C. Cem Tasan 

Thomas B. King Associate Professor of Metallurgy
BSc. MSc. METU/Turkey, 2005
PhD. Eindhoven University of Technology/Netherlands, 2010
Postdoc and group leader, Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung/Germany, 2016

Cem started his academic journey in Ankara, in the beautiful campus of METU, moved to rainy Eindhoven for a Ph.D. degree on micro-mechanics of damage, and to classy Dusseldorf for more fun in alloy design. These days he is training to be a professional chess player, while spending his free time at MIT supervising a bunch of amazing researchers.

Kathy Simons 

Administrative Assistant

Johanna M. Wilcox

Financial Coordinator

Jinwoo Kim 

Postdoctoral Associate

BSc. PhD. Seoul National University/South Korea, 2016

Jinwoo has been working on investigation of microstructural change and mechanical behavior of materials in hydrogen environment. He loves design, machining and fabrication of devices. He is very good at taking jump photos in an ‘emergency exit’ pose.

Hyunseok Oh 

Postdoctoral Associate
BSc. PhD. Seoul National University/South Korea, 2018

Hyunseok has been working on developing new alloys. Hyunseok likes playing games. He also likes betting on the properties of new alloys.

Onur Guvenc

Postdoctoral Associate
BSc. METU/Turkey, 2002
MSc. PhD RWTH-Aachen/Germany, 2019

Onur is working on new alloys and processing routes for easier reuse, reform and remanufacture extending material’s lifecycle. In his spare time, he trys to figure out the best viewing order for Star Wars.

Michela Geri

Postdoctoral Associate
B.S. Energy Engineering, University di Bologna/Italy, 2008
M.S. Energy Engineering, University di Bologna/Italy, 2010
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, MIT/USA, 2019

Michela is originally from a small town in the center of Italy. At the moment, she enjoys teaching Mechanics and Materials and working on thermo-mechanics problems that can help move towards a more sustainable future. She loves cooking (and eating), drinking tea and watching classic movies.0

Menglei Jiang

Graduate Student
B.Sc. Tsinghua University/China, 2015
M.Sc. MIT/USA,2018

Menglei is working on healable metal alloy design and trying to apply this metallic coating at a functional coating layer to detect and heal damages to increase materials lifetime.

Jackie Cho

Graduate Student
B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology/USA 2014.
M.S. in Materials Science and Technology, MIT/USA 2017

Jackie is working  on developing alloys with self-resetting microstructures to heal damage as it happens. While she has been freezing living in the north in the winter, she enjoys getting to play football and volleyball in warmer weather.

Jiyun Kang 

Graduate Stduent
BSc./MSc Pohang University of Science and Technology/South Korea, 2013

Jiyun has been very enthusiastic in investigating plasticity and damage mechanisms of titanium alloys under the different and complex strain paths. She travels regularly, and her favorite place these days is a reciprocal space.

Haoxue Yan 

Graduate Student
BSc. in Materials Science and Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute/USA, 2017

Haoxue’s research focuses on understanding hydrogen-defect interactions by developing in-situ electron microscopy methods. She grew up in China but found multiple home-away-from-home within the United States. Haoxue enjoys playing board games, climbing fake rocks, and spinning on ice.

Gianluca Roscioli

Graduate Student
B.Sc. Politecnico di Milano/Italy, 2014
M.Sc. Double degree Politecnico di Milano & Politecnico di Torino/Italy, 2016

Gianluca has been building new setups to be used inside a Scanning Electron Microscope to uncover how metals wear down. His goal is to find the constitutive laws of this process and use them to design new wear-resistant alloys. Originally from Rome, Italy, Gianluca enjoys sailing and raising tropical fish in his 55 gallon aquarium.

Shaolou Wei

Graduate Student
B. Eng. Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science, Harbin Institute of Technology/China, 2017

Shaolou is working on microstructural evolution and phase transformations for advanced complex concentrated alloys development. He enjoys swimming, reading, and listening to classical music in his spare time.

Krista Biggs

Graduate Student
BSc. in Materials Science and Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute/ USA, 2018

Krista works on in situ tests of sheet steels used for automotive applications. This has given her the opportunity to spend many hours focusing on sample preparation and testing in the SEM- focus that, in her spare time, translates to rowing marathons on the rowing machine!

Maria Ronchi

Graduate Student
BSc. in Materials Engineering, Brown University/ USA, 2019

Maria is investigating high-throughput casting methods to better design high entropy alloys, one goal being to improve the problem of hydrogen embrittlement. She takes every chance she can get to explore the outdoors, but also loves reading fantasy novels and playing board games.

Julian Rackwitz

 Graduate Student

B.S. in Engineering Science, Technical University of Berlin, 2017
M.S. in Engineering Science, Technical University of Berlin, 2020

Julian works on novel approaches to characterize the damping and fatigue properties of alloys. His goal is to design a high-strength high-damping steel. He centers his day around coffee and loves exploring different cultures.”

Tim Fountain

Graduate Student
B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology / USA, 2014.

Tim is studying the design of alloys whose mechanical properties are enhanced through strain-induced phase transformation. In his free time Tim loves to be outdoors, stay active, and attend concerts of any musical genre, but his favorite is heavy metal!

Daniel Moriarty

Graduate Student
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, U.S. Naval Academy, 2020

Dan’s research investigates properties of novel alloys. He enjoys hiking, reading, cooking, and training for triathlons!​​

Lucas Marden


Lucas is a first year planning to major in Materials Science and Engineering. He is researching low-energy and cost-efficient methods for recycling of sheet metals using roll bonding. In his free time, he enjoys practicing gymnastics, skiing, and hiking.

Ghassan Aljawi 


Ghassan is a class 24′ from Saudi Arabia interested in material science and mechanical engineering. He loves listening to Lady Gaga on his daily night walks.

Previous Members

Benjamin Cameron

Graduate Student
Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, MIT/ USA, 2021
BE. in Natural Resources Engineering, University of Canterbury/New Zealand 2013.

Gaoming Zhu

Visiting Graduate Student
B.S. and M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology/ China, 2016

Decheng Kong

Visting Graduate Student
B.S. and M.S., University of Science and Technology Beijing/China 2017

Isao Arai

Visting Scientist
BSc. Tokyo Institute of Technology/Japan, 2007
MSc. University of Tokyo/Japan, 2009

Sergio A Arenas


Dylan Hall

Exchange Student / Visiting Meng Student
MEng. Imperial College/ U.K., 2020

Matej Repka

Undergraduate Exchange Student
MEng Materials with Nuclear Engineering
Imperial College London/ U.K. (ongoing)

Mohadeseh Taheri-Mousavi

Postdoctoral Associate
BSc. MSc. SUT, Tehran/Iran, 2008
PhD. EPFL, Lausanne/Switzerland, 2015
Post-doc, Brown University, Providence/USA, 2017

Megan Cooper


Ikuho Nakahata

Visiting Graduate Student
BE. Tokyo Institute of Technology/Japan 2018

Killian Sheriff

Visiting Undergraduate Student
BSc. McGill University/Canada (ongoing)

Sabrina Hernandez

Topic: Advanced Co-based alloys.

Ella V. Richards

Topic: The effect of grain size on hydrogen embrittlement susceptibility of nickel.

Nisal Ovitigala

Topic: Effective shearing of metals.

Federico Lucchini

Visiting Graduate Student
BSc. Politecnico di Milano
Topic: SLM multi-material graded samples.

Riccardo Rossi

Visiting Graduate Student
BSc. Politecnico di Milano
Topic: SLM multi-material graded samples.

Feng He

Visiting Graduate Student
BSc, MSc, Northwestern Polytechnical University/China, 2016
Topic: High entropy alloys, phase transformation, TEM.

Dr. Atieh Moridi

Postdoctoral Fellow
BSc. MSc. Sharif University of Technology/Iran, 2011
PhD. Polytechnic University of Milan/Italy, 2015
Topic: Surface engineering, Additive manufacturing, Carbon nanomaterials.

Dr. Daixiu Wei

Visiting Reesearcher
PhD. Tohoku University/Japan, 2016
Assistant professor, Tohoku University/Japan, 2016
Topic: Cobalt alloys for biomedical applications.

Shao-Shi Rui

Visiting Graduate Student
BSc. University of Science and Technology Beijing/China, 2014
Topic: EBSD misorientation mapping, crystal plasticity characterization, metallic failure analysis, fatigue and creep.

Maxim Vreeswijk

MEng. Imperial College London, 2019
Topic: In-situ characterisation of damage mechanisms.

Jaehoon Kim

High School Student
Topic: reformability of Ti alloys.

Jacqueline Ahrens

Topic: Resetting pearlitic steel.

Matt Coupin

Topic: Steel forming limit.

Rebecca Wang

Exchange student/Visiting MEng sudent
MEng. Oxford University, 2018
Topic: Self-healing alloys, in-situ characterization, fatigue.

Sophia Kioulaphides

Topic: Design of self-healing alloys

Dr. Emeric Plancher

Postdoctoral Associate
BSc.MSc. MINES St. Etienne/France, 2011
PhD. ParisTech/France, 2015
Topic: EBSD, ECCI, DIC, Crystal plasticity, multi-field mapping, in-situ micro-mechanical testing.

Ke Qu

Visiting Graduate Student
BSc. Lanzhou University/China, 2013
Grad student Lanzhou University/China
Topic: Nanomanipulation and nanofabrication, nanowelding, in-situ SEM/TEM.

Dr. Zhiyuan Liang

Visiting Researcher
BSc. Shanghai Jiao Tong University/China, 2012
PhD. The University of Hong Kong/China, 2016
Topic: Deformation mechanisms in advanced high strength steels, Small-scale mechanics.

Prof. Zhiyong Liu

Visiting Researcher
BSc. PhD. USTB/China, 2009
Post-doc. University of Calgary/Canada, 2009
Associate Professor, USTB/China, 2012 Topic: Corrosion initiation, nano scale corrosion-deformation co-play, EBSD, ECCI, TEM, APT.

Tomoki Mizoguchi

Visiting Graduate Student
BSc. Kyushu University/Japan, 2016
Graduate student Kyushu University/Japan
Topic: Fatigue crack propagation, In-situ SEM, Hydrogen embrittlement, EBSD, FIB.

Gabriel M Scimeme

Topic: Sheet metal deformations in complex strain path, in-situ micro-mechanical testing.

Anshul Kamboj

Visiting Undergraduate Student
BSc.Tech-Indian Institute of Technology (ongoing)
Topic: Coatings to prevent Hydrogen Embrittlement.

Felipe Radovitzky

Topic: Gradient materials.

Jessica Lin

High School Student
Topic: surface wear of metals

Stacy-Michelle Reid (Weybrant)

BSE Arizona State University, Construction, 1999
MEd Northeastern University, Boston, MA 2010
Chemistry & Environmental Science Teacher, Jeremiah E. Burke High School, Boston MA
Topic: Materials testing curriculum for high school students.

Marol Escajeda

Topic: Design of self-healing alloys.

Luke R. Bordonaro

Topic: Absolute elastic strain measurement with HR-EBSD

Dr. Meimei Wang

Visiting researcher
BSc. USTB/China, 2009
MSc. RWTH Aachen/Germany, 2011
PhD. Max-Planck Institut fur Eisenforschung/Germany, 2016
Topic: Metastable steel design, mechanically-induced martensitic transformation, calphad based modelling, EBSD, TEM.

Dr. Jiali Zhang

Visiting Researcher
BSc. USTB/China, 2009
MSc. RWTH Aachen/Germany, 2011
PhD. Max-Planck Institut fur Eisenforschung/Germany, 2016
Topic: Self-healing alloy design, cracks microstructure interactions, recrystallization, ECCI, EBSD, TEM.

Felipe de Quesada

Topic: Crack propagation through martensitic boundaries.

Niels Vonk

Visiting MSc. Student (TU/e)
BSc. Eindhoven University of Technology, 2015
Topic: Design of a bulge test for quasi-in-situ testing of sheet metal in complex strain paths.

Tijmen Vermeij

Visiting MSc. Student (TU/e)
BSc. Eindhoven University of Technology, 2015
Topic: Microscopic investigation of residual stresses in steel by focused ion beam milling

Chen Wang

Topic: Ag decoration for hydrogen mapping

Robin de Meyere

MSc. Imperial College London
Topic: Mechanical behavior of crumpled Al foils

Qilong Cheng

Visiting BSc. Student
BSc. Tsinghua University (ongoing)
Topic: Design of in-situ micro-deformation stages.