Graduate Students

Changgong Kim (Ph.D. Candidate, Mechanical Science and Engineering)
Email: ckim130@illinois.edu
After graduating from Korea University in 2012, I worked at Samsung Engineering for 3 years (2012-2015). I started my M.S. at UIUC in 2015 Fall and worked on the fatigue of materials. In July 2017, I joined the Wave Propagation and Metamaterials Lab as a 1st year Ph.D. student. My research focus is on the characterization of material properties and microstructure using linear and nonlinear ultrasound. I enjoy climbing with other lab mates.

 

 

Ignacio Arretche (Ph.D. Candidate, Mechanical Science and Engineering)
Email: ia6@illinois.edu
I completed my bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology (ITBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2015. As an undergraduate, I did research on the effects on internal combustion engine performance of additives for gasoline and diesel fuels. After graduating, I worked as a structural engineer for VENG S.A. I joined the WPML in Fall 2017. My work at the lab is mostly focused on the influences of geometry on bandgap formation of structural metamaterials. In my spare time, I like to play soccer, rock climbing, and biking.

 

 

Ganesh U. Patil (Ph.D. Candidate, Mechanical Science and Engineering)
Email: gupatil2@illinois.edu
I completed my B.Tech (2011-2014) and Licentiate Diploma (2007-2011) in Mechanical from VJTI, Mumbai, India. I worked as a CAE Engineer in the Bajaj Auto Limited R&D division (2014-2017) before I joined WPML in Fall 2017. I am currently studying the wave propagation through lattice metamaterials and how they can be manipulated for better structural performance. On top of doing research, I enjoy teaching. I have been working as a Teaching Assistant for TAM 212 and TAM 251. My other interests are cooking and watching cricket! I am pretty much active on social media. Know more about my research work here on my personal research website.

 

 

 

Connor Pierce (Ph.D. Candidate, Mechanical Science and Engineering)
Email: cpierce3@illinois.edu
I joined the Wave Propagation and Metamaterials Lab in January 2018 after completing my B.S. and M.Eng. degrees in mechanical engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology. During my undergraduate degree, I completed one co-op with Cummins Emissions Solutions (2014) and three co-ops with the Universal Instruments Corporation (2015, 2016, and 2017). My research focuses on developing structural metamaterials with band gaps for vibration mitigation and includes both computational and experimental components. In my spare time, I enjoy building and flying model rockets, hiking and camping, playing basketball, and reading Ganesh’s memes.

 

Elizabeth (Betsy) Smith (Ph.D. Candidate, Mechanical Science and Engineering)
Email: esmith19@illinois.edu
I completed a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2015 at the University of Wyoming. In the Fall of 2018, I joined the Wave Propagation and Metamaterials Lab working on determining damage in materials using linear and nonlinear ultrasound. Before coming to Illinois, I worked at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on Main Propulsion Systems. In addition to academics, I enjoy playing music, hiking, learning how to sail, and swing dancing.

 

 

Nusrat Jahan Salim (Ph.D. Candidate, Mechanical Science and Engineering)
Email: njsalim2@illinois.edu
I completed my BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2017 from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and worked as a lecturer in the same institution for roughly three years after graduating. Prior to joining the Wave Propagation and Metamaterials Lab, I have worked on modifying the band-gap of zinc oxide semiconductor with the inclusion of reduced graphene oxide. My primary research interests are in the field of multifunctional materials and mechanics of materials. I spend my leisure time writing stories and watching movies.

 

 

 

Josh Tempelman (TBA)
Email: jrt7@illinois.edu

I completed my bachelor’s degree in engineering (BSE) and math minor from Calvin College (now Calvin University) in 2018. As an undergraduate, I did research on aeroacoustics with application to the auto industry. After my bachelor’s, I completed a master’s in mechanical engineering (MSME) at Michigan State University with a focus on topological data analysis. I also work for Los Alamos National Laboratory as a graduate assistant performing research that combines signal processing, machine learning, and additive manufacturing. I joined WPM in Fall 2020. My research in WPML focuses on developing new models for directing energy transfer and controlling wave propagation in periodic materials. This work is co-advised by Prof. Alexander Vakakis in the Linear and Nonlinear Dynamics and Vibrations Lab. I enjoy hiking, playing hockey, and reading in my free time.