Meet our Post Docs and Graduate Students


Danielle (Belsito) Cote

Danielle received her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire. She then attended WPI, earning a Master’s and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow leading a group of graduate students on research for the United States Army Research Laboratory on through-process modeling of the cold spray process. Her research focus is on computational thermodynamic and kinetic modeling.

Ext: 5825
Location: WB307


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.



Theodoros Koutsoukis

Theodoros received his undergraduate degree in Mining and Metallurgical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (Athens, Greece) in 2005 and then continued in earning a Ph.D. degree in Engineering in 2011. After finishing his national service in the Greek Army (2011), he worked for one year (2011-2012) as a Research Associate at the Department of Biomaterials, School of Dentistry, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Athens, Greece) and then for one year (2012-2013) as an Assistant Professor, at the Dental Biomaterials Research and Development Chair, School of Dentistry, King Saud University (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia). He currently works as a Research Scientist at the ACRC Team and his work is focused on casting of aluminum alloys.



Qiang Wang

Qiang Wang received his B.S. degree in Chemistry department of Central China Normal University, and earned his Ph.D degree in college of chemistry and molecular science of Wuhan University. He stayed in Umass Boston as a post-doctoral fellow and Pacific Northwest National Lab as a visiting scholar and now is a post-doctoral fellow at WPI. His research focuses on renewable energy storage system and electrolyzing Fe by an economic and environmental way.



Graduate Students

Inigo Anza

Inigo completed his Masters in Chemical 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.



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.



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.

Ext: 5681
Location: WB333


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.  



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.



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.



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. She is part of a group of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows working with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory to develop a through-process model for the cold spray process. Her work focuses on the experimental characterization that will help verify the results of the model.



Laura Mohanty

Laura Mohanty is a part-time MS student at WPI in Material Science and Engineering. She earned her undergraduate degree from Northeastern University in Computer Engineering in 2003. She has been employed at Saint-Gobain NRDC for over 8 years and now works in their Surface and Polymeric Materials Group. Her current work focuses on thermal analysis of polymer based composites and previous experience includes mechanical testing of ceramics for 5 years. Laura’s strong interests include dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), rheology and statistics. After graduation she plans to earn a six-sigma black belt and focus on quality engineering.  



Yi Pan

Yi 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 and finished in 2014. He joined the iMdc team in December 2012.



Jeffrey Porzio

Jeff 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.



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.



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.



Yuwei Zhai

Yuwei Zhai is from Xi'an, China and received her B.S. in Materials 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 Materials Science and Engineering. In college, she works as a research assistant studying Ni-P-ZrO2 and Ni-P-B4C composite coatings. She hopes she can study with Professor Sisson at WPI. She likes speech, debate and sports and looks forward to enjoying her time studying and doing research at WPI.




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