Graduate Students

VINAY DAMODARAN

vdamodaran@wisc.edu

Ph.D. Candidate, Civil and Environmental Engineering, (2017-Present)

M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (2015)

B.Tech, Civil Engineering, NITK Surathkal, India (2012)

Research Interests – My primary focus is on using computational tools to study material behavior in extreme environment, ranging from impact events to high temperature conditions. I am currently focusing on using additive manufacturing methods to improve damage tolerance and resilience of composite materials.

HAOTIAN FENG

hfeng47@wisc.edu

Ph.D Candidate, Civil and Environmental Engineering (2019 – present)

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (2016)

B.S.,  Automotive Engineering, Hunan University, China (2014)

Research Interests – I mainly focus on exploring the potentiality of combining Machine Learning techniques with our knowledge in physics and engineering, especially in composite structural analysis. My research area covers structural analysis, diagnostics and optimization with Deep Learning and Reinforcement Learning. Besides, I am also interested in developing Machine Learning techniques to unveil the complex/coupled physical properties within structures.

VISTA SHAHRIARI, PE

shahriari@wisc.edu

Ph.D. Candidate, Structural Engineering (2017 – Present)

M.S., Structural Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran (2012)

B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran (2010)

Research Interests – My research is mainly focused on applying several Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) techniques and destructive tests on reinforced concrete structures/samples to investigate the severity and reasons of observed distresses. The other fun parts of my study are using FEA, image, and signal processing to propose a cost-efficient and powerful design that ensures the durability and long-term performance of the reinforced concrete structures!

SABARINATHAN P SUBRAMANIYAN

pushparajsub@wisc.edu

Ph.D Candidate, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Fall 2019 – Present)

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas- Artlington (Fall 2019)

B.E., Mechanical Engineering, Anna University, India (2015)

Primary Research – Developing Multi-scale and Multi-physics modeling to understand the influence of extreme environment in the degradation of heterogeneous material.

HRIDYESH R. TEWANI

Ph.D. Student, Civil and Environmental Engineering (2021 – Present)

M.Sc., Composites (Aeronautics), Imperial College London (2019)

B.E. (Hons.), Civil Engineering, BITS Pilani, India (2017)

Research Interests – I am particularly interested in investigating the mechanisms by which composite/lightweight materials fail under impact loading. Another line of inquiry that I pursue involves building computational models to predict material behavior. My work is also focused on investigating the mechanics of origami-inspired composite structures with an aim to make them self-deployable. When I am not at work you can find me engaging one of four “stress unloading protocols” – photography, cooking, watching Formula One/European football.

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GUANJIN YAN

gyan29@wisc.edu

Master’s Student (Fall 2019 – present)

B.Eng., Civil Engineering, Central South University, China (2018)

Research Interests: I like having fun with math and mechanics. FEA is a powerful tool in my research. Now I am working on understanding mechanical properties of origami structures. Also, I believe machine learning has a promising future in my research and our life!