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FACULTY ADVISOR
David Jack - Assistant Professor Sic'em - David Jack, Ph.D.
Dr. Jack's research centers on modeling of physical phenomena to advance computational design for industrial applications. He desires to perform systematic investigations that incorporates both the theoretical and experimental to establish facts, methods, and computational tools leading to further understanding of physical phenomena.
Academic Appointments
  • Asst. Professor - Mechanical Engineering, Baylor University 2009 - Present
  • Visiting Asst. Professor - Florida State University, 2007 - 2009.
  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow - University of Missouri, 2007.
Educational Background
  • Bachelors of Science - Mechanical Eng. Colorado School of Mines, 2001
  • Bachelors of Science - Engineering Physics Colorado School of Mines, 2001
  • Masters of Science - Mech. and Aero. Eng. University of Missouri, 2003
  • Masters of Science - Applied Mathematics University of Missouri, 2006
  • Ph.D. - Mech. and Aero. Eng. University of Missouri, 2006
CURRENT STUDENTS
Maggie Benge - Graduate Research Assistant Sic'em - Maggie Benge
Maggie Benge is studying methods to predict the response of the cement sheath and casing collapse behavior for petroleum wells.  The spatially and temporally varying properties and geometries can only be fully realized using large scale finite element modeling.
Educational Background
  • Bachelors of Science – Mechanical Eng, Baylor Univ., Fall 2013 (Anticipated)
  • Masters of Science – Mechanical Eng, Baylor Univ., Fall 2013 (Anticipated)
Sic'em - Ben Lewis Ben Lewis - Graduate Research Assistant
Ben Lewis' research interests include the processing and end-stage mechanical properties of plastic composite materials. His previous work was in understanding how the rheology of thermoplastics changes with the addition of a natural organic filler. His current research includes exploring the accuracy of two of the common fiber orientation prediction models for fiber filled thermoplastics. 
Educational Background
  • Bachelors of Science–Mechanical Eng, LaTourneau University, Summer 2011 
  • Masters of Science–Mechanical Eng, Baylor Univ., Spring 2013 (Anticipated)
Sarah Stair - Graduate Research Assistant Sic'em - Sarah Stair
Sarah Stair brings to her graduate studies considerable experience with the JEOL JSM-6610LV Scanning Electron Microscope.  She is investigating the time dependent failure mechanics of aerospace composites with a focus on the failure mechanics of the interface zone surrounding individual fibers.
Educational Background
  • Bachelors of Science–Mechanical Engineering, Baylor University, Spring 2012
  • Masters of Science – Mech. Eng, Baylor University, Spring 2014 (anticipated)
Sic'em - Ricardo Betancourt Ricardo Betancourt - Graduate Research Assistant
Ricardo Betancourt has recently joined the Sic'em research group and is interested in studying various applications around the tie-back region within a oil and gas field well. 
Educational Background
  • Bachelors of Science – Mechanical Eng, Baylor Univ., Fall 2014 (Anticipated)
  • Masters of Science – Mechanical Eng, Baylor Univ., Fall 2014 (Anticipated)
Morgan Goodwin - Undergraduate Honors Research Assistant Sic'em - Morgan Goodwin
Morgan Goodwin is studying the visco-elastic and visco-plastic behavior of industrial polymers.  She is developing techniques to identify the time-temperature master curves and the curing characteristics for aerospace grade composites.
Educational Background
  • Honors Bachelors of Science-Mechanical Engineering, Baylor University, Spring 2013 (Anticipated)
Sic'em - Carlton Metcalf-Doetsch Carlton Metcalf-Doetsch - Undergraduate Honors Research Assistant
Carlton Metcalf-Doetsch is studying various polymer characterization methods for  traditional industrial thermoplastics and for select aerospace thermosets.  The scope of his honor's work has been on characterizing the failure behavior of single carbon fibers using a custom fixture within the DMA as well as within the SEM.
Educational Background
  • Honors Bachelors of Science–Mechanical Engineering, Baylor University, Spring 2013 (Anticipated)
VISITING RESEARCH SCIENTISTS
Matthew Hawkins - Visiting Research Scientist Sic'em - Matthew Hawkins
Matthew visited Sic'em during the summer of 2012 between his Junior and Senior years as a student at Cedarville University, a top Midwest Christian College in Ohio.  While visiting the Sic'em laboratory Matthew developed methods to automatically and accurately measure the surface curvature of a carbon fiber laminate.  
Educational Background
  • Bachelors of Science–Mechanical Engineering, Cedarville University, Winter 2013 (Anticipated)
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE GRADUATES OF SIC'EM!!!
Theresa Vo - Graduate Research Assistant Sic'em - Theresa Vo
Theresa Vo studied nondestructive evaluation methods for failure quantification of fiber reinforced composites. She filed one patent during her studies, was the lead author on three conference publications, co-author on two additional conference papers, and co-author on a recently submitted journal publication. Her research  focused on the formulation and experimental validation of the governing equations for ultra-sonic acoustic response within a laminated carbon fiber composite.
Educational Background
  • Bachelors of Science - Mechanical Engineering, Baylor University, 2010.
  • Masters of Engineering - Mechanical Eng., Baylor University, Fall 2012
Sic'em - Russell Mailen Russell Mailen - Graduate Research Assistant
Russell Mailen researched the fabrication and characterization of composite laminates for aerospace composites.  His focus is on characterizing the internal stresses within the laminate due to processing considerations as well as the curing kinetics of thermosetting polymers.  Russ was the lead author on three conference papers, co-author on two an additional conference papers, co-author on one journal paper currently under review and lead author on one journal paper currently under review.  Russell is now pursuing his doctoral degree at North Carolina State University in their Mechanical Engineering program.
Educational Background
  • Bachelors of Science – University of Kansas, Aerospace Eng., Spring 2007
  • Masters of Science – Mechanical Engineering, Baylor University, Fall 2012
  • Ph.D. – Mech. Eng., North Carolina State University, Spring 2016 (anticipated)
Haden Duke - Graduated with B.S. Degree - 2012 Sic'em - Haden Duke and his Mother
Haden Duke's research was in developing of imaging techniques for capturing individual fiber motion in-situ with rheological measurements within the Gemini II and a custom Taylor-Couette flow device. He developed methods for sectioning and imaging of composite parts using scanning electroscope microscopy for calculating the fiber orientation within a processed composite. Haden is currently pursuing his graduate degrees at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in their Mechanical Science and Engineering program.
Educational Background
  • Bachelors of Science–Mechanical Engineering, Baylor University, Spring 2012
Sic'em - William Minnie
William Minnie - Graduate with a B.S. Degree - 2012
William Minnie developed methods for observing the motion of fibers within a suspension for in-situ measurements of orientation and the viscous response of polymeric suspensions.  William is currently working at Time Manufacturing in Waco, Texas on the Versalift.
Educational Background
  • Bachelors of Science–Mechanical Engineering, Baylor University, Spring 2012
Cong Zhang - Graduated with an M.S. Degree - 2011 Sic'em - Cong Zhang
Cong Zhang's research focused on modeling of flexible fiber motion in shearing flows and the resulting material stiffness of a processed composite with flexible, discontinuous, reinforcements. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in their Mechanical Engineering program.
Educational Background
  • Bachelors of Science – Polymer Science & Eng. Zhejiang Univ, Jun 2008
  • Masters of Science – Mechanical Eng., Baylor University, Summer 2011
  • Ph.D. – Mechanical Eng., The Ohio State Univ., Summer 2014 (Anticipated)
Sic'em - Babatunde Agboola
Babatunde Agboola - Graduated with an M.S. Degree - 2011
Babatunde Agboola's research focused on the modeling and simulation of short-fiber motion and orientation in industrial flows and the resulting processed product behavior. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. within the Aerospace Engineering Department at Texas A&M University.
Educational Background
  • Bachelors of Science – Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, University of  Lagos, Nigeria 2007
  • Masters of Science – Mechanical Eng., Baylor University - Spring 2011
  • Ph.D. – Engineering, Texas A&M University, Spring 2015 (Anticipated)
Nikhil Ashtekar - Graduated with an M.S. Degree - 2011 Sic'em - Nikhil Ashtekar
Nikhil Ashtekar's research focused on physics based models of conducting thin films of SWCNTs and the various failure mechanisms under high current loads.
Educational Background
  • Bachelors of Science – Industrial Engineering, S.R.K.N. Engineering College, R.T.M. Nagpur University, India.
  • Masters of Science – Mechanical Eng, Baylor University, Spring 2011.
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