Konstantine Fetfatsidis, Mechanical Engineering
“In our laboratories the students and professors interact with one another giving new perspectives and ideas that lead to the highest-quality research.”
“I went to UMass Lowell as an undergraduate and decided to stay to take advantage of the 5-year BS/MS program to get my Master’s degree. I chose to stay for my Ph.D because the lab (Advanced Composites and Materials Testing Lab (ACMTRL) brings in a lot of diverse projects with a good mix of undergraduate and graduate students from different disciplines and labs, such as mechanical, nano, plastics, chemical, baseball research lab, modal and acoustics lab, etc. Not only do the laboratories offer good workspace and all of the necessary equipment and machinery, but the students and professors interact with one another giving new perspectives and ideas that lead to the highest-quality research. "Project: Wind turbine manufacturers and designers are looking to improve the quality and reliability of their wind turbines while keeping the cost of wind energy competitive with traditional sources of energy. We are developing a finite element simulation that can help optimize the design of turbine components such as blades, predict any defects as a result of the manufacturing process, as well as predict the structural quality of the parts. Such a simulation will also cut costs required for prototyping and testing."