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Dr. Jitenda S Tate

Dr. Tate, associate professor of manufacturing engineering, has established safe handling practices for industrial (such as nanoclay) and engineered (such as carbon nanotubes) nanoparticles in his research and teaching, dealing with advanced polymer nanocomposites. Dr. Tate is a mechanical engineer by training and has 20-plus years of academic and two years of industry experience.

His research areas include developing, manufacturing; and characterizing the high-performance polymeric thermoplastics and thermoset nanocomposites for Thermal Protection Systems (TPS), rocket ablatives, fire-retardant interior structures of mass transit and aircraft, lighter and damage-tolerant wind turbine blades, high temperature composites, replacement of traditional composites using bio-based materials, sustainable composites from renewable resources, conductive polymers for 3D printing, nanotechnology education, and nanotechnology safety.

Lab Coordinators and Technicians (more info)

Dr. Ray Cook
Jason Wagner
 
 

Current PhD Students

Harishsaiprasad Kallagunta, PhD Student, Ingram School of Engineering, Texas State University

Harish Photo Harish received a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master's degree in   Engineering Design at Jawaharlal Neheru Technological University, Hyderabad, India. He is   currently pursuing his doctorate in Materials Science, Engineering, and       Commercialization. Harish's current field of research is in ballistic resistant fiber reinforced   plastic nanocomposites. He will graduate in Fall 2019.

 

Current Graduate Students

Ryan McDermott, Graduate Student, Ingram School of Engineering, Texas State University

Ryan McDermott Thumbnail   Ryan received a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering UT Austin and is 
   currently pursuing an M.S in Manufacturing Engineering. Ryan has over ten years of experience working       in product and marketing roles at Verizon Communications and is currently working with Dr. Tate on his     master's thesis. His research is on ablative composite materials.

 

Sagar Navle, Graduate Assistant, Ingram School of Engineering, Texas State University

DineshSagar received a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering and is currently pursuing a masters in Manufacturing Engineering. He has previously worked at eBHARAT DEA Technologies in Pune, India. He started work as a Graduate Assistant for Dr. Tate in November 2016. Sagar will graduate in May 2018.

 

Swayam Shree, Graduate Assistant, Ingram School of Engineering, Texas State University

Swayam received a bachelor's degree in Manufacturing Science and Engineering at Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering here at Texas State University. His research is in the fatigue performance of fiber reinforced plastic nanocomposites. Swayam will graduate in May 2019.

Current Undergraduate Students

Shelby Vasconcellos-Murphy, Undergraduate Assistant, Lab in Charge, Ingram School of Engineering, Texas State University

Shelby Photo Shelby is pursing her bachelor's degree in Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical   Systems with a minor in Mathematics. She began work as an undergraduate research   assistant for Dr. Tate in January 2017. Her research is in the fatigue performance of   carbon fiber reinforced plastic nanocomposites. Shelby will graduate in May 2018.

 

 

Landon Alexander, Undergraduate Assistant, Ingram School of Engineering, Texas State University

Landon Photo  Landon is pursing his bachelor's degree in Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical                Systems. He began work as an undergraduate research assistant for Dr. Tate in                      September 2017. Landon will graduate in May 2019.

 

 

 

Elijah Danielsen, Undergraduate Assistant, Ingram School of Engineering, Texas State University

Elijah Photo  Elijah is pursing his bachelor's degree in Manufacturing Engineering, with a minor in              German. He began work as an undergraduate research assistant for Dr. Tate in January          2018. Elijah will graduate in December 2019.

 

 

 

Graduated BS Students

John Slupsky (Fall 2017), Applied Materials, Austin, TX

James Cerda (Spring 2017), Applied Materials, Austin, TX

Roger Hernandez (Fall 2016), Q4 Services, Orlando, FL

Daniel Slaughter (Fall 2016), Lockheed Martin, Fort Worth, TX

Davontae Habbit (Spring 2016), Tesla Gigafactory, Sparks, NV

Sergio Espinoza (Fall 2014), FOCUS Business Solutions, Taylor, MI

Matt Andrews (Spring 2012), Toyota, San Antonio, TX

Isidro Rosas (Fall 2012), Mill Reliability Specialist, CMC Steel Texas, Seguin, TX

Esmer Trevino (Spring 2012), Engineering, C-Fan, San Marcos, TX

Ralph Schultz (Fall 2011), Operations Manager, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp, Savannah, GA

Charles Jacobs (Spring 2011), Plant Manager, Hexion, Springfield, OR

Alex Herrerra (Fall 2010), Process Engineer, The Boeing Company, Seattle, WA

 

Graduated MS Students

Mr. Dinesh Kumar (Spring 2016), Zimmer Biomet, Warsaw, IN

Andres Alvarez (Fall 2014) 

Swapnil Gaikwad (Summer 2012) Quality Manager, Shawmut Corp, Detroit, MI

Dmitri Kabakov (Fall 2010) Lam Research, Austria
Temi Akinola (Spring 2010) Manufacturing Engineer, National Oilwell Varco, Downhole, Conroe, TX  (more info)

Srujan Konga (Fall 2009) Computer Programmer, Verizon (more info)

 

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