LaShanda Korley, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor

 

LaShanda T.J. Korley is a Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering, and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Prior to Prof. Korley’s appointment at UDel, she held the Climo Associate Professorship of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, where she started her independent career in 2007. Prof. Korley is the Principal Investigator of the recently awarded NSF PIRE: Bio-inspired Materials and Systems.

She received a B.S. in both Chemistry & Engineering from Clark Atlanta University as well as a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1999.  Dr. Korley completed her doctoral studies at MIT in Chemical Engineering and the Program in Polymer Science and Technology in 2005. LaShanda Korley was the recipient of the Provost’s Academic Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship at Cornell in 2005, where she completed a two-year postdoctoral appointment in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Laura Beckett, Ph.D.

Laura Beckett, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate

Hometown: The UK

Undergrad university: Durham University (MChem), University of Bristol (PhD)

Project: Fiber reinforced hydrogels

Hobbies: Music, swimming, hiking, travel

lbeckett@udel.edu

Zachary Hinton, Ph.D.

Zachary Hinton, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate

Hometown: Southern New Jersey

Undergrad university: Rowan University (BS), Drexel University (PhD)

Project: Valorization of polymer plastics waste

Hobbies: cooking, guitars, linguistic anthropology

zhinton@udel.edu

Tianwei Yan, Ph.D.

Tianwei Yan, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate

Hometown: Beijing, China

Undergrad university: Peking University (BS), University of Illinois Urban-Champaign (PhD)

Project: Valorization of polymer plastic wastes

Hobbies: Reading, video games

twyan@udel.edu

Mridula Nandi, Ph.D.

Mridula Nandi, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate

Hometown: Kolkata, India

Undergrad university: University of Calcutta (BS), Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata (MS), Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata (PhD)

Project: Valorization of biomass

Hobbies: Travelling, cooking, upcycling old items, watching movies

mnandi@udel.edu

Daseul Jang

Daseul Jang

Graduate Student (MSEG)

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea

Undergrad university: Inha University, South Korea

Project: Silk-inspired functional peptide-polymer hybrids

Hobbies: cooking, swimming, dancing, and board games

dsjang@udel.edu

Francis Klincewicz

Francis Klincewicz

Graduate Student (MSEG)

Hometown: Central New Jersey

Undergrad university: University of Delaware

Project: Responsive bilayer systems

Hobbies: Fencing, board games, Pokemon Go

francisk@udel.edu

Jignesh Mahajan

Jignesh Mahajan

Graduate Student (MSEG)

Hometown: India

Undergrad university: Institute of Chemical Technology Mumbai; Masters degree – Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi

Project: Sustainable polymers

Hobbies: Listen to music and travel

jignesh@udel.edu

Co-advised by Dr. Thomas Epps

Jessica Thomas

Jessica Thomas

Graduate Student (MSEG)

Hometown: Weston, Florida

Undergrad university: University of Florida

Project: Supramolecular polymer-peptide hybrids, 3D printing of elastomers, supramolecular nanocomposites

Hobbies: flute, ukulele, plant care

jthomas@udel.edu

Yu-Tai Wong

Yu-Tai Wong

Graduate Student (CBE)

Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan

Undergrad university: National Taiwan University

Project: Biobased polymer networks derived from lignin

Hobbies: Photography, stargazing, reading, manga

ytwong@udel.edu

 

Maida Mahmood

Maida Mahmood

Graduate Student (MSEG)

Hometown: Lahore, Pakistan

Undergrad university: University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore

Project: Bio-based polymeric materials

Hobbies: Sketching, traveling and watching TV

maida@udel.edu

Co-advised by Dr. Thomas Epps

 
Sampanna Mhatre

Sampanna Mhatre

Graduate Student (MSEG)

Hometown: Mumbai, India

Undergrad university: Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai

Project: Renewable polymers, plastics upcycling

Hobbies: Playing harmonica, listening to music

sampanna@udel.edu

Co-advised by Dr. Thomas Epps

Yang Yu

Yang Yu

Graduate Student (MSEG-MS)

Hometown: Chengdu, China

Undergrad university: Southwest Minzu University

Project: Valorization of polymer plastics waste

Hobbies: Travelling, reading, swimming, British parliamentary debate

daniloyu@udel.edu

Eduardo Nombera

Eduardo Nombera

Undergraduate Student (CBE & MSEG)

Hometown: Lima, Peru

Undergrad university: University of Delaware

Project: Sustainable Polymers 

Hobbies: Music, soccer, cooking

enombera@udel.edu

 Will Quintana

Will Quintana

Undergraduate Student (MSEG)

Hometown: Middletown, DE

Undergrad university: University of Delaware

Project: Electrospun Nanocomposite Bilayers

Hobbies: Basketball, football, fan of Milwaukee Bucks and New York Giants, collecting Pokémon cards

willquin@udel.edu

Erica Hild

Erica Hild

Undergraduate Student (BME)

Hometown: Chester County, PA

Undergrad university: University of Delaware

Project: 3D fabrication of polymer-peptide hybrids

Hobbies: Music, hiking, baking

ehild@udel.edu

Ashley Kalan

Ashley Kalan

Undergraduate Student (CBE)

Hometown: Radnor, PA

Undergrad university: University of Delaware

Project: Plastic waste

Hobbies: Sewing, houseplants, music

arkalan@udel.edu

Alumni

Graduate Students and Postdocs

Joanne Norris, 2021

       CEO & Co-Founder, Carbon Reform

Kris Van de Voorde, Ph.D. 2021

       Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Defense

Akash Vaidya, 2020

      University of Delaware

Chase Thompson, Ph. D. 2020

       Post-doctoral fellow, Georgetown

Ada Anyanwu, MS 2019

       University of Delaware 

Michelle T. Brannum, Ph. D. 2019

       AFRL

Symone Alexander, Ph.D. 2018

       Associate Professor, Auburn

Lindsay Matolyak, Ph.D. 2017

        Research Chemist, PPG

Alex Jordan, Ph.D. 2016

        Faculty, University of Wisconsin – Stout

Casey Johnson, Ph.D. 2014

Research Engineer, DuPont Circleville Research Lab

Nandula Wanasekara, Ph.D. 2014

       Faculty, University of Moratuwa

Keon Soo Jang, Ph.D. 2014

Faculty, University of Suwon (South Korea)

Bingrui Li, MS 2016

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Tiffani Burt, Ph.D. 2012

       Global Process Platform Leader, Sealed Air

Nicholas R. Wheeler, MS 2011

Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Lindsay Bolisay (2007-2008)

Dr. Jong Keum (2009)

Dr. David Stone (2009-2010)

Dr. Vidya Viswanath (2015-2016)

Dr. Sourav Chatterjee (2018-2019)

Dr. Yanchun Tang (2019-2020)

Undergraduate and Exchange Students 

Mya Soukaseum

Erica Hild

Sofia Alfieri

Ajay Sapre, BS

David Jones, BS

Thomas Cotey, BS

William Lenart, BS

Shadi Ahmadmehrabi, BS

Kristin Jones, BS

Emily Vrbensky, BS

Sri Vidy Uppalapati, BS

James Covello, BS

Bailey Flint, BS

Jonathan Petrozzini, BS

Kevin Van der Ploeg, MS