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Principal Investigator

Luna Lu
ACPA Professor of Lyles School of Civil Engineering with courtesy appointment in the school of Materials Engineering
Luna is ACPA Professor of Lyles School of Civil Engineering with courtesy appointment in the school of Materials Engineering. Luna is also the founding director of Center for Intelligent Infrastructure (CII) at Purdue University. She leads an interdisciplinary research group that works on novel nanomaterials and devices for energy harvesting and sensing applications. Luna has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications; 2 book, 6 book chapters, 1 patent and 7 provisional patents. Her research work has been featured in many national and regional media. She has won several scientific awards, including the 2014 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. She has also transferred few technologies from her research lab into engineering applications, and formed companies based on her innovations. When she is not working, Luna likes to play LEGO with her daughter. She also enjoys reading biographies of tech leaders, playing piano and hiking in the woods.

Postdocs and Visiting Scientists

Zahra Manzoor
Postdoc Research Scientist
Zahra is Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in Civil Engineering. Her research work emphasizes on MOCVD growth materials of nano-materials and their related structural, optical and electrical characterizations. Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Missouri S&T University, USA
Vishal Saravade
Visiting Graduate Student
Vishal is a visiting scholar from Missouri Science and Technology. His research interests include development of materials and devices for electronics and energy harvesting applications. He is currently working on the growth and characterization of compound semiconductors. B. Tech Electronics Engineering (2014), Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute, India

Graduate Students

Alexis Corda
Graduate Research Assistant
Alexis is a graduate student in Materials Engineering. Her research interest is in the development of materials for and the process design of piezoelectric based sensors for various applications. B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Purdue University.
Yining Feng
Graduate Research Assistant
Yining is a graduate student in Civil Engineering. She is currently working on oxides thermometric materials and flexible thermometric devices design. Her main focus is the fabrication and characterization of TE devices at the SMART Lab. Yining attended NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) 2017 Bay Area Cohort. She is the Entrepreneur Lead for Team-Eta Energy. M.Sc. Civil Engineering, Purdue University B.Sc. Environmental Engineering, Dalian Maritime University, China
Guangshuai Han
Graduate Research Assistant
Guangshuai is a graduate student in Civil Engineering. His current research interest is focused on developing piezoelectric sensors for civil engineering applications. B.Sc. Civil Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
Rui He
Graduate Research Assistant
Rui is a graduate student in Civil Engineering. His current research interest is focused on the performance of cementitious materials and the durability of concrete structures. M.Sc. Civil Engineering, Zhejiang University, China B.Sc. Civil Engineering, Hohai University, China
Cihang Huang
Graduate Research Assistant
Cihang is a graduate student in Civil Engineering. His current research interest is pavement materials engineering. B. Sc. Civil Engineering, Chang'an University, China
Zhihao Kong
Graduate Research Assistant
Zhihao is a graduate student in Civil Engineering. His research interest is developing NDT method for civil material characterization. M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, South China Univ. of Technology, China.
Yen-Fang Su
Graduate Research Assistant
Yen-Fang is a PhD candidate in Civil Engineering. Before he joins SMART Lab at Purdue University, he was a Structural Engineer of Ship and Ocean Industries R&D Center (SOIC), the largest ship building design firm in Taiwan. His current research interest is toward developing high performance piezoelectric materials and devices. M.Sc. Civil Engineering, National Central University, Taiwan B.Sc. Marine Environment and Engineering, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan
Evan Witkoske
Graduate Research Assistant (Co-advise with Prof. Mark S. Lundstrom at ECE)
Evan is a graduate student in Electrical Engineering under instruction of Professor Mark S. Lundstrom and Professor Luna Lu at Purdue University. His current research interests include characterization and simulation of nanoscale Thermoelectrics both experimentally and theoretically. His previous research included the development and review of compact models to be implemented as part of the NEEDS program, and simulation of nanoscale Heterojunction Bipolar Transistors(HBTs). M.Sc. Electrical Engineering, Purdue University B.Sc. major in Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, Purdue University minor in Electrical Engineering, Economics, Purdue University

Undergraduate Students

Jin Hong Joo
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Jin Hong Joo is a Senior undergraduate in Chemical Engineering (also minor in chemistry). Currently working on oxide thermoelectric materials and characterization as undergraduate research assistant. From South Korea and spent 4 years in Canada (2012-2016) and came to Purdue for engineering interest.
Harrison Kuszmaul
Ce Ugra- Student Service


Adlan Amran
Student Service - Ce
Romita Biswas
Current Affiliation: Purdue University
Aaron Bukowski
Current Affiliation: PhD in Physics, University of Texas at Dallas
Fei Cao
Current Affiliation: Hohai University, China
Luisa Estefania Catano Echavarria
UREP-C Program Visiting Scientist
Ting-Fung (Jack) Chung
Current Affiliation: Postdoc Scientist, UC Berkeley
Aline Elquist
Current Affiliation: Indiana University, School of Medicine
Ehsan Ghafari
Current Affiliation: Research Assistant Professor, Washington State University
Seyedali Ghahari
Current Affiliation: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Purdue University
Bahadir Kucukgok
Current Affiliation: Postdoc Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory
Eu Jin Lee
Current affiliation: Purdue University
Yao Liu
Current Affiliation: Guangxi University, China
Marek Mroziewski
Current affiliation: Purdue University
Christine Neudeck
Current Affiliation: Materials and Process Engineer, Butler Aerospace and Defense
Romika R. Kotian
Current Affiliation: Graduate Structural Engineer, JPS Consulting Engineers