Our Team

Faculty Advisor: Thomas Siegmund

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University


Current Post Doctoral Research Associates

  • Max Hammond: bone biomechanics

Current Graduate Students:

  • Josh Pribe. PhD Student

  • Vincent Vernacchio. MS Student

  • Andrew Williams. MS Student


Current Undergraduate Students:

Joseph Sawyer (REU Fellow)

Visiting Researchers

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Undergraduate Students

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Past Graduate Students and Thesis Title

  • Yinglong Chen (PhD, 2017): Mechanics of porous glass fiber materials.
  • Srinivas Svaranas (PhD, 2014, with R.J. Cipra, J.S. Bolton); Sound attenuation characteristics of cellular metamaterials.
  • Somesh Khandelwal (PhD 2013, with R.J. Cipra, J.S. Bolton); Hybrid and smart topologically interlocking materials.
  • Jordan Kelleher (PhD , 2012); NSF Graduate Fellowship Recipient. Biomechanical influences on the vibration of human vocal fold tissue.
  • Pinaki Bhattacharya (PhD, 2012); Flow structure interaction computations in phonation.
  • Kai Zhang (PhD, 2008); Biomechanical characterization of the vocal fold.
  • Kartik Srinivasan (PhD, 2008) (with G. Subbarayan); Numerical simulations of wrinkling and wrinkling-induced delaminations.    
  • Sasanka, Kanuparthi (PhD, 2007) (with G. Subbarayan), Nanoscale thermal interface materials.
  • Bo Wang (PhD, 2007); Fatigue crack growth in metal-ceramic multilayer structures.
  • Jibin Han (PhD, 2005); Failure characteristics of discontinuously reinforced composite materials.
  • Ashwin Hattiangadi (PhD, 2004); Material deterioration in thermal gradients and transient.
  • Weizhou Li, (PhD, 2003); Studies of fracture in thin-wall and thin-film structures by use of the cohesive zone model approach.
  • Junhong Park (PhD, 2002) (with L. Mongeau); Effects of mechanical properties of sealing systems on aerodynamic noise generation inside vehicles.
  • Chongchen Xu (PhD, 2001) (with K. Ramani); Thermoplastic adhesive bonding and its fracture analysis.


  • Darren Bell (MS, 2016); Fracture mechanics and size effects in 3D printed polymers.
  • Antony Paul (MS, 2010) (with R. Cipra); Near-net shape manufacture of composite structures with oriented short fibers.
  • George Winter (MS, 2009); A cohesive zone model approach to multiaxial fatigue.
  • Brandon Wilkins (MS, 2009); Numerical modeling and analysis of the damage characteristics of a honeycomb core within a sandwich panel.
  • Denis Torres (MS, 2009); Relationship between fracture surface mismatch and the plastic J – integral in bovine cortical bone: application of stereophotogrammetry and shape from focus.
  • Jeffrey Gallagher (MS, 2008) (with R. Cipra); Flexible tooling in composite manufacturing.
  • Somesh Khandelwal (MS, 2007) (with S. Frankel); Computational analysis on flow-structure interaction in vocal fold vibration.
  • Mychal Spencer (MS, 2007) (with L. Mongeau); Applications of digital image correlation to a flow induced rubber vocal fold model: towards clinical application.
  • Adam Mather (MS, 2007) (with R. Cipra); Near net shape manufacturing by assembly.
  • Kory Gunnerson (MS, 2006) (with R. Cipra); A robotic rapid prototyping/manufacturing system for short fiber reinforced composite materials.
  • Travis Bodily (MS, 2005) (with R. Cipra); Near-net shape manufacturing and mechanical properties of composite parts.
  • Kartik Srinivasan (MS, 2005); Effects of microstructure heterogeneity on crack growth resistance.
  • Kevin Roe (MS, 2001); A cohesive zone model for fatigue crack growth simulation.


Visiting Scholars

  • Trung Nguyen (2015-2017) (now Bridgestone-Firestone Inc.) design of multifunctional structural battery material systems; strain gradient viscoplasticity
  • Philipp Seiler, post-doc (2014-2016) (now University of Cambridge) high temperature crack growth considering strain gradient viscoplasticity
  • Yuezhong Feng, post-doc (2012-2014) (now Baxter International Inc.) Mechanics of topologically interlocked material systems
  • Steffen Brinckmann, post-doc (2005-2007) (now Max Planck Institute for Iron Research); Strain gradient plasticity; fatigue modeling; stress corrosion cracking; mechanics of powder compaction.
  • Guofeng Gao, post-doc (2005-2006); Mechanics of powder compaction.
  • Junling Fan, visiting PhD student (visiting from Dalian University of Technology)
  • Andreas Ludwig, visiting UG student (visiting from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)