Principle Investigator
Pania Newell
Adjunct Faculty, School of Computing, The University of Utah.
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Utah.
Post-Doc, Engineering Sciences, Sandia National Laboratories, 2011-2012.
Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Colorado-Boulder, 2011.
M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Colorado-Boulder, 2009.
M.S., Civil Engineering, University of New Mexico, 2006.
B.S., Civil Engineering, Baha'i Institute for Higher Education, 2001.
Postdoctoral Researcher
Bozo Vazic is currently a postdoc in the Mechanical Engineering Department. He obtained his master degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Zagreb, Croatia and his PhD in mechanical engineering from University of Strathclyde, UK. He worked on optimization methodology, software development for design and maintenance of software package for electrostatic modeling and simulation. In his spare time, he enjoys running, hiking and skiing.
Project: Higher-order thermo-mechanical homogenization.
Sponsor: The Department of Energy-Office of Basic Sciences
Graduate Student
Yanbo Wang is a 3-yr Ph.D. student in the Mechanical Engineering program. He obtained both master and bachelor degrees in petroleum engineering. He has worked as petroleum engineer for 2 years in CNOOC. In spare time, he enjoys reading, hiking, fishing and spending time with friends and families.
Project: Thermo-mechanical characterization of porous media
Sponsor: The Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Seo Ahn Young is a 2-yr Ph.D. student in the ME program. She received her Bachelors of Science from the University of Utah in Physics with Applied Physics emphasis. She worked at Domo for 1.5 years as a QA Technician and a Technical Support Engineer, and as a professional model. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, cooking, long boarding, and photography.
Project: In-situ nanomechanical characterization of porous media
Sponsor: The Department of Energy-Office of Basic Sciences
Chong Wang is a 2-yr Ph.D. student in the Mechanical Engineering program. He obtained both his master and bachelor degrees in Applied Math at the University of Utah. He worked as an Assistant Analyst in the Agriculture Bank of China. In his free time, he enjoys reading, hiking, watching movies and listening to musics.
Project: Machine learning in porous media
Sponsor: The Department of Energy-National Energy Technology Laboratory
Andrés Felipe Porras Giraldo is 1-yr Ph.D. student in the Mechanical Engineering Program. He obtained his bachelor's degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Nacional del Sur, Arg. He worked on thermodynamic modeling of phase equilibria involving fluid phases and solid solutions. He worked as a Chemical Treatment Engineer with Ecopetrol S.A. In his spare time, Andrés loves to read about philosophy and practices outdoor sports.
Al Muatasim Al Nadabi is currently a master's student in the Mechanical Engineering program. He has a bachelor of science from Penn State University in Petroleum Engineering. He worked in the oil and gas industry with Schlumberger in Texas and New Mexico. In his free time, he goes on adventures, hiking, traveling and cooking food.
Project: Chemo-mechanics of cementitious materials
Sponsor: The University of Utah-Start up
Ryan Nielsen is currently a master's student in the Mechanical Engineering program. He received his bachelor of science from the University of Utah in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Solid Mechanics. He currently works in the aerospace industry as an engineer for Williams International . During his free time, Ryan enjoys traveling, playing music, rock climbing and skateboarding.
Project: Thermo-mechanical homogenization in porous materials.
Sponsor: Industry
Abdullah Arafat is currently a master's student in the Mechanical Engineering program. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (KUET). He has experience in Computer-aided design (CAD), Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), and Molecular simulations (e.g: Molecular Dynamics, DFT, etc). In his spare time, he enjoys reading, watching movies, spending time with friends, and 3d modeling.
Project: Investigation of thermo-mechanics of nano channels.
Undergraduate Student
Alexander Rinn is a senior at the University of Utah majoring in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Aerospace Technology and minor in Business Administration. From Arlington Virginia, Alex loves the outdoors whether it's skiing, dirt biking or hiking. After obtaining his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Alex hopes to begin working in the aerospace industry with a possibility of continuing his education at the University of Utah with a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Project: Numerical and experimental mechanical characterization of geo-architected porous materials.
Aria Burk is a senior at the University of Utah, pursuing a bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering with special interests in mechatronics, computation, and data science. Aria has also worked in R&D for the medical and automotive safety industries as an engineering intern. In their free time, Aria enjoys rock climbing, writing, painting, and 3D printing.
Project: Chemo-mechanical characterization of cementitious materials.
Dawson Slaughter is currently a senior in the Honors College at University of Utah majoring in Mechanical Engineering and is interested in solid mechanics. Dawson grew up in Idaho and enjoys camping, running, biking, and playing video games in his free time.
Sponsor: The University of Utah-Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
Edward Stanford is a freshman at the University of Utah, currently pursuing a bachelor's in computer science. Edward grew up in Murray Utah and in his spare time, he can be found reading, playing video games, or making video games. After graduation, Edward hopes to begin working in the game industry.
Project: Random generation of fibrous porous media.
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Emma Kerr is currently a Junior pursuing a Math/CS double major. She is interested in exploring the intersection between math, physics, and computing. In her free time, Emma enjoys anything outdoors and you can find her hiking, skiing, or running.
Project: Mechanical modeling of fibrous porous media.
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Group Alumni
Postdoc
Dr. Bikash Dey Former postdoc currently at Microvast (March 2021-December 2021)
Dr. Truong Vo Former post-doc, currently at the US Army (August 2019-July 2020)
Dr. Raul Velasco Former post-doct, currently at Intel (Fall 2017-Spring 2018).
PhD
Dr. Bang He Former PhD student, currently at Simulia (Fall 2017-Spring 2020).
MS
Brett Reeder Former masters student, currently at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (February 2017-May 2020).
BS
J-Rey Corcuera Former undergrad student (January 2019-September 2020).
Michael Blum Former undergrad student (August 2019-June 2020).
Eva Bol Former undergraduate from Department of Chemistry (Fall 2019).
Zhoushiyuan Xue Former undergraduate from School of Computing (Fall 2019).
Aini Liang Former undergraduate from School of Computing (Fall 2019).
Ebsa Eshete Former undergraduate from Department of Mechanical Engineering (Fall 2018).
Louis Schuler Former undergraduate intern from Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay, where he is now a masters student (October 2018-July 2019).
Katherine Vega Former undergraduate from Department of Mechanical Engineering (Spring 2018).
Heilly Galviz Former undergraduate from Department of Chemical Engineering (Fall 2017).