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2018 Ph.D. Graduates

Srinivasan Raman

Srinivasan Raman
Dissertation: Performance Improvement Methodologies for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells
Advisor: Dr. Raghunathan Rengaswamy
Position: PTD Module and Integration Device Yield Engineer
Company: Intel Corporation
Location: Hillsboro, Oregon

2017 Ph.D. Graduates

islam

Md Rashedul Islam
Dissertation: Aggregation Thermodynamics for Asphaltene Precipitation
Advisor:  Dr. Chau-Chyun Chen
Position:  Post-Doctoral Fellow
Company:  Texas Tech University
Location:  Lubbock, Texas

Kamyabi

Nabiollah Kamyabi
Dissertation: Microfluidic Investigation of Biomechanics of Tumor Cells Under Microcirculatory Conditions
Advisor:   Dr. Siva Vanapalli
Position:  Post-Doctoral Fellow
Company:  MD Anderson Cancer Center
Location:  Houston, Texas

Mani

Sriramvignesh Mani
Dissertation: Structural and Dynamic Properties of Penetrant Molecules in Unsupported and Supported Hydrated Gels
Advisor:  Dr. Rajesh Khare
Position:  Postdoctoral Researcher
Company:  University of Chicago
Location:  Chicago, IL

Sultana

Nadia Sultana
Dissertation: Study of Polymorphism, Nucleation, Co-crystallization and Colorimetric Detection of an Energetic Material 2, 4, 6-trinitrotoluene (TNT)
Advisor:  Dr. Brandon L. Weeks
Position:  Lab Analyst
Company:  Zedi Solutions
Location:  Midland, TX

Wang

Meng Wang
Dissertation: Predicting Wax Appearance Temperature and Precipitation of Normal Alkane Systems: A Selective Co-Crystal Model
Advisor: Dr. Chau-Chyun Chen
Position: Senior Thermodynamic Software Engineer
Institution: AVEVA
Location: Lake Forest, California

Wang

Xinmei Wang
Dissertation: Chemical and mechanical signals that mediating phenotype transformation in valvular interstitial cells
Advisor:  Dr. Carla Lacerda
Position: Project leader
Company:  3SBio
Location:  Shenyang, China

2016 Ph.D. Graduates

Godbole

Rutvik Godbole
Dissertation: Separation of Alcohol-Water Mixtures: Understanding Fundamentals of Pervaporation and Gel Stripping with Polymeric Materials
Advisor:  Dr. Ronald C. Hedden
Position: Process Engineer
Company:  Intel
Location:  Hillsboro, Oregon

Khabaz

Fardin Khabaz
Dissertation: Structural, Dynamic, and Viscoelastic Properties of Complex Materials Using Molecular Dynamics Simulations
Advisor:  Dr. Rajesh Khare
Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow
Company:  University of Texas at Austin
Location:  Austin, Texas

Li

Yanfei Li
Dissertation: Nonlinear Rheology of Polymers: Single-Molecule Elongation of Large Circular DNA and Shear of Highly Entangled Solutions
Advisor:  Dr. Gregory B. McKenna
Position: Research Scientist
Company:  Corning Incorporated
Location:  Painted Post, NY

Mobed

Parham Mobed
Dissertation: Model-Based Sensor Placement for Component Condition Monitoring and Fault Detection in an Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle Plant
Advisor:  Dr. Raghunathan Rengasamy
Position: Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Company:  Purdue University
Location:  West Lafayette, IN

Peng

Xiaoguang Peng
Dissertation: Microrheology and Macrorheology to Probe Aging of a Colloidal Glass after Volume Fraction Jumps and Shear-Melting Perturbations
Advisor:  Dr. Gregory B. McKenna
Position: Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Company:  Texas Tech University
Location:  Lubbock, Texas

Rahman

Mizanur Rahman
Dissertation: Development of Microfluidic Platforms for Muscle Strength and Aging Investigations in the Model Organism C. elegans
Advisor:  Dr Siva A. Vanapalli
Position: Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Company:  Texas Tech University
Location:  Lubbock, Texas

2015 Ph.D. Graduates

Irin

Fahmida Irin
Dissertation: Utilizing Electrical, Mechanical, Adsorbent Properties, and Microwave Response of Carbon Nanomaterials
Advisor:  Dr. Micah J. Green
Position: Process Engineer
Company:  Intel
Location:  Hillsboro, Oregon

Zhai

Meiyu Zhai
Dissertation: Characterization of Mechanical and Rheological Properties of Materials at Macro and Nano Scales
Advisor:  Dr. Gregory B. McKenna
Position: Sr. Application Engineer
Company:  Polaronyx
Location:  San Jose, CA

Karim

Mir Karim
Dissertation: Local Linear and Nonlinear Viscoelasticity of Polymeric Systems by Particle Tracking Rheology Simulations
Advisor:  Dr. Rajesh Khare
Position: Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Company:  University of Puerto Rico
Location:  Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

Tan

Ran Tan
Dissertation: Thermophysical and Rheological Properties of Polymer Nanocomposite and Ionic Liquids
Advisor: Dr. Sindee L. Simon
Position: Research Scientist
Company: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Location:  Gaithersburg, Maryland

Gao

Siyang Gao
Dissertation: The Glass Transition Kinetics in Bulk Polymers and Ultrathin Films and Reaction Kinetics for Cyclopentadiene Demerization
Advisor: Dr. Sindee L. Simon
Position: Polymer Chemist
Company: Ascend Performance Materials
Location: Pensacola, Florida

Tao

Wenqian Tao
Dissertation: Development of Universal Influenza A Vaccine Based on Conserved Viral Protein M2e and its Nanocarriers
Advisor:  Dr. Harvinder Singh Gill

Wang

William S. Wang
Dissertation: Droplet Microfluidics: A Study of Traffic and Mass Transfer in Two-Phase Microfluidic Networks
Advisor:  Dr. Siva A. Vanapalli
Position: Scientist
Company:  Luminex Corp
Location:  Austin, Texas

Xiguang Li

Xiguang Li
Dissertation: Graphene/Polymer Nanocomposites: Viscoelasticity, Forced Assembly, and Nanosandwich
Advisor:  Dr. Gregory B. McKenna
Position: Rheologist
Company:  Polylglass USA
Location:  Boca Raton, Florida

Yueyi Xu

Yueyi Xu
Dissertation: Brownian Dynamics Simulation of Two-Dimensional Nanosheets Under Flow
Advisor:  Dr. Micah J. Green
Position: Education Technical Specialist
Company:  MathWorks
Location:  Shanghai, China

Ziniu Yu

Ziniu Yu
Dissertation: Thermal and Mechanical Properties of Smectic Main Chain Liquid Crystalline Networks
Advisor:  Dr. Ronald C. Hedden
Position: Product Developer
Company:  Hanwha Azdel
Location:  Lynchburg, Virginia

2014 Ph.D. Graduates

Sriya Das

Sriya Das
Dissertation: Dispersion and Rheology of Stabilized Graphene Colloids and Gels
Advisor:  Dr. Micah J. Green
Position: Process Engineer
Company:  Intel Corporation
Location:  Portland, Oregon

Xiaojun Di

Xiaojun Di
Dissertation: Investigation of the Cause of the Glass Transition and Size Dependent Melting Behavior
Advisor:  Dr. Gregory B. McKenna
Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow
Company:  Yale University
Location:  New Haven, Conneticut

Qiuying Gu

Qiuying Gu
Dissertation: Model-based Strategy for Control of Hydraulic Fracturing Processes
Advisor:  Dr. Karlene Hoo
Position: Sr. Technical Professional
Company:  Halliburton
Location:  Houston, Texas

Jihye Kim

Jihye Kim
Dissertation: Drop-based Microfluidics and Crystallization Study
Advisor:  Dr. Siva A. Vanapalli
Position: RDD Engineer III
Company:  Baker Hughes
Location:  Tomball, Texas

Lan Ma

Lan Ma
Dissertation: Design of a Continuous-Flow, Immobilized-Cell Fermentor System for Production of Bioethanol
Advisor:  Dr. Ronald C. Hedden
Position: Biochemical Fermentation Engineer
Company:  CP Kelco
Location:  San Diego, California

Lakshmi K. Muthu Kumar

Lakshmi K. Muthu Kumar
Dissertation: Computational Study of Cello-Oligosaccharide Adsorption/Desorption from the Cellulose Crystal Surface during Enzymatic Hydrolysis
Advisor:  Dr. Rajesh Khare

Deepak E. Solomon

Deepak E. Solomon
Dissertation: Microfluidic Tools for Complex Fluid Rheology and Force Characterization of Micro-Organisms
Advisor:  Dr. Siva A. Vanapalli
Position: Chief Executive Officer
Company:  Neofluidics, Inc.
Location:  Amarillo, Texas

Timothy M. Spinner

Timothy M. Spinner
Dissertation: Performance Assessment of Multivariate Control Systems
Advisor:  Dr. Raghunathan Rengasamy

Ben Xu

Ben Xu
Dissertation: Dynamics and Thermodynamics of Small Molecule Glass Formers, Polymers and Organic Crystals
Advisor:  Dr. Gregory B. McKenna
Position: Senior Rheologist
Company:  Avery Dennison
Location:  Mentor, Ohio

Rong Xu

Rong Xu
Dissertation: Modeling of Solar Energy Conversion into Hydrogen Energy and Electricity
Advisor:  Dr. Theodore F. Wiesner
Position: Modeling and Control Engineer
Company:  Randstad Sourceright
Location:  Windsor, Conneticut

Xin Zhang

Xin Zhang
Dissertation: Fabrication and Characterization of Micro- or Nano-Scale Organic Energetic Materials
Advisor:  Dr. Brandon Weeks
Position: Post-Doctoral Associate
Company:  Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Location:  Richland, Washington

Haoyu Zhao

Haoyu Zhao
Dissertation: Nanoconfined MMA Polymerization and Structural Recovery in Ge-Se Glasses
Advisor:  Dr. Sindee L. Simon
Position: Post-Doctoral Associate
Company:  Texas Tech University
Location:  Lubbock, Texas

Jing Zhao

Jing Zhao
Dissertation: Dynamics Below the Glass Transition Temperature and Viscoelastic and Calorimetric Investigation of Different Fossil Resins
Advisor:  Dr. Gregory B. McKenna
Position:  Post-Doctoral Associate
Company:  University of Akron/NIST
Location:  Gaithersburg, Maryland

2013 Ph.D. Graduates

Sanjoy Bhattacharia

Sanjoy Bhattacharia
Dissertation: Kinetics of Energetic Material: Investigation of Sublimation and Decomposition
Advisor:  Dr. Brandon Weeks
Position: Post-Doctoral Associate with Dr. Chau-Chyun Chen
Company:  Texas Tech University
Location:  Lubbock, Texas

Swastika Bithi

Swastika Bithi
Dissertation: Engineering a Drop-Based Microfluidic Platform with Functionalities of Well Plates and Pipetting System
Advisor:  Dr. Siva A. Vanapalli
Position: Instructor
Company:  Texas Tech University
Location:  Lubbock, Texas

Brian Bullecks

Brian Bullecks
Dissertation: Rapid Fault Detection and Mitigation Strategies in the Low Temperature PEM Fuel Cell
Advisor:  Dr. Raghunathan Rengasamy
Position: Co-Founder and Lead Engineer
Company:  SysEng, LLC
Secondary Position: Research Professor, Clarkson University
Location:  Potsdam, New York

Taskin Binte Karim

Taskin Binte Karim
Dissertation: Surface Mechanical Properties of Amorphous Polymers Using Spontaneous Particle Embedment: Epoxy, Poly(α-Methylstyrene), Polystyrene of Different Architecture, and Poly(Vinyl Acetate)
Advisor:  Dr. Gregory B. McKenna
Position: Postdoctoral Associate with Dr. John O'Haver
Company:  University of Mississippi
Location:  Oxford, Mississippi

Ketan Khare

Ketan Khare
Dissertation: Thermo-Mechanical Properties of Cross-linked Epoxy based Systems: A Molecular Simulation Study
Advisor:  Dr. Rajesh Khare
Position: Postdoctoral Associate with Dr. Shekhar Garde
Company:  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Location:  Troy, New York

Zheng Li

Zheng Li
Dissertation: Identification, Control, and Monitoring of Complex Chemical and Biochemical Systems
Advisor:  Dr. M. Nazmul Karim
Position: Engineer
Company:  Genentech, Inc.
Location:  San Francisco, California

Yunzhe Ma

Yunzhe Ma
Dissertation: Microneedles for Drug Delivery into Oral Cavity
Advisor:  Dr. Harvinder Singh Gill
Position: Engineer
Company:  Intel, Inc.
Location:  Hillsboro, Oregon

Jeevan Maddala

Jeevan Maddala
Dissertation: Design of Droplet Based Microfuidic Devices for Lab On Chip Applications
Advisor:  Dr. Raghunathan Rengasamy
Position: Co-Founder and Lead Engineer
Company:  SysEng, LLC
Secondary Position: Research Professor, Texas Tech University
Location:  Lubbock, Texas

Weiting Tang

Weiting Tang
Dissertation: Modeling, Estimation, and Control of Nonlinear Time-Variant Complex Processes
Advisor:  Dr. M. Nazmul Karim
Position: Engineer
Company:  Baker Hughes
Location:  Tomball, Texas

Jinhua Wang

Jinhua Wang
Dissertation: The Viscoelastic Properties of Thin Films
Advisor:  Dr. Gregory B. McKenna
Position: Looking
Location:  Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Chemical Engineering