My main research interests are focused in the areas of Renewable (mainly Solar) Energy, Kinematics of Planetary Systems, the Laser and Ultrasonic Methods in Engineering Applications. I am also experienced in the mathematical modeling and computer simulation for high-speed mechanical processes. The research has involved significant collaboration including CCNY/CUNY and other related institutions. Interesting results were obtained during investigation of the welding of dissimilar materials by energy of ultrasonic waves and the Laser beam. The investigations was carried out in the "Modern Engineering Solutions" Research laboratory by the group of the students and collaborating faculty under my supervisor: it was possible to join thermoplastic materials with the different melting point (which was not previously done). This result is very important in manufacturing engineering, especially, in the design of biomedical devices made of dissimilar materials, such as cardiac pacemaker, artificial heart or artificial kidney.
In the field of renewable energy: a good progress was made in the design of the energy efficient Solar power system with new integrated Sun- tracking mechanism. Initially I was mentoring two students, and then this research attracted much more students. In 2015 as the Faculty adviser for the "Modern Engineering Solutions" club I was working toward new sun-tracking mechanism with the group of my students: Kevin Manjarres, Susan Blackburn, Kevin Jones, John Harper and Patrick Kwiatkowski. Our Solar project was among the top three award winners in the 2015 Sustainability Fair.
Some of the results of my research were incorporated into the engineering curriculum at BMCC for Engineering Mechanics ESC201 course. Many unique educational experiments and corresponding equipment were designed and manufactured at BMCC and the students successfully have been using them. In order to help students the study the latest experimental methods in engineering, I published the following book:
Rafael Niyazov "Experimental Approach to Engineering Mechanics", Cengage Learning Co. 2008, ISBN-10 1-4266-3892-2
Some of colleges and universities are interested in using our hands-on experimental methods and equipment in teaching engineering courses.