Post Doctoral Associates (most recent departures are at bottom of the list)
Erica Freire Antunes
eantunes "at" mit.edu
Dr.Erica Freire Antunes is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, supported by both NECSTLAB and Science without Borders Program from CNPq, a Brazilian agency. Her project focuses on carbon nanotube deposition on carbon fiber and co-deposition of ZnO, for developing multi-functional composites for structural health monitoring. Electrical characterization under mechanical deformation of carbon fiber/carbon nanotubes/epoxy composites is the main research topic in recent project. She received a PhD in Aerospace Engineering and Technology – in Materials Science, from National Institute for Space Research (INPE-Brazil) in 2006. She has been working since 2007 as Post-doc in the same Institute and in Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA-Brazil), and also as teacher in Federal University of Sao Paulo (UNIFESP-Brazil). For citation reports, see Research ID: M-8405-2014 or google scholar.
Post Doctoral Fellow
gama "at" mit.edu
Dr. Adriana Gama is a postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT and is supported by the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and Aeronautics and Space Institute (IAE). Her research with Prof. Wardle at MIT focuses on carbon nanotubes (CNT) in ceramic matrix composites (CMCs). She received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1999, and an S.M. in Materials Engineering from University of Sao Paulo (USP) in 2003. Completed her Ph.D. work at the Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA) in 2009, in the Department of Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Gama has authored and co-authored 26 journal articles. Her research interests include magnetic ceramic, electromagnetic characterization and ceramic composite.
Post Doctoral Associate
noal "at" mit.edu
Dr. Noa Lachman is a postdoctoral Associate at the department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. Her research with Prof. Wardle at MIT focuses on tailoring and imaging of A-CNT based composites. She received a B.S. in Chemistry and Physics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, in 2002 and completed her Ph.D. work at the Weizmann Institute of Science, in the department of Materials and Interfaces, in 2010. Dr. Lachman has authored and co-authored 16 journal articles. Her research interests include carbon nanotubes and their nano-composites, material characterization, and multi-functional materials.
Michael D. Canonica
Post Doctoral Associate
canonica "at" @mit.edu
Post Doctoral Associate
email: ffachin "at" mit.edu
Post Doctoral Associate
Post Doctoral Associate
Post Doctoral Associate working in a CMSE collaborative project to develop new routes to 3D hierarchical nano structured materials and devices.
Post Doctoral Associate
ethan33 "at" mit.edu
iys "at" mit.edu
Dr. Itai Stein is a postdoctoral associate at the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and received his Ph.D. degree in 2016. He also received his S.M. degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2013, and his B.S. degree in materials science and engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2011. His current research interests include nanoscale energy transport, modeling and simulation of nanostructured materials, and carbon nanotube based materials and their physical properties.
zhouy "at" mit.edu
Dr. Yue Zhou is a postdoctoral associate at the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. His research mainly focuses in energy system field, including energy storage device fabrication and characterization based on carbon (carbon nanotubes and graphene)/polymer composites, as well as energy conversion system design. He obtained his PhD in Electrical Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University in 2015. He also received his B.S. and M.S. in Physics from Nanjing University, China in 2008 and 2011, respectively.
cuik "at" mit.edu
Dr. Kehang Cui joined Prof. Wardle’s NECSTlab at MIT as a postdoctoral associate from August 2015. After receiving Bachelor (2008) and Master’s (2011) degree in Thermal Energy Engineering from Shandong University, Kehang obtained his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Tokyo in 2014. He continued his research on the controlled growth and solar cell applications of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) as Postdoctoral Research Fellow and JSPS Principal Investigator at The University of Tokyo until 2015. His research interests include energy conversion and transport of CNTs, CNT growth, as well as fluid-CNT interactions.
wenboshi "at" mit.edu
Dr. Wenbo Shi is a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, working on structural electronics. Before joining in Prof. Wardle’s NECSTlab in December 2018, he was a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT. Before MIT, Wenbo received a B.E. in Environmental Engineering from Tsinghua University (Beijing, China), a M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Duke University, a PhD in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from Yale University. He is interested in sustainable production of advanced nanomaterials and dedicated to promoting their applications in energy and environmental-related fields.
wanghz "at" mit.edu
Haozhe Wang is a postdoctoral associate at MIT AeroAstro. His research interests include synthesis and applications of nanoscale materials. Before joining necstlab, he conducted research on 2D materials and received his PhD at Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT on 2020. His research with Prof. Wardle focuses on design and application of CNT-based sensors. Outside lab, he enjoys classical music.
Graduate Students (starting with our most recent departures)
travish "at" mit.edu
Travis Hank was an undergraduate researcher in necstab, pursuing a B.S. in AeroAstro; he continued on as a graduate student with necstlab after achieving that degree. Outside of the lab, Travis is a member of the MIT Baseball Team. Outside of MIT he enjoys biking along Chicago's lakefront and reading thrilling books.
kaisera "at" mit.edu
Ashley Kaiser is pursuing her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering. She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2017. During her undergrad, she worked in necstlab as an MPC-CMSE Summer Scholar in 2016. Her research is focused on the design, synthesis, and multifunctional property characterization of carbon nanotube-reinforced polymer nanocomposites. Outside of the academic environment, Ashley enjoys gymnastics, rock climbing, and hiking in America’s National Parks.
rkopp "at" mit.edu
Reed Kopp is pursuing a Ph.D. within the AeroAstro Department and is partially supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). He received his B.S. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2014 and 2016, respectively. Between receiving his B.S. and M.S. degrees, he participated for 14 months in the Postgraduate Research Program, which was administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, at the Vehicle Technology Directorate of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. His research interests include modeling and experimental characterizations of polymer nanocomposite mechanical properties. Outside of academics, he enjoys basketball, football, weightlifting, and various outdoor activities.
Xinchen (Cody) Ni
codyni "at" mit.edu
Xinchen Ni joined nesctlab in 2015 and obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2020. Prior to necstlab, he received a B.S. from Fudan University in China in 2012 and a S.M. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 2014. He is now a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University working with Prof. John A. Rogers on bio-integrated devices. His research interests include mechanics of nanoengineered materials and nanofabrication. Outside of research, he enjoys playing frisbee, basketball, running and hiking. He is also an avid traveler and has visited more than 20 countries. His non-research related goal is to visit every country in the world.
vandeamy "at" mit.edu
Amy Vanderhout was an undergraduate researcher in necstlab, studying CNT adhesion, while pursuing her S.B. in Aerospace Engineering at MIT. She continued her work in necstlab as a graduate student, studying metal- and ceramic-matrix nanocomposites for harsh environments and earning her S.M. in Aerospace Engineering. Since graduating, she has joined Northrop Grumman’s Future Technical Leaders program. In addition to her passion for aerospace both at and outside work, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and skiing.
fdaso "at" mit.edu
Frederick Daso finished his S.B. in Aerospace Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). During his undergraduate years, his research focused on cure sensing capabilities of knock-down CNT forests and building simulations of convective and conductive curing processes to see which one of the two is more energy efficient. He is currently pursuing his S.M. in Aerospace Engineering as a graduate research assistant in the necstlab. His current research focus is on applying novel curing techniques to process thermoplastic composite materials and reducing or eliminating process-driven deformations during the cure cycle for a given prepreg system.
Outside the lab and academics, Frederick writes extensively. He is an Under 30 Contributor to Forbes, writing on college students and recent graduates pursuing entrepreneurship, and also on LinkedIn as MIT's Campus Editor, where he has over 200,000 followers.
matteo.lilli "at" uniroma1.it
Matteo Lilli visited necstlab and worked alongside our researchers from September 2019 through March of 2020 - he had to leave us slightly before planned due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but was able to safely journey home and continued to participate in our group meetings remotely in order to share the results of his research with the entire group.
nfritz "at" mit.edu
Nathan Fritz finished his BS in MechE in December 2015 at Montana State University. While there, his research was focused on acoustic emission analysis of composite materials. At MIT he will be working on integrating carbon nanotubes to alter the interlaminar properties of the composites. Outside of school he enjoys backpacking, skiing, and ultimate frisbee.
haydenco "at" mit.edu
Hayden Cornwell is a S.M student in the AeroAstro Department working in the NECSTlab. He received his S.B in Aerospace Engineering from MIT in 2015. His research is focused on inter and intralaminar properties of CNT reinforced woven ply CFRF. Outside of research, he was a member of the MIT baseball team and now enjoys basketball, golf, and snowboarding.
dlidston "at" mit.edu
Dale Lidston is a S.M. Student in AeroAstro. She received her B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pretoria in 2011. During her undergrad, she worked in the NECSTlab as a UROP during an exchange program in 2010. After graduating, she spent three years in the mining industry working as a mechanical engineer and project manager. She returned to MIT in 2014 and her research is focussed on fracture properties of polymer nano composites reinforced with carbon nanotubes. Outside of the academic environment, Dale enjoys horse riding, hiking, reading and various other
Tran Quyet Thang
tranqt "at" mit.edu
Tran Quyet Thang is a visiting student at MIT from National Univeristy of Singapore. He is a PhD candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, working on synthesis, characterization, and post-treatments of graphene and carbon nanotube fibers.
Outside of research, he enjoys travelling, running, and outdoor activities.
j.gair.jr "at" gmail.com
Jeffrey Gair, Jr. is a visiting Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering at University of Maryland. He received his B.S. degrees in Bioengineering and Biology in 2009 and his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2016 from University of Maryland. He currently works as a research fellow for the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, where he has been since 2010. His work is on CNT-matrix interactions and tunability for the development of multifunctional aerospace composites.Outside of the lab he enjoys backpacking and robotics.
akudo "at" mit.edu
Akira Kudo joined NECST lab after graduating from Tohoku University, Japan, and obtained his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering in 2016. He moved to California Institute of Technology as Resnick Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, working with Professor Julia Greer in the Department of Applied Physics and Materials Science.
dougsj "at" mit.edu
Doug Jacobs is a Mechanical Engineering S.M. student in Professor Wardle’s NECSTlab. Since receiving his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2009, he has worked at GE Aviation, completing the Edison Engineering Development Program (EEDP). His research is focused on advancing the ionic Electro-Active Polymer (i-EAP) actuators that utilize aligned carbon nanotube composites.
Outside the lab, Doug works at GE Aviation as an Advanced Sensing Systems engineer, and also likes tennis, golf, percussion, tv, traveling and to cook.
Diana Lewis is a PhD candidate in Aero/Astro. She received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire in 2005, as well as her M.S. in 2007. She then spent five years in industry, specializing in high-volume production of carbon nanotubes via the floating-catalyst CVD method. Her research is concentrated on mechanical properties of composite interfaces reinforced with carbon nanotubes.
In her free time, Diana enjoys playing competitive Ultimate Frisbee, training her large dog, and being outdoors as much as possible.
ayost "at" mit.edu
Ally is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and works under Professor Wardle in the NECSTLab. She received her B.S. In Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire in 2010, and her S.M. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 2012. Her research is focused on integrating patterned carbon nanotube forests into microfluidic devices for manipulation and capture of nano-sized bioparticles.
Outside of research, Ally is passionate about entrepreneurship and is heavily involved in the MIT $100K Competition (2013 Managing Director) and the Hacking Medicine Initiative. She also enjoys soccer, skiing, running, yoga, and almost anything outdoors.
Dr. Sunny Wicks
swicks "at" mit.edu
dhandlin "at" mit.edu
Daniel Handlin is an SM student in Aeronautics and Astronautics doing a thesis focusing on advanced polymer nanocomposites. He received his bachelor's from Harvard, graduating in 2011. Outside the lab, he enjoys flying, Star Trek and watching movies.
UROPs and 16.62x students (in order of most recent departure)
josesoto "at" mit.edu
Starting in summer 2021, Jose will be working with necstlab and studying both the properties of capillary densified carbon/boron-nitride nanotubes and the properties of carbon nanotube-substrate adhesion. In his free time, he enjoys live theater acting, playing video games, and volleyball.
bbarbour "at" mit.edu
Brenden is a second year undergraduate in the AeroAstro department. He is working on the development of an artificial intelligence for the application of segmentation of complex damage in aerospace composite materials. Outside of his work, he spends his time cooking, playing video games, and cycling.
jnwenyi "at" mit.edu
azreen "at" mit.edu
MRL Summer Scholar
ivalbelo "at" mit.edu
sofip "at" mit.edu
Sofi Peterson is an undergraduate researcher in NECSTLab and is perusing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Outside of the lab, she is an Associate Advisor and enjoys playing water polo, hiking and skiing.
yulingao "at" mit.edu
Yulin Gao is an undergraduate researcher in NECSTLab and is pursuing an M.Eng in Materials Science. He is an exchange student at MIT from Imperial College London. Outside of the lab, he enjoys travelling, cycling and target sports.
csackier "at" mit.edu
Chloe Sackier is an undergraduate researcher in NECSTLab and is pursuing a B.S. in AeroAstro. Outside of the lab, she enjoys violin, running and DIY high altitude ballooning projects.
chapc "at" mit.edu
Christine Chappelle is an undergraduate researcher in NECSTLab and is pursuing a B.S. in AeroAstro. Outside of the lab, she is a part of the MIT Flying Club, and enjoys golfing, hiking, and playing the flute.
robertoc "at" mit.edu
Roberto Campanario is an undergraduate researcher in NECSTLab and is perusing a B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering. He is an exchange student at MIT from University of Pretoria. Outside of the lab, he enjoys playing guitar, running and playing soccer.
aliotta "at" mit.edu
Andrew Liotta is an undergraduate researcher in NECSTLab, and is pursuing a B.S. in AeroAstro. Outside of the lab, Andrew is a member of the MIT Solar Electric Vehicle Team and enjoys playing soccer and skiing whenever possible.
eshuter "at" mit.edu
Elisheva Shuter is an undergraduate researcher in NECSTLab and is pursuing a B.S. in AeroAstro. Outside of the lab, she is involved in MIT Hillel and Friends of Israel, and enjoys reading, playing softball, and swimming.
Eveline (Evi) Postelnicu
eviolin "at" mit.edu
Eveline (Evi) Postelnicu is an undergraduate researcher, and is currently a sophomore pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Materials Science and Engineering and Physics. Outside of the lab, she is a member of the MIT Solar Electric Vehicle Team, and enjoys running, knitting, and playing the violin and piano.
parschau "at" mit.edu
Christian Parschau is an undergraduate researcher in NECSTLab. He is an exchange student from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and is currently pursuing a BEng in Mechanical Engineering. Outside of the lab he enjoys reading history, rock-climbing and hiking.
ajcconst "at" mit.edu
I am a rising senior at the Pennsylvania State University studying materials science and engineering minoring in engineering mechanics. At the Pennsylvania State University, I am working on density functional theory applications for electrochemical capacitors. While at MIT through the CMSE/MPC Summer Scholars Program, I am very interested in developing high performance materials for structural applications in aerospace and other engineering applications. Additionally, I am very interested in how such materials can be applied at high temperatures. In my free time, I enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, sailing, climbing, and snowboarding.
anasofia "at" mit.edu
Ana Vazquez is an undergraduate researcher in Professor Wardle’s lab. She is working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at MIT. In addition to research, Ana enjoys playing the trumpet, writing poetry and short stories, and is very active within MIT's Latino Cultural Center.
mdevoe "at" mit.edu
hvincent "at" mit.edu
Hanna Vincent is an undergraduate research working towards a Bachelor's degree in Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. Hanna is a captain of the MIT Varsity Sailing team, and competes regularly on weekends at women's sailing regattas.
hennaj "at" mit.edu
Henna Jethani is an undergraduate researcher in Professor Wardle’s lab. She is working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at MIT. In addition to research, Henna enjoys playing tennis and being a coordinator for Camp Kesem, a weeklong summer camp for kids of cancer patients.
mrpayne "at" mit.edu
bnwright "at" mit.edu
Brandon Wright is an undergraduate research in Professor Wardle's lab. He is working towards his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. Outside of research, Brandon enjoys cooking as part of MIT's German House, long-distance running, and participating in global research opportunities through the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives program.
pflorin "at" mit.edu
Peter Florin is an undergrad student at MIT working towards a B.S. in Aero/Astro Engineering. He is currently working on research under Professor Wardle. He works directly with Richard Li on Richard's fuzzy fiber and with Fabio Fachin on Fabio's densification projects. Outside of the lab, Peter is an avid rower, and is currently a member of MIT's Varsity Lightweight rowing team.
wwwennie "at" mit.edu
Wennie Wang is an undergraduate researcher working on the mechanical characterization of carbon nanotube reinforced plastics. She is working towards her Bachelor's degree in Materials Science and Engineering. In addition to research, Wennie enjoys volunteering with APO, silkscreening, and cooking exotic foods.
marcelw "at" mit.edu
Visting Students (in order of most recent departure)
2021 MSRP Intern
ccatalan "at" mit.edu
Carlos is in his 5th year of B.S. on Mechanical Engineering, in the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. He has always had a passion to work either in renewable energy or in space exploration. His interests lie in the fields of Materials Science and Engineering and Thermal Engineering. Carlos will be interning for necstlab on summer 2021, as part of the MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) (more info here: https://oge.mit.edu/graddiversity/msrp/). He enjoys biking and reading.
MRL-MRSEC 2021 Summer Scholars REU Program
ssaifaee "at" mit.edu
Saeed is joining necstlab for summer 2021, as part of the MRL-MRSEC 2021 Summer Scholars REU Program. He is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the Pennsylvania State University. His career interests are within nanotechnology or aerospace engineering. Outside of school, Saeed enjoys swimming, reading, and golf.
Carlos José Fortunas Teixeira
cjft "at" mit.edu
Carlos Teixeira is a PhD candidate in Electrical Engineering at University of Minho in Portugal, where he has obtained his MS degree in the same area in 2012. Before starting his PhD program at the MIT Portugal program in 2014, he has worked in the simulation of reinforcement learning techniques in robotic locomotion. Currently, he is a visiting student at MIT, where he is designing and developing a robust methodology to support the transition between two CVD setups for CNT synthesis. Outside school, he enjoys traveling and playing mandolin.
Former Affiliated Faculty, Researchers, and others (in order of most recent departure)
Prof. John Dugundji (1925-2020)
MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics
dugundji "at" mit.edu
Dr. Jeff Gair, MIT Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies
jgair "at" mit.edu
Ida Ely Rubin Artist in Residence
diemutstrebeq "at" gmail.com