Alumni


Post Doctoral Associates (most recent departures are at bottom of the list)

Erica Freire Antunes
PostDoctoral Fellow
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.

Adriana Gama
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.

Noa Lachman
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

 

 

Fabio Fachin
Post Doctoral Associate
email: ffachin "at" mit.edu

 

 

Sam BuschhornSam Buschhorn
Post Doctoral Associate

 

 

 

Grinia Nogueira
Post Doctoral Associate
grinia"at" mit.edu

Post Doctoral Associate working in a CMSE collaborative project to develop new routes to 3D hierarchical nano structured materials and devices.

 

Ethan Parsons
Post Doctoral Associate
ethan33 "at" mit.edu

 

 

Itai Stein
Postdoctoral Associate
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.

» web: http://alum.mit.edu/www/iys/

 

Yue Zhou
Postdoctoral Associate

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.

Kehang Cui
Postdoctoral Associate

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.

Wenbo Shi
Postdoctoral Associate

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.


Graduate Students (in order of most recent departure)

Amy Vanderhout
Graduate Student
vandeamy "at" mit.edu

Amy Vanderhout was an undergraduate researcher in NECSTLab while pursuing a B.S. in AeroAstro. She has since joined necstlab as a graduate student. Outside the lab, she enjoys hobby rocketry, skiing and hiking.

Frederick Daso
Graduate Student
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.

Nathan Fritz
Graduate Student
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.

Hayden Cornwell
Graduate Student
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.

Dale Lidston
Graduate Student
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
outdoor activities.

Tran Quyet Thang
Visiting Student
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.

Jeffrey Gair
Visiting Student
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.

Akira Kudo
Postdoctoral Associate
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.

Doug Jacobs
Graduate Student
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
Graduate Student
djlewis "at"mit.edu

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.

Allison Yost
Graduate Student
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

 

 

Daniel Handlin
S.M.
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)

Azreen Zaman
UROP
azreen "at" mit.edu

Azreen Zaman is an undergraduate researcher in necstlab, and is pursuing a B.S. in AeroAstro. Her research interests include carbon nanotube and substrate adhesion. Outside of the lab, she enjoys dancing and playing tennis recreationally. Outside of MIT, she is currently a mentor for her high school robotics team.
 

Isabel Albelo
MRL Summer Scholar
ivalbelo "at" mit.edu

Isabel Albelo is a visiting undergraduate researcher in necstlab with the MIT Materials Research Laboratory Summer Scholar Internship program. She is currently attending UCLA, where she is pursuing a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering. At UCLA, she is involved with STEM outreach to local high school and middle school students, and she is on the engineering committee for the annual Coastalong Music and Sustainability Festival. In addition to school and research, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her dog.

Sofi Peterson
UROP
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.

Yulin Gao
UROP
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.

Chloe Sackier
UROP
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.

Christine Chappelle
UROP
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.

Roberto Campanario
UROP
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.

Andrew Liotta
UROP
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.

Elisheva Shuter
UROP
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
UROP
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.

Christian Parschau
UROP
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.

Alex Constable
UROP
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.

Ana Vazquez
UROP
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.

Mackenzie Devoe
UROP
mdevoe "at" mit.edu

 

 

Hanna Vincent
UROP
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.

Henna Jethani
UROP
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. ­­

Mark Payne
Visiting UROP
mrpayne "at" mit.edu

 

 

Brandon Wright
UROP
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.

Peter Florin
UROP
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.

Wennie Wang
UROP
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.

Marcel Williams
UROP
marcelw "at" mit.edu

 


Visting Students (in order of most recent departure)

Carlos José Fortunas Teixeira
Graduate Student
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)

Dr. Jeff Gair, MIT Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies 
Research Affiliate
jgair "at" mit.edu

Dr. Jeff Gair is a materials research engineer for the United States Army Research Laboratory (ARL) in the Vehicle Technology Directorate. His research focuses on intelligent and multifunctional materials for advanced aerospace vehicle applications. A few areas of interest include lightweighting, damage-sensing, structural energy storage and harvesting, EMI sheilding, and AI integration into both the design and function of materials in dynamic systems. Previously, Dr. Gair worked for 7 years as a Pre and Postdoctoral Fellow at ARL through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. He completed his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland while funded as a the Predoctoral Fellow at ARL, and working in close collaboration with MIT’s necstlab and the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies.
 

   Diemut Strebe
   Ida Ely Rubin Artist in Residence

   diemutstrebeq "at" gmail.com
   https://arts.mit.edu/artists/diemut-strebe/#about-the-residency