Benjamin Boesl

Benjami Boesl, PhD
Assistant Professor
bboesl@fiu.edu
(305) 348-3028

Dr. Boesl received his PhD in 2009 and upon graduation he accepted a position as an ORAU post-doctorate scholar at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory in Aberdeen, MD.  At ARL his research focused on material response and design through the development of novel experimental testing procedures and the implementation of computational methods for dynamic progressive failure analysis of protection systems for ballistic applications.  Dr. Boesl joined the FIU MME Faculty in 2012 and is the director of the Composites Laboratory and the µStruct Laboratory.  His research interests include solid mechanics, fracture mechanics, in situ mechanical testing, high strain rate/dynamic material response, and processing-structure-property relationships.

Honors & Awards

  • Florida Space Grant Research Award, 2008

Teaching

(i) Graduate Courses

  • EMA5507L Analytical Methods: Spring 2013

(ii) Undergraduate Courses

  • EML3500 Mechanical Design I: Spring 2013
  • EML4501 Mechanical Design II: Fall 2012

Research

Composites Laboratory

The Composites Laboratory at FIU was established in 2012 with the goal of advancing the understanding of processing-structure-property relationship a variety of fiber and nanoparticle reinforced composite materials as well as in adhesives used to bond these components. Using a “materials-by-design” approach we look to elucidate the mechanics of these systems though a combination of multiscale experimentation and modeling.  Using this information, we look to improve performance and implementation of materials in the defense, biomedical, automotive, and aerospace industries.

µStruct Laboratory

The main goal of the µStruct laboratory at FIU is to use advanced characterization and modeling tools to investigate phenomenon related to the microstructure of materials including grain size and orientation, precipitates, twinning and grain boundaries. Current projects include the investigation of the relationship between the microstructure and mechanical, thermal, and magnetic response of magnetocaloric materials, magnesium alloys, and amorphous metals.