- Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
- ENG1 317
Ali P. Gordon serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at the University of Central Florida. Just prior to joining UCF in 2006, he earned a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His principal research activities are focused on the development of continuum-level models to predict behavior and life of materials subjected to complex operating conditions. This research is particularly useful for structural integrity engineers seeking to develop service intervals for components subjected to extreme combined environments. In the classroom, his primary responsibilities are to instruct graduate and undergraduate curricula related to analytical and experimental mechanics of materials. In the broader context, Ali is interested in outreach activities that attract and prepare younger audiences to Mechanics of Materials and Structures. Broadening pathways for K-12 audiences, along with their principal instructors, to engage in formative experiences in material behavior will address the looming workforce shortage in this area. He is a recipient of the Leighton and Margaret Orr Award and the G. E. O. Widera Award for best papers in ASME journals. Ali was appointed as the CAE Link Foundation Faculty Fellow in the UCF College of Engineering & Computer Science. During the 2012 summer, he was selected as a Visiting Scientist in the area of Structural Integrity with Siemens Energy. In more recent summers (2013, 2014, and 2015), he has participated in the AFOSR Summer Faculty Fellowship Program in the Structural Sciences Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Ali is an active member of ASME, and he is the advisor of UCF’s ASME chapter.