Principal Investigator


Franck Vernerey

Principal Investigator
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.

PhD Students


Prakhar Bandil

PhD Student
Mechanical Engineering
Prakhar graduated from Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University) Varanasi with Bachelors and Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering. He joined the group in Fall 2021 and his research interests include Biomechanics, Continuum Mechanics, and Finite Element Analysis. He is currently working on the modeling of Tumor growth and hydrogels.
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Kang Hyeon Koo

PhD Student
Civil Engineering
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.
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Samuel Lamont

PhD Student
Mechanical Engineering
Sam graduated from Binghamton University in upstate New York with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and joined the group in fall 2019. His research concentrates on the transient properties of soft matter and is inspired by biological materials.
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Jothi Mani Thondiraj

PhD Student
Mechanical Engineering
Jothi Mani graduated from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur with a master's degree in aerospace engineering. He joined the group in fall 2021 to explore damage and fracture in supramolecular polymer networks.
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Rob Wagner

PhD Student
Material Science Program
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. His research focuses on theoretical modeling of dynamic soft networks, that range from supramolecular polymers to...
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Kyle Weishaar

PhD Student
Applied Mathematics
Kyle is Ph.D. student in the applied math department who graduated from Regis University with a B.S. in mathematics. He joined the group in the spring of 2021. His research concentrates on the mechanics of slide ring networks and their applications to molecular machines.

MSc Students


Revanth Gollapudi

MSc Student
Mechanical Engineering
Revanth graduated from PES University with a Bachelors's degree in Mechanical Engineering and joined the group in Fall 2021. His research concentrates on the theoretical study of cavitation and facture in polymers.