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Ali P. Gordon is a professor and serves as the associate dean of graduate affairs for UCF’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. His principal research activities are focused on the development of microstructurally informed, continuum-level models to predict behavior and durability of materials and structures subjected to complex operating conditions. To support these activities, he has accumulated research funding from various sources, such as: NSF, ONR, ARO, AFRL, NASA, and numerous industrial partners. Gordon is a member of the Center for Advanced Turbomachinery and Energy Research and a four-time awardee of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research’s Summer Faculty Fellowship, with on-going collaborations with the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

His research students have won UCF’s Most Outstanding M.S.thesis awards, the Honors in the Major thesis award, and induction into the Order of Pegasus. He and his students have authored over 100 technical articles (i.e., journal and conference) and two have been recognized as best papers in American Society of Mechanical Engineers journals. Gordon has taught 11 different courses, including six courses that he developed and leads an engineering-based study-abroad course in Brazil in collaboration with the Burnett Honors College and UCF Global. He has earned UCF’s Teaching Incentive Program Award twice. Gordon is well-known for engaging undergraduates in research, and he is OUR’s 2019 Champion of Undergraduate Research inaugural awardee. Gordon holds graduate degrees in mechanical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Morehouse College.

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