Lab Alumni


Navid Niknafs (2022)

“Modeling void formation and transport in Composite Processing,”

Wesley Connor (2022)

(Co-Advisor Ajay Prasad) “Influence of Current Collector Architecture on Silicon Anode Capacity Retention,”

Francois Mahe (2022 from Ecole Centrale, Nantes)

Co-advisor, Christophe Binetruy and Julien Ferec, “A model for dual scale fiber orientation for highly concentrated fiber suspensions”

Albraa A. Jaber (2021)

(Co-advisor John Gillespie) “Modeling And Manufacture Of Powder Impregnated Carbon Thermoplastic Composite Prepreg,”

Simone Bancora,( 2021 from Ecole Centrale, Nantes, France)

Co-advisor, Christophe Binetruy, “Effective Permeability Averaging Scheme To Address Heterogeneous Preforms With Anisotropy Effects And Off-Axis Orientation Of Plies”

Minyoung Yun, Ph.D. (2019) 
“Process Modeling and Simulation of Composite Manufacturing Processes”

Yongqiang Wang, Ph.D. (2018)
(Co-Advisor Ajay Prasad)
” Modeling Vehicle Connectivity”

Tom Cender, Ph.D. (2017)
“Process analysis of manufacturing composites structures with vacuum-bag-only prepregs: quantifying partial resin impregnation and its effect on gas evacuation”

Jiayin Wang, Ph.D. (2017)
“Integration of composite part design and processing simulation in liquid composite molding,”

Matthew D. Lindemer, Ph.D. (2017)
“Heterogeneous hydrolysis with zinc vapor under a temperature gradient for efficient solar hydrogen production,”

Andrew Baker, Ph.D. (2017)
(Co-Advisor Ajay Prasad),
“Enhancing the chemical and mechanical durability of polymer electrolyte membranes for fuel cell applications”

Michael Yaeger, Ph.D. (2017)
“ Multiscale modeling to describe free surface resin flow around fibers and within fiber bundles”

Hong Yu Ph.D. (2017)
(Co-Advisor Dirk Heider)
“Micromechanics modeling of electrical conductivity of Composites

Hang Yu Ph.D. (2015)
(Co-Advisor: Dirk Heider)
“Methods to characterize and enhance the through-thickness thermal conductivity of three dimensional polymer composites,”

Hatice Sinem Sas, Ph.D. (2015),
“Addressing variability of fiber preform permeability in process design for liquid composite molding”

Erik Koepf, Ph.D. (2014)
(Co-Advisor: Ajay Prasad)
“Solar hydrogen by thermochemical water splitting cycles: design, modeling, and demonstration of a novel receiver/reactor for the high temperature decomposition of ZnO using concentrated sunlight”

Jennifer Mueller, Ph.D. (2014)
(Co-Advisor: John W. Gillespie, Jr.)
“Exploring diffusion of ultrasonically consolidated aluminum and copper films through scanning and transmission electron     microscopy”

 Hui Wang,
Ph.D. (2014)
(Co-Advisor: Ajay Prasad)
“Hydrogen storage systems based on metal hydrides with efficient heat removal “

John Gangloff, Ph.D. (2014)
“Modeling and analysis of bubble mobility in fibrous porous media”

Firat Cetinbas, Ph.D. (2014)
(Co-Advisor Ajay Prasad),
“Modeling and optimization of the PEM fuel cell catalyst layer”.

Justin Alms, Ph.D. (2010)
“Flow Manipulation And Control Methodologies For Vacuum Infusion Processes”

Clare Steggall, Ph.D. (2010)
(Co-Advisor, Shridhar  Yarlagadda)
“Modeling and Analysis of Manufacturing of Thermoplastic Matrix Continuous Fiber Composites Using Particle Impregnation”

Vasan Churchill, Ph.D. (2010)
(Co-Advisor, Michael Santare)
“Interlaminar Shear Strength of Carbon Nanotube Fiber Composites”

Valentin Neacsu, Ph.D. (2009)
“Modeling and Measurement of Micro Flow in Dual Scale Porous Media”

Zhihang Fan, Ph.D. (2007)
“Flow And Rheology Of Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Thermoset Resin Suspensions In Processing Of Glass Fiber Composites”

Weizhong Tang, Ph.D. (2007)
“Molecular Dynamic Simulations Of Carbon Nanotubes In Liquid Flow”

Fuping Zhou, Ph.D. (2006)
(Co-Advisor: Eric Wetzel, ARL)
“Creeping Flow Behavior Of Dense Granular Materials Under High Confinement Pressure”

Jeff Lawrence, Ph.D. (2005)
“Methodologies for Resin Flow Prediction and Manipulationin Liquid Composite Molding Processes”

Ali Gokce, Ph.D. (2003)
“Modeling of Flow Continuum and Optimal Design of Control-Oriented Injection Systems in Liquid Composite Molding Processes”

Roopesh Mathur, Ph.D. (2002)
(Co-Advisor: Bruce Fink, ARL)

“Optimization of Input Process Parameters in Composite Processing”

Sylvia Kueh, Ph.D. (2001)
(Co-Advisor: Richard Parnas, Associate Professor, U. of Connecticut)
“Development, Calibration and Implementation of Fiber Optic Sensors in Molds Used in RTM”

Simon Bickerton, Ph.D. (1999)
“Modeling and Control of Flow during Impregnation of Heterogeneous Porous Media, with Application to Composite Mold Filling Processes”

Kuang-Ting  Hsiao, Ph.D.  (1999)
“Heat Transfer During Laminar Incompressible Flow of Fluids in Periodic Porous Media”

Terry Creasy, Ph.D. (1997)
“Characterization of Rheology of Collimated Fiber Materials”

Krishna Pillai, Ph.D. (1997)
“Modeling, Simulation and Control of RTM Processes”

Steve Shuler, Ph.D.(1996)
(Co-advisors: Dr. Santare , Dr. Pipes, Purdue University)
“Rheology and Forming of Long Discontinuous Thermoplastic Composite Materials”

Sunil Gupte, Ph.D. (1995)
“Modeling and Experimental Investigation of Transport Processes during the Flow of Viscous Fluids in Porous Materials”

Suranjan RoyChowdhary, Ph.D. (1995)
(Co-Advisor. Jack Gillespie, Material Science)
Void Formation and Growth in Amorphous Thermoplastic Polymeric Materials”

Andre Benard, Ph.D. (1995)
“Transport Phenomena and Microstructure Development during Solidification of Semi-crystalline Polymers and Composites”

Sridhar Ranganathan, Ph.D. (1992)
“Mechanics of Fiber-Fiber Interactions during the Flow of Non-Dilute Fiber Suspensions”

Michiel V Bruschke, Ph.D. (1992)
“A Predictive Model for Permeability and Non–Isothermal Flow of Viscous and Shear–Thinning Fluids in Anisotropic Fibrous Media”

Chiu Y. Chan, Ph.D. (1991)
(Co-advisor Dr. Beris, Chemical Engineering)
“Use of Higher-Order Boundary Elements to Model Hydrodynamic Interactions around Ellipsoids”

Mehmet Erhun, Ph.D. (1991)
“Modeling Heat Flow During Crystallization of Semi-Crystalline Polymers”

Ali Arefmanesh, Ph.D. (1991)
“Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Bubble Growth in Viscous Fluids”


Xiaoqing Li, M.M.E (2016),
“Fiber Orientation of Short Fibers in Particle Suspensions”

Yuzhu Liu, M.M.E. (2014)
(Co-Advisor Ajay Prasad),
“Modeling of Hydrogen Storage with Heat Pipes

Fang Ruan M.M.E. (2014)
(Co-Advisor Ajay Prasad),
“Modeling PEM Fuel Cells Catalyst Layers”

Jeffery Lugo, M.M.E. (2013)
“Permeability of Laminated Composites”

Greg Kelly, M.M.E. (2012)
(Co-Advisor: John. W. Gillespie)
“Modeling and Simulation of Metal Matrix Composites”

Joe Walther, M.M.E. (2011)
“The Effect Of Fabric And Fiber Tow Shear On Dual Scale Flow And Fiber Bundle Saturation During Liquid Molding Of Textile Composites,”

Stephen Koellhoffer, M.M.E. (2011)
(Co-advisors Travis Bogetti and John W. Gillespie, Jr.)
“Role Of Friction In The Thermal Development Of Ultrasonically Consolidated Foils And Continuous Fiber-Reinforced Metal Matrix Composite Tape”

Kenneth Okonkwo, M.M.E. (2010) 
“3D Permeability Characterization of Fibrous Media”

Justin Merotte, M.M.E. (2010) 
“Flow Analysis With Fiber Preform Deformation During Compression Resin Transfer Molding”

Prabhas Bhat, M.M.E. (2008) 
“Simulation and validation of mold filling during Compression Resin Transfer Molding (CRTM) process”

Allison Bruton, M.M.E. (2006)
(Co-Advisor Mike Santare)
“Manufacturing HDPE Nanocomposites for Improving Wear Properties”

Charlotte Corlay, M.M.E. (2006)
(Co-Advisor: Yarlagadda, CCM)
“Thermal and mechanical analysis of polymer matrix composites materials exposed to a concentrated heat source for a short duration”

Mourad Chohra, M.M.E. (2005)
(Co-Advisor: Yarlagadda, CCM)
“Modeling of Filtration Process during Manufacturing of Functionally Graded Composites with Particulate Suspensions”

 Nina Kuentzer, M.M.E. (2005) 
“Permeability Characterization and Microvoid Prediction During Impregnation of FiBer Tows in Dual Scale Fabrics”

Dhiren Modi, (2003) 
“Numerical Issues in Mold Filling Simulations for Composites Processing”

 Mathieu Devillard, M.M.E. (2003) 
“Validation and Implementation of Control Strategies for Liquid composite Molding Processes”

Mylene Deligise, M.M.E. (2002) 
“Analysis and Experiments to Measure Temperatures in Non-Isothermal Mold Filling”

Gonzalo Estrada, M.M.E.(2002) 
“Role of Binders and Compaction on Permeability of Fabrics”

Pavel Nedanov, M.M.E. (2002) 
“Permeability characterization of fibrous porous media”

Jeff Acheson, M.M.E. (2002)
(Co-Advisor: Jack Gillespie) 
“The role of vacuum pressure, dual scale media, and fiber compaction in VARTM”

 Shawn Riley, M.M.E (2001)
(Co-Advisor: Mike Santare)
“New Design Studies of Hip Prosthesis”

 Hubert Stadtfeld, M.M.E (2000)
(Co-Advisor: Karl Steiner, CCM)
“Experimental Validation Of Impregnation Schemes With Control Strategies In Liquid Composite Molding Processes”

 Nikhil Prabhu, M.M.S.E (2000)
(Co-advisor J. Schultz)
“Role of Coupling the Microscopic and  Macroscopic Phenomena during the Crystallization of Semi-crystalline Materials”

 Rajitha Alagu, M.M.E (2000)
(Co-advisor: Mike Keefe, Mechanical Engineering)
“Parametric Studies of PhotoSensitive Injection Molding”

 William Ballata, M.M.E. (1999) 
“Effect of Flow Parameters and Preform Architecture on the Saturation of Dual Scale Porous Media”

Jeremiah Slade, M.M.E. (1999) 
“Experimental Investigation of Preform Deformation and Permeabilities in Woven Preforms”.

 Hans Laudorn, M.M.E. (1998) 
“Experimental Investigation of Heat Dispersion in Fibrous Porous Media”.

Emanuele Gillio, M.M.E. (1998)
(Co-Advisors: Bruce Fink, ARL, Jack Gillespie, Materials Science and Civil Engineering)
“Co-injection Resin Transfer Molding of Hybrid Composites”

 Maylene Hugh, M.M.E. (1997) 
“A study of the processing and properties for unidirectional and woven composites manufactured by the dry polymer powder prepreging method”

Susan Kirschner, M.M.E. (1997)
“Experiments in the Unsteady Fluid Dynamics of Expanding, Immiscible, Viscous Droplets in a Radial Hele-Shaw Cell”.

Jeff Mogavero, M.M.E. (1996) 
“Compression Characterization and Resin Infiltration of Multi-Layered Preforms in Resin Transfer Molding”

Tom Luce, M.M.E. (1995)
“An Experimental Investigation of the In-Situ-in-plane and Transverse Permeabilities of Fiber Preforms”

Yves de Parseval, M.M.E. (1995)
“Experimental and Analytic Methods for the Characterization of Permeability of Fiber Preforms”

Wei Zhang, M.M.E. (1994) 
“Dispersion of Heat in Resin Transfer Molding”

Kelli Burget, M.M.E. (1994) 
“An Investigation of Fiber Wall Interactions in Shear Flows”

Ann Krach, M.M.E. (1994) 
“Effective Thermal Conductivity of Carbon-Carbon Composites with Varying Parameters of Porosity, Matrix Conductivity and Anisotropy”

Tomas Sadiq, M.M.E. (1992) 
“An Experimental Investigation of Transverse Permeability for Idealized Porous Beds of Aligned Array of Cylinders”

Sunil Gupte, M.M.E. (1991) 
“Numerical Modeling to Investigate the Role of Short Fiber Composites For Orthopedic Implants”

Suranjan Roy Chowdhary, M.M.S.E. (1991)
“Consolidation in Thermoplastic Matrix Composite Filament Winding”


Kevin Sadeghipour
(co-advisor Prasad)
“Fuel Cell Bus Project”

Chanel Aldrich
“Heat Dispersion in Liquid Composite Molding”

Robert Amabile 
“Liquid Molding with Flow Control”

Steve Simpers 
“Permeability Characterization”

Jeff Lugo 
“Permeability Characterization”

Richard Readdy (2010
“Composite Manufacturing with Process Control”

Greg Sprecht (2009) 
“Permeability prediction using finite element methods”

Andrew Philips(2009) 
“Experimental approach to characterize heat dispersion in Liquid Molding”

Pau Geli (2008) 
“Processing of Carbon Nanotubes using VARTM”

Chase T. Ross (2008)
“Nesting in Fiber Composites”

Doug Divito, (2007) 
“Injection Molding of Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Composites”

Laura Elliot
(Co-Advisor Santare) (2007) 

“Friction and Wear Characteristics of UHMWPE composites”

Casey Strohmeyer, (2006) 
“Flow Visualization in Injection-Compression Molding”

Courtney Herbein (2006) 
“The effect of applied voltage on the orientation of Carbon Nanotubes in a composite”

Niki Frangakis (2006) 
“The role of carbon nanotubes on increasing the interlaminar shear strength of fiber-reinforced vinyl ester composites”

Cliff Cieslak, (2005) 
“Effect of Reusable Vacuum Bag on VARTM”

Eric Kubeka, (2005) 
“Effect of Large Cavities on Resin Flow in Liquid Molding”

Patricia Huges, (2004) 
“Experimental Validation of Control Methodologies in RTM”

Barbara Tuday (2003) 
“Strengthening Inter-Laminar Shear Properties with Carbon Nanotubes of Fibrous Composites”

John Barr, (2003) 
“Granular Flow under High Pressure”

Justin Alms, (2003) 
“Processing of Carbon Nanotube Composites”

Stephanis Frangakis (2002) 
“Detecting Dispersion of Carbon Nanotubes with Heat”

Stephen Wright (2002) 
“Couette Flow of Alumina Powders”

Matthew Boyd (2001) 
“Design of Viscometer for Ceramic Powders”

Jeff White (2000) 
“Microstructure Analysis of RTM Parts”

Michelle Mariatte (1999) 
“MJS application for Biomedical Implants”

Jeff Acheson (1999) 
“Parametric Studies of the VARTM process”

Peter  Graham (1998) 
“Flow visualization studies in RTM”

Joshua Radice (1998) 
“Permeability Measurements of Deformed Fabrics”

Neal Smith (1998) 
“Validation studies of the SCRIMP process”

Joe Salvia (1997) 
“Interfaces for Fluid Flow Simulations”

Sarah Gulemai (1996) 
“Measurement of Draping Parameters in Resin Transfer Molding”

Patrick Murphy (1996) 
“Draping of Preforms Over Complex Curvatures”

Paul Franco (1995) 
“Particle Behavior near a Wall in Simple Shear flow”

Chad Texter (1995) 
“Parameters in RTM process”

Vince Basilio (1993) 
“Modeling the flow in Fiber Placement Manufacturing Process”

Curtis Ebersold (1992) 
“Intelligent Manufacturing of Filament Wound Structures”

Angela Spinelli (1992) 
“Investigation of the Resin Flow Front in Woven Preforms”

Mark Cotter (1991) 
“Weighting Factors for Three-Dimensional Fiber Orientation Information from Two Dimensional Images”

Donald Sturgeon (1990) 
“Experimental Investigation of Flow of Non-Newtonian Fluids through Undulating Tubes”

Jacek Jarocz (1990) 
“Modeling Flow of Resin through a Transient Porous Medium”

Eric Tu (1990) 
“An Automated Measurement of Fiber Orientation”

Ken Dominy (1990) 
“Extrapolation of Three-Dimensional Fiber Orientation Information from Two Dimensional Images”

Dimitrios Patsios (1989) 
“Monte-Carlo Simulation of Spatial Distribution of Thick Fibers”

Tim Kostar (1989) 
“Experimental Investigation of Fiber-Fiber Interactions in a Model Suspension”

Dawn Casey (1988) 
“Investigation of Clustering in Fiber-Reinforced Injection Molding”