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Group 2017  
(Group, Aug. 2017): from left to right: Pablo Zavattieri, Mehdi Shishehbor, Chanhue Jeong, Adwait Trikanad, Di Wang, Luz Maria Agudelo, Oscar Ojeda, Maryam Sadat Hosseini, Gordon Jarrold,  Mirian Velay-Lizancos, Yunlan Zhang, Vanessa Restrepo, Reza Moini, Fabian Rodriguez, Kristiaan Hector, Hadi Shagerdi esmaeli, Alvaro Garnica, Camilo Valencia.

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Current Group Members:


Pablo Zavattieri
Pablo D.  Zavattieri
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:

Dr. Mirian Velay-Lizancos, Doctor in Civil Engineering 

Mirian Velay-Lizancos  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.  Mirian Velay-Lizancos got her doctorate degree from the University of Coruña (Spain). Her PhD research was on non-destructive tests to estimate the mechanical porperties of eco-materials.

Ph.D. Students:

Alvaro Garnica
Research Topic:  Bioinspired Materials

Garnica received his bachelor degree in aerospace engineering from the University of La Plata, writing his undergraduate thesis in cavitation in elastomers at 2014 he came to the U.S. to complete his master degree in structural engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaing. In 2017 he joined the group of professor Pablo Zavattieri at Purdue university and is currently working in bouligard structures.

Pete Kristiaan Hector

Reza Mohamadreza Moini, co-advised with Jan Olek and Jeff Youngblood (MSE)
Research Topic:  3D Printing of cementitious materials.

Mohamadreza Moini received his Bachelor's Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Qom University - Iran in 2009, conducting research on concrete workability, and seismic performance of buildings. From 2009 to 2012 he worked as structural engineer and materials engineer in multiple projects. In 2015, he earned his M.Sc. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and completed numerous DOT research projects towards development of sustainable construction materials entitled, “Laboratory Study of Optimized Concrete Pavement mixtures” and, “Class F Fly Ash Assessment for Use in Concrete Pavement”. Mohamedreza is active in professional societies such as American Concrete Institute (ACI) and has drafted guidelines in related areas as an involved committee member. Between 2015 and 2016, he worked in the industry as a structural engineer on the design, analysis of buildings, load rating of bridges, and contributed in Wisconsin Zoo Interchange project as a part of the structural engineering team. He is currently working towards his Ph.D. in the area of advanced construction materials at Purdue University. His research interests are of sustainable infrastructure materials, mixture optimization, rheology, and additive manufacturing of cementitious materials.
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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.

Maryam Sadat Hosseini
Research Topic:  Bioinspired structures

Maryam Hosseini received her bachelor degree in Civil Engineering at K.N.Toosi University in 2011, Tehran, Iran. She continued her career as a master student in structural engineering at the University of Akron in Ohio. In 2013, she received her master degree with thesis emphasis in "Parametric Study of Fatigue in Light Pole Structures." In January 2014, she joined Professor Zavattieri group at Purdue University towards her PhD. Maryam is currently working on bioinspired structures.

Hadi Hadi Shagerdi esmaeeliPh.D. Candidate
 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. 
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Mehdi Shishehbor Mehdi Shishehbor,  Ph.D. Candidate
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.

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.

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.

Adwait Adwaitarun Trikanad
Research Topic:  Dyanmic behavior of biological materials.

Adwait received his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal (India) in 2013. In the Fall of 2015, he joined the Multi Scale Mechanics and Materials by Design Lab, and started working with Prof. Pablo Zavattieri in the field of Bioinspired and Biomimetic materials. His research focuses on the finite element simulation of biological systems with current emphasis on the stress absorption and impact resistance properties of the woodpecker, and it's application in the engineering field. He is currently working towards completing his PhD.

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.

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.

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).

Undergraduate Students:

Gordon Jarrold Gordon Jarrold,  Summer 2016 and Fall 2016, Spring 2017, SURF Summer 2017
Research Topic:  Phase Transforming Cellular and Chiral metamaterials (Design, Fabrication and mechanical testing)

Sagarika Sagarika Jetley,  Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017
Research Topic:  Phase Transforming Origami metamaterials (Design, Fabrication and mechanical testing)

Molly Cooper
Molly Cooper, Summer 2017
Research Topic:  mechanical behavior of flexible structures inspired in the suture of the boxfish

Nestor Fabian Rodriguez Buitrago, UREP-C Research Intern,  Summer-Fall 2017
Research Topic:  3D printing of cementitious materials

Oscar Ojeda Ramirez,  UREP-C Research Intern,  Summer-Fall 2017
Research Topic:  3D printing of cementitious materials

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
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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