Members

C. Cem Taşan 

Thomas B. King Associate Professor of Metallurgy
B.Sc. M.Sc. METU/Turkey, 2005
Ph.D. Eindhoven University of Technology/Netherlands, 2010
Postdoc, Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung/Germany, 2010-2012
Group leader, Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung/Germany, 2012-2016

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

Hyunseok Oh 

Postdoctoral Associate
B.Sc. 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 Güvenç

Postdoctoral Associate
B.Sc. METU/Turkey, 2002
M.Sc. 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 tries to figure out the best viewing order for Star Wars.

Michela Geri

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

Michela is working on chemo-mechanics of solid state batteries and hydrogen embrittlement in alloys. She loves cooking (and eating), drinking tea and watching classic movies.

Prafull Pandey

Postdoctoral Associate
B.Tech. NIT Raipur/India, 2010
M.E., Ph.D. IISc Bangalore/India, 2019

Prafull works on the design of new superplastic-nano-phase toughened steels and resettable high entropy alloys. He likes running (long distance) and trekking.

Menglei Jiang

Postdoctoral Associate
B.Sc. Tsinghua University/China, 2015
M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering MIT/USA, 2018

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering MIT/USA, 2022

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

Shaolou Wei

Postdoctoral Associate
B. Eng. Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science, Harbin Institute of Technology/China, 2017
Sc.D. Materials Science and Engineering MIT/USA, 2022

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.

Kyung-Shik Kim

Postdoctoral Associate
B.Sc. Korea University/South Korea, 2016
Ph.D. Pohang University of Science and Technology/South Korea, 2021

Kyung-Shik works on defining hydrogen behavior in metals. He enjoys listening to music, reading, and jogging.

Felicity Worsnop

Postdoctoral Associate
B.A. M.Sci. Natural Sciences, Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge, 2016
Ph.D. Imperial College London, 2021

Felicity focuses on the micromechanics behind damage mechanisms in different alloys. She also plays with hydrogen and lasers (although not at the same time). She likes to build stuff, eat stuff and run around interesting places.

Jiyun Kang 

Graduate Stduent
B.Sc. M.Sc. 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
B.Sc. 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.

Julian Rackwitz

Graduate Student
B.Sc. M.Sc. in Engineering Science, Technical University of Berlin/Germany, 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.

Berk Soykan

Visiting Student

Berk is a Visiting Student at MIT and a fourth-year undergraduate in a five-year program in Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University. His research focuses on quench and partitioning steels and fundamental mechanisms in laser powder bed fusion additive manufacturing. In his free time, he enjoys reading, nerding out about space travel, and playing the double bass.

Jasmine Yang

UROP

Jasmine is a senior undergraduate student majoring in materials science and engineering and minoring in earth, atmospheric, and planetary science. Combining her interest in structural materials and additive manufacturing, she is working on an in-situ hardness characterization technique to ensure layer-by-layer quality for metal 3D printing. When not in the lab, Jasmine enjoys cooking, video games, anime, and looking at cool rocks and stars.

Sergio Arenas

UROP

Sergio is a third year student majoring in Materials Science and Engineering and minoring in Math and Archeology. His current UROP research focuses on identifying and characterizing the fatigue properties of alloys, generally steel. In his free time outside of class and the lab, he enjoys engaging in simple hands-on projects, playing pickleball, mountain biking, and blacksmithing.

Lauryn Kortman

UROP

Lauryn is a second-year undergraduate student majoring in Materials Science and Engineering and minoring in Mechanical Engineering. Her UROP focuses on hydrogen mapping in steel. Outside of school, she loves baton twirling, hiking, and travelling.

Nyssa Miller

UROP

Previous Members

Graduate Students

Gianluca

Gianluca Roscioli

Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering, 2021

Thesis: “Failure of Martensitic Sharp Edges: A Micro-Mechanical Exploration for Design Guidelines”

Current position: Co-founder and CEO of RazorSharp

Jackie

Jackie Cho

Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering, 2021

Thesis: “Design of Superelastic Secondary Phase Toughened Alloys”

Current position:

Tim_Fountain

Tim Fountain

M.S. in Material Science and Engineering, 2021

Thesis: “The Effect of Co on the Response of Fe-Mn Alloys”

Current position: US Navy

Maria

Maria Ronchi

M.S. in Material Science and Engineering, 2021

Thesis: “Hydrogen-Induced Transformations in Metastable High Entropy Alloys”

Current position: Form Energy, Inc.

Ben

Benjamin Cameron

Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, 2021

Thesis: “Expanding the limits of in-situ mechanical tests using data analytics and continuum mechanics”

Current position: Postdoc, Material Science and Engineering, Georgia Tech

Dylan001

Dylan Hall

MEng. MIT/Imperial College Joint Program, 2020

Thesis: “The effect of surface condition on the susceptibility of Ti-6Al-4V to aqueous hydrogen embrittlement”

Current position: Alloyed/UK

Matej001

Matej Repka

MEng. MIT/Imperial College Joint Program, 2020

Thesis: “Cutting edge research – corrosion effect on shaving blade degradation”

Current position: Imperial College

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Rebecca Wang

MEng. MIT/Oxford Joint Program, 2018

Thesis: “Pop-in and op-out behaviour of superelastic TiNi nanoprecipitates”

Current position: Business Development Specialist at Jane Street

Postdoctoral Scholars

Jinwoo

Jinwoo Kim

Topic: Microstructural change and mechanical behavior of materials in hydrogen environment

Current position: Senior Research Scientist, KIST

Mohadeseh

Mohadeseh Taheri-Mousavi

Topic: Hydrogen embrittlement, MD simulations, gradient structures

Current position: Postdoc, Mechanical Engineering, MIT

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Atieh Moridi

Topic: Surface engineering, Additive manufacturing, Carbon nanomaterials.

Current position: Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University

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Emeric Plancher

Topic: EBSD, ECCI, DIC, Crystal plasticity, multi-field mapping, in-situ micro-mechanical testing.

Current position: R&D Engineer at Constellium C-TEC/France

Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scientists
Ham

Isao Arai

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

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Daixiu Wei

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

Zhiyuan Liang

Visiting Researcher
Hong Kong University
PhD. The University of Hong Kong/China, 2016
Topic: Deformation mechanisms in advanced high strength steels, small-scale mechanics.

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Zhiyong Liu

Visiting Researcher
Associate Professor, USTB/China, 2012
Topic: Corrosion initiation, nano scale corrosion-deformation co-play, EBSD, ECCI, TEM, APT.

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Meimei Wang

Visiting Researcher
Max Plank Institute MPIE
PhD. Max-Planck Institut fur Eisenforschung/Germany, 2016
Topic: Metastable steel design, mechanically-induced martensitic transformation, calphad based modelling, EBSD, TEM.
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Jiali Zhang

Visiting Researcher
Max Plank Institute MPIE
PhD. Max-Planck Institut fur Eisenforschung/Germany, 2016
Topic: Self-healing alloy design, cracks microstructure interactions, recrystallization, ECCI, EBSD, TEM.
Visiting Graduate Students
Gaoming

Gaoming Zhu

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

Kong

Decheng Kong

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

Ikuho

Ikuho Nakahata

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

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Federico Lucchini

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

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Riccardo Rossi

Politecnico di Milano/Italy
BSc. Politecnico di Milano/Italy
Topic: SLM multi-material graded samples.

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Feng He

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

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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.

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Ke Qu

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

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Tomoki Mizoguchi

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

Teachers
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Stacy-Michelle Reid (Weybrant)

Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program at the MIT MRSEC
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.

UROP/IROP/Interns

Raima Mahmud

UROP
BSc. DMSE MIT

Lucas Marden

UROP
BSc. DMSE MIT

Megan Cooper

UROP
BSc. DMSE MIT

Killian Sheriff

Intern Undergraduate Student
BSc. McGill University/Canada

Sabrina Hernandez

UROP
BSc. MIT, DMSE
Topic: Advanced Co-based alloys.

Ella V. Richards

UROP
BSc. MIT, DMSE
Topic: The effect of grain size on hydrogen embrittlement susceptibility of nickel.

Nisal Ovitigala

UROP
BSc. MIT, MechE
Topic: Effective shearing of metals.

Maxim Vreeswijk

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

Jacqueline Ahrens

UROP
BSc. MIT
Topic: Resetting pearlitic steel.

Matt Coupin

UROP
BSc. MIT
Topic: Steel forming limit.

Sophia Kioulaphides

UROP
BSc. MIT, DMSE
Topic: Design of self-healing alloys

Gabriel M Scimeme

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

Anshul Kamboj

Intern Undergraduate Student
BSc.Tech-Indian Institute of Technology
Topic: Coatings to prevent Hydrogen Embrittlement.

Felipe Radovitzky

UROP
BSc. MIT, DME
Topic: Gradient materials.

Marol Escajeda

UROP
BSc. MIT, DME
Topic: Design of self-healing alloys.

Felipe de Quesada

UROP
BSc. MIT, DMSE
Topic: Crack propagation through martensitic boundaries.

Chen Wang

UROP
BSc. MIT, DMSE
Topic: Ag decoration for hydrogen mapping

Robin de Meyere

IROP
MSc. Imperial College London/U.K.
Topic: Mechanical behavior of crumpled Al foils

Qilong Cheng

Intern BSc. Student
BSc. Tsinghua University/China
Topic: Design of in-situ micro-deformation stages.

High School Interns

Jaehoon Kim

High School Student
Topic: reformability of Ti alloys.

Jessica Lin

High School Student
Topic: surface wear of metals