Khan Mohammad Rabbi
College:College of Engineering and Computer Science
Degree Program:Mechanical Engineering PhD
Research Focus:Designing and developing liquid cooling systems for future generation devices and machines.
Khan Mohammad Rabbi made his way to UCF after earning his bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. As an international student who left his extended family to travel almost 9,000 miles from Bangladesh to Florida was difficult. Motivated by UCF global, his family, and UCF’s reputation in various fields kept him pursuing his Mechanical Engineering PhD. He says, “What always amazes me at UCF and in the Mechanical Engineering PhD program is the collaborative nature of research. UCF researchers and faculty actively collaborate with industry leaders such as NASA and Lockheed Martin.”
Rabbi is currently working on research designing and developing liquid cooling systems for future generation devices and machines. Specifically, he is working on active cooling technologies, passive cooling techniques, and recently began research on a three-dimensional flexible cooling solution that can help in data centers, electric vehicles, space vehicles, and more. He speaks on his passion for this research saying, “I chose this topic of research because it involves almost all the major fields such as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, materials science, and optics. My favorite part is the more I conduct research, the more I learn and gain skills in all of these fields at the same time.”
This research is what brought Rabbi to the 2020 UCF 3MT Competition. Here, doctoral students communicate their research in three short minutes to non-expert judges while competing to win scholarship awards. As runner-up in the competition, he is humbled saying, “Participating itself was an award to me. I believe it was a win-win competition for all because at the end of the day, whoever wins, UCF wins.” Rabbi was able to practice for the competition with his wife. “Being from a different major, dentistry, she did not have the technical background to understand my research in thermal management.” Her fresh perspective from a non-technical point of view is what really helped put him over the top.
Along with his recognition as runner-up in the 2020 UCF 3MT Competition, Rabbi has received many awards and recognitions including The Doctoral Research Support Award (2020), Best Poster Award, IEEE iTherm Conference (2020), Second Place in the Technical Elevator Pitch Contest (2020), and the Best MAE Poster Award (2019). He is also a recipient of the UCF Global CPT Tuition Scholarship (2020), FLEARN Graduate Research Mentor Scholarship (2018-2020), and the ORC Doctoral Fellowship (2017).
- Runner-up in 2020 UCF 3MT Competition
- 2020 Doctoral Support Award
- 2020 Best Poster Award, IEEE iTherm Conference
- 2020 Second place in the Technical Elevator Pitch Contest
- 2019 Best MAE Poster Award
- 2020 UCF Global CPT Tuition Scholarship
- 2018-2020 FLEARN Graduate Research Mentor Scholarship
- 2017 ORC Doctoral Fellowship
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