Our Ph.D. Students

Learn more about our Ph.D. students and the work they're doing on their profiles below.

Syed Adil Ahmed
  • Program: PhD in Mechanical Sciences and Engineering
  • Status: Ph.D. Candidate 
  • AdvisorTaehyun Shim
  • Research Focus: Modelling, estimation and control of autonomous vehicles related systems
  • Career Focus: Industry/Academia
  • E-mail:  adilsa@umich.edu
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Ruslan Akhmedagaev
  • Program: PhD in Mechanical Sciences and Engineering
  • Status: Ph.D. Candidate 
  • Advisor: Oleg Zikanov
  • Research Focus: Computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer, Magnetohydrodynamics and magnetoconvection, Liquid metal technologies in energy applications, Turbulence
  • Career Focus: Academia, Industry 
  • E-mail:  rusakhm@umich.edu
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Ali Akhtari
  • Program: PhD in Mechanical Sciences and Engineering
  • Status: Ph.D. Candidate 
  • AdvisorOleg Zikanov
  • Research Focus: Computational Science, Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer, Magnetohydrodynamics and magnetoconvection, Turbulence
  • Career Focus: Academia, Industry
  • E-mail:  aakhtari@umich.edu
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Chandra Kishore Reddy Emani
  • Program: PhD in Mechanical Sciences and Engineering
  • Status: Ph.D. Candidate 
  • Advisor: Pankaj Mallick
  • Research Focus: Metal Forming, Composite Materials
  • Career Focus: Industry
  • E-mail:  emani@umich.edu
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Sadman Faruque
  • Program: PhD in Mechanical Sciences and Engineering
  • Status: Ph.D. Candidate 
  • AdvisorHugo Casquero
  • Research Focus: My areas of interest are fluid dynamics, structural mechanics and computational engineering. 
  • Career Focus: Industry/Academia
  • E-mail:  sfaruque@umich.edu
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Mahmoud Golestanian
  • Program: PhD in Mechanical Sciences and Engineering
  • Status: Ph.D. Candidate 
  • Advisor: Hugo Casquero
  • Research Focus: Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Computational mechanics.
  • Career Focus: Research and development branch of automotive industries
  • E-mail: gmahmoud@umich.edu
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Osama Habbal
  • Program: PhD in Mechanical Sciences and Engineering
  • Status: Ph.D. Candidate 
  • AdvisorChristopher Pannier
  • Research Focus: Additive Manufacturing, Fused Filament Fabrication.
  • Career Focus: Academia, Industry
  • E-mail: ohabbal@umich.edu
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Yu He
  • Program: PhD in Mechanical Sciences and Engineering
  • Status: Ph.D. Candidate 
  • Advisor: Youngki Kim
  • Research Focus: Automotive system, Control System, Optimization
  • Career Focus: Academia and industry
  • E-mail:  heyuz@umich.edu
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Aniket Jadhav
  • Program: PhD in Mechanical Sciences and Engineering
  • Status: Ph.D. Candidate 
  • Advisor: Pravansu Mohanty
  • Research Focus: Automotive system, Control System, Optimization
  • Career Focus: Industry based Research and Development in the field of Additive Manufacturing
  • E-mail:  jadhav@umich.edu
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Neeraj Sanjay Karmarkar
  • Program: PhD in Mechanical Sciences and Engineering
  • Status: Ph.D. Candidate 
  • Advisor: Pravansu Mohanty
  • Research Focus:Currently working in the field of additive manufacturing (cold-spray) to develop solid-state deposited coatings having desirable mechanical properties. Projects also include alloy development for a better wear and corrosion resistance.
  • Career Focus: Industry based research and development in the field of material science
  • E-mail: nkarmark@umich.edu
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Caroline Kella
  • Program: PhD in Mechanical Sciences and Engineering
  • Status: Ph.D. Candidate 
  • Advisor: P.K. Mallick
  • Research Focus: My research area focuses on the major influencing factors and modelling the problem of Spring back  in thin Sandwich panels made of metal-plastic –metal , which are being used in the automotive industry for weight reduction
  • Career Focus: Industrial Research and development in the Automotive OEMs
  • E-mail:  ckkella@umich.edu
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Animesh Koneru
  • Program: PhD in Mechanical Sciences and Engineering
  • Status: Ph.D. Candidate 
  • Advisor: Ben Q Li
  • Research Focus: Functional Thin Film Coatings, Metal Matrix Composites, Plasma Deposition Techniques
  • Career Focus: Additive Manufacturing, Research and Development of Functional Coatings
  • E-mail: akoneru@umich.edu
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Mohamad Orabi
  • Program: PhD in Mechanical Sciences and Engineering
  • Status: Ph.D. Candidate 
  • AdvisorGargi Ghosh
  • Research Focus: My research area focuses on characterizing and tuning the physical/mechanical/chemical properties of biomaterials (hydrogels/polymers) to regulate the functions of cells. I am looking at how altering these properties can impact the stem cell processes including viability, secretory activity, and morphology. The goal is optimization of cell-material interactions to enhance the therapeutic and tissue reparative activities of stem cells.
  • Career Focus: Academia and Industry
  • E-mail:  orabimo@umich.edu
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Rittika Somadder
  • Program: PhD in Mechanical Sciences and Engineering
  • Status: Ph.D. Candidate 
  • Advisor: Gargi Ghosh
  • Research Focus: Using soft biomaterials for tissue engineering
  • Career Focus: Academia, Industry
  • E-mail:  rittika@umich.edu
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Ruchika Tadakala
  • Program: PhD in Mechanical Sciences and Engineering
  • Status: Ph.D. Candidate 
  • AdvisorAmanda Esquivel
  • Research Focus: Sport Related Biomechanics, Injury mechanics, Impact Mechanics and injury prevention using Finite Element Methodology
  • Career Focus: Academia, Industry
  • E-mail:  rtadakal@umich.edu
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Karnpiwat Tantratian
  • Program: PhD in Mechanical Sciences and Engineering
  • Status: Ph.D. Candidate 
  • AdvisorLei Chen
  • Research Focus: Energy storage system, Computation materials
  • Career Focus: Academia
  • E-mail: karntan@umich.edu
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Yufeng Tian
  • Program: PhD in Mechanical Sciences and Engineering
  • Status: Ph.D. Candidate 
  • Advisor: Alan Argento
  • Research Focus: My research interest is the mechanical and dynamic properties on the composites which are made from nano-sized cellulose and Bio-based polymer. Modeling and Manufacturing methods are also included.
  • Career Focus: Academia
  • E-mail: yufengt@umich.edu
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Lukas Underwood
  • Program: PhD in Mechanical Sciences and Engineering
  • Status: Ph.D. Candidate 
  • AdvisorNilay Chakraborty and Joe Lo
  • Research Focus: My current research involves cell characterization using techniques such as mitochondrial flux analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, and Raman spectroscopy. Specifically, I’m applying these techniques to cryobiology to gauge post-thaw health as well as drug characterization. Future projects will characterization of 3D printed cell constructs for cancer and drug delivery research.
  • Career Focus: Industry
  • E-mail: launderw@umich.edu
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Zuowei Wen
  • Program: PhD in Mechanical Sciences and Engineering
  • Status: Ph.D. Candidate 
  • AdvisorHugo Casquero
  • Research Focus: Structural Mechanics, Computational Engineering, and Computer Aided Design.
  • Career Focus: Industry
  • E-mail:  wzuowei@umich.edu
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Linyan Xiang
  • Program: PhD in Mechanical Sciences and Engineering
  • Status: Ph.D. Candidate 
  • AdvisorOleg Zikanov and Cheol W. Lee
  • Research Focus: Thermal convection in liquid metal batteries ,Metal pad instability in liquid metal batteries, Model order reduction for battery thermal management system in electric vehicle
  • Career Focus: Academia
  • E-mail:  linyanx@umich.edu
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Yaohong Xiao
  • Program: PhD in Mechanical Sciences and Engineering
  • Status: Ph.D. Candidate 
  • AdvisorLei Chen
  • Research Focus: 3D printing of alloy, welding, sintering cemented carbide, Gleeble simulation, Phase Field simulation
  • Career Focus: Academia
  • E-mail: yaohongx@umich.edu
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Learn more about our Alumni and the work they're doing on their profiles below.

Rongheng Li
  • Program: PhD in Mechanical Sciences and Engineering
  • Status: Graduated in 2020
  • AdvisorBen Q. Li
  • Research Focus: Solar Energy, Nanotechnology, Nanoparticle Optics
  • Career: Postdoctoral Researcher at UM-Dearborn
  • E-mail:  rongheng@umich.edu
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Yijun Li
  • Program: PhD in Mechanical Sciences and Engineering
  • Status: Graduated in 2021 
  • AdvisorTaehyun Shim
  • Research Focus: Modeling, estimation and control of vehicle dynamics systems
  • Career Focus: Industry
  • E-mail:  yijunl@umich.edu
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Monish Urapakam Ramakrishnan
  • Program: PhD in Mechanical Sciences and Engineering
  • Status: Graduated in 2021
  • Advisor: P. K. Mallick
  • Research Focus: Core research interests include polymer composites, multi-material joints, and their implications on automotive crash worthiness.  Current research is on analysis of crush resistant tubular adhesive joints in composite-composite and composite-aluminum Structures.
  • Career Focus: Academia or Industry
  • E-mail: mramakri@umich.edu
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Zhuo Wang
  • Program: PhD in Mechanical Sciences and Engineering
  • Status: Graduated in 2021
  • AdvisorLei Chen
  • Research Focus: I work on applied machine learning with high-throughput multi-scale multi-physical AM simulations, with applications mainly to additive manufacturing (AM) of piezocomposites and metals for accelerating materials/structure discovery and design, property/performance prediction, and AM process optimization.
  • Career Focus: Industry
  • E-mail: zwg@umich.edu
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Jason Solocinski

  • Program: PhD in Mechanical Sciences and Engineering
  • Status: Graduated in 2021
  • Advisor: Nilay Chakraborty
  • Research Focus: Translational research in biological systems and mechanistic characterization techniques.  Using advanced methods such as Raman microspectroscopy and bioenergetics, attempt to create a platform for non-invasive single cell metabolic quantification.  Applications include drug delivery/candidacy, genetic engineering analysis, alternative imaging/spectroscopy applications, preservation strategy evaluation, and exosome characterization for cancer identification.
  • Career Focus: Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Louisville, KY
  • E-mail: jsolocin@umich.edu
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