PhD Students

Aaron is a PhD graduate working at the convergence of materials science, data science, and mechanical engineering to develop a statistical learning tool for predicting bulk properties of materials processed via Laser-Assisted Cold Spray(LACS). LACS is an additive process that deposits metal powders at supersonic speeds onto a laser heated surface. Beyond research, Aaron has served on the Board of ASM International and HTS, the Venture Forum, and was named SME's 30 Under 30, 2016.    He is now a materials scientist & engineer and co-founder of the lithium-ion battery start-up Kinetic ...

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The Design of New Cathode Material for High Energy Lithium Ion Battery Nowadays, electrical vehicle (EV) has been attracted much more attention than before since it’s convenient for drivers and environmental friendly for society. However the energy of all kinds of lithium ion battery now in commercial use are not satisfied the requests of being power source for EV. So choosing and optimizing several kinds of capacity cathodes which have high capacity and good electrical properties such as good cycling performance and rate capability is the primary work for EV battery research area. This ...

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Joel Kearns is a part-time PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering at WPI. He works full time as a member of the United States Government Senior Executive Service of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He is currently Deputy Director of the Space Flight Systems Directorate at NASA John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. There he provides executive direction of solar electric propulsion, cryogenic fluid management, radioisotope power, advanced communications and microgravity physical science research for NASA. He specializes in solidification and single ...

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B.S. in Material Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, China, 2012 M.S. in Material Science and Engineering, WPI, US, 2014 Ph.D. candidate in Material Science and Engineering, WPI, US, 2018 Mr. Pan joined the Integrative Material Design Center (iMdc) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute since 2012. His expertise is in areas of friction stir welding (FSW), metallurgy and micro-structure analysis, fracture and failure analysis, computational simulation and modeling, and composite materials.

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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.

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