Graduate Alumni


Vinamra Agrawal
Thesis: Shock wave propagation in composites and electro-thermomechanical coupling of ferroelectric materials

Thomas F. Allen
Thesis: Two and Three Finger Caging of Polygons and Polyhedra

Jeffrey Scott Amelang
Thesis: A fully-nonlocal energy-based formulation and high-performance realization of the quasicontinuum method

Brock Douglas Bobbitt
Thesis: Small scale turbulence in high Karlovitz number premixed flames

Yingrui Chang
Thesis: A Continuum Model for Slip-Twinning Interactions in Magnesium and Magnesium Alloys

Jeesoon Choi
Thesis: Unsteady aerodynamics and optimal control of an airfoil at low Reynolds number

Abel Bermie Roberto Dizon
Thesis: A hybrid-parallel framework for the nonlinear seismic analysis of very tall buildings

Reeve Dunne
Thesis: Dynamic Stall on Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

Chengyun Hua
Thesis: Exploring Thermal Phonon Transport from Atomic to Macroscopic Scales for Energy Conversion and Management

Ryan Colt Hurley
Thesis: Force chains, friction, and flow: Behavior of granular media across length scales

Christopher George Janover
Thesis: SteelConverter and Caltech VirtualShaker: Rapid Nonlinear Cloud-Based Structural Model Conversion and Analysis

Alex Xavier Jerves Cobo
Thesis: Microscopic Origin of Macroscopic Strength in Granular Media: A Numerical and Analytical Approach

Gokcan Karakus
Thesis: Real-Time Bayesian Analysis of Ground Motion Envelopes for Earthquake Early Warning

Monica Paola Martinez Ortiz
Thesis: Fluid transport by aggregations of small swimming organisms

Lucas Rosendo Meza
Thesis: Design, Fabrication, and Mechanical Property Analysis of 3D Nanoarchitected Materials

Utkarsh Mital
Thesis: Understanding Micro- and Macro-Mechanics of Soil Liquefaction: A Necessary Step for Field-Scale Assessment

Sarah Louise Mitchell
Thesis: Topology optimization of silicon anode structures for lithium-ion battery applications

Panagiotis Philippos Natsiavas
Thesis: Stability of Electrode-Electrolyte Interfaces during Charging in Lithium Batteries

Brandon Scott Runnels
Thesis: A model for energy and morphology of crystalline grain boundaries with arbitrary geometric character

Krishna Shankar
Thesis: Kinematics and Local Motion Planning for Quasi-static Whole-body Mobile Manipulation

Aaron Towne
Thesis: Advancements in jet turbulence and noise modeling: accurate one-way solutions and empirical evaluation of the nonlinear forcing of wavepackets

Hsieh-Chen Tsai
Thesis: Numerical Investigation of Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines at Low Reynolds Number

Wen Yan
Thesis: Dynamics of Chemically Active Suspensions


Zachary Howard Aitken
Thesis: Effect of Microstructural Interfaces on the Mechanical Response of Crystalline Metallic Materials

Asghar Aryanfar
Thesis: Dendrites Inhibition in Rechargeable Lithium Metal Batteries

Vedran Coralic
Thesis: Simulation of Shock-Induced Bubble Collapse with Application to Vascular Injury in Shockwave Lithotripsy

Marcella Mary Gomez
Thesis: On the Role of Delays in Biological Systems: Analysis and Design

Srivatsan Hulikal
Thesis: Collective Behavior of Asperities as a Model for Friction and Adhesion

Esperanza Crystal Linares Guerrero
Thesis: Experimental Study on Inertial Effects in Liquid-Solid Flows

Ramses Mourhatch
Thesis: Quantifying Earthquake Collapse Risk of Tall Steel Braced Frame Buildings using Rupture-to-Rafters Simulations

Michael Brian Rauls
Thesis: Shock Wave Behavior of Heterogeneous Materials

Hemanth Siriki
Thesis: Quantifying Collapse Risk of Tall Steel Moment Frame Building using Rupture-toRafters Simulations

Ramathasan Thevamaran
Thesis: Rate and Microstructure Effects on the Dynamics of Carbon Nanotube Foams

Swetha Veeraraghavan
Thesis: Toppling Analysis of Precariously Balanced Rocks under Earthquake Excitation

Xin C. Wang
Thesis: A Variational Framework for Spectral Discretization of the Density Matrix in KohnSham Density Functional Theory


Phares Carroll
Thesis: Towards Understanding the Mixing Characteristics of Turbulent Buoyant Flows

Gerry Della Rocca
Thesis: A Novel Methodology for Simulating Contact-Line Behavior in Capillary-Driven Flows

Tom Desautels
Thesis: Spinal Cord Injury Therapy Through Active Learning
Visiting Researcher, Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, University College London, London, England

Vanessa Heckman
Thesis: Damage Detection in Civil Structures using High-Frequency Seismograms

Madeline Miller
Thesis: The Deep Ocean Density Structure at the Last Glacial Maximum: What Was It and Why?
Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University

Shiyan Song
Thesis: A New Ground Motion Intensity Measure, Peak Filtered Acceleration (PFA), to Estimate Collapse Vulnerability of Buildings in Earthquakes

Emily Warmann
Thesis: Design Strategies for Ultra-high Efficiency Photovoltaics


Michael J. Elzinga
Thesis: Flight dynamics in Drosophila through a dynamically-scaled robotic approach

Ha T. Giang
Thesis: Coupled Effects of Mechanics, Geometry, and Chemistry on Bio-membrane Behaviors
Research Associate in Physics, University of Washington, Seattle

Paul J. Hebert
Thesis: Estimation and Inference for Grasping and Manipulation Tasks Using Vision and Kinesthetic Sensors
Robotics Technologist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA

Andrea B. Leonard
Thesis: Controlling Wave Propagation Through Nonlinear Engineered Granular Systems

Robert C. Moeller
Thesis: Current Transport and Onset-Related Phenomena in an MPD Thruster Modified by Applied Magnetic Fields.
Group Supervisor, Collaborative Engineering Group, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA

Jacob K. Notbohm
Thesis: Dynamics of Cell-Matrix Mechanical Interactions in Three Dimensions
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA

Bharat P. Penmecha
Thesis: Fracture of Materials undergoing Solid-solid Phase Transformation
Senior Packaging Engineer, Intel Corp., Chandler, AZ

Andrew W. Richards
Thesis: Interplay of Martensitic Phase Transformation and Plastic Slip in Polycrystals
Postdoctoral Scholar, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico

Surendra N. Somala
Thesis: Source Imaging with Dense Sensor Networks: Inversions Based on Adjoint Methods
Research Scientist, Haliburton, Houston, Texas

Huan (Mumu) Xu
Thesis: Design, Specification, and Synthesis of Aircraft Electric Power Systems Control Logic
Assistant Research Professor, Aerospace/Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland


Pablo Abad-Manterola
Thesis: Axel Rover Tethered Dynamics and Motion Planning on Extreme Planetary Terrain
Associate Engineering Consultant, Exponent, Mountain View, California

In Ho Cho
Thesis: Virtual Earthquake Engineering laboratory with Physics-Based Material Models on Parallel Computers
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado


Justin L. Brown
Thesis: High Pressure Hugoniot Measurements in Solids Using Mach Reflections

Ahmed Elbanna
Thesis: The Different Signatures of Pulselike Earthquakes Propagating on Thin Faults
Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California

Daniel Hurtado-Sepulveda
Thesis: Multiscale Modeling of Microcrystalline Materials
Assistant Professor, Pontificia Universidad Catolica De Chile, Santiago, Chile

Christopher Kovalchick
Thesis: Mechanics of Peeling: Cohesive Zone Law and Stability
Technology Development Engineer - Thermomechanical Core Competency, Intel Corporation, Hillsboro, Oregon

John A. Meier
Thesis: An Experimental Scaling Study of a Novel Valveless Pump for Applications at Lab-On-Chip, Microfluidic, and Biomedical Device Size Scales
Research Scientist, Schlumberger

Luigi Perotti
Thesis: Modeling the Behavior of Fiber Reinforced Sandwich Structures Subjected to Underwater Explosions
Postdoctoral Scholar, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California

Vaughan Thomas
Thesis: Particle-Based Modeling of Ni-YSZ Anodes
Postdoctoral Associate, Johns Hopkins University, Maryland

Roseanna N. Zia
Thesis: Individual Particle Motion in Colloids: Microviscosity, Microdiffusivity, and Normal Stresses
Assistant Professor, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York


Keita Ando
Thesis: Effects of Polydispersity in Bubbly Flows
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Keio University, Japan

Noel Du Toit
Thesis: Robot Motion Planning in Dynamic, Cluttered, and Uncertain Environments: the Partially Closed-Loop Receding Horizon Control Approach
Postdoctoral Scholar, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California

Kristjan Gudmundsson
Thesis: Instability Wave Models of Turbulent Jets from Round and Serrated Nozzles
Principal Scientist at Aquaver, Netherlands

Jeffrey Hanna
Thesis: Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell Electrode Microstructures: Making Sense of the Internal Framework Affecting Gas Transport
Postdoctoral Associate, Reacting Gas-Dynamics Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Won Tae Joe
Thesis: Optimized Feedback Control of Vortex Shedding on an Inclined Flat Plate
Staff Scientist, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California

Jeffrey Krimmel
Thesis: Numerical Simulation of Wave Focusing and Scattering in Shock Wave Lithotripsy
Mechanical Engineer, Baker Hughes, Houston, Texas

Xiaobai Li
Thesis: Experimental and Numerical Study of Normal Particle-Wall Collisions in Liquid-Solid Flow
Research Engineer, Robert Bosch LLC, Research and Technology Center, Palo Alto, California

Jeremy Ma
Thesis: Real-Time Applications of 3D Object Detection and Tracking
Technologist II, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

David Pekarek
Thesis: Variational Methods for Control and Design of Bipedal Robot Models
Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

Farshid Roumi
Thesis: Solid-Solid Phase Transformations: Interactions of Transformation Strain with Plasticity and Electrochemical Processes

Anthony Roy
Thesis Neuro-Evolution Using RecombinationalAlgorithms and Embryogenesis for Robotic Control
Research and Development Engineer, Idealab, Pasadena, California

Lydia Ruiz
Thesis: The Role of Unsteady Hydrodynamics in the Propulsive Performance of a Self-Propelled Bio-Inspired Vehicle
Associate in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Exponent, Irvine, California

Nathalie Vriend
Thesis: Booming Sand Dunes
Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England

Tichakorn (Nok) Wongpiromsarn
Thesis: Formal Methods for Design and Verification of Embedded Control Systems: Application to an Autonomous Vehicle


Julia Braman
Thesis: Safety Verification and Failure Analysis of Goal-Based Hybrid Control Systems
Robotics Engineer, NASA-Johnson Space Center

Francesco Ciucci
Thesis: Continuum Modeling of Mixed Conductors: A Study of Ceria
Assistant Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Jennifer Franck
Thesis: Large-Eddy Simulation of Flow Separation and Control on a Wall-Mounted Hump
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

Nicholas H. Hudson
Thesis: Inference in Hybrid Systems with Applications in Neural Prosthetics
Robotics Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

Erin Koos
Thesis: Rheological Measurements in Liquid-Solid Flows
Staff, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Yi Liu
Thesis: Three-dimensional Elastodynamic Modeling of Frictional Sliding with Application to Intersonic Transition
Senior Quantitative Analyst, Tower Research Capital LLC, New York, New York

Leonard Lucas
Thesis: Uncertainty Quantification Using Concentration-of-Measure Inequalities
Senior Engineer, Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation

Daniel Sutoyo
Thesis: Hysteretic Characteristics of Wood-Frame Structures Under Seismic Motions
Product Manager, The Mathworks, Natick, MA

Or Yogev
Thesis: Computational Evolutionary Embryogeny

Ling Zheng
Thesis: Wrinkling of Dielectric Elastomer Membranes
Testing Engineer, Intel Corporation, Chandler, Arizona


John M. Carson, III
Robust Model Predictive Control with a Reactive Safety Mode
Engineering Staff, NASA/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

Mary J. Dunlop
Thesis: Dynamics and Correlated Noise in Gene Regulation
Assistant Professor, The University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont

Tamer El Sayed
Thesis: Constitutive Models for Polymers and Soft Biological Tissues
Assistant Professor, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

Michael Epstein
Thesis: Managing Information in Networked and Multi-Agent Control Systems
Engagement Manager, McKinsey and Company, Los Angeles, California

Ebraheem Fontaine
Thesis: Automated Visual Tracking for Behavioral Analysis of Biological Model Organisms
Analytic Scientist, Fair Isaac Corporation, San Diego, California

Winston Jackson
Thesis: Characterization of Soft Polymers and Gels Using the Pressure-Bulge Technique
Engineer, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, Long Beach, California

Eric Johnsen
Thesis: Numerical Simulations of Non-Spherical Bubble Collapse with Applications to Shockwave Lithotripsy
Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Jiang Hao
Thesis: Adaptive Feature Selection in Pattern Recognition and Ultra-wideband Radar Signal Analysis

Tomonori Honda
Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Yongqiang Liang
Thesis: Robotic Training on Motor Rehabilitation after Complete Spinal Cord Injury
Test R & D Engineer, Intel Corporation, Chandler, Arizona

Shannon Theresa Kao
Thesis: Detonation Stability with Reversible Kinetics
Guidance Navigation & Control Engineer, Boeing, Seal Beach, California

Fabien Nicaise
Thesis: Automated Design Synthesis of Structures Using Growth Enhanced Evolution
Staff Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

Chang Kook Oh
Thesis: Bayesian Learning for Earthquake Engineering Applications and Structural Health Monitoring
Lecturer, Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea

Anna H. Olsen
Thesis: Steel Moment-Resisting Frame Responses in Simulated Strong Ground Motions: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Big One
Research Civil Engineer, USGS, Golden, Colorado

Angel Ruiz-Angulo
Thesis: Surface Deformation in a Liquid Environment Resulting from Single Particle Collisions
Research Scientist, New York, New York

Alexandros Taflinidis
Thesis: Stochastic System Design and Applications to Stochastically Robust Structural Control
Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana

Kunihiko (Sam) Taira
Thesis: The Immersed Boundary Projection Method and Its Application to Simulation and Control of Flows Around Low-Aspect-Ratio Wings
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Florida State University

Michael Wolf
Thesis: Target Tracking Using Clustered Measurements, with Applications to Autonomous Brain-Machine Interfaces
Researcher, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

Julie Anne Wolf
Thesis: A Plasticity Model to Predict the Effects of Confinement on Concrete
Project Engineer, ATA Engineering, Herndon, Virginia


Samuel Case Bradford V
Thesis: Time-Frequency Analysis of Systems with Changing Dynamic Properties
Technologist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA

Guillaume Bres
Thesis: Numerical Simulations of Three-Dimensional Instabilities in Cavity Flows
Senior Research Scientist, Cascade Technologies, Inc., Palo Alto, California

Lance L. Cai
Thesis: Robotics Training Algorithms for Optimizing Motor Learning in Spinal Cord Injured Subjects

Timothy H. Chung
Thesis: Intelligent Information-Gathering: Using Control for Sensing and Decision-making
Assistant Professor, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California

Samantha H. Daly
Thesis: Deformation and Fracture of Thin Sheets of Nitinol
Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Kaushik Dayal
Thesis: Nonlocal Microstructural Mechanics of Active Materials
Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Patrick Dondl
Thesis: Structure and E volution of Martensitic Phase Boundaries
Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Bonn, Germany

Mohamed El-Naggar
Thesis: Textured Ferroelectric Thin Films: Synthesis, Characterization and Influence of Compositional Grading on the Dielectric Behavior
Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

Vikram Gavini
Thesis: Electronic Structure Calculations at Macroscopic Scales
Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Yong Hao
Thesis: Numerical Study of Single-Chamber Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
Research Scientist, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California

Joseph T. Klamo
Thesis: Effects of Damping and Reynolds Number on Vortex-Induced Vibrations
Research Engineer, Department of the Navy, West Bethesda, Maryland

Robert D. Kolasinski
Thesis: Ion-Surface Interactions in Plasma Thrusters
Postdoctoral Scholar, Sandia National Laboratories, Engineered Materials Department, Livermore, California

Yashashree Kulkarni
Thesis: Coarse-Graining of Atomistic Description at Finite Temperature
Assistant Professor, University of Houston, Houston, Texas

Maziar Motahari
Thesis: Study of Constitutive Behavior of Ferroelectrics via Self-Consistent Modeling and Neutron Diffraction
Lead Risk Modeler, Risk Management Solutions, Newark, California

Matthew Mokihana Muto
Thesis: Application of Stochastic Simulation Methods to System Identification
Southern California Edison

AnnMarie Polsenberg-Thomas
Thesis: Exploration into the Feasibility of Underwater Synthetic Jet Propulsion
Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota

Bingwen Wang
Thesis: Information Theoretic Methods for Modularity in Engineering Design
Vice President, Goldman Sachs, New York, New York

Masumi Yamada
Thesis: Early Warning for Earthquakes with Large Rupture Dimension
Assistant Professor, Kyoto University, Japan


Eddie Branchaud
Thesis: An Algorithm for the Autonomous Isolation of Neurons in Extracellular Recordings
Administrative Director, Robert Muller LIFE School, Ranajachel, Guatamala

Lars B. Cremean
Thesis: Tools and Algorithms for Mobile Robot Navigation with Uncertain Localization
Control Engineer, Sr., AeroVironment, Inc., Monrovia, California

Mandar M. Inamdar
Thesis: Simple Models for Non-Equilibrium Systems in Biology
Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India

Dal Mo Kang
Thesis: Measurements of Combustion Dynamics with Laser Based Diagnostic Techniques
ME Research and Development, LG Chem, Korea

Kristopher L. Kriechbaum
Thesis: Tools and algorithms for mobile robot navigation with uncertain localization
Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

Georgios Lykotrafitis
Thesis: Experimental Study of Dynamic Sliding Modes Along Incoherent Interfaces
Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut

Samuel T. Pfister
Thesis: Algorithms for Mobile Robot Localization and Mapping, Incorporating Detailed Noise Modeling and Multi-scale Feature Extraction

Amir Sadjadpour
Thesis: A Micromechanics-Inspired Three-Dimensional Constitutive Model for the Thermomechanical Response of Shape-Memory Alloys
Senior Structural Engineer, Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory Corporation, Pasadena, California

Min Tao
Thesis: High Temperature Deformation of Vitreloy Bulk Metallic Glasses and Their Composite
Senior Packaging Engineer, Intel Corporation, Chandler, Arizona

Fu-Ling Yang
Thesis: Interaction Law for a Collision Between Two Solid Particles in a Viscous Liquid
Assistant Professor, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Yizhen Zhang
Thesis: Engineering Design Synthesis of Sensor and Control Systems for Intelligent Vehicles
Mechanical Engineer, III, Applied Materials, Inc., Santa Clara, California


Steven Wayne Alves
Thesis: Nonlinear Analysis of Pacoima Dam with Spatially Nonuniform Ground Motion
Structural Analyst, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Stacey Boland
Thesis: Sol-Gel Synthesis of Highly Oriented Lead Barium Titanate and Lanthanum Nickelate Thin Films for High Strain Sensor and Actuator Applications
OCO-2 Observatory System Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

Steven R. Hostler
Thesis: Wave Propagation in Granular Materials
Lead Scientist, reXorce Thermionics, Inc., Akron, Ohio

Sean J. Humbert
Thesis: Bio-Inspired Visuomotor Convergence in Navigation and Flight Control Systems
Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Director of the Autonomous Vehicle Laboratory, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

Carlos Romero Talamas
Thesis: High-Speed Imaging at the Sustained Spheromak Physics Experiment and Magnetic Diagnostics at the Caltech Spheromak Experiment
Assistant Research Scientist, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

Daniel Thunnissen
Thesis: Propagating and Mitigating Uncertainty in the Design of Complex Multidisciplinary Systems
Senior Systems Engineer, Space Systems/Loral, Palo Alto, California

Kaiwen Xia
Thesis: Laboratory Investigations of Earthquake Dynamics
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Canada

Yu Xiao
Thesis: The Influence of Oxygen Vacancies on Domain Patterns in Ferroelectric Perovskites
Senior Packaging Engineer, Intel Corporation, Chandler, Arizona

Arash Yavari
Atomic Structure of Ferroelectric Domain Walls, Free Surfaces and Steps
Associate Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia


Shiyan Cao
Thesis: Spike Train Characterization and Decoding for Neural Prosthetic Devices
Bear, Stearns & Co., Inc.

John Francis Clinton
Thesis: Modern Digital Seismology-Instrumentation, and Small Amplitude Studies in the Engineering World
Seismic Network Manager, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland

Marcia Ann Cooper
Thesis: Impulse Generation by Detonation Tubes
Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Georgia Cua
Thesis: Creating the Virtual Seismologist: Developments in Ground Motion Characterization and Seismic Early Warning
Postdoctoral Researcher, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland

Swaminathan Krishnan
Thesis: Three-Dimensional Nonlinear Analysis of Tall Irregular Steel Buildings Subject to Strong Ground Motion
Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering and Geophysics

William Scott Klug
Thesis: A Director-Field Theory of DNA Packaging in Bacteriophage Viruses
Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UCLA, Los Angeles, California

Alastair Thomas Preston
Thesis: Modeling Heat and Mass Transfer in Bubbly Cavitating Flows and Shock Waves in Cavitating Nozzles
Key Engineer, Flow Science, Pasadena, California

Hongyu Ran
Thesis: Numerical Study of the Dynamics and Sound Generation of a Turbulent Vortex Ring
Lead Engineer, Tessera, San Jose, California

Jeffrey Thomas Scruggs
Thesis: Structural Control using Regenerative Force Actuation Networks
Assistant Professor, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

Michel Tanguay
Thesis: Computation of Bubbly Cavitating Flow in Shock Wave Lithotripsy
Research Scientist, Dynaflow Inc., Jessup, Maryland


Vanessa Sabrina Camelo
Thesis: Dynamic Characteristics of Woodframe Buildings
Systems Engineer, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Los Angeles, California

Martha A. Grover (Gallivan)
Thesis: Modeling and Control of Epitaxial Thin Film Growth
Associate Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia

Andrew C. Guyader
Thesis: A Statistical Approach to Equivalent Linearization with Application to Performance-Based Engineering
Football Coach, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York

Patrick Hung
Thesis: Algorithms for Reaction Mechanism Reduction and Numerical Simulation of Detonations Initiated by Projectiles
Software Engineer, YouTube, San Bruno, California

Gustavo Joseph
Thesis: Collisional Dynamics of Macroscopic Particles in a Viscous Fluid
Senior Member of Technical Staff, Maxim Integrated, San Jose, California

Richard James Mason
Thesis: Fluid Locomotion and Trajectory Planning for Shape-Changing Robots
Engineer, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, California

Konstantin Matveev
Thesis: Thermoacoustic Instabilities in the Rijke Tube: Experiments and Modeling
Assistant Professor, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

James Edward Radford
Thesis: Symmetry, Reduction and Swimming in a Perfect Fluid

Xiaoou Wang
Thesis: Set Mapping in the Method of Imprecision
Intel Corporation, Chandler, Arizona


Jeff D. Eldredge
Thesis: A Dilating Vortex Particle Method for Compressible Flow with Application to Aeroacoustics
Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, California

Cin-Young Lee
Thesis: Efficient Automatic Engineering Design Synthesis via Evolutionary Exploration
Technical Staff, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

Jun Lu
Thesis: Mechanical Behavior of a Bulk Metallic Glass and Its Composite over a Wide Range of Strain Rates and Temperatures
International Rectifier Corporation

Clancy Rowley
Thesis: Modeling, Simulation, and Control of Cavity Flow Oscillations
Associate Professor, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

Ka-Veng Yuen
Thesis: Model Selection, Identification and Robust Control for Dynamical Systems
Professor, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, University of Macau, Macau, China

Weidong Zhu
Thesis: Nonlinearly Viscoelastic Response of Glassy Polymers
Research Engineer, Bose Corporation, Framingham, Massachusetts


Siu Kui Au
Thesis: On the Solution of First Excursion Problems by Simulaton with Applications to Probabilistic Seismic Performance Assessment
Associate Professor, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong

John J. Blandino
Thesis: Application of Diamond Films to Electric Propulsion: Low Energy Sputter Yield Measurement and MPD Plasma Assisted Chemical Vapor Deposition
Associate Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts

Mark E. Duttweiler
Thesis: Surge Instability on a Cavitating Propeller
Engineer, Applied Minds, Inc., Glendale, California

Yun Hsu
Thesis: Rotordynamic Forces Generated by Annular Leakage Flows in Centrifugal Pumps
Staff Member, Jaycor, San Diego, California

Lin Ma
Thesis: Robust Mask-Layout and Process Synthesis in Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) Using Genetic Algorithms

Winston Pun
Thesis: Measurements of Thermo-Acoustic Coupling
Vice President, Risk Management, WaMu Capital Corp/Washington Mutual Bank, Seattle, Washington

Ashok Burton Tripathi
Thesis: In situ Diagnostics for Metalorganic Chemical Vapor Deposition of YBCO
Product Manager, Superconductor Technologies, Inc., Santa Barbara, California

Yunfeng Zhang
Thesis: Semi-Active Control of Dynamically Excited Structures using Active Interaction Control
Associate Professor, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland


Anna Karion
Thesis: Couette Flows of Granular Materials: Mixing, Rheology, and Energy Dissipation
Research Associate, University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado

Ying Li
Thesis: Tsunamis: Non-Breaking and Breaking Solitary Wave Run-Up
Vice President and General Manager, EMC China R&D Center, Beijing, China

Kamran Mohseni
Thesis: A: Universality in Vortex Formation. B: Evaluation of Mach Wave Radiation Mechanisms in a Supersonic Jet
Professor, University of Florida, Gainsville, Florida


Noel L. Benedict
Thesis: Buoyant Flows in Vertical Channels Relating to Smoke Movement in High-Rise Building Fires
Research Engineer, EERGC Corporation, Irvine, California

Michael J. Kaneshige
Thesis: Gaseous Detonation Initiation and Stabilization by Hypervelocity Projectiles
Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Patrick Lemieux
Thesis: The Instability of Shear Layers Produced by Curved Shocks
Managing Engineer, Exponent, Menlo Park, California

Hui Li
Thesis: Evolutionary Techniques Applied to Mask-Layout Synthesis in Micro-Mechanical-Electronic Systems (MEMS)
Oracle Corporation

Mark K. Long
Thesis: Computer Aided Mask Layout for Anisotropic Etch Photolithography
Chief Technology Officer, Zynx Health, Los Angeles, California

Michael J. Scott
Thesis: Formalizing Negotiation in Engineering Design
Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Andrew B. Slatkin
Thesis: Modeling and Experiments for a Class of Robotic Endoscopes
Senior Engineer, Exponent, Los Angeles, California

Tricia A. Waniewski
Thesis: Air Entrainment by Bow Waves
Director, Business Development, ATA Engineering, San Diego, California


Scott D. Kelly
Thesis: The Mechanics and Control of Robotic Locomotion with Applications to Aquatic Automata
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, North Carolina

Qiao Lin
Thesis: Mechanics and Planning of Workpiece Fixturing and Robotic Grasping
Associate Professor, Columbia University, New York, New York

Ashish Misra
Thesis: Large-Eddy Simulation Using a Vortex-Based Subgrid Stress Model

Robert Uy
Thesis: Studies of Rotordynamic Forces Generated by Annular Flows
Research Staff, Institute for Defense Analyses, Washington D.C.

Roberto Zenit-Camacho
Thesis: Collisional Mechanics in Solid-Liquid Flows
Professor, Universidad Nationale Autonoma de Mexico


Robert L. Behnken
Thesis: Nonlinear Control and Modeling of Rotating Stall in an Axial Flow Compressor
NASA Astronaut, Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas

Tony H. Deng
Thesis: Measurement of the Dynamic Bulk Compliance of Polymer

Rajesh Kedia
Thesis: An Investigation of Velocity and Temperature Fields in Taylor-Couette Flows
Gladius Investment Group, Chicago, Illinois

Venkata Natarajan
Thesis: Material and Thermal Transport in Vertical Granular Flows
IT Director, Strategic Projects, ING Advisors Network, Atlanta, Georgia

Garrett E. Reisman
Thesis: Dynamics, Acoustics and Control of Cloud Cavitation on Hydrofoils
Nasa Astronaut, Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas

Joseph M. Sivo
Thesis: Rotordynamic Forces Due to Annular Leakage Flows in Shrouded Centrifugal Pumps
Sivo Scientific Company, Union City, New Jersey

Sudipto Sur
Thesis: Robotic Manipulation with Flexible Link Fingers
President, Anssur Corp., San Diego, California

Michiel J. Van Nieuwstadt
Thesis: Trajectory Generation for Nonlinear Control Systems
Technical Leader, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan

Carl R. Wassgren
Thesis: Vibration of Granular Materials
Associate Professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN


Howie Choset
Thesis: Sensor Based Motion Planning: The Hierarchical Generalized Voronoi Graph
Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

William Law
Thesis: Evaluating Imprecision in Engineering Design Function
Senior Managing Engineer, Function Engineering, Palo Alto, California

Matthew Newlin
Thesis: Model Validation, Control, and Computation

James P. Ostrowski
Thesis: The Mechanics and Control of Undulatory Robotic Locomotion
Vice President of Product Development, Evolution Robotics Retail, IdeaLab, Pasadena, California

Ho-Seon Shin
Thesis: Chemical Vapor Deposition of Diamond in Flames and Fluidized Beds
Process Engineer, PVD Division, Applied Materials Corp., Santa Clara, California

Yi-Chun Wang
Thesis: Shock Waves in Bubbly Cavitating Flows
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan


Christos S. Christoforou
Thesis: Control of Air Exchange and Particle Deposition within the Buddhist Cave Temples at Yungang, China
Assistant Professor, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina

David A. Kaufman
Thesis: Investigation of an ECR Plasma Thruster and Plasma Beam Interactions with a Magnetic Nozzle
Senior Program Engineer, Ball Aerospace, Colorado

Donald W. Kendrick
Thesis: An Experimental and Numerical Investigation into Reacting Vortex Structures Associated with Unstable Combustion
Chief Technology Officer, Lean Flame, Inc., Washington D.C.

Zhenhuan Liu
Thesis: Nuclei Population Dynamics and Cavitation
Principal Mechanical Engineer, Silicon Valley Group, San Jose, California

Melissa Lunden
Thesis: Sintering of Aerosol Agglomerates
Staff, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California

Elizabeth A. McKenney
Thesis: A Study of Tip Vortices and Cavitation on a Propeller in a Non-uniform Flow Field
Member of Technical Staff, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

Robert T. M'Closkey
Thesis: Exponential Stabilization of Driftless Nonlinear Control Systems
Professor and Vice Chair for Undergraduate Affairs, UCLA, Los Angeles, California

Frank A. Perez
Thesis: Hue Segmentation, Color Circuitry, and the Mantis Shrimp
Associate, Boster, Kobayashi & Associates, Livermore, California


Abhijit Bhattacharyya
Thesis: Internal Flows and Force Matrices in Axial Flow Inducers
Principal Software Engineer, Orange

I-Ming Chen
Thesis: Theory and Applications of Modular Reconfigurable Robotic Systems
Associate Professor, Nanyang Technical University, Singapore

Nick G. Glumac
Thesis: Diamond Growth in Low Pressure Flames
Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois

Mei-Jiau Huang
Thesis: Theoretical and Computational Studies of Isotropic Homogeneous Turbulence
Professor, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Ted Hubbard
Thesis: MEMS Design: The Geometry of Silicon Micromachining
Professor, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Yan Kuhn de Chizelle
Thesis: Hydrodynamics, Acoustics and Scaling of Traveling Bubble Cavitation
Dowell Schlumberger, Inc., Houston, Texas

Angela C. Shih
Thesis: The Study of Taylor-Couette Flows with Superimposed Isothermal and Heated Axial Flows at High Taylor Numbers
Professor, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California

Andrew Wells
Thesis: Grammars for Engineering Design
Mechanical Engineering Manager, FEI Company, Hillsboro, Oregon


Wingsiu Chan
Thesis: Experimental Numerical Studies on Two-Dimensional Gravity Currents in a Horizontal Channel
Staff Engineer, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Redondo Beach, California

Regina E. Dugan
Thesis: Axisymmetric Buoyant Jets in a Cross Flow with Shear: Transition and Mixing
President and CEO, Dugan Ventures, Rockville, Maryland

Douglas P. Hart
Thesis: Cavitation and Wake Structure of Unsteady Tip Vortex Flows
Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Shu-San Hsiau
Thesis: Shear-Induced Transport Properties of Granular Material Flows
Professor, National Central University, Taiwan

Wen-Jean Hsueh
Thesis: High-Resolution Optoelectronic and Photogrammetric 3-D Surface Geometry Acquisition and Analysis
General Director, Creativity Lab, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Taiwan

Carl F. Ruoff, Jr.
Thesis: Robotic Hand-Eye Motor Learning
Division Technologist, Observational Systems Division and Science Division, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

Joel Sercel
Thesis: An Experimental and Theoretical Study of the ECR Plasma Engine
Principal Engineer, ICS Associates, Inc., Lake View Terrace, California

Thomas W. Zsak
Thesis: An Investigation of the Reacting Vortex Structures Associated with Pulse Combustion


Adiel Guinzburg
Thesis: Rotordynamic Forces Generated by Discharge-to-Suction Leakage Flows in Centrifugal Pumps
Deputy Program Manager, The Boeing Co., Seattle, Washington

Sanjay Kumar
Thesis: Some Theoretical and Experimental Studies of Cavitation Noise
Orthopedic Surgeon, Kaiser Permanente, Fresno, California

Kevin Otto
Thesis: A Formal Representational Theory for Engineering Design
President, Robust Systems and Strategy, Taunton, Massachusetts

Aaron Rulison
Thesis: I: Synthesis of Ceramic Powders by Electrospray Pyrolysis. II: An Approach to Interplanetary Particle Sampling
Staff Engineer, Pacific Biosciences Optical Design, Menlo Park, California

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