Meet our Post Docs and Graduate Students

Post Docs

 

Anastasios Gavras

Anastasios 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.
angavras@wpi.edu
Ext: 6069
Location: WB249


 

 

 


Graduate Students

 

Shaymus W. Hudson

Shaymus received his B.S. in materials science and engineering in 2012 from MIT.  He is currently a PhD student under the direction of Prof. Apelian and is working on the use of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy for cleanliness assessment in molten metal. In addition, he is the lab manager for the Ray H. Witt Aluminum Casting Research Laboratory.
swhudson@wpi.edu

 


Danielle Belsito

Danielle received her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire. She worked in Research and Development for Saint-Gobain High Performance Materials before attending WPI, where she received her Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering. Her research involves modeling for the Center for Heat Treating Excellence at WPI.
dbelsito@wpi.edu
Ext: 5825
Location: WB307

Anthony Spangenberger 

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 computational 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.
aspangenberger@wpi.edu

 

Baillie McNally

Baillie McNally received her B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2012 and 2013. She is now pursuing her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering with Professor Sisson. Her current work focuses on the Cold Spray Process.
bamcnally@wpi.edu

 

Yinjie Cen

Yinjie received his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering in 2010 from Central South University of China. He is now pursuing his Master’s Degree at WPI. Having been an active member in research group for two years, he built solid fundamental knowledge about metallic materials and has presented admirable understanding about the porous Cu-Al-Mn shape memory alloy(SMA) and the heat treatment of Al-Mg-Si Alloy.
ycen@wpi.edu
Ext: 5681
Location: WB333

Xiang Chen

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. 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.
xiangchen@wpi.edu

Ziyong Chen

Ziyong Chen received his B.E. in Polymer Material and Engineering and School of Materials Science and Engineering from South China University of Technology, in July 2011. He arrived at WPI in August 2011. He was the vice president of students’ union of School of Materials Science & Engineering from 2010 to 2011. Right now, he is pursing the M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering on polymer or plastic materials.
zchen@wpi.edu


Robin Barabasz

Robin Barabasz is a part-time graduate student at WPI pursuing a Master's degree in Materials Science and Engineering. She received her Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Union College in 2011. Robin works in Research and Development for Saint-Gobain Conductive Ceramics on solid oxide fuel cells. She began her graduate work at WPI in 2013.
rabarabasz@wpi.edu

 

Haize Galarraga

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.
hgalarraga@wpi.edu

 

Paul Gasper

Paul Gasper received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2013, and continued at WPI for his graduate degree at the Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling. He is working on electron-beam spectroscopy research with Prof. Apelian.
pauljgasper@wpi.edu

 

 


Inigo Anza

Anza completed his Masters in Chemcial Engineering from Engineering School of Bilbao, Spain in 2007 and Masters in Materials Engineering from Engineering School of Kalrsruhe, Germany in 2009. He worked as an intern in HCStarck, Goslar, Germany and full time in R&D Department in Befesa Aluminium, Spain before coming to WPI. He is a PhD student working with Prof. Mahklouf in Aluminium nanocomposites for high temperature applications.
ianza@wpi.edu

 


Yifan Chang

Yifan graduated from Tianjin University in 2013 with a B.S. degree in Material Forming and Control Engineering. Now, he pursues his master's degree in Materials Process Engineering starting at WPI in August, 2013.  
ychang@pi.edu  


Georgios Antoniadis

Georgios Antoniadis arrived at WPI in January 2012. He graduated from the National Technical University of Athens with a B.S./M.S. in Mining and Metallurgical Engineering. He is currently pursuing a M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering. His research involves tempering of different steels. 
gantoniadis@wpi.edu



Carl Soderhjelm

Carl received his M.S. in Engineering, Engineering Nanoscience from Lund University, Sweden in 2013. In his master's thesis he researched the effects of process parameters for a metal 3D-printing technique called selective laser melting. After graduating Carl started his Ph.D. program in Material Science and Engineering in January 2014 where he will research the interface between cast aluminum and steel for the Advanced Casting Research Center. csoderhjelm@wpi.edu


Yuqin Yao

Yuqin Yao is a PhD student at WPI majoring in Materials Science and Engineering and his student life in the U.S. began in 2008. Currently his research is focusing on the fabrication and study of nano-sized materials (CNTs, etc.) He received both his Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree from the Department of Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology, China. His Master's thesis focused on recovering ethylene from industrial gas by adsorption method. He likes sports such as soccer, basketball, and volleyball.
dirkyao@wpi.edu

Hao Yu

Hao Yu arrived at WPI in Aug, 2008 from China. He graduated from Shanghai JiaoTong University, majored in Materials Science and Engineering. He came to WPI to pursue his PhD degree in Materials Science and Engineering.
haoyu@wpi.edu
Ext: 6043
Location: WB315


Yuwei Zhai

Yuwei Zhai, is from Xi'an, China, and received her B.S. in Material Science and Engineering at Xi'an University of Science and Technology. She arrived at WPI in August,2011 and pursues a Master's Degree in Material Science and Engineering. In college, She worked as a research assistant studying Ni-P-ZrO2 and Ni-P-B4C composite coatings. She hopes she could study with Professor Sisson in WPI. She likes speech, debate and sports very much and looks forward to enjoy her time studying and doing research at WPI.
yzhai@wpi.edu  

 
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