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"Engineering at the Interfaces"
Additive Manufacturing from Powders Institute
Member Scientists
Sinan Muftu

Sinan earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester and held a joint postdoc at MIT and Penn State. In addition, he was a research scientist at the Haystack Observatory of MIT and a visiting Associate Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of MIT. Sinan served on and chaired the executive committee of the Information Storage and Processing Systems (ISPS) division of the ASME. He was elected a Fellow of the ASME in 2007. Sinan’s research spans a range of applications in applied mechanics, tribology and additive manufacturing. He is a renowned expert in the mechanics of axially translating materials, bone remodeling, and high velocity impact of particles during cold spray.

Sagar Kamarthi

Sagar earned his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He is a resident expert in neural networks and knowledge based systems in design and manufacturing as well as in distributed and cooperative AI applied to systems integration. Sagar was awarded the Dell K. Allen Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award . He also has research interest in monitoring, diagnosis and control of machining processes, intelligent sensors/sensor integration, design and manufacturing in mass customization, and product software development for group technology.

Yang Liu

Yang earned her Ph. D. in Computational Mechanics from Columbia University and was a Postdoc in the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies at M.I.T. Her research interests lie multiscale/multiphysics computational mechanics, numerical modeling and simulation of complex materials such as granular materials, geomaterials, composites, biomaterials, etc. Her research aims to advance the fundamental understanding and predictive capabilities of macroscopic mechanical behaviors of materials relative to their microscopic attributes.

Jackie Issacs

Jackie earned her Ph. D. from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at M. I. T. She is an ELATE fellow and has served as a committee member for the National Research Council. Jackie’s current research interests include economic-environmental assessment of alternative manufacturing routes towards sustainable design and manufacturing, societal implications of manufacturing, with interdisciplinary collaborations in political science, philosophy, industrial hygiene and industrial engineering.

Randall Erb

Randy earned his Ph. D. in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Duke University and was a Postdoc in the Materials Department of ETH-Zurich in Switzerland. His main research focus is to understand and control the microstructure of complex materials systems. He is an expert in colloidal assembly, magnetic manipulation, and composite technologies. Randy all has a track record of designing and producing a wide array of additive technologies from the highest resolution carbon fiber printers on the market to mineralization printers that produce pure enamel. His work has led to two funded spinouts.

Andrew Gouldstone

Andrew earned his Ph. D. from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at M.I.T and held a NIH Postdoc position at the Harvard School of Public Health. Before joining Northeastern, he had a joint appointment at Stony Brook in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering as well as in Thermal Spray Research. He received a NSF CAREER award in 2005. Andrew bio Andrew’s current interests include mechanics of heterogeneous systems, fundamental mechanics of thermal sprayed coatings, respiratory mechanics and indentation across size scales and disciplines.

Greg Kowalski

Greg earned his Ph. D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He served as a visiting specialist in thermal systems for the Solar Energy Research Institute and repeatedly for the US Army Natick Research, Development and Engineering Center. At Northeastern, Greg is the Director of the Energy Systems MS program. His research interests include developing numerical approaches to understand thermal effects including microscale heat transfer phenomena on laser beam propagation through heated materials, laser welding processes, calorimetry and other energy-related processes.

Safa Jamali

Safa earned his Ph. D. in Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University and was a Postdoc in Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at M.I.T. His research seeks to understand the relationship between the microstructural evolutions in dense materials system under stress/deformation. Safa is studying the flow of dense granular media and suspensions that show rich and complex mechanical responses across different packings, flow conditions, geometries, functionalities, etc. He has been developing computational platforms to enable the study of large number of particles, with different characteristics (sizes, chemical identities, shapes, etc.).

Craig Maloney

Craig earned his Ph. D. in the Department of Physics at U.C. Santa Barbara with Jim Langer on metallic glasses. Before joining Northeastern, he was faculty in the Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He received a NSF CAREER award in 2011. His research interests include modeling, simulation, and theory of nanoscale mechanics, powders, complex fluids, soft matter, glasses and amorphous materials.

Marilyn Minus

Marilyn earned her Ph.D. in Polymer, Textile, and Fiber Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research is focused on fundamental studies regarding interfacial construction between organic polymers and inorganic nano-materials. Marilyn is an expert on interfacial construction of composites and hybrid materials. Her research lab focuses on the application areas of light weight high-performance fibers, hybrid graded films and non-woven materials, including multifunctional properties such as thermal and electrical conductivity.

Moneesh Upmanyu

Moneesh earned his Ph. D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan. His research focuses on computational techniques that span multiple scales, atomic to continuum, to quantify the structure property relations in established and emerging material systems, both in technology and nature. He has been named an Outstanding Young Scientist by the Recrystallization and Grain Growth Congress highlighting his interest in kinetics and thermodynamics of metal systems. He is an expert in multi-scale molecular dynamic modeling using methods that can simulate hundreds of thousands of particles over relevant time scales.

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