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Graduate Students



Neel Nadkarni
Graduate Student in Aerospace
(co-advised with Prof. Chiara Daraio)

B.Tech. IIT Gandhinagar, 2012
M.S. California Institute of Technology, 2013


California Institute of Technology
Graduate Aerospace Laboratories
1200 E. California Blvd. MC 205-45
Pasadena, CA 91125

email: neel.nadkarni(AT)caltech.edu

research project:
nonlinear wave propagation and transition waves
in mechanical metamaterials






Greg Phlipot
Graduate Student in Aerospace

B.S.E. Arizona State University, 2014
M.S. California Institute of Technology, 2015


California Institute of Technology
Graduate Aerospace Laboratories
1200 E. California Blvd. MC 205-45
Pasadena, CA 91125

email: gphlipot(AT)caltech.edu

research project:
coarse-grained lattice dynamics:
from truss lattices to 2D materials






Carlos Portela
Graduate Student in Mechanical Engineering
(co-advised with Prof. Julia R. Greer)

B.S. University of Southern California, 2013
B.A. University of Southern California, 2014
M.S. California Institute of Technology, 2016


California Institute of Technology
Graduate Aerospace Laboratories
1200 E. California Blvd. 107-81
Pasadena, CA 91125

email: cportela(AT)caltech.edu

research project:
structural optimization of lattices, experiments and modeling






Wei-Lin Tan
Graduate Student in Materials Science

B.S. Brown University, 2011
M.S. Stanford University, 2012


California Institute of Technology
Graduate Aerospace Laboratories
1200 E. California Blvd. MC 138-78
Pasadena, CA 91125

email: wtan(AT)caltech.edu

research project:
novel electroactive materials, experiments and modeling






Ishan Tembhekar
Graduate Student in Mechanical Engineering

B.Tech (Hons) IIT Gandhinagar, 2012
M.S. California Institute of Technology, 2013


California Institute of Technology
Graduate Aerospace Laboratories
1200 E. California Blvd. MC 104-44
Pasadena, CA 91125

email: ishan.tembhekar(AT)caltech.edu

research project:
quasicontinuum modeling of nanocrystalline nanolattices




Abbas D. Tutcuoglu
Graduate Student in Aerospace Engineering

M.Res. Ecole Centrale de Lyon, 2014
M.Eng. Imperial College London, 2015


California Institute of Technology
Graduate Aerospace Laboratories
1200 E. California Blvd., MC 104-44
Pasadena, CA 91125

email: atutcuog(AT)caltech.edu

research project:
microstructural evolution of hcp metals
during thermomechanical processing





Vidyasagar
Graduate Student in Aeronautics

M.Eng Imperial College London, 2014
M.S. California Institute of Technology, 2015


California Institute of Technology
Graduate Aerospace Laboratories
1200 E. California Blvd. MC 205-45
Pasadena, CA 91125

email: vidya10(AT)caltech.edu

research project:
advanced multiscale techniques for polycrystalline ceramics and metals






Alex Zelhofer
Graduate Student in Mechanical Engineering

B.S. Milwaukee School of Engineering, 2012
M.S. California Institute of Technology, 2013


California Institute of Technology
Graduate Aerospace Laboratories
1200 E. California Blvd. MC 205-45
Pasadena, CA 91125

email: azelhofe(AT)caltech.edu

research project:
effective properties of structural (meta)materials
with engineered microscale instabilities