Prior FLAMEL Students

Jason Allen

Jason Allen is a second year Ph.D. student in the School of Materials Science and Engineering. He received a B.S. degree in physics from Southern Polytechnic State University in 2002 and a B.S. degree in materials science and engineering from Georgia Tech in 2013.

Until 2014, Jason spent 11 years working for the State of Georgia as a safety engineer reviewing construction projects related to chemical plants, pipeline terminals, propane plants, and liquefied natural gas plants. Currently, Jason is working under the advisory of Dr. Hamid Garmestani and is hoping to use and apply big data methods learned through the FLAMEL program to computational materials science to better identify and asses process-structure-property linkages. Jason also has interests in learning computational optimization schemes and applying graph theory to material systems.

In his free time, Jason spends time with his wife and four-year old son.

David Brough

David Brough is a fourth-year PhD student in the School of Computational Science and Engineering. As an undergraduate, David studied theoretical physics and researched the evolution of chaotic systems using neural networks at Westminster College. He also earned a Master’s degree in experimental condensed matter physics at Brigham Young University where he fabricated and characterized thin-films used in nanostructured high capacity battery electrodes and in X-ray windows. David’s current research interest is creating tools and protocols that efficiently leverage large datasets to learn structure-processing and structure-property relationships.

David has worked in industry both as a chemist and as an operations manager in international business. He has also developed his entrepreneur skills by starting a successful company. David enjoys being with his family; music, playing soccer, and coaching as a Crossfit level one trainer.

Andriy Dotsenko

Andriy Dotsenko is a Ph.D. student in the school of Mechanical Engineering, working with Dr. Suman Das in the Direct Digital Manufacturing Lab (DDML). He has a B.S. in Physics from Stony Brook University and industry experience working at HYPRES, inc. in the area of superconducting electronics. His current research is metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) at the intersection of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science with the goal of developing a light-weight, high-strength aluminum alloy optimized for AM. A general Combinatorial High Throughput (CHT) alloy synthesis technique for alloy development and discovery is developed as a tool to realize this goal, and can be extended to other alloy systems.

Andriy enjoys hiking, music, and social dancing, helping organize the Georgia Tech Salsa Club.

Perry Ellis

Perry is a Ph.D. student in the School of Physics at Georgia Tech working under Professor Alberto Fernandez-Nieves.  His research uses experiment and simulation to examine the interplay between ordered materials such as liquid crystals and the constraints imposed by the geometry of the confining volume.  Perry hopes to use the tools provided by the FLAMEL program to develop applications and new materials using the insights gained from his fundamental research. 

Perry received his B.S. in Physics from Harvey Mudd College in 2011. In his free time he enjoys climbing rocks and being outside.

Peter Griffiths

Peter Griffiths is a second year PhD student in the School of Mechanical Engineering working for Dr. Tequila Harris in the Polymer Thin Films Processing Group studying thin film manufacturing. He is particularly interested in computational modeling of nano-composite solutions that exhibit viscoelastic flow behavior to better understand structure-process-function relationships. His goal is to develop computational tools to model the process physics to tailor particle distributions and material properties during thin film manufacture, for varying applications.

Peter previously attended the University of Florida where he earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering in 2006. During his undergraduate studies, he interned for the Aviation Division of General Electric, which led to a position in the Edison Engineering Development Program upon graduation. He returned to school full-time to earn a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Florida in 2013, studying the force and wetting phenomenon involved in using droplets to transport wafers. Peter’s current interests outside of his academic pursuits includes running, racquetball, team sports, cooking, and history. 

Abhiram Kannan

Abhiram Kannan graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in Polymer Science and Engineering from UDCT, Mumbai where he was a recipient of the Borouge Fellowship. He is a third-year Ph.D. student in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech. His current research focus lies in using advanced characterization tools to study polymeric systems under dynamic and evolving conditions. He predominantly uses X-ray and neutron scattering methods, which generate large datasets, and the analysis of these data eventually sparked his interest in the general realm of “big data.”

Alex Lohse

Alex Lohse is in his second-year of the Ph.D. program in the School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at Georgia Tech, after recently graduating with a B.S. in MSE from Purdue University. During his time at Purdue, he worked for GE-Aviation on a variety of military and commercial jet engine material systems; for Northrop Grumman on microelectronics technology for satellites; and performing research in sustainable metal processing. He also played the “Big Bass Drum” in Purdue’s All-American Marching Band and studied abroad in France and China. In his spare time he loves to travel, play soccer, is an avid runner, and will do just about anything outdoors including hiking, kayaking, and cycling.

Travis Morgan

Travis is a first year PhD student in the school of Materials Science and Engineering.  He received a B.S. degree in Biochemistry from Texas State University in 2016.  While attending Texas State he worked in a lab that did research in the field of conductive polymers, and was a member of the Partnership For Research in Education in Materials (PREM).  Through PREM he had the opportunity to participate in an REU program at Duke University studying hybrid conductive polymer and bioprecipated inorganic quantum dots for use in photovoltaics.  Travis is currently doing research under Dr. Valeria Milam in the Materials Science department at Georgia Tech focusing on the development and characterization of DNA aptamers.

Nils Persson

Nils Persson hails from the great state of Minnesota, and as an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, he pursued a major in chemical engineering, played trumpet in the marching band, and founded MinnProv, an improvisational comedy team that is now the face(s) of comedy at the U of M. After graduating, he performed research on high-temperature catalytic reactors for the conversion of biomass to fuels and chemicals in the lab of Professor Lanny 
Schmidt.

Nils is currently a third-year Ph.D. student in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech, working under the advisory of Dr. Martha Grover and Dr. Elsa Reichmanis. He constructs computational simulations of polymer aggregation for the solution processing of organic electronics. While in the FLAMEL program, he hopes apply big data techniques to the analysis of the processing-structure-property relationships of poly-3-hexylthiophene, a well-studied semiconducting polymer. His current  interests include ultimate frisbee and learning how to totally shred on drums.

Robert Pienta

Robert Pienta is a PhD student in computational science and engineering at Georgia Tech. As an undergraduate, he attended Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology majoring in computer science and mathematics. His academic interests are human-in-the-loop machine learning, visual analytics, and large-scale data mining. While in FLAMEL he aspires to utilize visualization and data mining techniques to improve the quality of models and material simulations. For fun he paints portraits and runs. 

Alicia Rossi (White)

Alicia Rossi is a PhD student in Material Science and Engineering working with Dr. Surya Kalidindi.  Her undergraduate degree is in Polymer and Fiber Engineering from Georgia Tech.  Her research interests involve investigating the mechanical properties of polymeric materials that cannot be investigated by traditional means.  She is particularly interested in the interface properties of composites.  The properties of thin films on substrates are also of significant interest.  Using a combination of imaging techniques and nanoindentation, she is investigating correlations between variation in the material and variations in mechanical properties.

Christopher Shartrand

Chris is a first year PhD student in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering. He received a B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics from the State University of New York at Fredonia. Before Georgia Tech he had the opportunity to participate in two unique internships and a REU over a diversified field of disciplines. He has worked as a Demographic Data Analyst for Pitney Bowes Corporation and as an Radiological Emergency Planner for the New York State Office of Emergency Management. Additionally during his REU,  he conducted research involving CD4+ T-cells at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech.

Chris is currently involved in research under the advisement of Drs. J-C Lu, Martha Grover, and Elsa Reichmanis. He is attempting to aid in the development of a scientific data-synthesis engine for unifying available big-data embedded in theoretical models, model simulations and past experiments. The process will aid toward designing new experiments that shore up potential knowledge gaps. From there the goal is to create a learning process that can investigate areas that have larger trust uncertainty.

Outside of academics, Chris is an avid long distance runner and T.V./Movie connoisseur.