Alumni

Karthik Guda Vishnu

Computational Materials Scientist @ Micron Technology
Research Topics:
Active materials – Shape memory materials and ferroelectrics
Shock wave energy dissipating (SWED) materials
Atomic scale investigation of primary radiation damage
Inter-metallic reactive composites; Defects in Semiconductors
Education:
Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Purdue University, 2016-2020
Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Purdue University, 2012
B.Tech., Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India, 2007

Mahbubul Islam

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering @ Wayne State University
Research Topics:
First-principles, ReaxFF, and eReaxFF molecular dynamics (MD) simulations on reactive and nonreactive systems for energetic materials, batteries and 2D materials
Education:
Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Purdue University, 2016-2019
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 2016
B.S in Mechanical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh, 2009

Lorena Alzate-Vargas

Postdoctoral Research Associate @ ORNL – Computational Sciences and Engineering Division
Dissertation: Structural and dynamical properties in organic systems using molecular dynamics simulations
Research Topics:
Atomistic simulations of polymers: uncertainty quantification of thermal properties
Conformational dynamics behavior in polymers
Education:
Ph.D. Materials Engineering, Purdue University, 2019
B.S. Engineering Physics, Universidad EAFIT – Colombia, 2014

Saaketh Desai

Postdoctoral Appointee @ Sandia National Laboratories
Research Topics:
Enhancing the predictive power of molecular dynamics simulations
Physics based machine learning for molecular dynamics
Education:
Ph.D. Materials Engineering, Purdue University, 2020
B. Tech, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee, 2015

Tongtong Shen

Data Analysis Engineer @ Apple
Research Topics:
Molecular Science Software
Atomic Scale Modeling
Polymer Crystals and Crystallization
Education:
Ph.D. Materials Engineering, Purdue University, 2021
B.S. Physics, Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology, 2015

Pilsun Yoo

Postdoctoral Research Fellow @ Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Research Topics:
Catalysts
Solid-oxide electronic structure
Machine learning potential for atomistic simulation
Education:
Ph.D. Materials Engineering, Purdue University, 2021
M.S. Physics, Hankuk University of foreign languages, South Korea, 2016
B.S. Physics, Hankuk University of foreign languages, South Korea, 2014

MAJ Timothy S. Wolfe

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering @ Air Force Institute of Technology
Research Topics:
Wide band gap semiconductor devices
Optoelectronics
Ab-initio solid-state simulations
Education:
Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Purdue University, 2021
M.Sc. Electrical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, Dayton, OH, 2015
B.S. Electrical Engineering, Boston University, Boston, MA, 2011

Michael N. Sakano

Postdoctoral Appointee @ Sandia National Laboratories
Research Topics:
Kinetics Modeling of High-Energy Density reactive materials
Experimental validation and continuum scale verification
Education:
Ph.D. Materials Engineering, Purdue University, 2021
B.S. Biomedical and Health Sciences Engineering,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016

Shivam Tripathi

Postdoctoral Research Associate @ Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Parrinello Group)
Research Topics:
Thermal Transport in nanoscale materials
Shape Memory Alloys
Education:
Ph.D. Materials Engineering, Purdue University, 2021
B.Tech MSE, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, 2016

Peter Salek

Graduate Research Assistant (PhD) @ Purdue University
Research Topics:
Propulsion and Astrodynamics
Education:
M.S. Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical Engineering, Purdue University, 2022
B.S. Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical Engineering, Purdue University, 2020

Zachary D. McClure

Computational Chemist @ NVIDIA
Research Topics:
Data driven design of high entropy alloys and oxide scales
Thermal transport in alloys
Education:
Ph.D. Materials Engineering, Purdue University, 2022
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Oregon State University, 2017

Brenden W. Hamilton

Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow @ Los Alamos National Lab
Research Topics:
Thermo-mechanical Energy Localization in High-Energy Density Materials
Shock Compression of Solids
Heterogeneous Initiation of Explosives
Education:
Ph.D. Materials Engineering, Purdue University, 2022
B.S. Materials Engineering, Purdue University, 2018
B.S. Applied Physics, Purdue University, 2018

Undergraduate – Alumni

Craig Ahsmann

Advancing Army Modernization Priorities- Undergraduate Program (AAMP-UP)
Research Topics:
Predicting properties of organic molecules

Pratyush Avi

Advancing Army Modernization Priorities- Undergraduate Program (AAMP-UP)
Research Topics:
Predicting properties of organic molecules

Alfonso D. Meraz

Micro Nano Technology Collaborative Undergraduate Research Network (MNT-CURN)
Research Topics:
Blockchain – Molecular dynamics proof of work

Shuchen Liu

Micro Nano Technology Collaborative Undergraduate Research Network (MNT-CURN)
Research Topics:
Blockchain – Molecular dynamics proof of work

O’Neal Douglin

Micro Nano Technology Collaborative Undergraduate Research Network (MNT-CURN)
Research Topics:
Blockchain – Molecular dynamics proof of work

Dave Emdin

Micro Nano Technology Collaborative Undergraduate Research Network (MNT-CURN)
Research Topics:
Blockchain – Molecular dynamics proof of work

Nacim Bouia

Visiting Scholar
Research Topics:
Design of interatomic potentials for phase change memory

Anna Leichty

Network for Computational Nanotechnology – Undergraduate Research Experience (NCN/URE)
Research Topics:
Development of educational content for first year engineering students

Mackinzie Farnell

MSE – Undergraduate Research
Research Topics:
Modeling environment dependent properties in Complex Concentrated Alloys (CCAs)

Lok C. Fan (Lucas)

Imperial College, London, Purdue University Exchange Program
Research Topics:
Automated approach to discover coherent second phases in multicomponent systems

Rileigh Cotter

Network for Computational Nanotechnology – Undergraduate Research Experience (NCN/URE)
Research Topics:
Random and special quasi random structures generator for Complex Concentrated Alloys (CCAs)

Sabir Utamsing

Network for Computational Nanotechnology – Undergraduate Research Experience (NCN/URE)
Research Topics:
Random and special quasi random structures generator for Complex Concentrated Alloys (CCAs)

Haydn Schroader

MSE – Undergraduate Research
Research Topics:
Systematic machine learning studies for the prediction of hardness/yield strength in engineering steels

Stepan Kolacek

International Research Undergraduate Experience
Research Topics:
Quantum vibrational effects on thermal transport

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