degrees at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. For his Ph.D., Ivan’s research involves the development of a biosensing device, which employs MEMS (Microelectromechanical) systems, for detecting contaminants in water.

 

 

Esperanza Linares Guerrero
Mexico
Esperanza will study Mechanical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, in the US. She obtained her Bachelor degree at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mechanical Engineering. Her Ph.D. studies will focus on fluids mechanics and thermal sciences, with the objective of achieving a better understanding of fluids behavior and thermal systems as they relate to energy conversion and alternative energies.

 

 

Carlos Alcalá
Mexico
Carlos is studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Southern California, in the US. He received his Master degree at the University of Texas at Austin and his Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering, at the Technological Institute of Ciudad Madero. For his Ph.D., Carlos is conducting research on the development of new techniques for statistical process monitoring and controller performance monitoring, with the aim of improving performance assessment and monitoring of process control loops and developing new techniques to identify and diagnose process and device faults.

 

 

Rubén Pérez Mora
Mexico
Rubén is studying Materials Science at Ecole Nationale Superiore de Arts et Metiers, in France. He obtained his Master degree at the Instituto Tecnológico de Morelia in Metallurgy and his Bachelor degree at the Technological Institute of Lázaro Cardenas. For his Ph.D., Rubén is studying the gigacycle fatigue mechanisms of metallic alloys used in the aeronautics and energy industry; he is also studying technological devices used to carry out gigacycle fatigue tests.

 

 

Ricardo Jiménez Martínez
Mexico
Ricardo began his Ph.D. in 2005 in Applied Physics at the University of Colorado at Boulder, in the US. He received his Bachelor degree in Industrial Physical Engineering at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. For his Ph.D., Ricardo is studying atomic physics and its application to the design and construction of practical sensing devices such as magnetometers.

 

 

Christian Canto
Mexico
Christian is studying Chemical Engineering at Ohio University, in the US. He received both his Master and Bachelor degrees in Chemical Engineering at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. The subject for Christian’s Ph.D. is CO2 corrosion, or “sweet corrosion,” and its mechanism, propagation, and prevention in steel pipelines utilized in the oil and gas industry.

 

 

Vanessa Fajardo
Mexico
Vanessa is studying Chemical Engineering at Ohio University. She received both her Master and Bachelor degrees in Chemical Engineering at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. For her doctorate Vanessa is studying the electrochemical behavior of carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S) in the presence of organic acids, for the purpose of preventing corrosion in oil and gas wells.

 

 

Petrica Dulgheru
Romania
Petrica is studying Chemical Engineering at University College Dublin, in Ireland. He earned a Master degree in Catalysis at the same university and his Bachelor degree in Chemistry at the University of Bucharest. For his Ph.D. Petrica is studying the catalytic combustion of carbonaceous particulates released from gasoline and diesel engines. Specifically he will study the effects a catalyst containing a NOx trapping component has on the combustion of carbonaceous particulates to CO2, and what effect such a system has on the particle size distribution of the particulates.

 

 

Roberto Gil Sbarra
Venezuela
Roberto will study Materials Science at the University of Nottingham, in the UK. A graduate of the Universidad de los Andes, in Venezuela, Roberto has a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering. For his Ph.D., Roberto expects to study advanced materials synthesis and, more specifically, the use of pressure-less ceramic foams as basic metal-ceramic interpenetrating composites.

 

 

Tatiana Reyes
Venezuela
Tatiana will study Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, in the US. She previously studied Materials Engineering and earned both her Master and Bachelor degrees at the Universidad Simón Bolívar. For her doctorate, Tatiana will be conducting research on alternative technologies for synthesizing and chemical processing of materials, with the aim of reducing the cost of related industrial processes.

 

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