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Members

VU-MCML Research Group

Current Group Members

Alex Faupel

 

  • B.Sc. (2015) in Mechanical Engineering. Vanderbilt University.
  • Ph.D Thesis Topic: Modeling Compression-After-Impact Response of Through-Thickness-Reinforced Composites.

 

Ido Meshi

 

  • M.Sc. (2017) in Mechanical Engineering. Tel Aviv University, Israel.
  • Ph.D Thesis Topic: Failure Modeling of Composite Materials at the Microscale.

 

Dr. Caglar Oskay

 

  • Lab Director

 

Zimu Su

 

  • M.Sc. (2017) in Aerospace Engineering / Mechanics. Tsinghua University.
  • Ph.D Research Topic: Fatigue Damage Modeling of Composite Materials using the Multiscale Discrete Damage Theory.

 

Damin Xia

 

  • B.Sc. (2018) in Civil Engineering. Harbin Institute of Technology.
  • Ph.D Research Topic: Failure Modeling of Metallic Materials under High Rate Loading.

 

Xiaoyu Zhang

 

  • B.Sc. (2014) in Engineering Mechanics. Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
  • Ph.D. Thesis Topic: Multiscale Modeling of Energetic Materials Subjected to Dynamic Loads.

 

 

Former Group Members

 

Visiting Researchers

  1. Prof. Shui Wen Zhu: Research Topic: Dynamic Response of Particulate Composite Materials. Research Period: March 2015-July 2016. Currently Lecturer at Southwest University of Science and Technology, China.
  2. Dr. Yang Liu: Research Topic: Multiscale Modeling Crack Nucleation in Polycrystalline Materials Subjected to Cyclic Loading. Research Period: September 2016-September 2018. (Effective December 2018) Postdoctoral Research Associate, Imperial College, London, UK.
  3. Hao Li: Research Topic: Modeling Environmental Degradation of Cementitious Materials. Research Period: September 2016-September 2018. Currently PhD Student, Hohai University, China.

Postdoctoral Research Associates

  1. Dr. Alessandro Fascetti: Research Topic: Modeling Internal Erosion in Earthen Embankments. Research Period: January 2017-June 2018. Currently Assistant Professor at University of Waikato, New Zealand.
  2. Dr. Xiang Zhang: Research Topic: Reduced Order Modeling and Multiscale Investigations of High Performance Alloys. Research Period: August 2017-January 2018. Currently Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  3. Dr. Can Erel: Research Topic: Multiscale Modeling of Composite Structures subjected to Bearing Fatigue. Research Period: January 2017-January 2018.
  4. Dr. Van Tung Phan: Research Topic: Crystal Plasticity Modeling of High Temperature Creep-Fatigue Behavior of Nickel-Based Alloys. Research Period: February 2016-February 2017. Currently Research Associate at Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago, IL.
  5. Dr. Yumeng Li: Research Topic: Computational Modeling of High-Temperature Creep-Fatigue Failure Mechanisms. Research Period: January 2015-January 2016. Currently Assistant Professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  6. Dr. Hao Yan: Research Topic: Numerical Simulation of Structural Response in Operational Conditions of Air Vehicles. Research Period: May 2015-January 2016. Currently at Altair Engineering, CA.
  7. Dr. Robert D. Crouch: Research Topic: Multiscale Modeling of CFRP Composites Subjected to Fatigue. Research Period: Summer 2012-Summer 2014. Currently at Altair Engineering, Nashville, TN.

Doctoral Students

  1. Dr. Ruize Hu: Ph.D. Dissertation: Multiscale Computational Methods for Wave Propagation in 2D Phononic Crystals and Acoustic Metamaterials. Graduated: Spring 2019. Currently at Exxon Corporation, Houston, TX.
  2. Dr. Xiang Zhang: Ph.D. Dissertation: Reduced Order Modeling and Multiscale Investigations of High Performance Alloys Under Monotonic and Cyclic Loading. Graduated: Fall 2017. Currently Assistant Professor at University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY.
  3. Dr. Shuhai Zhang: Ph.D. Dissertation: Variational Multiscale Enrichment Method for Modeling of Structures Subjected to Extreme Environments. Graduated: Summer 2017. Currently at Dassault Systems, Providence, RI.
  4. Dr. Michael J. Bogdanor: Ph.D. Dissertation: Failure Prediction of Fiber Reinforced Composites Using Reduced Order Multiscale Models. Graduated: Fall 2015. Currently at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.
  5. Dr. Matthew G. Pike: Ph.D. Dissertation: Mechanical Modeling of Short Fiber Reinforced Composites Using the Extended Finite Element Method. Graduated: Fall 2015. Currently at Northrop Grumman Corporation.
  6. Dr. Hao Yan: Ph.D. Dissertation: Computational Modeling of Coupled Oxygen Transport and Mechanical Deformation in Titanium Structures Subjected to Extreme Environments. Graduated: Spring 2015. Currently at Altair Engineering, CA.
  7. Dr. Paul A. Sparks: Ph.D. Dissertation: Reduced Order Homogenization Models for Failure of Heterogeneous Materials. Graduated: Spring 2015. Currently Research Engineer at US Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg, MS.
  8. Dr. Tong Hui: Ph.D. Dissertation: Multiscale Modeling of the dynamic response of composite structures. Graduated: Summer 2014. Currently Product Design Analysis Engineer at Amazon Lab126, Bay Area, CA.
  9. Dr. Robert D. Crouch: Ph.D. Dissertation: Multiscale Modeling of brittle composites using reduced order computational homogenization. Graduated: Summer 2012. Currently at Altair Engineering, Nashville, TN.
  10. Dr. Arun Krishnan: Ph.D. Dissertation: The Interfacial failure of bonded materials and composites. Graduated: Fall 2010. Currently at SIMULIA, Minneapolis, MN.

Masters Students

  1. Wendy Paulson: M.Sc. Thesis Topic: Modeling the Failure Behavior of Countersunk Composite Bolted Joints Subjected to Monotonic Loading. Graduated: Spring 2017. Currently Structural Design Engineer, Nashville, TN.
  2. Dr. Ghanshyam Pal: M.Sc. Thesis Topic: Multiscale modeling of failure of heterogeneous plates and shells. Graduated: Fall 2008. Currently Associate Professor at SRM University, Kattankulathur, India.
  3. Veda Laohom (co-advised with Prof. Harold Park : M.Sc. Thesis Topic: Characterization of biodegradable bone/polyurethane composite fracture fixation devices. Graduated: Spring 2007.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

  1. Ali Kilic: Undergraduate researcher. Research Topic: Modeling Interlaminar Failure in Composite Materials. Undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering.
  2. Luke Neise: Undergraduate researcher. Research Topic: Simulation of Aerospace Structures Operating at Hypersonic Environments. Undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering.
  3. Jackie Machesky: Undergraduate researcher. Research Topic: Modeling Energetic Material Microstructures. Undergraduate student in Civil Engineering.
  4. Jimmy Pan: Undergraduate researcher. Research Topic: Characterization of Acoustic Band Structure in Layered Composites Subjected to Dynamic Loading. Undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering.
  5. Theodore M. Russell: Undergraduate researcher. Research Topic: Computational Modeling of Composite Materials. Undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering.
  6. El Mehdi El Hailouch: Undergraduate researcher. Research Topic: Characterization of failure in composites based on acoustic emission testing. Undergraduate student in Civil Engineering.
  7. Lizzie Young: Undergraduate researcher. Research Topic: Parallel implementation of genetic algorithms for optimal reduced order modeling. Undergraduate student in Civil Engineering.