Ala'aldin Alafaghani

Additive manufacturing researcher, currently finishing my Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (ME) at the University of California, Merced, where I also earned my Master’s degree in ME. I have been awarded the Southern California Edison Fellowship 2020/21.

My Ph.D. work focuses on optimizing the mechanical behavior of polymer and metallic additively manufactured parts. This is accomplished by optimizing the processing parameters of SLM and FDM manufacturing processes or by developing post processing treatments. Metallurgical analysis and metallography combined with design of experiments and data driven analysis approaches were utilized to additively manufacture reliable and durable parts.

I have a strong background in different additive manufacturing technologies and metallography characterization techniques. Additionally, I have a fundamental understanding of finite element analysis (FEA) using Abaqus and ANSIS, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) using open-source platform such as OpenFOAM. I am always excited to gain new skills to solve new challenging problems.

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