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Pablo Zavattieri Research Group
   Group (May 2015)(Group May 2015) From left to right: (back) Chaoyi Zhang, Chan Jeong,  Di Wang, Nadia Aljabi, Pengcheng Gong, Edith Boiquaye. (front): Nicolas Guarin, Sara Rodriguez, David Restrepo, Vanessa Restrepo, Yunlan Zhang, Michael Jones, Mehdi Shishehbor,  Nobphadon Suksangpanya, Pablo Zavattieri,  Maryam Sadat Hosseini, Imran Haris.

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Current Group Members:


Pablo Zavattieri
Pablo D.  Zavattieri
Associate Professor
University Faculty Scholar
Lyles School of Civil Engineering
Purdue University
550 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2051
Office: CIVL G217

Pablo Zavattieri is an assosciate professor in the School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University. His contributions in the industry and in the academia focus on the boundary between solid mechanics and materials engineering. His current active research program includes elements of multiscale computational modeling of advanced and sustainable structural materials bridging the gap between atomistic and structural mechanics, mechanics of smart materials, hard biological materials and bio-inspired materials design. His engineering and scientific curiosity lies on the fundamental aspects of how Nature makes better and more sustainable materials.

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Postdoctoral Research Associates:

David Restrepo
Dr. David Restrepo, Ph.D.  [Personal Web Page]
Research Topic: Convergent Evolution to Engineering: Multiscale modeling of  naturally occurring damage tolerant materials and structures.

David Restrepo is a postdoctoral researcher at Purdue University working in the understanding of the fundamental structures and mechanisms used by Nature to obtain materials with exceptional mechanical properties. He received his B.S degree in Mechanical Engineering and M.S in Engineering from Universidad EAFIT (Medellin, Colombia). In 2015, David obtained his PhD from the Lyles School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University. His research interest lies in the combination of experiments, computer simulations and theoretical models to guide the design and understanding of materials with novel mechanical properties and functionalities.

Some videos: [Programmable Cellular Materials] [Phase Transforming Cellular Materials]

Dr. Miriam Velay-Lizancosm, Doctor in Civil Engineering

Miriam Velay-Lizancosm  is a postdoctoral researcher at Purdue University working also in collaboration with Profs. Luna Lu,  Jan Olek and Pablo Zavattieri in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering.  Miriam Velay-Lizancosm got his doctorate degree from the University of Coruña.

Bryan Magee
Bryan Magee, Ph.D. [Personal Web Page]

Dr Bryan Magee is Lecturer in Construction Materials within Ulster University's School of the Built Environment (2013-present). His specialist area of research interest is the behaviour, performance and advancement of civil/structural materials and has over 75 refereed technical publications published in this field. Since completing his PhD at the University of Dundee in 1997, Bryan's previous career includes academic posts at: University of Cape Town, South Africa (1997-98); Purdue University, Indiana, USA (1998-99); University of New Hampshire, USA (1999-2001); and Queen's University Belfast (2009-13). Bryan's also has UK-based industry experience gained via appointments with TRL Ltd. (2001-03) and The Mineral Products Association (2003-09).

Bryan Magee is currently a Visiting Scholar working in collaboration with Profs. Jan Olek, Jeff Youngblood and Prof. Zavattieri in the area of 3D printing of cementitious materials.

Ph.D. Students:

Isaias Gallana Isaias Gallana  (Universidad Nacional de La Plata, La Plata, Argentina)
Research Topic:  Modeling and fabrication of  bioinspired composite materials

Isaias Gallana received his degree in Aeronautical Engineering in september 2006 from Universidad Nacional de  la Plata (UNLP, Argentina). He has participated in several reserch proyects including the thermal and structural design of an infrared camera for Sac-D/Aquarius satellite from 2006 to 2010 at UNLP. In 2009 he became a PhD in Engineering candidate at UNLP. Since may 2010.  Isaias is currently working with Prof.  Zavattieri on the modeling of biomineralized and biomimetic materials. In particular, he focuses his work on the synergetic role of microstructural geometry and size effects through extensive numerical modeling and simple scaling laws.

Federico Antico
Federico Antico, Ph.D. Candidate   [Personal Web Page]

Research Topic:  Numerical modeling of strain-induced cracking in heteregenous materials
Federico C. Antico was born in Argentina and received his degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Universidad Nacional de La Plata (UNLP), Argentina in 2006. He participated in several research projects including the structural and thermal design and analysis of a microwave radiometer for Aquarius / SAC-D satellite from 2005 to 2009 at UNLP. He is working in  Professor Zavattieri's group since January 2010. Federico's research interest lies in the field of computational solid mechanics with special emphasis on multiscale modeling.

Mehdi Shishehbor Mehdi Shishehbor 
Research Topic:  Modeling of Cellulose NanoCrystals (CNCs)

Mehdi received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at K.N.Toosi university. He continued his career as a master student in structural Engineering at Sharif University From 2009 to 2011 working on material modeling and simulation. In January 2013 he joined Prof. Pablo Zavattieri's group at Purdue university. Mehdi is working on Multiscale modeling of cellulose from nano-scale to continuum.

Nicolas Guarin
Nicolas Guarin   [Personal Web Page]
Research Topic:  Modeling of the dynamic behavior of naturally-occuring high performance composite materials

Nicolás Guarín Zapata was born in Medellín-Colombia. He received his degree in 2009 in Engineering Physics in Universidad EAFIT in Colombia, writing his undergraduate thesis in the Design of a Digital Chess Board.  In 2012 received a Master Degree in Engineering with emphasis in Computational Mechanics in the same university, his thesis was related with the Numerical Simulation of Wave Propagation Problems.  From 2010 to 2013 he lecture some undergrad engineering courses (Electricity and Magnetism, Linear Algebra, Introduction to Continuum Mechanics). During 2011 and 2012 he worked in Grupo de Mecánica Aplicada at Universidad EAFIT (Applied Mechanics Group) applying the FEM and the BEM to seismic wave propagation and phononic crystals, as part of the Young Researcher and Innovators Program "Virginia Gutiérrez de Pineda" supported by Colciencias (Colombian Department of Science, Technology and Innovation).
Research Interests: Computational Mechanics, Wave Propagation, Acoustics, Design of Materials, Applied Mathematics.

Yunlan Zhang
Yunlan Zhang
Research Topic:  Bio-inspired cellular materials

Yunlan Zhang received her bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering in 2012 from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. In 2014, she earned a master's degree in Civil Engineering with a focus on structural engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. She is currently continuing to work towards her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering materials at Purdue University. Her research focuses on the application of geometric and mechanical characteristics of natural organisms to the engineering field.

Di Wang Di Wang
Research Topic:  Bioinspired bouligand structures

Di Wang received her bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from University of Shanghai for Science and Technology and master’s degree in Structural Engineering from Purdue University. Her research interest is in the realm of bio-inspired or biomimetic nanostructures and engineering. Now, Di Wang is working with Professor Pablo Zavattieri and his research group; her current research topic is about Bouligand/Helicoid structures in fish scale.

Maryam Sadat Hosseini
Research Topic:  Bioinspired structures

Hadi Hadi Shagerdi esmaeeli
Research Topic:  Thermo-mechanical analysis of materials coupling phase transformation, heat transfer and fracture

Hadi received his bachelor’s degree in Structural Engineering at University of Tabriz, writing his undergraduate thesis in the Assessment of Concrete bridges design criteria on Performance-Based design method. In 2011, he completed a Master’s degree in Earthquake Engineering at Sharif University of Technology in the Simulation of Concrete samples behavior under monotonic and cyclic loadings via Microplane constitutive model. From 2009 to 2011 he participated in the design of Industrial structures at South Pars Gas Refineries project as a senior structural engineer in Iran. In September 2012 he started to work in Computational Multiscale Materials Modelling Laboratory under the supervision of Prof. Pablo Zavattieri in the School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University. Hadi received his MS in July 2014. Hadi's research interests lie in the area of Computational solid mechanics, Fracture mechanics in cementitious materials. 

Vanessa Restrepo Vanessa Restrepo
Research Topic:  A multiscale modeling of hoop and loop interfaces.

 Restrepo received her degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia) in 2012. She worked from 2009 until 2013 in the Mechanical Design Research Group of the aforementioned university. Her research was focused on the finite element simulation of biological systems. She is currently working with professor Pablo Zavattieri in the Computational Multiscale Materials Modelling Laboratory working on multiscale modeling of structured interfaces. She recently defended her MS thesis (April 2016) and continues with Prof. Zavattieri on her PhD.

Mohamadreza Moini
Research Topic:  3D Printing of cementitious materials.

Master Students:

Chanhue Jeong
Chanhue Jeong
Research Topic:  Naturallly occurring and biomimetic rod-like microstructures.

Chanhue Jeong received his bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering in 2014 and joined Prof. Zavattieri's group in Fall 2014 as a graduate student. Previous to that, he was an honors student working in Prof. Zavattieri's lab as an undergraduate on the mechanics of rod-like microstructures (which included 3D printing and mechanical tests of biomimetic materials).

Adwaitarun Trikanad
Research Topic:  Coarse grained models for biological materials.

Maria Luz Agudelo
Luz Maria Agudelo Urrego
Research Topic:  TBD

Link to Former Group Members

Our Group's Mathematics Genealogy  [Link]
did you know that our group ancestors include names such as Timoshenko, Dirichlet, Fourier, Lagrange, Euler, Bernoulli? (and it even continues until Copernicus)

Contact Information:  Pablo D.  Zavattieri
Associate Professor and University Faculty Scholar
Lyles School of Civil Engineering
College of Engineering
Purdue University
550 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2051
Office: CIVL G217

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