Luz D. Sotelo
Luz D. Sotelo earned her bachelor’s degree (2016) in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She currently is a Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), where she also has been a graduate teaching assistant, guest lecturer, project mentor and co-instructor/laboratory lead. In 2016 at the Nebraska Transportation Center, she designed, built, and tested a portable system for the in situ vibration and dynamic monitoring of freight trains. At UNL, she is developing in situ and ex situ quantitative ultrasound NDE measurement and calibration and signal processing systems for complex material domains, with an emphasis in metal additive manufacturing. She is the recipient of numerous honors, including Great Minds in STEM Outstanding Graduate Student Leadership Award and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Faculty Development Symposium Travel Award. She is a member of the Acoustical Society of America and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, among others. During the spring 2020 term, in response to the demand for online instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she volunteered as a mechanical engineering online tutor. As a faculty member, she hopes to give her students opportunities to translate their conceptual understanding into practical applications.
Ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation of complex domains