Dr. Jose Lino Vasconcelos da Costa

Research Assistant Professor
Materials Science & Engineering
Center for Laser Applications
University of Tennessee Space Institute
411 B.H. Goethert Parkway, MS 35
Tullahoma, TN 37388-9700

Phone: 931-393-7236
e-mail: lcosta@utsi.edu


  • 2008 Ph.D. in Materials Engineering – Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa
  • 1998 Physics Graduate – Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa

Professional Experience

  • 2010 – Research Assistant Professor – University of Tennesse Space Institute, Tullahoma, TN, USA.
  • 2005-2010 – Research Associate – University of Tennesse Space Institute, Tullahoma, TN, USA.Member of the Laser Institute of America
    Reviewer for Optics and Lasers in Engineering and Rapid Prototyping Journal

Research Interests

  • Femtosecond laser machining of transparent dielectric materials
  • Laser powder deposition for solid freeform fabrication purposes
  • Laser Induced Surface Improvement (LISI) of structural components with wear – corrosion resistant coatings
  • Functionalization of nanoimprinted structures

Representative Publications

  • L. Costa, A. Terekhov, W. Hofmeister, D. Rajput, K. Lansford, D. Jowhar, C. Janetopoulos; Femtosecond laser machining of SiO2 microfluidic devices for cellular imaging during chemotaxis analysis; published in the Proceedings of the 29th International Congress on Applications of Lasers & Electro-Optics; ICALEO 2010, Anaheim, California, USA, 26-30 September 2010; LIA.
  • L. Costa, D. Rajput, K. Lansford, W. Yue, A. Terekhov, W. Hofmeister, The tower nozzle solid freeform fabrication technique, Rapid Prototyping Journal 16, 4, 295-301 (2010).
  • L. Costa, R. Vilar, Laser Powder Deposition, Rapid Prototyping Journal 15, 4, 264-279 (2009).
  • L. Costa, K. Lansford, D. Rajput, W. Hofmeister, Unique corrosion and wear resistant identification tags via LISITM laser marking, Surface & Coatings Technology 203, 1984-1990 (2009).
  • L. Costa, W. Hofmeister, D. Rajput, K. Lansford; Axis-symmetric solid freeform fabrication of W-TiC cermelt rocket nozzles; Proceedings of the 2008 World Congress on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials; Washington, DC, USA, 8-12 June 2008; MPIF/APMI.
  • L. Costa, R. Vilar, T. Reti, A. M. Deus, Rapid tooling by laser powder deposition: process simulation using finite element analysis, Acta Materialia 53, 3987–3999 (2005).


R. Vilar, F. Simoes, L. Costa, A. Utkin, A. Lavrov, LIDAR system controlled by computer for smoke identification applied, in particular, to early stage forest fire detection, U. S. Patent # 7,164,468, 16 January 2007.