Yuanli Bai, Associate Professor
PhD, Mechanical Engineering, MIT, 2008
BS & MS, Automotive Engineering, Tsinghua University, 2000 & 2003
Phone: 407-823-4548; Email:
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Dr. Bai is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of UCF. He joined UCF in 2011. He was a mechanical engineer at GE Global Research Center from 2008 to 2010. He teaches the following courses at the UCF MAE department.
– EGM3601, Solid mechanics
– EML3500, Machine Design and Analysis
– EML4700C/EML4701C, Senior Design I and II
– EML5237, Intermediate Mechanics of Materials
– EML5937, Turbomachinery Integrity and Reliability
– EML6067, Finite element Analysis (FEA-I)
– EML6068, Nonlinear finite elements analysis (FEA-II)
– EML6211, Continuum Mechanics
– EGM6653, Theory of Elasticity and Plasticity
– EML5090, MAE Graduate Seminars

Researcher and Scholars

Dr. Fuzuli Agri Akcay

Fuzuli Akçay is a researcher at Istanbul Technical University (ITU). He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from ITU, and Master’s and PhD degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, all of them in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. His research focuses on ductile and brittle fracture of metallic materials.

Graduate Students

Hao Pan
, Doctoral student

Hao Pan is a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering. His research in LSSM lab mainly focuses on plasticity and fracture of aluminum alloy and advanced high strength steel (AHSS) sheets. He got his B.S. degree from Shandong University in 2010 and his M.S. degree in Masdar Institute in 2012, both in Materials Science and Engineering. Hao enjoys outdoor activities in his spare time.

Erin Shoemaker
, M.S. student
Erin Shoemaker is a Master’s student in Mechanical Engineering. She is working on fracture of soft tissues.

Shutao Song
, Phd student
Shutao is a first year PhD student at UCF. He got his B.S. degree from Dalian University of Technology in 2015. He is interested in fracture of materials. He enjoys watching movies and playing table tennis at his spare time.

Qiang Zhou, PhD student
Qiang is a first year PhD student at UCF. He got his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northeast Agriculture University in 2004 and got his M.S degree in Mechanics from Harbin Institute of Technology in 2007. He worked in UTC CCS in Shanghai as a FEA, vibration and noise engineer before joining in Dr. Bai’s lab. He is interested in fracture of materials. He likes hiking and jogging at his spare time.

Xu He, visiting PhD student
Xu is a visiting Ph.D student in mechanical engineering (from Nov. 2017 to Nov. 2019) from the Southwest Jiaotong University. His current research is focused on brittle and ductility fracture of metal matrix composites under different loading conditions. He got his BS degree from Southwest Jiaotong University in 2012. He likes outdoor activities in his spare time.

Sami Musalli, PhD student
Sami is a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering from Saudi Arabia. He joined the lab in Fall 2018. He got B.S degree in Mechanical Engineering from King Abdul-Aziz University in 2010.  He worked for one year for Innovators Consulting Engineers and one year for Flour Consulting Engineer, then moved to University of Jeddah in 2012.  After that, he traveled to USA and got his Mater degree in Mechanical Engineering from George Washington University on May, 2018.  Sami’s research focuses on plasticity and fracture of 3D Printed alloys.  In  spare time, he likes to travel, fishing, soccer and watch movies.

Tuan Tran, PhD student
Tuan works at TeamJAS, Inc. as an airworthiness engineer and is a first-year Ph.D. student at UCF. He got his B.S. and M.S. degrees from UNF (University of North Florida) in 2017 and 2019.

Undergraduate students

Tobi Adewunmi
, Junior
Connor is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He enjoys biking and rock climbing in his free.

Tobi Adewunmi
, Senior
Tobi Adewunmi is an international student from Nigeria, he is currently studying aerospace engineering (B.Sc.) at UCF. He graduated from Gadsden State Community College with an A.S. degree in Engineering Science. He likes to watch soccer and Basketball during his spare time.

Ying Yin Tan, Senior
Ying is graduating in Fall 2019 with a B.S. degree of aerospace engineering. She will be moving to California and works for the Boeing company as a structural analysis engineer. She enjoys traveling and watching movies.

Yeting Sun, Senior
Yeting is an undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering. She likes to watch movies in her spare time.

Alumni (Scholars)

Professor Aiguo Chen

Dr. Aiguo Chen was a visiting scholar in Mechanical Engineering (from Aug. 2017 to Aug. 2018) and worked on plasticity and ductile fracture of mental. His major is structural engineering. He is also interested in stability and seismic behavior of steel structures. He got his Phd in Structural Engineering from Xi’an University of Architecture & technology in 2003. And He is working at Beijing Jiaotong University. Aiguo Chen enjoys playing Pin Pang and movies in his spare time.

Alumni (Students)

Yueqian Jia,
PhD 2016. Working at Tesla, California

Mohammed Algarni
, PhD 2017. Faculty at King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia.

Mohammed Algarni was an international student from Saudi Arabia. He got his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in 2006. He worked for a petrochemical company for four years as an Inspection Engineer. After that, he traveled to the USA to pursue his graduate studies at UCF. In Dr. Bai’s lab, he started his research on Nickel-base super alloy’s plasticity and damage under multi-axial stresses for different loading conditions. In his spare time, he likes to read novels and watch documentary movies.

Yangyang Qiao
, PhD 2018, working in Apple, California

Yangyang Qiao was a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering and mainly worked on Polymer Matrix Composites (PMC). Composites plasticity and failure modes were his main research interests. He was also interested in composites interphase in control of failure modes. He graduated with a Bachelor degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Hohai University and got his Master degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Central Florida in Spring 2015. Yangyang enjoys playing badminton and movies in his spare time.

Jack Norfleet, PhD 2018, working at Army Research Lab, Orlando, FL.

Sami Ghazali
, PhD 2018, Faculty at University of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Sami Ghazali was a PhD student. His research was focused on void nucleation and growth under different loading conditions for steel 4340. He got his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University in 2011, and his Master’s degree from the University of Central Florida in 2013. In his spare time, he loves biking, swimming and watching movies.

Xiang Long, Master 2012, Working at an Oil & Gas company at Houston, TX

Aung Maung
, B.S., Working in Pratt and Whitney in East Hartford / Middletown, CT

Jonathan Sosa, B.S., Graduate student at UCF.

Alexander Zajda, B.S., Graduate study at Duke University

John Bermudez
, Senior
Brandon Lowe, Senior