Franck Vernerey (PI). F. Vernerey is a professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering, Material Science and IQ Biology programs at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2006 in the field of theoretical and applied mechanics. His interests lie in understanding the mechanical and physical processes underlying the response of active soft matter in order to control and program these systems for specific functionalities to be used in medicine (tissue engineering, drug delivery) and intelligent materials (programmable self-deformable material, origami). Methods include theoretical & computational modeling guided by experimental observations at multiple length-scales. For more information, please click here.
The Growth Mechanics Team
Shankar L.S. (Ph.D.): Shankar graduated from IIT Madras(India) with a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M and joined the group in spring 2016. His research concentrates on the theoretical modeling of structured hydrogel membranes for applications in shape-programmable materials (origami) and tissue engineering.
Guillaume Lostec (Ph.D.): Guillaume graduated from ENS Cachan with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He will join the group in Fall 2019. His research will concentrate on the statistical modeling of dynamic networks in fungal cells.
Revathi Priyanka Mohan (M.S.): Revathi graduated from Visvesaraya Technological University, India with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and joined the group in Fall 2017. Her research focuses on studying transport in bio-inspired dynamic networks.
The Swarm Team
Robert J. Wagner (Ph.D.): Rob graduated from Union College in Schenectady, NY with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (2013). From 2013-2017 he worked as an Application Engineer for GE Oil&Gas in Houston, TX. Rob has a strong passion for sports science, biomechanics, nature and engineering, that jointly inspired him to pursue his Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering with the prospect of adapting nature’s designs to engineered systems. His research focuses on the theoretical modeling of mesoscopic, intrinsically dynamic soft networks and biomimetic design.
Ethan Hobbs (Ph.D.): Ethan graduated from Carthage College with degrees in Physics and Mathematics. He is part of the Interdisciplinary Quantitative Biology program and is interested in complex systems, emergent behavior, and bio-inspired networks. His research in the group focuses on discrete modeling of active networks.
The Dynamic Polymer Team
Tong Shen (Ph.D.): Tong graduated from Zhejiang University (China) with a B.S. degree in Engineering Mechanics and joined the group in fall 2014. His research concentrates on the mechanics of self-actuated colloids under external stimulus and their application in smart micro-robots.
Lin Xu, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Jiangsu University. Research collaboration on the mechanics and instability of theromo-sensitive hydrogel. She is visiting our group from spring 2019 to spring 2020.
Kanghyeon Koo (Ph.D.): Hyeon graduated from the University of Seoul with a Master degree in Civil Engineering. He focuses on numerical and experimental approaches to understand the permeation and jamming of soft vesicles in a complex porous network. This involves the development of microfluidic devices imaging techniques and multiscale computational modeling techniques that capture the interactions between a large number of soft particles and a random porous network.
Eduard Benet(Ph.D., Mechanics of Materials, Mechanical Engineering)
Umut Akalp (Ph.D., Engineering Science, Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, 2016). Research thesis: Understanding the Mechanics of Tissue Growth in Engineered Scaffolds: Case of Cartilage Tissue
Louis Foucard (Ph.D., Engineering Science, Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, 2014). Research thesis: The Particle based Moving Interface Method for soft matter mechanics and fluid/membrane interactions with applications to biological cells.
Mohamedreza Kabiri (Ph.D., Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, 2014). Research thesis: Concurrent Multiscale Formulations for damage localization in heterogeneous materials with application to quasi-brittle fracture.
Kamtornkiat Musiket (Ph.D., Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, 2014). Research thesis: Mechanical Properties of Recycled Aggregate Concrete under Dierent Loading Rates. (co-advised with YP Xi)
Mehdi Farsad (Ph.D., Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, 2011) Research thesis: Multiphasic model of the mechano-responsive behavior of adherent cells.Now assistant professor in West Virginia Institute of Technology.
Jian Kan (M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2018) Research thesis: Blebbing of hydrogel during volume phase transition
Hongtian Zhu (M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2018) Research thesis: Competition between Adhesion and Elastic instabilities during blister inflation.
Zach White (M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2018) Research thesis: Fish-Scales: The Next Step in Soft Body Protection?
Nate Nargolis (M.S., Material Science and Engineering, 2017) Research thesis: Hygromorphic scales for use in water from morning dew and elementary model of hydrogel expansion properties.
Marti Garriga Font (M.S., Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, 2016) Research thesis: Micro-Crawlers in Confined Space: Volume Oscillating Hydrogels.
Gaspard DeRoucy(M.S., Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, 2016) Research thesis: On the role of cell distribution in hydrolytically degradable hydrogels for tissue engineering.
Natasha Funk (M.S., Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, 2014) Research thesis: Fabrication and characterization of a bio-inspired synthetic fish-skin for protective coatings on soft materials.
Valentin Dhote (M.S., Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, 2013) Research thesis: Mathematical modeling of engineered tissue growth in hydrogel scaffolds.
Jonathan Figueroa (M.S., Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, 2012) Research thesis: A comprehensive Analysis and Elementary model of Phototropism and Gravitopism
Spencer Hallowell (M.S., Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, 2011) Research thesis: Modeling the micro behavior and failure of collagen based fibrous materials
Greg Flores (M.S., Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, 2011) Research thesis: Automated Finite Element Model Calibration to Impact Tests
Mohamed Abdelrahman (M.S., Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, 2010) Research thesis: Crack propagation in brittle media, using the extended finite element method.
Eric Greenwald (M.S., Chemical and biological Engineering, 2010) Research thesis: Theoretical investigation of extra-cellular matrix degradation by chondrocytes.