Cate Brinson

Professor L. Catherine Brinson

Group Leader
Curriculum Vitae
PhD Caltech 1990
MS Caltech 1986
BS Virgina Tech 1985

Current Group Members

Karl Putz

Dr. Karl Putz

Project manager
Project: Synthesis and Characterization of Polymer Nanocomposites, Fracture and Toughness
PhD The University of Texas at Austin


Dr. Marc Palmeri

Post Doctorate
Project: Synthesis and Characterization of Polymer Nanocomposites and Free-standing Graphene Oxide Papers; Fracture and Toughness
PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University
BSE in Materials Science and Engineering, Duke University

Min Zhang

Min Zhang

Graduate Student
Project: Characterization of polymeric/nanocomposites properties
BS in Materials Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University.


Anqi Hu

Graduate Student
Project: Microstructure based predictive material science of multiphase polymer system
MS in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Northwestern University
BS in Engineering Mechanics, China University of Mining and Technology


Xiaolin Li

Graduate Student
Project: Material Genome System for Analyzing and Design of Polymer Nanocomposites
BS in Engineering Mechanics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

He ‘Richard’ Zhao

He (Richard) Zhao

Graduate Student
Project: Finite element modeling and material Informatics of polymer nanocomposites
BS in Aerospace Engineering, University of Notre Dame

Partha Paul

Partha Paul

Graduate Student
Project: Granular Constraints and Size Effects in Shape Memory Alloys
M. Tech, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
B. Tech, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

Zijiang Yang

Zijiang Yang

Graduate Student
Project: Data mining for materials genome initiative
BS Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Yixing Wang

Yixing Wang

Graduate Student
Project: Finite element modeling and data mining in polymer nanocomposites
BS in Engineering Mechanics, Harbin Institute of Technology

Min Zhang

Min Zhang

Graduate Student
Project: Study on mechanical behavior of thermoplastic polyueas
MS in Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
BS in Harbin Institute of Technology

Matthew Eaton

Matthew Eaton

Graduate Student
Project: Nanoprobe Investigations of Local Polymer Response in Nanopatterned Substrates and Composites
BS in Chemistry, Northeastern University

Ridvan Kahraman

Ridvan Kahraman

Graduate Student
Project: Nanocellulose-Polymer Interactions: Molecular Simulations and Nanoscale Experiments
BS in Materials Science and Engineering, Sabanci University, Turkey

David Collinson

David Collinson

Graduate Student
Project: Experimental Analysis of the local and bulk properties of Polymer Nanocomposites
BE(Hons) in Mechanical Engineering, University of Canterbury



Dr. Ikumu Watanabe

Visiting Scholar
Project: Micromechanical modeling of deformation-induced martensitic transformation with finite element analysis

Pingping Zhu

Pingping Zhu, PhD 2015

Project: Shape memory alloy modeling and applications to porous and composite structures
MS Shanghai Jiao Tong University
BS Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Xu Cheng

Xu Cheng, PhD 2014

Project: Characterization of interphase effects in polymer nanocomposites
PhD Northwestern University
MS Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
BS Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics


Dr. Zhiwei Cui

Post doc
Project: multi-scale modeling of polyurea and polymer nanocomposites
PhD Harbin institute of technology

Yang Li

Yang Li, PhD 2014

Project: Exploring the Role of Interphase in Mechanical, Viscoelastic and Dielectric Properties of Polymer and Polymer Nanocomposites Using Modeling Method

Charles Wood

Charles Wood, PhD 2013

Project: Developing Nanoindentation Techniques for Characterizing Local Mechanical Properties of Soft Matter

Catherine Tupper

Catherine Tupper, PhD 2014

Project: Microstructural Characterization of Shape Memory Alloys Fracture and Toughness and Porous SMAs

Aaron Stebner

Aaron Stebner, PhD 2012

Project: Transformation, and Plastic Strains of Shape-Memory NiTi through Modeling and Neutron Diffraction

Fang Yuan

Fang Yuan, PhD 2012

Project: Modeling of Bone and Sea Spines


Dr. Hua Deng, Post Doc

Project: Multiscale Modeling , Percolation Effects
PhD Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University

Supinda Watcharotone

Supinda Watcharotone, PhD 2011

Project: "Nanoindentation of Polymer Nanocomposites and Model Nanocomposite Films" and "Dispersion Quantification of Nanoparticles in Polymer Nanocomposites"

DongHai Gai

Donghai Gai, MS

Project: Synthesis, Characterization and Modeling of Nanoparticle Reinforced Polymer Ssystems

Keith Gall

Keith Gall, PhD 2010

Project: Porous SMA, Micromechanical Characterization
BS Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


Lesley Hamming, PhD 2010

Project: Synthesis and Characterization of Polymer Nanocomposites, Bio-inspired Nanocomposites

Sankar Naryana, MS, June 2009
Project: Multiscale modeling of shape memory alloys and NiTi Foams
Last Seen: Student at Georgia Tech

Yunlong Guo
Project: Aging of Polyers and Composites
Last Seen: PostDoc at Princeton University

Grace Chen, PhD June 2009
Project: Multiscale modeling of shape memory alloys and NiTi Foams
Last Seen: CFD Research Corporation, Huntsville, AL

Michele Panico, PhD June 2008
Project: Multiscale modeling of shape memory alloys and NiTi Foams
Last seen: Exxon Mobile Corporation, Houston, TX

Ray Qiao, PhD June 2009
Project: Percolation in Polymer Nanocomposites
Last seen: BD Medical Corporation, Salt Lake City, UT

Dr. T. (Ram) Ramanathan, Post doc
Project: "Synthesis and Characterization of Nanoreinforced Polymers" and "Characterization of Polymer Films by Impedance Spectroscopy and Mechanical Testing"
Last seen: Eagle Picher Corporation, Joplin, MO

Andy Schoch, PhD June 2009
Project: Morphology Control in Polymer Nanocomposites

Dr. Hui Shen
Project: "Numerical Micromechanics for Porous Metallic Materials" and "Indentation Mechanics for Polymer Coatings"
Last seen: Assistant Professor at Ohio Northern University

James Washington, MS Feb 2006
Thesis: Multi-scale Measurements of Viscoelastic Properties of Polymeric Materials by Tensile and Indentation Deformations

Ray Qiao, MS Feb 2006
Thesis: Numerical Modeling of Shape Memory Alloys and Interfacial Effects in Self-Healing Composites

Huanlong Li, PhD June 2006
Thesis: Foam Materials for Use in Bone Implants: Microstructure and Loading Effects on Mechanical Properties and Bone Ingrowth
Last seen: studying for MBA at University of Chicago

Debbie Burton, PhD June 2005
Thesis: Continuum Models for Shape Memory Alloys for Simulations

Dr. Frank Fisher, PhD June 2002
MS Thesis: Interphase Effects in Viscoelastic Composites; MS awarded 12/98 PhD Thesis: Nanomechanics and the viscoelastic behavior of carbon nanotube-reinforced polymers
last seen: Assistant Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology

Dr. Xiujie Gao, PhD June 2002
Thesis: Multivariant Modeling and Characterization of SMAs Based on Hierarchical Characteristics of Martensite Crystallography
last seen: Research Engineer at General Motors Corporation: Research & Development Division

Zhu He, MS Dec 2004
Thesis: Use of Electrical Resistance Testing to Redefine the transformation Kinetics and Phase Diagram for SMAs (co-advised with M. Peshkin)

Tao Bai
PhD Thesis topic: Impedance Spectroscopy and Mechanical Response effects of Physical and Chemical Aging of Polymers
Last seen: Motorola Corporation

Nagendra Akshantala, Postdoc, 11/97 - 9/99 Project: Physical Aging and Damage Mechanics in Composites
Last seen: Goodyear Rubber and Tire Company, Akron, OH

Alex Bekker, PhD Fall 1997
Thesis: Mathematical Modeling of One-Dimensional Shape Memory Alloy Behavior: Phase Diagram Kinetics and Temperature Induced transformation
Last seen: somewhere in Silicon Valley

Roger Bradshaw, PhD Summer 1997
Thesis: Nonisothermal Physical Aging in Polymer Composite Material
Last seen: Professor at University of Louisville.

Richard Hansen, M.S. Spring 1997
Thesis: Multiviscoelastic Materials in a Single Constrained Layer

Miinshiou Huang, PhD Fall 1997
Thesis: A Multivariant Shape Memory Alloy Model
Last seen: Ford Motor Company, Detroit, MI

Shiyi Hwang, M.S. Winter 1994
Thesis: Behavior of One-Dimensional Shape Memory Alloy Wires with Heat transfer Effects

Wensheng Lin, M.S. Winter 1996
Thesis: Micromechanics Studies of Multiphase Viscoelastic Composite

Sarah Thelen, M.S. June 2000
Thesis: Titanium Foam for Use in Bone Implants: Microstructure Effects on Effective Properties and Local Stress States
Last seen: Zimmer Corporation, IN

Xiangyang Zhang, Postdoc, 2/99 - 9/99
Thesis: Use of SEM and EBSD on SMA Single Crystal Response to Thermomechanical Loading in situ
Last Seen: Principal Engineer, Edwards LifeSciences, Irvine, CA

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