SysTems Research on Intelligent Design & Eng.

SysTems Research on Intelligent Design & Eng.

(STRIDE)

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Faculty

Dr. Beshoy Morkos

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 

Beshoy Morkos is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology where he directs the STRIDE Lab (SysTems Research on Intelligent Design and Engineering). His engineering design research focuses on developing computational representation and reasoning support for managing complex system design. The goal of Dr. Morkos’ research is to fundamentally reframe our understanding and utilization of system representations and computational reasoning capabilities to support the development of system models which help engineers and project planners intelligently make informed decisions at earlier stages of engineering design. On the engineering education front, Dr. Morkos’ research explores means to integrate innovation and entrepreneurship in engineering education through entrepreneurially-minded learning, improve persistence in engineering, address challenges in senior design education, and promote engineering education in international teams and settings. Dr. Morkos’ research is supported by government (National Science Foundation (NSF), Office of Naval Research (ONR), United States Navy, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)) and industry (Lockheed Martin, Sun Nuclear, Northrop Grumman, Rockwell Collins, PTC).


Dr. Morkos received his Ph.D. from Clemson University in the Clemson Engineering Design and Applications Research (CEDAR) lab under Dr. Joshua Summers. In 2014, he was awarded the ASME CIE Dissertation of the year award for his doctoral research. He graduated with his B.S. and M.S in Mechanical Engineering in 2006 and 2008 from Clemson University and has worked on multiple sponsored projects funded by partners such as NASA, Michelin, and BMW. His past work experience include working at the BMW Information Technology Research Center (ITRC) as a Research Associate and Robert Bosch Corporation as a Manufacturing Engineer. Dr. Morkos was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Engineering & Science Education at Clemson University performing NSF funded research on engineering student motivation and its effects on persistence and the use of advanced technology in engineering classroom environments. Dr. Morkos’ research thrust include: design automation, design representations, computational reasoning, systems modeling, engineering education, design education, collaborative design, and data/knowledge management

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University - 2012

Ph.D. Dissertation: Computational Representation and Reasoning Support for Requirements Change Management in Complex System Design [ Dissertation PDF] - Receipient of ASME CIE Dissertation of the Year Award. Thesis advisor: Dr. Joshua Summers

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University - 2008

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University - 2006

Additional information may be found in his Curricula Vitae

 

 

 

 

Ph.D. Graduate Students

Phyo Htet Hein

Phyo graduated with BS degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2013 from Florida Institute of Technology. He also earned his MS degree in Mechanical Engineering while working under academic supervision of Dr. Beshoy Morkos in STRIDE lab. His master degree focused on Dynamics Systems and Robotics coursework and Mechanical Design research which investigated the role of physical and functional relationships of requirements in predicting engineering requirement change propagation. Phyo's current ongoing research tries to study engineering requirement evolution and volatility utilizing complex network metrics to predict change propagation and impact. His interests also expand to product design and development, manufacturing, computational reasoning for complex systems, systems modeling/simulation/optimization, and data analysis. His hobbies include swimming, soccer, cycling, reading, travelling, and weight training.More about him can be found on his site http://my.fit.edu/~phtethein2010

 M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology - 2015

                       M.S. Thesis: Predicting Requirement Change Propagation through Investigation of Physical and Functional Domains

    B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology - 2013

 

Elisabeth Kames

Elisabeth Kames is originally from Aurora, IL. She graduated cum laude with her Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in May 2015. She also graduated with her Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Dynamic Systems- Robotics and Controls in December 2016. Elisabeth is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in design education. Her research focuses on the impact of motivation on performance and persistence in mechanical engineering design courses under the  of Dr. Beshoy Morkos. She also serves as a graduate student advisor to senior design teams within the mechanical engineering department. Elisabeth is a member of ASME, ASEE, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and Pi Tau Sigma International Mechanical Engineering Honor Society.

In her spare time, Elisabeth enjoys travelling, hiking, working on cars, watching sports, and listening to music.

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology - 2016

                                                    B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology - 2015

 

 Deep Patel

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Deep is pursuing his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology. His current research topics are engineering design and Internet of Things. He was a Teaching Assistant for MAE 1024: Introduction to Mechanical Engineering during Fall 2015. He really enjoyed this opportunity that he has to help introduce incoming freshmen not only to Mechanical Engineering, but also to life as an engineering college student.  He completed his undergraduate studies in mechanical engineering at Florida Tech, graduating in May 2015. During his undergraduate career, along with academics, he was involved in a number of campus organizations including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, etc. His senior design project was the NASA JPL Smart Breakout Box, which won the “Best in Show for Mechanical Engineering” at the Florida Tech Student Design Showcase held in May 2015. Deep is currently the Graduate Student Assistant for the Florida Tech Makerspace and Electronic Support Laboratory. Deep's current research is reagrding design of smart and connected products. He is working with Darshan Yadav to develop a methodolgy to determine the smartness and connectivity of a product early in the design stage. Outside of academics, Deep is an advent follower of tennis and football (soccer). He is a passionate supporter of Rafael Nadal and Chelsea      F.C. He is also a big technology fan - keeping up with the latest and greatest in                                                                  emerging consumer technology. He loves the Android operating system and has proudly used every single Android operating system since                                                        Android 1.5 (Cupcake). One of his prized possessions is his Andorid Wear Smart Watch – the LG G Watch R.

                                                    M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology - 2017

                                                    B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology - 2015

 

Darshan Yadav

Darshan is pursuing his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology where . His current research topics are Design for Manufacturing and Internet of Things. After finishing his studies, and working in industry for some time he would like to be an entrepreneur one day. He completed his undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering in 2014 at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University. Darshan also volunteers at the  Florida Tech Makerspace where he helps students with their electronic and 3D printing projects.Darshan also liks to dable in 3D modeling and printing in his sapre time. He is currently working on designing and prinitng a scale replicla of the SSV Normandy from the Mass Effect series. He is a follower of cricket and soccer. He is a passionate supporter of Virat Kohli and Manchester United. 

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology - 2018

 B. Tech, Mechanical Engineering, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University - 2014

 

 

Cheng Chen

 Cheng Chen is a Ph.D. student, who joined the Design Research Lab as a research assistant in summer 2018. His master thesis studies the effect of fourth-order moments to calculate droplet probability density functions using the Principle of Maximum Entropy. Currently, Cheng is working on the development of requirement change management by applying numerous numerical methods. He looks forward to contributing his knowledge and skills to design research community.

His other interests include Machine Learning, Neural Networks, Parallel Computing, and Statistics.

M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology - 2016

                                                                             B.S., Mechanical Engineering Engineering, Central College of BUPT, China - 2012

 

 

 

 

M.S. Graduate Students

Elizabeth Schmitt

Elizabeth Schmitt is a graduate student pursuing her M.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology under the advisement of Dr. Beshoy Morkos. She completed her Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology in 2015. Her research thrusts lie within engineering design education, specifically: designer empathy, designing for handicapped/disabled users, and human and user centered design.

B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology - 2015

 

 

 

Tyler Johnson

Tyler is originally from Merritt Island, Florida, and earned his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Florida Tech in 2016. Currently, Tyler is pursuing his Master’s in Mechanical Engineering and conducting research into how changes in requirements networks propagate through a design matrix, and investigating how to apply neural networks to predict these changes. He also serves as an advisor to the Lockheed Martin senior design team, and is active in several campus organizations, including Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Drop of a Hat Improvised Comedy, and Order of Omega Honor Society. In his spare time, Tyler enjoys long distance running, camping, kayaking, and working on small electronics.

 B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology - 2016

 

 

Devanshi Shah

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Devanshi Shah completed her Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering in 2016 from India. She is currently pursuing Master Degree also in Mechanical Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology with a specialization in Structures, Solid Mechanics and Materials. She is currently working as a graduate research assistant in STRIDE lab under the guidance of Dr. Beshoy Morkos. Her research background in Engineering (Design) Education, with focus on student motivation and performance in senior capstone design. She aspires to continue working in the same research field and give her best in contributing to the society. She absolutely loves travelling, cooking and cricket.

B.E., Mechanical Engineering, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Technical Education and Research Center, India - 2016 

 

 Mckenzie Clark

McKenzie Clark earned her Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering and is now pursuing her Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering as well. Her research interests lie within engineering education and product design. 

 B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology - 2018

 

 

 

 

Kyle Koren

 Kyle Koren is originally from Ashland, VA and started his studies at Florida Tech in 2014. In 2018 he graduated with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering (ME) and is currently pursuing his M.S. in ME with a specialization in Design and Manufacturing. His current research applies to helping Blue Origin with manufacturing capacity analysis and production optimization for their new manufacturing facility. Kyle’s senior design project won awards for Best in Show for ME and the President’s Cup for Engineering at FIT’s Senior Design Showcase, as well as first place at the inaugural Florida-Wide Student Engineering Design Invitational. His hobbies outside of school include swimming, video games, and music production.

 B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology - 2018

 

 

Adam Madison

Adam Madison is a Graduate Student from Greensboro, North Carolina. He is working towards completing his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in Design & Manufacturing. His current research involves working with Blue Origin to perform a capacity assessment of their new manufacturing facility in Cape Canaveral. Adam recently completed his undergraduate studies at Florida Institute of Technology in 2018 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. During his time as an undergrad Adam’s senior design team won several awards including Best in Show for Mechanical Engineering at FIT, The President’s Cup for Engineering at FIT, and 1st place in the inaugural Florida-Wide Student Engineering Design Invitational in which all engineering programs in Florida participated. In his free time Adam likes to play on the school’s club baseball team, watch sports (Atlanta Braves, Carolina Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes, Tennessee Volunteers), play video games, and spend time in Disney World!

                                                    B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology - 2018

 

 

 

 

 Undergraduate Students

Jason Williams

Jason Williams is an undergraduate student pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Florida Institute of Technology. He intends to advance his education to the graduate level and aspires to obtain his Master's degree in the field of Applied Mechanics. He is currently a member of the ASME organization and often spends his free time cooking, woodworking, and piloting UAS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lab Alumni

Amanda Bessette

Currently: Systems Engineer, FIRST

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology - 2015

M.S. Thesis: Impact of Student Motivation on their Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Capstone Performance

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology - 2013

 

 

 

 Varun Menon

Currently: Mechanical Engineer, Michigan Spring and Stamping

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology - 2015

M.S. Thesis: Application of Complex Network Metrics to Support Computational Reasoning of Requirement Change Propagation in Complex System Design

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology - 2013

 

 

Vitalis Okafor

Currently: Mechanical Engineer, BRPH                   

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology - 2015

M.S. Thesis: Utilizing Gaze Data to Develop Product Preference Design Models Incorporating Eye Tracking in Product Design

                                                    B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology - 2013

 

George Vrampas

Currently: Control Systems Engineer, Ford Motor Company

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology - 2016

M.S. Thesis: Towards the Development of a Method to Utilize Gaze Data to Obtain Customer Feedback on Product Designs

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology - 2015

 

 

 

Nate Voris

Currently: Mechanical Engineer, Harris Corporation

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology - 2017

M.S. Thesis: Investigating the Infulence of Functional and NonFunctional Requirements on Change and Change Propagation

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology - 2016

  

 

 

 

Andrea Piazza

Currently: Product Development Engineer, Embraer

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology - 2018

M.S. Thesis: Cost Model Evaluation for Large Scale Additive Manufacturing

 B.S., Aerospace Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology - 2015