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  • 2022 Winners: Robert Burke and Adam Kotler

    Cofounders, Halo Engines

    About:

    Robert Burke is a PhD candidate at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida, United States. He studies aerospace engineering, with a focus on detonation propulsion systems. Robert is a research scientist and physicist at his core; he is one of a small group of researchers around the world that studies detonation combustion, a rapid and powerful new mechanism for burning fuels in an engine. He has experience with the US Department of Defense in his work with the Air Force, Navy, and Pentagon in several various propulsion contracts. Robert emphasizes his mentorship in the sciences, working on a US National Science Foundation student research program and leading peer mentorship seminars for university STEM programs. Robert is originally from Hawaii and loves being out on the water.

    Adam Kotler is a PhD student at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida, United States. He studies aerospace engineering, with a focus on hypersonic propulsion systems. At Physical Sciences, Inc, he worked as a developnent and test engineer for a novel engine combustor, funded by a military SBIR contract. At Stellar Exploration, Inc, he worked as a development test engineer on the NASA CAPSTONE and EchoStar satellite propulsion systems, performing ATP for flight hardware on the vehicle plumbing. After acquiring invaluable experience in industry, he joined the UCF Propulsion and Energy Research Lab to pursue his PhD, advancing novel engine concepts for launch, space and hypersonics applications.Adam Kotler is a PhD student at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida, United States. He studies aerospace engineering, with a focus on hypersonic propulsion systems. At Physical Sciences, Inc, he worked as a developnent and test engineer for a novel engine combustor, funded by a military SBIR contract. At Stellar Exploration, Inc, he worked as a development test engineer on the NASA CAPSTONE and EchoStar satellite propulsion systems, performing ATP for flight hardware on the vehicle plumbing. After acquiring invaluable experience in industry, he joined the UCF Propulsion and Energy Research Lab to pursue his PhD, advancing novel engine concepts for launch, space and hypersonics applications.

    Presentation: Halo engines is developing dual-use propulsion systems with applications for military and commercial use. Halo is unlocking next-generation combustion cycles that will reduce propellant usage and simplify design architecture, resulting in reduced costs to launch and expanded mission and payload capabilities.

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  • 2021 Winner: Abhishek Sastri

    Cofounder, FLUIX LLC

    About: Abhishek Sastri is the CEO & Co-Founder of FLUIX LLC. He drives new business and sets the milestones for the company through client acquisition, operations, marketing, and management. Abhishek founded FLUIX LLC with Dr. Eduardo Castillo in 2017, completing various entrepreneurship programs since, such as the NSF I-Corps program, Blackstone/TechStars Fellowship, and currently in the UCF Downtown Incubator. Abhishek led FLUIX in competing for various pitch competitions to increase awareness, gain feedback, and raise non-dilutive funding, of which FLUIX has raised $30,000 in the last 18 months. Abhishek works to incentivize FLUIX sales operations, leading the Business Development team on B2B sales for FLUIX Pro-Line and B2C Ecommerce sales for FLUIX PCs. The mission is to provide cooling solutions for Workstation Providers to reduce data processing time and save money for AEC clients. Abhishek is a 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 Scholar and graduate of the University of Central Florida in Aerospace Engineering.

    Presentation: FLUIX LLC helps Workstation Providers lower data processing time and save money for their AEC Clients. FLUIX’s patent pending multi-inlet water block offers Workstation Providers with a convenient plug n’ play solution that increases processor speeds without the worry of hitting thermal limits or experiencing system crashes.

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