The Design of Open Engineering Systems Lab

University at Buffalo - The State University of New York

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PhD Students

Philip Odonkor

Philip Odonkar is a PhD student with a specialization in Design and Optimization. His research interests center around the application of optimization techniques towards the optimal control of building systems He is currently working on the project “SMARTER - Smart Manager for Adaptive and Real-Time decisions in building clustERs” which is funded by the National Science Foundation. Phil's past projects include programming and testing autonomous quad-rotors, and developing a robotic arm for a tele-operated planetary rover for the Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage program run by NASA. He has have also served as a content consultant for Cengage Learning for the third edition of the book - "An introduction to Mechanical Engineering". Outside academics Phil enjoys hiking and rock climbing, as well as travelling and astronomy.
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Zachary Ball

Zack is a graduate student studying for a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. His research interests include Crowd Sourced Design, Optimization methods, Graph Theory and Design Methods. His current projects include modeling product selection and investment options and social network modeling. Outside academics, Zack is interested in running, mountain biking, kayaking and Frisbee golf.
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Dipanjan Ghosh

Dipanjan Ghosh is a PhD Student whose research interests include machine learning and data analytics, wearables development, sensor integration, causal modeling, optimization, consumer preference modeling and decision making. He is currently working on "Cyber-Empathic Design: Using Embedded Sensors to Improve Product and System Design" and "Cyber-empathic healthcare prognostics" funded by National Science Foundation and Institute for Person Centered Care. He has completed his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University at Buffalo. He has worked at Ford Motor Company in the Research and Innovation Center as a Research Engineer. His work involved development of capacitive, haptic interfaces for car interiors and consumer preference modeling. His work at Ford has led to filing of 9 patents and 14 technical reports. Outside than academics his interests include reading fiction and non-fiction books and digital photography.
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Aziz Naim

Aziz Naim is a doctoral student in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University at Buffalo. He has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering; his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering focused on handling uncertainty in multi-attribute decision making. His current graduate work focuses on identifying, assessing, and managing innovation opportunities.
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