Season 3 Episode 5: RSO Leaders Roundtable

Daniel Sherlock is the founder and president of Knights Experimental Rocketry (KXR). Under his leadership, KXR has grown in size to hundreds of members and received national recognition for their designs. Daniel is also a Systems Engineering Intern at Lockheed Martin. Reed Forehand is a current PhD student at UCF is the Prop Director of KXR – overseeing all technical aspects of propulsion for 5 projects and leading the team of individual project propulsion managers. Reed also currently works at Blue Origin as a Structural/Mechanical Analyst and has a research interest in computational fluids and aerodynamics. Rachael Gomez is the president of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers Student Chapter at UCF. She has experience as an intern at NFI Logistics and The Hershey Company. Rachael is also a member of the Society of Women’s Engineers and is passionate about helping other students gain professional experience. Hosted by current IEEE President John Gierlach and Service Chair Julia Lampert!

Nick Libreros is the president of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Student Chapter at UCF. Tune into this episode to hear him discuss his pathway to the presidency, as well as experience with the extracurricular scene and why perseverance pays off in many aspects of life.

Season 3 Episode 4: Nick Libreros

Season 3 Episode 3: Alexander Parady

Alexander Parady is a senior electrical engineering student at UCF with a CS minor. Alex has impressive industry experience obtained through his internships at NEI, Tesla, and Qualcomm, and he has also contributed to the research front with his hybrid electric energy storage vehicle project as well as his undergraduate thesis. As the former president of IEEE UCF, we were grateful to have him return for this podcast. Tune in to hear what he has to say about his career path, as well as his advice for other students!

Dr. Murat Yuksel is a joint professor and researcher for the UCF CECS and CREOL. He leads the Networking and Wireless Systems Lab on campus, and has extensive experience in both academia and industry as well. Dr. Yuksel is currently focusing on a plethora of topics including: optical wireless, spectrum sharing, device-to-device systems, network architectures and economics, and network management. In this episode, you can hear more about his career path and advice he has for young professionals.

Season 3 Episode 2: Dr Murat Yuksel

Season 3 Episode 1: NASA Engineer Ledlyne Vazquez

Askhan Farhangi is a Lecturer and Computer Engineering Ph.D. candidate at UCF. He currently does research in the Real-Time and Intelligent Systems Lab at UCF. Ashkan’s main area of study is Time Series and Natural Language Processing.


Season 2 Episode 3: Ashkan Farhangi

Season 2 Episode 2: Ramon Jimenez

Ramon Jimenez is a Texas Instruments Analog Field Applications Engineer. Ramon has worked for TI since 2016, where he began as an intern. He is a UCF alumni, with a bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering. Ramon is currently back at UCF pursuing his MBA.

 The Knights Open Circuit is finally back with co-hosts Juan Battaglia and Julia Lampert! Season 2 episode 1 is now available on YouTube. This episode will be about student internship experiences, featuring Alex Parady, Taylor Barnes, Natalia Botero, and Muhammad Gudaro!

Season 2 Episode 1: Internship Experiences

Season 1 Episode 8: UCF RSO Officers Roundtable

This episode features a roundtable discussion surrounding what its like to be leading a presidency role at a RSO at UCF. Featuring Alex Parady of IEEE, Jason Davis of NSBE, Carlos Arboleda of SHPE, and Trishna Khatri of SWE!

This episode features Alexander Caracciolo and Jonathan Vodopich, two manufacturing/electrical engineers from Collins Aerospace. They work within the Commercial Avionics business unit and focus primarily on avionics flight displays.

Season 1 Episode 7: Collins Aerospace Engineers

Season 1 Episode 6: Nicole Ramirez

Nicole Ramirez is a mechanical engineer in the Space and Airborne segment at L3Harris Technologies and works in the electronics packaging department.

Josh Khani is an associate principal engineer at NEI Electrical Power Engineering. Josh has worked with NEI for the last eight years as a power systems engineer working on renewable energy interconnections. Josh received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from FSU, received his master’s in telecommunications from CU Boulder, holds a PE license, and is a member of IEEE Power and Energy Society.

Season 1 Episode 5: Josh Khani

Season 1 Episode 4: Allen Parker and Jonathan Lopez

Allen Parker is an electrical engineer at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC). He is the lead for the FOSS team which stands for Fiber Optic Sensing System. He graduated from Prairie View A&M University and then Texas A&M University.

Jonathan Lopez is an aerospace engineer at NASA AFRC. He was a NASA NIFS intern for 2 rotations and was a NASA Pathways intern for a year before being hired. He graduated from California State University, Long Beach, and was hired as a full-time employee this fall.

Halle Fields graduated in 2019 from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science Honors, with minors in Business Technology and Mathematics. Currently, she is a full-time Software Developer at the Federal Reserve and part-time Computer Science graduate student at Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering.

Season 1 Episode 3: Halle Fields

Season 1 Episode 2: Andres Vargas

Andres Vargas is an accomplished Industrial engineer and MBA graduate with 7 years of work-related experience in Systems Engineering, Quality Assurance, Life Cycle Cost analysis, and data analytics. Andres currently works as Mission Assurance lead at Northrop Grumman systems. A proven leader with experience leading organizations such as the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at the student and professional levels. He’s won two Quality is Personal Awards from Northrop Grumman and various other awards throughout his career.

Dr. Reza Abdolvand, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UCF. He leads a research group called Dynamic Microsystems Lab, advising several researchers on a variety of projects in the field of micro-electro-mechanical systems. He and his team have authored more than 80 journal and conference papers and two book chapters and his group is world-renowned for their contributions in the fast-growing thin-film piezoelectric resonator technology and its applications.

Dr. Abdolvand also teaches a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses in the general area of microelectronics including Linear Circuits I and II, Electronics I and II, Introduction to MEMS, Introduction to Sensors, and two graduate courses on microfabrication techniques. Dr. Abdolvand is the recipient of the 2019 UCF teaching Incentive Award, and the recipient of the 2018 College of Engineering Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.

Season 1 Episode 1: Dr. Reza Abdolvand