Kawai Kwok, Ph.D.

Kawai Kwok is an Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University. Prior to joining Purde, he was a faculty member in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Central Florida and a Research Scientist at the Technical University of Denmark. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award and the NASA Robert H. Goddard Exceptional Achievement for Engineering award. His research interests include aerospace structures, deployable concepts, in-space assembly and manufacturing, stability of structures, materials in space environments, viscoelasticity.


Vivek Khare, Ph.D. – Postdoctoral Scholar

Bowen Li – Ph.D. Student

Annan Mashin – Ph.D. Student

Eric Hernandez – Ph.D. Student

Rahul Raghu – M.S. Student

Bojan Bijelic – M.S. Student


Milinda Yapa Hamillage, Ph.D.
Thin-ply Laminate Viscoelasticity and Dimensional Stability in Deployable Space Structures (University of Central Florida, 2023)

Veli Bugra Ozdemir, Ph.D.
Time-dependent Yielding and and Residual Strain Accumulation of Polymer Membranes (University of Central Florida, 2022)

Wolfgang Klimm, Ph.D.
Influence of Nonlinear Multiaxial Matrix Viscoelasticity on Piezoresistivity of Carbon Nanotube Polymer Composites (University of Central Florida, 2022)

Alejandro Carrasco-Pena, Ph.D.
Mechanical Properties of Brittle Ceramics: Case Study of Boron Rich Ceramics and Acropora Cervicornis Coral Skeleton (University of Central Florida, 2019)

Chris Rehberg, M.S.

Andrew Allen, M.S.

Andrew Gomez-Derio, M.S. 

Jayden Beyrooti, M.S.