Prior FLAMEL Students

Jason Allen

Jason Allen is a second year Ph.D. student in the School of Materials Science and Engineering. He received a B.S. degree in physics from Southern Polytechnic State University in 2002 and a B.S. degree in materials science and engineering from Georgia Tech in 2013.

Until 2014, Jason spent 11 years working for the State of Georgia as a safety engineer reviewing construction projects related to chemical plants, pipeline terminals, propane plants, and liquefied natural gas plants. Currently, Jason is working under the advisory of Dr. Hamid Garmestani and is hoping to use and apply big data methods learned through the FLAMEL program to computational materials science to better identify and asses process-structure-property linkages. Jason also has interests in learning computational optimization schemes and applying graph theory to material systems.

In his free time, Jason spends time with his wife and four-year old son.

David Brough

David Brough is a fourth-year PhD student in the School of Computational Science and Engineering. As an undergraduate, David studied theoretical physics and researched the evolution of chaotic systems using neural networks at Westminster College. He also earned a Master’s degree in experimental condensed matter physics at Brigham Young University where he fabricated and characterized thin-films used in nanostructured high capacity battery electrodes and in X-ray windows. David’s current research interest is creating tools and protocols that efficiently leverage large datasets to learn structure-processing and structure-property relationships.

David has worked in industry both as a chemist and as an operations manager in international business. He has also developed his entrepreneur skills by starting a successful company. David enjoys being with his family; music, playing soccer, and coaching as a Crossfit level one trainer.

Abhiram Kannan

Abhiram Kannan graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in Polymer Science and Engineering from UDCT, Mumbai where he was a recipient of the Borouge Fellowship. He is a third-year Ph.D. student in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech. His current research focus lies in using advanced characterization tools to study polymeric systems under dynamic and evolving conditions. He predominantly uses X-ray and neutron scattering methods, which generate large datasets, and the analysis of these data eventually sparked his interest in the general realm of “big data.”

Alex Lohse

Alex Lohse is in his second-year of the Ph.D. program in the School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at Georgia Tech, after recently graduating with a B.S. in MSE from Purdue University. During his time at Purdue, he worked for GE-Aviation on a variety of military and commercial jet engine material systems; for Northrop Grumman on microelectronics technology for satellites; and performing research in sustainable metal processing. He also played the “Big Bass Drum” in Purdue’s All-American Marching Band and studied abroad in France and China. In his spare time he loves to travel, play soccer, is an avid runner, and will do just about anything outdoors including hiking, kayaking, and cycling.

Nils Persson

Nils Persson hails from the great state of Minnesota, and as an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, he pursued a major in chemical engineering, played trumpet in the marching band, and founded MinnProv, an improvisational comedy team that is now the face(s) of comedy at the U of M. After graduating, he performed research on high-temperature catalytic reactors for the conversion of biomass to fuels and chemicals in the lab of Professor Lanny 
Schmidt.

Nils is currently a third-year Ph.D. student in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech, working under the advisory of Dr. Martha Grover and Dr. Elsa Reichmanis. He constructs computational simulations of polymer aggregation for the solution processing of organic electronics. While in the FLAMEL program, he hopes apply big data techniques to the analysis of the processing-structure-property relationships of poly-3-hexylthiophene, a well-studied semiconducting polymer. His current  interests include ultimate frisbee and learning how to totally shred on drums.

Alicia Rossi (White)

Alicia Rossi is a PhD student in Material Science and Engineering working with Dr. Surya Kalidindi.  Her undergraduate degree is in Polymer and Fiber Engineering from Georgia Tech.  Her research interests involve investigating the mechanical properties of polymeric materials that cannot be investigated by traditional means.  She is particularly interested in the interface properties of composites.  The properties of thin films on substrates are also of significant interest.  Using a combination of imaging techniques and nanoindentation, she is investigating correlations between variation in the material and variations in mechanical properties.