Research Team

Faculty

Diana A. Lados

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Founder and Director, iMdc
+1-508-831-6168; lados@wpi.edu
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B.S./M.S., Polytechnic University of Bucharest, 1997
M.S., Southern Illinois University, 1999
Ph.D., Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2004

Design, modeling, and optimization of materials and processes for fatigue, fatigue crack growth, and fracture resistance, high-temperature performance, fracture mechanics, residual stress, plasticity, solidification processing, aluminum foundry engineering, powder metallurgy

Professor Diana Lados, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, is the Founder and Director of the Integrative Materials Design Center (iMdc) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). She received her B.S./M.S in Mechanical Engineering from Polytechnic University of Bucharest in 1997, her second M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Illinois University in 1999, and her Doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering from WPI in 2004. After graduating from WPI, she worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Scientist and Research Professor at the Metal Processing Institute (MPI) for over two years, and is now part of the faculty of the Mechanical Engineering Department at WPI.

After joining a tenure-track post at WPI, Professor Lados has initiated iMdc, an industry/government-university alliance dedicated to advancing the frontiers of sustainable materials/process design and manufacturing for reliability and high-performance with significant emphasis on life-cycle engineering, green processing, and recycling. Lados's research interests and expertise are in materials processing and mechanical behavior of materials with focus on failure prevention and increased reliability and recyclability. She is credited with significant research contributions in the areas of fatigue, fatigue crack growth, fracture, and high-temperature behavior of engineering materials, including light metal alloys and composites, powder metallurgy steels, as well as work on physical metallurgy aspects of solidification processes and post-processing operations of cast alloys, green manufacturing, microstructure characterization, microstructure-performance relationships, residual stress, plasticity, and fracture mechanics.

For her accomplishments, Professor Lados has been distinguished with several national and international honors and awards. These include: Mass High Tech magazine 2012 "Women to Watch" Award, a 5-year NSF-CAREER Award, the 2011 Early Career Faculty Fellow Award from TMS (The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, selection in 2010 to both National Academy of Engineering Symposia for exceptional engineering research and innovative education, the 2010 Sigma Xi Outstanding Junior Faculty Researcher Award (WPI), the 2010 Robert Lansing Hardy Award given by TMS for exceptional promise of a successful career in Materials Science, named in the Top 10 "Metalcasting's Next Generation of Future Leaders" (April 2009 issue of the Foundry Management and Technology), the Orr Early Career Award and Orr "Best Paper" Award - Materials Division of ASME, 2008; finalist in the Bodycote Paper Prize Competition, 2004, UK; Center for Powder Metallurgy Technology - CPMT/Axel Madsen Award, 2003; Sigma Xi Graduate Research Scientific Award - Ph.D. Award, 2001; American Foundry Society - Aluminum Division Scholarship Award, 2000; ASM Chet Inman Award, 1999 - 2000; Best Graduating Student Award, 1997 (Student of the Year Award - Polytechnic University of Bucharest); 1st Prize - Scientific Session Contest, Bucharest, 1996. She had research and teaching experience at Polytechnic University of Bucharest; Darlington College of Technology and University of Reading, UK; Politecnico di Torino, Italy; University of Madrid, Spain; NTNU, Norway; Southern Illinois University; Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Professor Lados has nearly 60 publications and over 120 technical presentations in Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering. She is a member of various professional societies including Sigma Xi, TMS, ASM, AFS, AcerS, AIST, ASTM, MPIF, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Manchester Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals Women in Research and Science, Who’s Who in Powder Metallurgy. She was the 2007-2008 Chair of ASM International - Central Massachusetts Chapter and 2011-2012 Chair of the Material Advantage Committee (MAC) for students in Materials Science. She serves since 2004 on the Board of Review for ASM-TMS/Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A & B (2011-2012 Chair of the Board and Exemplary Service Awards as a Key Reader - 2006 and 2009) and is an active member of ASTM organizing committees. She is also a reviewer for journals in Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering such as Acta Materialia, Materials Science and Engineering A, International Journal of Fatigue, International Journal of Fracture, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Materials Science and Technology, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials.

Professor Lados is a firm believer and a devoted advocate of a new design philosophy based on material-process-component integration. She is consistently promoting this design paradigm through her research and disseminating it through publications, presentations, panel discussions, and lectures at national and international conferences, workshops, professional group meetings, internal corporate meetings. Her integrative design research has built connectivity within the field of Materials Science and interdisciplinary bridges between Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering. Industrial corporations such as General Motors, Mercury Marine, Alcoa, Alcan, NASA, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Pratt and Whitney, Hamilton Sundstrand, Air Force, PANalytical, Fracture Technology Associates as well as ASTM standards such as E647 use the knowledge and the techniques developed by Professor Lados for advanced materials/process design and sustainable manufacturing.


John M. Sullivan, Jr.

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Department Head
+1-508-831-5199; sullivan@wpi.edu
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B.S. Zoology, University of Massachusetts, 1973
B.S. Mec.E., University of Massachusetts, 1977
M.S. Mec.E., University of Massachusetts, 1978
D.E. Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, 1986

Professor Sullivan's areas of research include:

1. Development of user interactive grid generation and deployment systems
2. Development of graphics tools and strategies to facilitate nonlinear data interpretation in the biomedical engineering field
3. Numerical solutions of partial differential equations in engineering science
4. Development of 3D tools for registration and segmentation of medical image data


Cosme Furlong

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Center for Holographic Studies and Laser micro-mechaTronics - CHSLT
+1-508-831-5126; cfurlong@wpi.edu
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B.Eng., University of the Americas, Puebla, Mexico, 1989
M.S., Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1992
Ph.D., Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1999

Professor Furlong's areas of research include:

1. Hybrid, computational and experimental, solution methodologies
2. Optical nondestructive testing and applications
3. Coherent and incoherent optical metrology
4. MEMS/MOEMS and fiber-optic sensors and actuators

Affiliations and involvement:

1. Lecturer, Harvard Medical School, Boston
2. Research Affiliate, Mass Eye & Ear Infirmary, Boston
3. Associate Editor, Experimental Techniques
4. National and International Symposia Organizer/Co-organizer: SEM, SPIE, OSA



Research Staff

Xiang Chen

Post Doctoral Fellow, iMdc
+1-508-762-2597; xiangchen@wpi.edu
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B.S., North University of China, China, 2006
M.S., Central South University, China, 2009
Ph.D., Worcester Polytechnic Institute, US, 2014

Mr. Chen received his B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering in 2006 from North University of China and his M.S. in Materials Science in 2009 from Central South University, China. After graduating from Central South University, he started his Ph.D. program in Material Science and Engineering at WPI in September 2009. He joined the iMdc team in December 2009.

His B.S. research was focused on the strain hardening behavior and dynamic performance of cast magnesium alloys. During his M.S. program he conducted a microalloying study in ultra-high strength Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloys, sponsored by the National Basic Research Program of China. His M.S. work included solidification processing and heat treatment, alloy design, recrystallization behavior, tensile fracture, stress corrosion cracking, intergranular corrosion and exfoliation corrosion.

Xiang's Ph.D. research is focused on the in-situ processing of nano-scale metal matrix composites, and the high temperature response and creep behavior of these materials.

Awards
2013 ASM Chet Inman Award for research excellence and contributions to ASM.



Graduate Students

Haize Galarraga

Ph.D. Student, iMdc
+1-508-981-0950; hgalarraga@wpi.edu
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M.S., Engineering School of Bilbao, University of the Basque Country, Spain, 2003

Haize Galarraga received his Industrial Engineering M.D. (specialized in Manufacturing Technologies) from the Engineering School of Bilbao, University of the Basque Country in 2003. He has been working for almost ten years at the non-ferrous casting department in Inasmet Technological Center, later renamed as Tecnalia Research and Innovation. He has been researching in direct collaboration with European private and public companies, mostly related to aluminum and magnesium casting technologies.

Joshua Morales

Ph.D. Student, iMdc
+1-508-831-6069; jmorales@wpi.edu
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B.S., Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2014

Mr. Morales received his B.S. in Engineering Physics in 2014 from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. After graduation, he started his Ph.D. program in Materials Science and Engineering at WPI, working in the iMdc group. Josh's doctoral research is focused on developing novel Al matrix nano-composites and evaluating their performance at ambient and elevated temperatures.

Laura Murray

M.S. Student, iMdc
+1-508-831-6061; lemurray@wpi.edu
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B.S., Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2013

Ms. Murray received her B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Materials from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in May of 2013. After graduation she worked as a Co-op for Wyman Gordon company in Worcester, MA until February 2014. In April she joined the iMdc to complete her Master's Degree. Laura will be continuing research related to friction-stir welding.

Yi Pan

Ph.D. Student, iMdc
+1-774-420-6228; ypan@wpi.edu
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B.S., Nanjing University, China, 2012
M.S., Worcester Polytechnic Institute, US, 2014

Mr. Pan received his B.S. in material Science and Technoloy in 2012 from Nanjing University, China. After graduating, he started his M.S. program in Material Science and Enhineering at WPI in September 2012. He joined the iMdc team in December 2012.

Jeffrey Porzio

Ph.D. Student, iMdc
jporzio@wpi.edu
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B.S., Ithaca College, US, 2014

Mr. Porzio received his B.S. in Physics from Ithaca College in 2014, where he did research on PLD growth of YBCO. Jeff joined iMdc in August 2014 with the goal of pursuing a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering. His PhD project will focus on creating novel Al matrix nano-composites and developing a theoretical model to explain their properties.

Anthony Spangenberger, III

Ph.D. Student, iMdc
+1-774-242-7847; aspangenberger@wpi.edu
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B.S., Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2012

Mr. Spangenberger received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2012 from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. After graduating, he joined the iMdc team in August 2012 as part of the Ph.D. program in Material Science and Engineering.

Anthony's Ph.D. project is sponsored by a 5-year NSF-CAREER Award and is entitled "Engineering of Light Metals for Dynamic Properties and Fatigue Performance (Cast, Wrought, and Novel Al Alloys)". This focus of this research is to elucidate fundamental microstructural mechanisms of fatigue crack growth in selected structural engineering alloys, develop computatioanl and mathematical models descriptive of the fatigue behavior in these alloys, and produce design tools for the evaluation and prediction of materials' fatigue crack growth behavior. The effect of these initiatives will be to provide a toolset for the more effective design of materials and components for enhanced fatigue and fatigue crack growth behavior within all areas of the transportation sector.

Awards
GRAD13 Research Achievement Day, Poster Competition Engineering Session (Ph.D.), 1st Prize

Yuwei Zhai

Ph.D. Student, iMdc
+1-774-329-5051; yzhai@wpi.edu
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B.S., Xi'an University of Science and Technoloyg, China, 2011
M.S., Worcester Polytechnic Institute, US, 2014

Ms. Zhai received her B.S. in Material Science and Engineering in 2011 from Xi'an University of Science and Technology, China. After graduating, she started her M.S. program in Materials Science and Engineering at WPI in September 2011. She joined the iMdc team in December 2011, and finished her M.S. degree here. She is now continuing pursuing her Ph.D degree.

Awards
GRAD14 Research Achievement Day, Poster Competition Engineering Session (M.S.), 1st Prize
2014 Sigma Xi Outstanding Master's Thesis Award



Support Staff

GlorieAnn Minnich

Administrative Assistant
+1-508-831-6088; gkminnich@wpi.edu
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B.S., Worcester State College, 2001

GlorieAnn Minnich previously worked for the office of Financial Aid here at WPI before transferring to the Manufacturing Engineering department in September of 2014. She hold a B.S. in Business Administration from Worcester State University. She is responsible for the administrative work for a few professors in both the Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering departments. Before coming to WPI GlorieAnn worked as a bookkeeper for a few family businesses.

Rita Shilansky

Administrative Assistant
+1-508-831-5633; rita@wpi.edu
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B.S., Worcester State College, 1992

Rita Shilansky has held two positions at WPI from 1990 to present, Administrative Secretary in Student Activities and now Administrative Assistant in Materials Science and Engineering. She holds a B.S. in Urban Studies from Worcester State College and worked for the City of Worcester for 10 years before coming to WPI. She is responsible for the financial accounting, maintaining websites, administrative work for both the Faculty and Graduate Students.


iMdc Past Graduate Students

Anastasios G. Gavras

Post Doctoral Fellow, iMdc
+1-508-736-1026; angavras@wpi.edu
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B.S., National Technical University of Athens, 2006
M.S., National Technical University of Athens, 2007
Ph.D., Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2012

Surface properties - corrosion, adhesion, and wear; fatigue and fatigue crack growth behavior of metallic and composite materials; materials processing; materials/process design for high-integrity applications.

Awards:
2011 ASM Chet Inman Award for research excellence and contributions to ASM
2012 Best Ph.D. Thesis in Engineering at WPI

Mr. Gavras received his B.S. in Mining Engineering and Metallurgy in 2006 and his M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering in 2007 from National Technical University of Athens. After graduating from the National Technical University of Athens, he joined the Integrative Materials Design Center (iMdc) at WPI in January 2008.

During the B.S. and M.S. programs, his research was focused on surface properties - corrosion and wear of Al-Si-Mg wrought alloys and corrosion and adhesion behavior of composite coatings on mild steel substrates.

His research addressed fatigue and fatigue crack growth mechanisms of wrought and cast alloys used for high-integrity automotive, aerospace, marine, and military applications with emphasis on microstructural effects and processing conditions. Fracture mechanics principles and their correlations to materials microstructures were also important considerations in Mr. Gavras's research while implementing this interdisciplinary knowledge into a new structural design approach.

Hayley Sandgren

B.S./M.S. Student, iMdc
+1-860-886-3335; hsandgren@wpi.edu
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B.S., Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2013
M.S., Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2014

Ms. Sandgren received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Materials and Minor Degree in Environmental and Sustainability Studies in May 2013 from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. After graduating, she immediately continued to work towards her M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering as a part of WPI's B.S./M.S. program, officially joining the iMdc team in May 2013.

Awards
GRAD14 Research Achievement Day, Poster Competition Engineering Session (M.S.), 3rd Prize

Ye Cao

M.S. Student, iMdc
+1-774-232-8093; ycao@wpi.edu
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B.S., Beijing University of Technology, China, 2010
M.s., Worcester Polytechnic Institute, US, 2013

Ye Cao received his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering in 2010 from Beijing University of Technology. His research was focused on the secondary electronic emission. The title of his thesis was "The Secondary Emission Performance of Barium-tungsten Cathode with Doped Rare Earth used for Magnetrons". After graduation, he worked for one year in China at AVIC Keeven Aviation Instrument Co., LTD. His research work was focused on NDT and mechanical properties of matallic materials. He joined iMdc in December 2011 as a Masters Student.

Andrew Biro

M.S. Student, iMdc
+1-508-973-3729; andrew.biro@wpi.edu
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B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY, 2010
M.S., Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2012

Awards:
2012 Chet Inman Award, ASM International - Central Massachusetts Chapter

Brendan Chenelle

M.S. Student, iMdc
+1-978-987-6723; B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, 2008

Residual stress; fatigue crack initiation and propagation in the presence of residual stresses induced during processing; friction stir welding; residual stress-microstructure interactions; materials processing; thermodynamics; heat transfer.

Awards:
2011 Sigma Xi Outstanding Master's Thesis Award

Mr. Chenelle received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2008 from The University of Massachusetts in North Dartmouth, MA. Prior to graduation and continuing for the summer of 2008, he worked for Tyco Electronics M/A-COM division, a manufacturer of high-performance radar systems. In the fall of 2008, he began Master's Degree studies at WPI. Having always been interested in materials and materials processing, he shortly thereafter joined the Integrative Materials Design Center (iMdc) at WPI in December 2008.

His current research addresses the influence of friction stir weld processing on the Fatigue Crack Growth (FCG) properties of aluminum-magnesium alloys, and will isolate the effects of induced residual stresses from the effects of microstructural refinement for process optimization and control.

Christopher J. Lammi

M.S. Student, iMdc
+1-508-831-5898; cjlammi@wpi.edu
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B.S., Physics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Residual stress; fatigue crack initiation and propagation in the presence of residual stresses; residual stress measurement and correction; interaction of residual stress with ultra-fine (nano sized) microstructures; materials processing; materials/process design for high-integrity applications

Mr. Lammi received his B.S. in Physics in 2005 from The University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. After graduating from The University of Massachusetts, he spent two years working in the photonics industry for Axcel Photonics, Inc., a manufacturer of semiconductor lasers. In the fall of 2007, he began his Master's Degree work at WPI, and shortly thereafter joined the Integrative Materials Design Center (iMdc) at WPI in December 2007.

During Mr. Lammi's B.S. program, his research was focused on the production of metallic nanowires via electrodeposition within chemically etched nuclear tracks in thin polycarbonate films.

His current research addresses fatigue and fatigue crack growth mechanisms of wrought and cast alloys used for high-integrity structural applications with emphasis on residual stress, fatigue crack growth in residual stress fields, processing effects on residual stress, and residual stress measurement. Chris's research addresses residual stress through experimental, analytical, and numerical perspectives and integrates fracture mechanics considerations in corrective models for residual stress compensation in design.


Industry Leadership - Steering Committee

Ryan Brodie
Aerojet Rocketdyne

Diane Chinn
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Peggy Jones (Chair)
General Motors Company

Weizhou Li
Caterpillar

Fred Major (Advisor)
Rio Tinto Alcan (retired)

Rodney Riek (Advisor)
Harley-Davidson (retired)

Virgil Savu
GKN Sinter Metals

James Sullivan
Sikorsky Aircraft

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