Faculty / Staff

Chunyu Li

Research Associate
Research Topics:
MD simulations, Polymers, Composites, Hotspots, Nanotubes
Education:
PhD, Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Brian Lee

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Research Topics:
Coarse-grained modeling of energetic materials
Force field development via machine learning
Education:
PhD, Duke University, 2021


Graduate Students

Daniel J. Klinger

Research Engineer
Research Topics:
Predicting burning rate behavior and mechanical properties of solid rocket propellants
Education:
M.S. Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Purdue University, 2022
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology, 2020

Shukai Yao

Graduate Research Assistant
Research Topics:
Density functional theory calculations of shape memory alloys
Education:
B.S. Applied Physics, Shandong University, 2018

Juan C. Verduzco

CONACYT Fellowship / Graduate Research Assistant
Research Topics:
Active learning algorithms for materials informatics
Synthesis and characterization of solid-state battery materials
Molecular dynamics simulations of ceramic oxides
Education:
B.S. Mechatronics Engineering, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, 2017

Saswat Mishra

Graduate Research Assistant
Research Topics:
Microelectronics reliability
Strength and oxidation resistance of high entropy alloys
Education:
B.S. Materials Science, Indian Institute of Science, 2018

Robert J. Appleton

Graduate Research Assistant
Research Topics:
Materials properties from first principles calculations and MD simulation
Machine Learning techniques for Physics and Materials Science
Education:
M.S. Physics, California State University – Los Angeles, 2020
B.A. Physics, Ripon College, 2017

Ching-Chien Chen

Graduate Research Assistant
Research Topics:
Coherent precipitates in shape memory alloys
Education:
B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, National Taiwan University, 2019

Ethan W. Holbrook

Graduate Research Assistant
Research Topics:
Molecular Dynamics for Shock Physics (Aluminum, HEs, Polymers)
Machine Learning 
Education:
B.S. Materials Science & Engineering, Wright State University, 2021

Kat Nykiel

Graduate Research Assistant
Research Topics:
Predicting Stability of MXenes using DFT and ML
Education:
B.S. Materials Science & Applied Physics, Ohio State University, 2021

George M. Nishibuchi

Graduate Research Assistant
Research Topics:
Optical properties of ceramics for hypersonic IR windows via first principles calculations
Education:
B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Purdue University, 2022

David E. Farache

Graduate Research Assistant
Research Topics:
Shape memory alloys
Education:
B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Purdue University, 2022

Undergraduate Students

Noah Hallberg

2022 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
Research Topics:
Identification of high-temperature oxidation-resistant alloys via simulation
Education:
B.S. Computer Science, Purdue University, 2025

Samuel Blankenship

2022 Advancing Army Modernization Priorities- Undergraduate Program (AAMP-UP)
Research Topics:
Data science and machine learning of energetic materials properties
Education:
B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Purdue University, 2025

Sohee Kim

2022 Advancing Army Modernization Priorities- Undergraduate Program (AAMP-UP)
Research Topics:
Data science and machine learning of energetic materials properties
Education:
B.S. Computer Engineering Technology, Purdue University, 2025

Michael H. Taylor

2022 Advancing Army Modernization Priorities- Undergraduate Program (AAMP-UP)
Research Topics:
Machine learning predictive modeling of high explosive properties
Education:
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 2023

Ava Hallberg

2022 Machine Learning Intern
Research Topics:
Metropolis-Hastings Ising models

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