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Graduate Student Profile
Christian Regalado
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Christian Regalado

Hometown: Miramar, FL
Degree Sought: Ph.D.
Department: Materials Science and Engineering
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Roger N. Wright
Expected year of graduation: 2015

Undergraduate Education:
B.S. Materials Science and Engineering – University of Florida – Class of 2011 – Cum laude honors

Background and Accomplishements:

  • Published paper in WAI Interwire 2013 Conference Proceedings (Atlanta, GA)
    April 2014 – "Modeling Centerline Damage with DEFORM"
  • Undergraduate researcher working under Dr. Feresheh Ebrahimi investigating titanium aluminide alloys for high temperature applications – Spring 2010 – Spring 2011
  • Summer staff member for UF Student Science Training Program (7-week live-in internship program for high school students interested in scientific research) – Summer 2009
  • UF Student Science Training Program participant working under Dr. Dinesh Shah investigating the effects of various organic coatings on wetting properties of cotton – Summer 2006

Awards/Fellowships:
Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Finalist – Spring 2007
3rd Place Florida State Science and Engineering Fair – Spring 2007

Why did you choose to enroll at Rensselaer?
The faculty and staff in my department are extremely committed to their graduates, I had a sincere interest in my advisor’s field of interest, and I really liked the area. It’s nice experiencing the four seasons for once.

What are some benefits of being part of the Graduate Community at Rensselaer?
I appreciate the way RPI encourages interdisciplinary contact between the various departments of the School of Engineering. It’s great having friends in a number of fields outside my own; you can learn a lot from the objective point of view they have to offer.

What would you tell a prospective student about choosing Rensselaer?
As a graduate student, choosing the right advisor is critical. If nobody at the school is researching anything you are personally interested in, RPI isn’t a good match for you. If you find a good match, make sure that professor can accommodate you into the research group, find you funding, etc.

Describe your graduate research and its purpose/applications?
I am using finite element analysis to reevaluate and correct outdated models in the field of wire drawing. Specifically, I am empirically deriving laws that determine such parameters as damage, redundant work, and centerline tension as functions of die dimensions and applied friction.

What are your plans following graduation?
Immediate plans: I’ll let you know when I come up with some. My long-term goal is to accumulate enough wealth so I can comfortably pursue my true passion of teaching high school science and mathematics.

Professional affiliations:
Student member of the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) Alumnus of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society Alumnus of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity Alumnus of Kappa Kappa Psi National Fraternity for College Bandmembers

What are your hobbies/interests/special talents?
I am a musician; I’ve been playing music from a young age and have acquired the ability to play various instruments: piano, saxophone, clarinet, flute, tuba, and euphonium. I have also recently begun developing my vocal skills. I like mechanical puzzles like the Rubik’s Cube, and I’ve amassed a sizeable collection of them. I love the outdoors and participate in many outdoor sports; my favorites are skiing, snowboarding, whitewater rafting, and mountain biking. I like to consider myself a Renaissance man; my love for the sciences extends well outside my degree. Outside of materials science, I have interests in evolutionary biology (particularly the study of abiogenesis), geology, mathematics, information science, computer science and modern physics.

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