June and Donald Brewer Professor
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Director of Graduate Studies, Mechanical Engineering
Northwestern University Tech A133, 2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3109, Tel: (847) 491-5282
Dr. Andrea Giuntoli – Ph.D. University of Pisa, Physics
Mechanical behavior of polymers and glass-forming materials
Ao Wang – Mechanical Engineering
Multi-scale modeling of thermoplastic elastomers
Dynamics of proteins using MD informed network models
Suwei Liu – Mechanical Engineering, (co-advised with Rich Lueptow)
Molecular design of reverse-osmosis membranes
Xinyan Yang – Civil and Environmental Engineering
Mechanics of networks and architected materials
Dr. Hao Xu – Associate Professor, Dalian University of Technology
Molecular modeling of epoxy systems
Yuwen Zhu – Visiting Student, Shanghai Jiaotong University
Molecular modeling of polymeric systems
Jonathan “Bug” Meehan – Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Design with Bistable Switches
Christopher Lee – ME/CS Dual Degree
Modeling of nanofiltration membranes
Group Photo (Spring BBQ 2019)
Luis Ruiz (2010-2015 | Theoretical and Applied Mechanics), now Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Miami)
Brendan Abberton (2011-2015 | Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, co-advised with Wing Kam Liu), now Senior Engineer at Fusion Engineering LLC)
Wenjie Xia (2011-2016 |Civil and Environmental Engineering), now Assistant Professor at North Dakota State University in Civil & Environmental Engineering
David Hsu (2012-2017, Mechanical Engineering), now Assistant Professor of Physics and Engineering at Wheaton College.
Bobby Sinko (2012-2017, Ph. D. in Mechanical Engineering, NDSEG Fellow), now Assistant Professor at Northern Illinois University.
Zhaoxu Meng (2013-2018 | Civil and Environmental Engineering), now Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University
Xin Qin (2013-2018 | Theoretical and Applied Mechanics), now Data Scientist at Conversant
Dan Ma ( 2013-2018 | Mechanical Engineering), now Deep Learning / AI developer at Ping An Insurance
Elizabeth DeBenedictis (2014-2019 | Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering, NDSEG and Ryan Fellow)
Former Post-doctoral Fellows
Dr. Yao Zhang (2017-2019), Ph.D. Penn State University, now postdoctoral fellow at Penn State University.
Dr. Zhaoxu Meng (2018-2019), Ph.D. Northwestern University, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University
Dr. Ben Marchi (2017-2019), Ph.D. University of Michigan, now Analystat TransUnion)
Dr. Wenjie Xia (2016-2018), Ph.D. Northwestern University, now Assistant Professor at North Dakota State University in Civil & Environmental Engineering
Dr. Amit Singh (2015-2018), Ph.D. University of Minnesota, now Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at IIT Bombay, India
Dr. Marco Alsina (2014-2015, Ph.D. Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, co-advised with J.F. Gaillard, now Assistant Professor at Universidad de Talca, Chile
Dr. Chen Shao (2014-2015), Ph.D. University of Michigan –Ann Arbor, now Director of Operations at Trexquant Investment
Dr. Meng Shen (2013-2015) co-advised with R. Lueptow, now Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Chicago
Dr. Elham Hamed (2013-2015), Ph.D. University of Illinois –Urbana Champaign, now Mechanical Design Engineer at Apple
Master’s Degree Alumni
Tianjiao Li, (M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, 2019, now Ph.D.Student at Cornell University)
Ridvan Kahraman (M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, 2017, now Master’s student in TU Munich)
Shizhe Feng (M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2017, now Ph.D. student at Tsinghua University)
Ari Benjamin (M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, 2016, now Ph.D.student in at Univ. of Pennsylvania)
Yuanqiao Wu (M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, 2015, now Ph.D. Student at Boston University)
Danielle Ma (M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, 2014, graduated with a Ph.D. from our lab)
Wenjie Xia (M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, 2013, graduated with a Ph.D. from our lab)
Shawn Mishra (M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, 2013, received Ph.D from the City University of New York).
Former Undergraduate Researchers:
Roberto Votta (Mechanical Engineering, NU)
Alp Kismir (Mechanical Engineering, NU)
Susan Molina (Biomedical Engineering, NU)
Suwei Liu (Mechanical Engineering, NU, pursuing PhD. in our lab)
Su Chun Kang (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, NU).
Derya Arin (Mechanical Engineering, NU).
Jake Song (Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), NU, now PhD student at MIT in Materials Science and Engineering).
David Bai ( summer REU, Physics & Computer Science, Colorado College)
Jonathan Denose (Mechanical Engineering, NU)
Gary Li (Chemical and Biological Engineering, NU)
Ertugrul Alemdar (Middle Eastern Technical University, REU)
Raul Marrero (NU Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP), now PhD. student at Northwestern University)
Katherine Yun (Mechanical Engineering)
Hannah Kim(Chemistry, Wellesley College, visiting Beckman Scholar)
Shawn Caeiro (Materials Science and Engineering, NU)
Matthew Sullivan (REU student, Chemical Engineering, Vanderbilt University)
Paige VonAchen (Mechanical Engineering, received MD degree at University of Michigan)
Nick Brandis (Civil and Environmental Engineering, NU)
Max Goldmeier (Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP), Chemistry Northeastern Illinois University, pursued Ph.D at the University of Akron).
Shawn Mishra (Biomedical Engineering, NU)
Eric Schwenker (Materials Science and Engineering, NU, pursuing PhD at Northwestern University).