Dr. Rogie I. Rodriguez, studying under the guidance of Dr. J. B. Jordon, graduated from The University of Alabama in December 2015 with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Rodriguez has a strong background in material characterization and analysis, including optical and scanning electron microscopy, metallography, differential scanning calorimetry, and mechanical testing. Dr. Rodriguez’s dissertation investigated the microstructure and mechanical properties of dissimilar friction stir welds of aluminum alloys. Dr. Rodriguez published three manuscripts, including work from his dissertation and additional projects. During his time at The University of Alabama Dr. Rodriguez also spent two summers as a research intern in the Materials and Process group of the NASA-Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. Dr. Rodriguez received a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico.
Dr. Rodriguez has now joined the Boeing Research and Technology Metals/Ceramics Development group in Huntsville, AL. As a Materials and Process Engineer he has participated in various projects including program support for the International Space Station, the CST-100 (Starliner), and the development of new alloys.
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