February 2022


Eliot Fried


Staff Scientist

Johannes Schönke

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.



Stoffel Janssens

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 non-coalescent 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 self-assembled block copolymer membranes. Previously, I did a Post-Master’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 self-assembled film formations using small angle X-ray 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.





I completed my PhD from IIT Delhi, India, in 2020. During the PhD, I have worked on the application of Irving-Kirkwood-Noll procedure specific to nanorods from non-equilibrium 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.


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 self-assembly of semiconductor nanostructures in III-V systems, by molecular beam epitaxy technique, and its application to semiconductor devices.
I also have experience in the machining of high precision parts, by using the machines in the workshop.In general, I like to use machines. As a Research Technician in the Mathematics, Mechanics, and Materials Unit at OIST
, I have the opportunity to learn a very wide variety of exciting experimental techniques, and I am also supporting the researchers of the unit in the performance and set up of experiments.



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.

In the MMMU I am working on free surface flows interacting with partially submerged obstacles. Experimentally, I hope to measure the various forces acting on such an obstacle and eventually build a mathematical model to better understand the underlying physics.



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 Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) problem, used to model the oscillations of a thin metallic plate in a capacitor by applying singularity analysis in complex time.
I joined MMMU in September 2020 and interested in studying mathematical modeling of fluid mechanics problems.



Dmitrii Koldaev


Visiting Researcher



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.


Research Internship Student



Joel Meier

I am from Germany and I studied at the Georg-August-Universitaet Goettingen, graduating in 2021 with a master's degree in mathematics. My formal background is in algebraic topology and differential geometry, but I am interested in all ways in which modern methods and concepts of pure mathematics can be used to further our understanding of real world phenomena. I joined MMU as a research intern in April 2022 as an opportunity to learn how to bridge the gaps between different sciences, to develop more applied skills, and to experience OIST's unique atmosphere in person.



Shreyas Samudra



Genki Oyafuso, Research Intern (September, 2021 – February, 2022 )

Louie John Gozun, Remote Research Intern (November, 2021 – March, 2022 )

Yuki Odo, Research Intern (April – December, 2021)

James Kwiecinski, JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow (September, 2019 – May, 2021)

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)

Yi-shan 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)

Ching-Hsiu 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)


                                                                                                                            December 2018