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Abdolrahim, Niaz

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE)

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Interests: Multiscale Modeling of Materials; Nanoporous Materials; Nanowires; Thin Films; Atomistic Simulations

Acharya, Nitish

  • PhD Student I Advisors: Hussein Aluie and Jessica Shang
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Aluie, Hussein

  • Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Staff Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE)

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Interests: Turbulence; Geophysical Fluid Dynamics; Compressible Flows; Magnetohydrodynamics; Hydrodynamic Instabilities

Ambat, Manfred Virgil

  • PhD Student I Advisor: Dustin Froula

Ansini, Sarah

  • Graduate Coordinator
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Askari, Hesam

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Interests: Mechanics of Solids and soft matter; Granular systems; Stocahstic response ; Manufacturing techniques

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Athauda, Anushika

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Interests: Condensed matter physics; Novel materials; Superconductivity; Single crystal and powder diffraction; Synthesizing polycrystalline samples; Neutron diffraction; X-Ray diffraction

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Baltazar, Joshua

  • PhD Student I Advisor: Sean Regan
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Betti, Riccardo

  • Robert L. McCrory Professor, Laboratory for Laser Energetics
    Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Professor, Physics and Astronomy
    Chief Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics
    Distinguished Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE)
    Director, Fusion Science Center of Extreme States of Matter and Fast Ignition

Interests: Thermonuclear plasmas; Controlled thermonuclear fusion; Magnetic and inertial confinement fusion; High-energy-density physics

Bommidi, Dinesh

  • PhD Candidate I Advisor: Andrea Pickel
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Boster, Kimberly, PhD

  • Postdoctoral Researcher | Mixing Lab (Doug Kelley)

Bruhaug, Gerrit

  • PhD Candidate I Advisors: Rip Collins and Ryan Rygg
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Burnham-Fay, Ethan

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Research Engineer, Laboratory for Laser Energetics
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Burns, Stephen J.

  • Professor Emeritus, Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Professor Emeritus, Materials Science

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Interests: Fracture Mechanics Applied to Grinding; Polishing, Adhesion and Slitting; Deformation Kinetics; Thermodynamic Energy Balances in Linear Systems

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Cao, Shihui

  • PhD Candidate I Advisor Chuang Ren

Carr, John (Brennen)

  • PhD Candidate I Advisor: Jessica Shang

Chitaphong, Kaleb

  • Senior Staff Accountant

Chowdhury, Shoieb

  • PhD Candidate I Advisor: Hesam Askari

Churnetski, Kristen

  • PhD Candidate I Advisor: Sean Regan
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Clark, Robert

  • Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Interests: Dynamic systems; Measurement and control; Single-molecule mechanics; Bio-nano-manufacturing; Scaffolds for tissue engineering

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Clark, Alfred, Jr.

  • Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, and Biomedical Engineering

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Interests: Astrophysical fluid dynamics; Oxygen transport; Disease transmission and epidemics

Gilbert 'Rip' Collins

Collins, Gilbert 'Rip'

  • Tracy Hyde Harris Professor of Mechanical Engineering
    Distinguished Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE)
    Senior Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE)
  • Associate Director of Science, Technology and Academics, Laboratory for Laser Energetics
    Director, Center for Matter at Atomic Pressures (CMAP)
    NSF Physics Frontier Center

Interests: Laboratory Astrophysics; High Pressure/High Energy Density Physics; Condensed Matter; Planetary Science; Plasma Physics ; Thermonuclear Fusion

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Cracium, Trajen

  • MS Student

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Damm, Eric

  • PhD Student I Advisor: Thomas Howard
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Davies, Jonathan

  • Assistant Professor (Research), Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Senior Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE)

Interests: Laser-produced plasmas; Magnetic fields; Fusion; Plasma diagnostics

Dey, Aditya

  • PhD Student I Advisor: Hesam Askari
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Dias, Ranga

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy
    Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE)

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Interests: High Temperature superconductivity; Quantum phase transitions; Dynamic response of solids; Novel material synthesis; High pressure NV optical magnetometry; High energy density physics

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Dissanayake, Sachith

  • Assistant Professor (Research), Department of Mechanical Engineering

Interests: Condensed matter physics; Quantum materials; Superconductivity; Superconductors; Frustrated magnets; Multiferroics; Spin, lattice, and orbital degrees of freedom of novel quantum phases; Neutron scattering; X-diffraction

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Ejaz, Rahman

  • PhD Student I Advisor: Riccardo Betti
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Ellis, Jonathan D.

  • Associate Professor, Visiting Research, Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Interests: Instrumentation; Metrology; Optical Interferometry; Precision Engineering; Machine Design

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Farmakis, Periklis-Silouanos (Pericles)

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  • PhD Student I Advisors: Riccardo Betti & Petros Tzeferacos

Interests: Flash Center for Computational Sciences, Department of Physics and Astronomy; Theory Division, Laboratory for Laser Energetics; Laboratory Astrophysics; ICF target design and implosion history reconstruction

Friedman, Max

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  • MS Student
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Funkenbusch, Paul D.

  • Associate Dean, Education and New Initiatives
    Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Professor, Materials Science

Interests: Microstructure, properties, and processing of materials; Variability in materials and processing especially as related to biomaterials and mechanics; Experimental design/robust design

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Gan, Yiming

  • PhD Student I Advisor: Douglas H. Kelley
Roger Gans

Gans, Roger F.

  • Professor Emeritus, Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Interests: Nonlinear dynamics; Stability and control; nonNewtonian fluid mechanics

Victor L. Genberg

Genberg, Victor L.

  • Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Interests: Finite element analysis; Optimum structural design using nonlinear programming; Structural analysis of precision optical structures; Integrated opto-mechanical analysis and design

Ginnane, Mary Kate

  • PhD Candidate I Advisors: Rip Collins and Ryan Rygg
Valeri Goncharov

Goncharov, Valeri

  • Assistant Professor (Research), Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Senior Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics

Interests: Computational physics; Fluid mechanics; Partial differential equations with applications in fluid mechanics; Hydrodynamic instabilities; Plasma physics

Gong, Xuchen

  • PhD Candidate I Advisors: Rip Collins and Ryan Rygg
Sheryl M. Gracewski

Gracewski, Sheryl M.

  • Professor Emeritus, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Interests: Solid mechanics, more specifically in wave propagation and vibrations in elastic media; Bubble dynamics; Optics manufacturing and metrology

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Hadi Sichani, Pejman, PhD

  • Postdoctoral Researcher | Turbulence and Complex Flow Group (Hussein Aluie)

Hess, Griffin

  • MS Student I Advisor: Renato Perucchio
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Hu, Suxing

  • Associate Professor (Research), Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Distinguished Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE)
    Group Leader, HEDP-Theory Group, LLE

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Interests: Theoretical/Computational High-Energy-Density Physics; Inertial Confinement Fusion; Warm-/Hot-Dense Matter; Intense Laser-Matter Interactions; Ultrafast Dynamics; Attosecond Physics; Computational Atomic; Molecular; Optical Physics

Huynh, Aaron

  • Office Assistant

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Ibanez, Ruy

  • PhD Candidate I Advisor: Douglas H. Kelley

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Jiang, Chen

  • MS Student

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Douglas H. Kelley

Kelley, Douglas H.

  • Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Staff Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE)

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Interests: Fluid dynamics of the brain’s waste removal system; Mixing in the inner ear; Liquid metal batteries and grid-scale energy storage; Mixing in metals casting; Coherent structures in reactive mixing

Kharghani, Mehrnoush

  • PhD Student

Khourshaei, Ali

  • PhD Candidate I Advisor: Niaz Abdolrahim
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Kim, Miles

  • PhD Student I Advisor: Adam Sefkow

Kostick, Steven

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  • PhD Student I Advisor: Wolfgang Theobald | OMEGA Experiments Group

Kurzer-Ogul, Kelin

  • PhD Student I Advisors: Hussein Aluie and Jessica Shang

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John Lambropoulos

Lambropoulos, John

  • Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Professor, Materials Science
    Senior Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics
    Distinguished Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE)
    Materials Science Graduate Recruiting Committee

Interests: Micromechanics; Mechanics & Materials Issues in Optics Manufacturing; Defect Generation During Crystal Growth

Lavell, Michael

  • PhD Candidate I Advisor: Adam Sefkow
Amy L. Lerner

Lerner, Amy L.

  • Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedics

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Interests: Orthopaedic biomechanics; Biomechanics of bone growth and development; Medical image based modeling of knee mechanics

James C. M. Li

Li, James C. M.

  • Professor Emeritus, Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Professor Emeritus, Materials Science

Interests: Materials science and micromechanics; Platinum nanowires and networks as fuel cell electrodes; Whisker growth from tin coatings; Nanocrystalline materials

Lin, Wei-Ching

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  • PhD Student I Advisor: Jong-Hoon Nam

Liu, Wenda

  • PhD Candidate I Advisor: Chuang Ren

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Martinez, Jordan

  • PhD Student
Andrei Maximov

Maximov, Andrei

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics

Interests: Theoretical plasma physics; Inertial confinement fusion; High-energy-density physics

McBride, Raymond

  • PhD Student I Advisor: Ranga Dias
Robert L. McCrory

McCrory, Robert L.

  • University Professor Emeritus

Interests: Theoretical Plasma and Laser Physics; Hydrodynamic stability; Thermal transport in laser-driven plasmas; Inertial confinement fusion

Miklavcic, Peter

  • PhD Candidate I Advisor: Hesam Askari

Moczulski, Kasper

  • PhD Student I Advisor: Petros Tzeferacos

Mohammad, Ibrahim

  • PhD Candidate I Advisor: Douglas H. Kelley

Morris, Jill

  • Academics Operations Manager (Administrator)
Chris Muir

Muir, Christopher

  • Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Munasinghe, Sasanka

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  • PhD Student I Advisor: Ranga Dias

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Jong Hoon Nam

Nam, Jong Hoon

  • Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

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Interests: Biophysics of inner ear sensory cells; Cell and tissue mechanics

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Nowak, Robert

  • PhD Student

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John Palastro

Palastro, John

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Associate Professor, Institute of Optics
    Plasma Theory Group Leader and Senior Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics

Interests: Laser matter interactions; nonlinear optics; plasma-based accelerators and radiation sources

Patel, Dhrumir

  • PhD Candidate I Advisor: Riccardo Betti
Renato Perucchio

Perucchio, Renato

  • Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Program Director, Archaeology, Technology, and Historical Structures

Interests: Computational solid and structural mechanics; Engineering practices in Classical Antiquity

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Pickel, Andrea

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE)

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Interests: Nanoscale heat transfer; luminescence nanothermometry; single-nanoparticle imaging and spectroscopy; high-temperature thermal metrology; electrothermal measurements

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Polsin, Danae

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Interests: x-ray diffraction and crystallography; shock waves; inertial confinement fusion; high-energy-density physics

Pomerantz, Mike

  • Lecturer & Technical Associate

Pratt, Christine

  • Senior Technical Associate

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Quirk, Keelin

  • PhD Student I Advisor: Douglas H. Kelley

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Raghunandan, Aditya, PhD

  • Postdoctoral Researcher | Mixing Lab (Doug Kelley)

Rai, Shikhar

  • PhD Student I Advisor: Hussein Aluie
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Regan, Sean

  • Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Distinguished Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE)
    Director, Experimental Division, Laboratory for Laser Energetics

Interests: Inertial Confinement Fusion; High Energy Density Physics; Novel Diagnostic Development; X-ray spectroscopy and imaging; Neutron and Charged Particle Spectroscopy and Imaging; 3-D Diagnostics

Remus, Anna

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  • PhD Student I Advisor: Renato Perucchio

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Interests: Finite element analysis of structural integrity of ancient world heritage monument Huaca de la Luna, Trujillo Perú

Chuang Ren

Ren, Chuang

  • Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Professor, Department of Physics
    Senior Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics

Interests: High energy density physics (HEDP); Plasma astrophysics; High performance computing

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Rygg, J. Ryan

  • Assistant Professor (Research), Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Assistant Professor (Research), Department of Physics
    Senior Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics

Interests: Experimental high-energy-density physics; shock waves; inertial confinement fusion

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Samad, Abdus

  • PhD Student I Advisor: Hussein Aluie

Sanders, Athan

  • MS Student
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Sefkow, Adam

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Assistant Professor, Department of Physics
    Senior Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE)

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Interests: Inertial confinement fusion; magneto-inertial fusion; high energy density physics; laser-plasma interaction; computational physics; magnetohydrodynamics; particle-in-cell simulations

Sexton, Andrew

  • MS Student

Interests: High Performance Computing, heterogeneous hardware programming, and GPGPU Acceleration

Jessica Shang

Shang, Jessica

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE)

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Interests: Experimental fluid mechanics; biological fluid systems; fluid-structure interactions; vortex dynamics; HED hydrodynamics and transport

Sheykholeslami, Sedigheh

  • PhD Student I Advisor: Kevin Parker

Shokrian, Mohammad

  • PhD Candidate I Advisor: Jong-Hoon Nam
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Singh, Sobhit

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Interests: Novel quantum materials (bulk and 2D); Theoretical condensed matter physics; Density-functional theory; Polar metals; Ferroelectrics; Magnetism; Superconductivity; Topological phases of quantum matter

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Slane, Laura

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Interests: Soft tissue mechanics; Quantitative ultrasound; Orthopaedic biomechanics; Injury and rehabilitation; Scholarship of teaching and learning

Snider, Elliot

  • PhD Candidate I Advisor: Ranga Dias
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Storer, Benjamin, PhD

  • Postdoctoral Researcher | Turbulence and Complex Flow Group (Hussein Aluie)

Syeda, Afreen

  • PhD Student I Advisors: Hussein Aluie and Jessica Shang

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Wolfgang Theobald

Theobald, Wolfgang

  • Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Interests: Inertial Confinement Fusion; Diagnostic Development for High Energy Density Physics; High-Intensity Short-Pulse Laser-Matter Interaction

John H. Thomas

Thomas, John H.

  • Professor Emeritus of Mechanical and Aerospace Sciences
    Professor Emeritus of Astronomy, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Interests: Astrophysical fluid dynamics; Magnetohydrodynamics of the Sun and other stars; Fluid dynamics of the brain's waste-removal system

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Weise, Sarah

  • Undergraduate Coordinator

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Xu, Jing (Jane)

  • PhD Candidate I Advisor: John Lambropoulos

Xue, Jiale

  • MS Student

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Yeo, Seungju

she/her/hers

  • MS Student

Interests: Comparison between Monte Carlo simulation with an analytical solution and Abaqus model under the same properties. I'm currently working on a simulation model of crack propagation in three-point bend specimen of ductile materials with variances in geometry and material properties using JMP and Abaqus.

Yin, Hao

  • PhD Student I Advisors: Hussein Aluie and Jessica Shang

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Zhang, Yu (Victor)

  • PhD Candidate I Advisor: Jonathan Davies