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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.
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KangHyeon Koo

Ph.D. candidate
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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Shankar Lalitha Sridhar

Ph.D. candidate
Mechanical Engineering
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.
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Tong Shen

Ph.D. candidate
Mechanical Engineering
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.
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Ethan Hobbs

Ph.D. student
Interdisciplinary Quantitative Biology program
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.
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Samuel Lamont

Ph.D. 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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Guillaume Lostec

Ph.D. student
Mechanical Engineering
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.
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Rob Wagner

Ph.D. 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 with the prospect of adapting nature’s designs to engineered systems. His research focuses on the theoretical...
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Lin Xu

Visiting Scholar
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.