Current Group Members

Sansoz group picnic at Shelburne Beach, Vermont - Summer 2013

The Boss
Frederic Sansoz

Associate Professor of
Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Current Students & Postdoctoral Fellows
Erin Wood
Ph.D. student, Mechanical Engineering

MS Industrial Chemistry (2009), University of Central Florida, FL.
B.S. Chemistry (2005), Chatham University, PA.

Research:
Growth and Mechanical Properties of Ultra-Strong Metallic Nanowires and Mesoscale Metallic Nanowire Networks



Qiongjiali (Lily) Fang
MS/PhD student, Mechanical Engineering

B.S. Materials Science & Engineering, Central South University, China

Research:
Atomistic Simulation Study of Plasticity and Fracture in Ultrathin Gold Nanowires



Daniel Merkel
Master of Science student, Mechanical Engineering

B.S. Mechanical Engineering (2012), University of Vermont.

Research:
Thermoelectric Properties of InSb Nanowires and Flexible Nanocomposites



Sam Kessler
Honors thesis student, Mechanical Engineering

B.S. student in Mechanical Engineering, University of Vermont.

Research:
Thermal conductivity predictions in diamond cubic/hexagonal silicon heterostructures


 

Cory Arcovitch
Undergraduate research assistant, Mechanical Engineering

B.S. candidate in Mechanical Engineering, University of Vermont.

Research:
Finite element analysis of crystal plasticity in metallic nanowires subjected to nanoindentation


Camden Houghton
Honors thesis student, Mechanical Engineering

B.S. candidate in Mechanical Engineering, University of Vermont.

Research:
Synthesis of nanowire bundles through direct-electrodeposition


Former Group Members
Aaron Porter
M.S. Mechanical Engineering (2013)

B.S. Physics (2009), Clarkson University, NY

Research:
Atomistic Simulation Study of Thermal Transport in Nanotwinned Silicon

Last sighted as:



Chan Tran
NSF-REU undergraduate research assistant (2013)

B.S. Physics and Computer Science (senior year), Siena College, NY

Research:
First-principles Calculations of Phonon Dispersion in Silicon Polytypes

Last sighted as:
Undergraduate student at Siena College



Dr. Jingjun (Jessie) Gu
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering (2013)


MS Materials Science (2007), Dong Hua University, Shanghai, China
B.S. Polymer Materials & Engineering (2004), Dong Hua University, Shanghai, China

Research:

Roles of Surface and Internal Structures in the Mechanical Behavior of Carbon Nanofibers

Last sighted as:


Shiqi Zhang
Graduate teaching assistant, Mechanical Engineering (2012-2013)

MS Mechanical Engineering (2012), University of Wyoming, WY.
B.S. Mechanical Engineering(2008), Beijing Jiotong University, Beijing, China.

Last sighted as:
Graduate student in civil engineering and engineering mechanics at the University of Arizona
with Prof. Katerina Aifantis




Khrystyna Dilai
NSF-REU undergraduate research assistant (2012)

B.S. Chemical Engineering (sophomore year), Clarkson University, NY

Research:
Atomistic Simulation Study of Growth of Ultrathin Metallic Nanowires

Last sighted as:
REU Student at Louisiana Tech
Undergraduate student at Clarkson University



Jake Brutman
Undergraduate research assistant, Chemistry Senior (2011)


Research:
Synthesis of ultrathin gold nanowires

Last sighted as:
Graduate student in chemistry at the University of Florida





Evan Malina
M.S. Mechanical Engineering (2011)

Awards: URECA! award 2009; UVM Engineer of the Year 2010.

Research
:
Mechanical Behavior of Atomically Thin Graphene Sheets using Atomic Force Microscopy Nanoindentation

Last sighted as:
Structure Engineer for Boeing, Seattle, WA



Trevor Avant
Undergraduate research assistant - Honors College (2010-11)

Awards: URECA! award 2010

Research:

Atomistic Simulation Study of Indentation of Metallic Nanowires

Last sighted as:
-Engineer at Microstrain, Williston, VT
-
Graduate Student, Mechanical Engineering, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
-Engineering summer intern at Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM



Prof. Chuang Deng
Ph.D. Materials Science (2009)

Research:
Yielding and plasticity of FCC metal nanowires studied by atomistic simulations.

Last sighted as:
-Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
-Postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Christopher Schuh in the Materials Science & Engineering Department at MIT, Boston, MA



Vincent Peron-Luhrs
Visiting graduate student from University of Liege, Belgium (Sept. 2009)

Research:
Multiscale modeling of plasticity of nanocrystalline metals.

Last sighted as:
Graduate Student at University of Liege, Liege, Belgium



Prof. Virginie Rollin (formerly Dupont)
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering (2008)

Research:
Multiscale Modeling of Contact Plasticity and Nanoindentation in Nanostructured FCC Metals.

Last sighted as:
-Assistant professor of Aerospace Engineering at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL.
-Postdoctoral researcher with Dr. Tim Germann at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM



Zach Burchman
Research assistant Honors College (2008)

Research: Synthesis and Mechanical Properties of Electrodeposited Nickel Nanowires

Last sighted as:
Graduate Student in Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, PA
Engineer for Goodrich, Vergennes, VT




Travis Gang
Research assistant URECA award / HELIX EPSCoR Summer Intern (2007)

Research:
Determination of atomic force microscope cantilever spring constants via finite element modeling for nanomechanical analysis; Effects of Surface Morphology on Elastic and Plastic Properties in Nanostructured Ni Thin Films.

Last sighted as:
Graduate student in mechanical engineering at Stanford University, CA
Engineer for Northrop Grumman, Norwalk, CT



Konstantin Afanasyev
M.S. Physics (2007)

Research:
Molecular dynamics simulation of twin boundary effects on deformation in gold nanopillars and nanobeams.


Last sighted as:
Engineer and Marketing Representative for GE Healthcare, South Burlington, VT




Carl Wolf
(Part-time) Ph.D. student, Mechanical Engineering (2005-2007)

Research:
Multiscale modeling of thermal transport in molecular systems

Last sighted as:

Assistant Professor, Vermont Technical College, Randolph, VT




Prof. Fahmi Bedoui
Postdoctoral Fellow (July 06-Dec 06)
(in collaboration with Prof. S. Murthy, Physics Dept.
)

Research:
Quantitative AFM nanoindentation of semi-crystalline polymers.

Last sighted as:
Assistant professor at the Compiegne Institute of Technology (UTC), France



Dulcie Languerand
M.S. Mechanical Engineering (2007)

Research (in collaboration with Prof S. Murthy, Rutgers Univ.):
Multiscale Investigation of Deformation of High-Strength Polymeric Fibers.

Last sighted as:
Materials engineer at Diffraction Limited, Wakefield, VT



Kevin D. Stevenson
M.S. Mechanical Engineering (2006)

Research: Electrochemical Synthesis and Mechanical Properties of Ni Nanostructures.

Last sighted as:
Structural engineer at Concept2, Morrisville, VT
Structural engineer at Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME



Eric Buchovecky
Mechanical Engineering Teaching Fellow (2004)

Research:
Quasicontinuum simulation of single crystal indentation.

Last sighted as:
Ph.D. student at Brown University, RI




Grant Gary
Undergraduate research assistant URECA! (2005)

Research:
Template-Assisted Synthesis of Metallic Nanowires.

Last sighted as:

Ph.D. student at Stanford University, CA



John B. Marking
Undergraduate research assistant (summer 2004)

Research:
Fabrication of ultra-sharp STM tips





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