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. His research lab will serve as the training site on health and safety issues of nanomaterials. 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 nanocomposites for rocket ablatives, fire-retardant interior structures of mass transit and aircraft, lighter and damage-tolerant wind turbine blades, and replacement of traditional composites using bio-based materials. He has mentored undergraduate African-American students under NASA-PAIR at NC A&T University, an HBCU, and Hispanic students under H-LSAMP at Texas State. He is a member of AIAA, ASME, ACMA, ASEE, ASSE, and SAMPE. He is a recipient of a prestigious national teaching award, the 2009 Dow Chemical Educator of the Year by the Society of Plastics Engineers’ Composites Division.
Lab Coordinators and Technicians (more info)
Current Graduate Students
Ryan McDermott, Graduate Student, Ingram School of Engineering, Texas State University
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.
Sagar Navle, Graduate Assistant, Ingram School of Engineering, Texas State University
Sagar 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.
Current Undergraduate Students
John Slupsky, Undergraduate Assistant, Lab in Charge, Ingram School of Engineering, Texas State University
John is an undergraduate manufacturing engineer
focusing on mechanical systems. He began student
research for Dr. Tate Fall of 2016. John will graduate in December 2017.
Shelby Vasconcellos-Murphy, Undergraduate Assistant, Ingram School of Engineering, Texas State University
Shelby is an undergraduate manufacturing
engineer concentrating in mechanical systems.
She began work as an undergraduate research
assistant for Dr. Tate in January 2017. Shelby will graduate in May 2018.
Graduated BS Students
James Cerda (Spring 2017), Applied Materials, Austin, TX
Roger Hernandez (Fall 2016), Operations, Disneyland
Daniel Slaughter (Fall 2016)
Davontae Habbit (Spring 2016), Product Support Engineer, Phillips Lighting,
San Marcos, TX
Sergio Espinoza (Fall 2014), Engineering, Micropower Global, San Marcos, TX
Matt Andrews (Spring 2012), Toyota, San Antonio, TX
Isidro Rosas (Fall 2012), Mill Reliability Specialist, CMC Steel Texas, Seguin
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), Technical Engineer 3rd Section, Toray Composites (America) Inc., Tacoma, WA
Alex Herrerra (Fall 2010), Process Engineer, The Boeing Company, Seattle, WA
Graduated MS Students
Mr. Dinesh Kumar (Spring 2016)
Andres Alvarez (Fall 2014)
Swapnil Gaikwad (Summer 2012) Process Engineer, Volt, Victoria, TX
Dmitri Kabakov (Fall 2010) SPS- Process Engineer, Tokyo Electron America, Inc, Portland, OR (more info)
Temi Akinola (Spring 2010) Manufacturing Engineer, National Oilwell Varco, Downhole, Conroe, TX (more info)
Srujan Konga (Fall 2009) (more info)