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.

Anna Bloom

Administrative Assistant

Marine Bender

Financial Coordinator

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.

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.

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.

Megan Cooper

Graduate Student
B.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, MIT/USA, 2022

Megan is investigating damage and plasticity mechanisms of aerospace alloys at extreme temperatures. She loves traveling, video games, crafting, and growing plants.

Mingwei Xu

Graduate Student
B.Sc. in Engineering Science, Case Western Reserve University/USA, 2022

Mingwei works on hybrid additive manufacturing. He spends his spare time cooking, jogging, and playing video games. Fun fact: he is left-handed, but he uses his right hand for writing.

Parth Khandelwal

Graduate Student
B.Tech. in Materials Science, IIT Kharagput/India, 2021

Parth is focusing on designing better hydrogen impermeable stainless steel and high entropy alloys. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, meditation, and travel for new experiences.

Arthur Hu

UROP

Arthur is a freshman undergraduate student planning on majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently honing his collaborative research and machining skills in a project to investigate the structural changes to spinodal bronze alloy under the effects of plastic deformation and differential heat treatment. When not in the lab, Arthur enjoys cooking, biking, and playing violin in an ensemble.

Rebecca Lizarde

UROP

Rebecca is a third year undergraduate majoring in Materials Science & Engineering with a double major in Urban Planning. Her research focuses on the exploration of hot-rolling steel sheet metal to devise an energy efficient method of recycling metals.  In her free time, she likes to bike around Boston and listen to new musicians.

Surya Sakhamuri

UROP

Surya is a freshman undergraduate student planning on majoring in Material Science and Engineering. He is currently working on a collaborative research project to investigate the structural changes to spinodal bronze alloy under the effects of different levels of deformation and heat treatment. Outside of his work, Surya enjoys listening to music, fencing, and photography.

Dennis Gastel

UROP

Dennis is majoring in Material Science and is working on applications and commercialization of new recycling techniques. Outside of lab he plays on the football team and enjoys skiing and surfing.

Previous Members

Graduate Students

Shaolou

Shaolou Wei 

Sc.D. Materials Science and Engineering, 2022

Thesis: “Microstructural evolution and phase transformations for advanced complex concentrated alloys”

Current position: Postdoc,  Materials Science and Engineering, Germany

Jiyun

Jiyun Kang 

Sc.D. in Material Science and Engineering, 2022

Thesis: “Microscopic Strain Localization and Damage in Multi-Phase Alloys”

Current position: Postdoc, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford

Haoxue

Haoxue Yan 

Sc.D. in Material Science and Engineering, 2022

Thesis: “Beyond Embrittlement: In Situ Explorations of Hydrogen Effects Near Boundaries”

Current position: Postdoc, Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford

Menglei

Menglei Jiang

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, 2021

Thesis: “High-strength transformation-induced plasticity steels with reverted interlath austenite”

Current position: Materials Design Engineer at Questek

Gianluca

Gianluca Roscioli

Sc.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

Hyunseok

Hyunseok Oh 

Topic: Alloy design and short range order effects

Current position: Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin Madison

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

Yash Dwivedi

IROP
MEng., Materials Science and Engineering, Imperial College London/UK

Nyssa Miller

UROP
BSc. DMSE MIT

Berk Soykan

Intern Undergraduate Student
BSc. DMSE Drexel University/USA

Lauryn Kortman

UROP
BSc. DMSE MIT

Jasmine Yang

UROP
BSc. DMSE MIT

Sergio Arenas

UROP
BSc. DMSE MIT

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