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Professor
Staff Scientist
My main interests are geometry, mechanics, and scientific visualization. Using analytical as well as computational methods, I am currently involved in three main research areas: (a) Ring linkages made from identical rigid bodies connected through hinges. These mechanisms have many fascinating kinematical, topological, and energetic properties. A classical example is a sixfold kaleidocycle. (b) I recently discovered a magnetic coupling principle which allows smooth transmission of rotary motion between individual point dipoles. A mathematical challenge is to find new configurations for this coupling type. (c) Equilibrium configurations of unstretchable sheets, like (to a good approximation) paper, exhibit a large variety of forms. Finding and categorizing these configurations extends Euler's analysis of unstretchable elastic rods to the next dimension, leading to many new phenomena. 

I’m Belgian and I obtained a Master in Physical Chemistry at the Free University of Brussels. Later I obtained a PhD in Physics at Hasselt University in Belgium where I also did a two year postdoc. During my PhD and first postdoc I specialized in diamond growth, device fabrication and electronic measurements. After obtaining a Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) fellowship I worked two years as a postdoc in the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Tsukuba where I more deeply investigated diamond growth. In November 2015 I started working in the Fried Unit. Since then, I set up a lab to grow and investigate thin polycrystalline diamond films. In parallel, I worked on Marangoni propulsion and on noncoalescent droplets that hover on liquid substrates. Currently, I'm fabricating arrays of through glass vias that are sealed with suspended diamond. 
Postdoctoral Scholar

Burhannudin Sutisna I obtained my Ph.D. from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Chemical and Biological Engineering with a research topic on selfassembled block copolymer membranes. Previously, I did a PostMaster’s program on Process and Product Design at TU Eindhoven and conducted an industrial research on process modeling and simulation. My scientific experiences had been focused on the fabrication of polymeric films, including investigation of gas separation membranes during a research internship at Georgia Institute of Technology, and characterizations of selfassembled film formations using small angle Xray scattering at synchrotron facilities in Cornell (USA) and Brazil. I joined Fried Unit in August 2018 to study the mechanics and growth of diamond thin films. 
Vikash Chaurasia I completed my Undergraduate and Masters degree in Department of Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kanpur, India in 2012. Later, I received my PhD from University of Houston in August, 2018 on Variational Mechanics of Charged Curves. During my PhD, I also worked with Professor Fried at OIST as a special research student. My core interest lies in continuum mechanics, variational calculus and Hamiltonian dynamics. I am keenly interested in studying interesting biological phenomena from mathematical perspective.

Nicholas Mario Wardhana My primary research interests are in geometric computing and motion planning. I received my Sarjana Teknik (BEng) degree in Electrical Engineering from Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia, and my PhD from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, where I did research on the 3D analysis on very large virtual gaming environments for path planning purposes. At NTU, I also led the development of serious games as platforms for various humanities studies, including empathy building towards migrant workers and elderly people. I subsequently joined Cardiff University, UK, to do research on the use of NonManifold Topology in the early stages of architectural design and analysis processes; and then as a Senior Developer in an animation software development company called Artineering in Tallinn, Estonia. I joined MMMU at OIST in July 2020 to work on the computational geometry framework for nontrivially shaped solids with complex motions. 

Vishesh Bhat I am from Bengaluru, India where I completed my Ph D in Mathematics, with a broad focus in the area of differential geometry. I am interested in exploring geometric narratives that underlie the working of certain physical phenomena. I am currently looking at ways to use differential geometric notions for the understanding and analysis of problems in mechanics. 

Smriti I completed my PhD from IIT Delhi, India, in 2020. During the PhD, I have worked on the application of IrvingKirkwoodNoll procedure specific to nanorods from nonequilibrium statistical mechanics. Also, in thermodynamic equilibrium, I have employed the derivatives of Helmholtz free energy to obtain the microscopic expressions of different continuum fields. I have also worked in collaboration with Prof. Paul Steinmann, FAU, Germany, on a direct theory to model the elastoplasticity within the framework of special cosserat rod theory. I joined the MMMU in July 2020 to work on the mechanics of unstretchable two dimensional materials. I am closely interested in the mathematical modeling of real life physical problems. 
JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow
James Kwiecinski 
Research Technician
David Vazquez Cortes I received my PhD in Applied Physics from the University of San Luis Potosi in Mexico, where I studied the selfassembly of semiconductor nanostructures in IIIV systems, by molecular beam epitaxy technique, and its application to semiconductor devices. 

Michael Grunwald

Ph.D. Student

Alexandru Mihai I am a Romanian citizen but I was educated in the United States. After which, I obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany in pure mathematics. For my Bachelor’s Thesis I worked at Fraunhofer MEVIS in Bremen investigating blood flow dynamics in a stenotic(constrained) geometry. I utilized the Lattice Boltzmann Method in two and three dimensions to produce an efficient and accurate portrait of flow dynamics which could be used in near real time for medical professionals. 

Ali Rahmani I received my Master and Bachelor in chemical engineering from Sharif University of Technology and Isfahan University of Technology, respectively. By the end of my Master I found that transport phenomena and surface sciences are my main interests in science, so I decided to join MMMU to look at an interesting engineering problem from both theoretical and experimental viewpoints. 

Akyl Shakir I received my BSc degree in Mathematics from Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan in 2019. During my bachelor’s thesis, I’ve worked on the investigation of the solution of a MicroElectroMechanical System (MEMS) problem, used to model the oscillations of a thin metallic plate in a capacitor by applying singularity analysis in complex time. 
Dmitrii Koldaev 
Research Internship Student
Yuki Odo 
Alumni
Sandeep Rajendra Kumar, PhD Student (May, 2020 – May, 2021)
Sutashu Tomonaga, Research Intern
(August, 2019. February – March, 2020. November, 2020 – April, 2021)
Adel Ferrnando Sarmiento Rodriguez (February, 2018 – March, 2021)
Alessandro Giussani (January , 2018 – January 2021)
Aliyah Osman, Research Intern (June – July, 2020)
Martín Forsberg Conde, Visiting Research Student (August, 2019 – May, 2020)
Yishan Cheng, Research Intern (June – September, 2019)
Nicolas Moreno Chaparro, Postdoctoral Scholar (July, 2016 – December, 2019)
Alice Taylor, Postdoctoral Scholar (October, 2018 – September, 2019),
JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow (February – August, 2018)
Trinh Truong Duc, Visiting Research Student (June, 2019)
Amanda Ho, Research Intern
Christina Nguyen, Research Intern
Santiago Peña Clavijo, Visiting Research Student (August – October, 2018)
Clair Heffernan, Research Intern (June – July, 2018)
Jake Chambers, Research Intern (May – July, 2018)
Tuan Hoang, Postdoctoral Scholar (2015 – 2018)
Wei Chung Chen, Postdoctoral Scholar (2015 – 2017)
Yoichi Takato, Postdoctoral Scholar (2015 – 2017)
Ryohei Seto, Group Leader (2015 – 2017)
Giulio Giusteri, Postdoctoral Scholar (2015 – 2017)
Abdul Majid, Postdoctoral Scholar (2015 – 2017)
Vincent Chan, Ph.D. Student (2016 – 2017)
Manav, Research Intern (December 2017 – March 2018)
Akira Kawano, Research Intern (February – April, 2018)
ChingHsiu Hsu, Research Intern (April – August, 2016)
Antonio Martiniello, Research Intern (July – November, 2016)
Adam Stones, Research Intern (July – August, 2015)
Russell Todres, Staff Scientist (2014 – 2015)