Students

Andrew Castillo

Andrew is a 2nd year PhD student in the school of Mechanical Engineering working under Professor Surya Kalidindi.  He did his undergraduate at Georgia Tech in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in the Mechanical Behavior of Materials. His research interests lie in the application of data science techniques to solve inverse structural mechanics problems. 

In his free time he enjoys running, music and playing classical guitar. 

Andriy Dotsenko

Andriy Dotsenko is a Ph.D. student in the school of Mechanical Engineering, working with Dr. Suman Das in the Direct Digital Manufacturing Lab (DDML). He has a B.S. in Physics from Stony Brook University and industry experience working at HYPRES, inc. in the area of superconducting electronics. His current research is metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) at the intersection of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science with the goal of developing a light-weight, high-strength aluminum alloy optimized for AM. A general Combinatorial High Throughput (CHT) alloy synthesis technique for alloy development and discovery is developed as a tool to realize this goal, and can be extended to other alloy systems.

Andriy enjoys hiking, music, and social dancing, helping organize the Georgia Tech Salsa Club.

Perry Ellis

Perry is a Ph.D. student in the School of Physics at Georgia Tech working under Professor Alberto Fernandez-Nieves.  His research uses experiment and simulation to examine the interplay between ordered materials such as liquid crystals and the constraints imposed by the geometry of the confining volume.  Perry hopes to use the tools provided by the FLAMEL program to develop applications and new materials using the insights gained from his fundamental research. 

Perry received his B.S. in Physics from Harvey Mudd College in 2011. In his free time he enjoys climbing rocks and being outside.

Peter Griffiths

Peter Griffiths is a second year PhD student in the School of Mechanical Engineering working for Dr. Tequila Harris in the Polymer Thin Films Processing Group studying thin film manufacturing. He is particularly interested in computational modeling of nano-composite solutions that exhibit viscoelastic flow behavior to better understand structure-process-function relationships. His goal is to develop computational tools to model the process physics to tailor particle distributions and material properties during thin film manufacture, for varying applications.

Peter previously attended the University of Florida where he earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering in 2006. During his undergraduate studies, he interned for the Aviation Division of General Electric, which led to a position in the Edison Engineering Development Program upon graduation. He returned to school full-time to earn a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Florida in 2013, studying the force and wetting phenomenon involved in using droplets to transport wafers. Peter’s current interests outside of his academic pursuits includes running, racquetball, team sports, cooking, and history. 

Travis Morgan

Travis is a first year PhD student in the school of Materials Science and Engineering.  He received a B.S. degree in Biochemistry from Texas State University in 2016.  While attending Texas State he worked in a lab that did research in the field of conductive polymers, and was a member of the Partnership For Research in Education in Materials (PREM).  Through PREM he had the opportunity to participate in an REU program at Duke University studying hybrid conductive polymer and bioprecipated inorganic quantum dots for use in photovoltaics.  Travis is currently doing research under Dr. Valeria Milam in the Materials Science department at Georgia Tech focusing on the development and characterization of DNA aptamers.

Sepi Parvinian

Sepideh Parvinian is a PhD student in the school of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech working with Dr. Hamid Garmetsani. She received a B.S. degree in MSE from University of Maryland, College Park. She is currently working on optimization of nanocellulose based composites for biomedical applications. Sepideh hopes to apply big data analytics tools to assess process-stature- property linkages in nanocellulose composites. Outside the realm of science, Sepideh enjoys playing the piano, drawing, cooking and traveling.

Thomas Payne

Thomas Payne is a PhD student in Material Science and Engineer working under Dr. David McDowell. He received a BS in the same field from North Carolina State University. His research focuses on development and application of CAC, a novel multiscale modeling tool coupling atomistic and continuum approaches to deformation and failure of metals, including dislocation substructure formation and ductile fracture, two grand challenges involving multiscale phenomena. The FLAMEL program is providing him with knowledge and experience in data science and materials informatics which, combined with his modeling work, will further the program’s goal of using such techniques to accelerate materials research. 

Robert Pienta

Robert Pienta is a PhD student in computational science and engineering at Georgia Tech. As an undergraduate, he attended Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology majoring in computer science and mathematics. His academic interests are human-in-the-loop machine learning, visual analytics, and large-scale data mining. While in FLAMEL he aspires to utilize visualization and data mining techniques to improve the quality of models and material simulations. For fun he paints portraits and runs. 

Jesse Sestito

Jesse Sestito graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.  He then worked at National Instruments for three years.  He is now a first year Ph.D. student in the School of Mechanical Engineering.  Jesse will be performing his research on additive materials.

Christopher Shartrand

Chris is a first year PhD student in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering. He received a B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics from the State University of New York at Fredonia. Before Georgia Tech he had the opportunity to participate in two unique internships and a REU over a diversified field of disciplines. He has worked as a Demographic Data Analyst for Pitney Bowes Corporation and as an Radiological Emergency Planner for the New York State Office of Emergency Management. Additionally during his REU,  he conducted research involving CD4+ T-cells at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech.

Chris is currently involved in research under the advisement of Drs. J-C Lu, Martha Grover, and Elsa Reichmanis. He is attempting to aid in the development of a scientific data-synthesis engine for unifying available big-data embedded in theoretical models, model simulations and past experiments. The process will aid toward designing new experiments that shore up potential knowledge gaps. From there the goal is to create a learning process that can investigate areas that have larger trust uncertainty.

Outside of academics, Chris is an avid long distance runner and T.V./Movie connoisseur.