Caleb Anderson

Caleb Anderson moved to Atlanta and enrolled in Georgia Tech in 2014. Before that, he received his bachelor's degree in Physics at Texas A&M in College Station and taught high school math and physics at a private school in rural Mississippi. He is currently a fourth year Physics Ph.D. student, studying the relationship between statistical mechanics and active systems. These systems are inherently out of equilibrium because each particle has its own source of energy. In particular, he devotes much of his studies to the behavior of large collections of fire ants. When he isn’t working, Caleb enjoys playing board games with his friends and staying active in intramural sports.

Matthew Barry

Matthew Barry is a first-year Ph.D. student in the School of Mechanical Engineering working under Dr. Satish Kumar and Dr. Surya Kalidindi. He received a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University in 2017. His research focuses on using complex computation and novel data analysis techniques to quantify the effect of nanoscale material structures such as defects and dislocations on thermal conductivity at material interfaces. This understanding will be used to design innovative thermal management solutions for gallium nitride based High Electron Mobility Transistors.


In his free time, Matthew enjoys building speakers, music, and cooking.

Andrew Castillo

Andrew is a 2nd year PhD student in the school of Mechanical Engineering working under Professor Surya Kalidindi.  He did his undergraduate at Georgia Tech in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in the Mechanical Behavior of Materials. His research interests lie in the application of data science techniques to solve inverse structural mechanics problems. 

In his free time he enjoys running, music and playing classical guitar. 

Marshall Johnson

Marshall Johnson began his PhD in Georgia Tech’s Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering in January 2017 in Dr. Kalidindi’s MINED research group. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2016. Marshall’s research focuses on modeling and optimizing additive manufacturing processes. His overarching goal is to increase the viability of additive manufacturing by tackling significant issues in the field such as lack of standardization and understanding large parameter spaces. In his free time, Marshall enjoys basketball, weightlifting and exploring YouTube.

Natalia Millan

Natalia is a first year PhD student in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech working under the guidance of Professor Surya Kalidindi and the MINED Research Group.  She obtained her Mechanical Engineering degree from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where she had the opportunity to do research with the Institute of Advanced Materials, Devices and Nanotechnology in the development of a method to obtain Simultaneous Measurements of Seebeck coefficient, Thermal and Electrical Conductivity.

Upon graduation in 2015, Natalia joined GLOBAL FOUNDRIES, a semiconductors manufacturing company, where she worked as an Equipment and Process Engineer in the Photolithography department, with the complete ownership of 4 steps in the manufacturing sequence and participating in several Cost Saving and Process Enhancement projects for the 14nm technology.

Outside of my academic responsibilities, Natalia enjoys hiking with her dog, dancing and traveling.

Sepi Parvinian

Sepideh Parvinian is a PhD student in the school of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech working with Dr. Hamid Garmetsani. She received a B.S. degree in MSE from University of Maryland, College Park. She is currently working on optimization of nanocellulose based composites for biomedical applications. Sepideh hopes to apply big data analytics tools to assess process-stature- property linkages in nanocellulose composites. Outside the realm of science, Sepideh enjoys playing the piano, drawing, cooking and traveling.

Thomas Payne

Thomas Payne is a PhD student in Material Science and Engineer working under Dr. David McDowell. He received a BS in the same field from North Carolina State University. His research focuses on development and application of CAC, a novel multiscale modeling tool coupling atomistic and continuum approaches to deformation and failure of metals, including dislocation substructure formation and ductile fracture, two grand challenges involving multiscale phenomena. The FLAMEL program is providing him with knowledge and experience in data science and materials informatics which, combined with his modeling work, will further the program’s goal of using such techniques to accelerate materials research. 

Jordyn Schroeder

Jordyn is a first year doctoral student in Mechanical Engineering. She received her B.S. at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Mechanical Engineering. She is conducting research in the Physiology of Wearable Robotics (PoWeR) Lab under Dr. Greg Sawicki. The goal of her work is to elucidate long term effects of wearable robotics on human physiology using big data analytics, mechanical design, and computational, human and animal models. 

Jesse Sestito

Jesse Sestito graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.  He then worked at National Instruments for three years.  He is now a first year Ph.D. student in the School of Mechanical Engineering.  Jesse will be performing his research on additive materials.

Sven Voigt

Sven received his BS and MS degrees in Materials Science from CWRU, where he studied the mesostructure and mechanical behavior of additively manufactured polymers. He also worked to automate manufacturing processes and data collection processes as an automation engineer at Zircoa, Inc. Sven is passionate about both the impact of mesostructure on the properties of materials and the challenge of making sense of data. He hopes to expand on his interests throughout the FLAMEL program. 


Outside of work Sven enjoys staying active and exploring new places. He is fluent in two languages and learning more.

Karla Wagner

Karla is a PhD Student in Materials Science and Engineering, co-advised by Dr. Naresh Thadhani and Dr. Surya Kalidindi. Her undergraduate degree is also from Georgia Tech, in Materials Science and Engineering with a concentration in structural materials. Her research will apply data science and computational techniques to structural materials and high strain rate testing. In her free time, Karla likes to make music, bake, and play board games.