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Group Members

Group 2019

Group photo – August 2019

From left: Matt, Austin, Alex, Ritesh, Siyao, and Junaid

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Matthew Daly

Matthew Daly

Assistant Professor of Materials Engineering

Postdoc, Northwestern University (2017-2018)
Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Toronto (2017)
M.A.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo (2012)
B.A.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo (2009)


Links: CV, Google scholar, Researchgate

Short Bio: Matt is originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He has worked in a variety of academic and industrial settings over his career and also spent a couple of years living in Germany during his undergraduate studies. His research interests include the mechanics of nanostructured materials, advanced materials and microstructure design, in situ characterization techniques, physical metallurgy and atomistic modeling.

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Junaid Ahmed

Junaid Ahmed

PhD Student in Materials Engineering

Junaid Ahmed is originally from Sadiq Abad, Punjab, Pakistan and received his B.Sc. degree in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology Lahore, Pakistan. Afterword, he joined Mechanical Engineering department, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia and received his M.Sc. degree in 2016. Under the supervision of Dr. Ihsan ul Haq Toor, he worked on the development and characterization of nano-structured stainless steels by powder metallurgy followed by spark plasma sintering. In November 2016, he joined University of Hafr al Batin, Saudi Arabia as a lecturer in Mechanical Engineering department. Junaid joined the AMML in January 2019 to begin his Ph.D. studies.


Ritesh Jagatramka

PhD Student in Materials Engineering

Ritesh Jagatramka received his Bachelors of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from the Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Pune. For his Bachelors’ work, he completed a project designing a mast of an indoor airship in collaboration with IIT, Bombay. Due to interest in the field of energy technology, a part of his work was on designing a solar concentrated sterling engine which made him realize the need for energy storage systems is paramount. He began his graduate career as a Masters’ student at UIC under the supervision of Dr. Indacochea. Given his high interest in the field of energy storage, he accepted a project on improving the efficiency of lithium-oxygen batteries in collaboration with Argonne National Laboratory. He joined the AMML for his PhD studies in January 2019.


Novin Rasouli

PhD Student in Materials Engineering

Novin received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering from the University of Tehran. For his Bachelor’s work, he completed a project on the Synthesis of Gelatin Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery. In his Master’s studies, he specialized in the field of Characterization and Selection of Engineering Materials. His master’s thesis was a project on Grain Boundary Engineering to overcome embrittlement. Novin joined the AMML in August 2022.

Lu Yingjie

Lu Yingjie

MS Student in Materials Engineering

Lu Yingjie is a Master’s student in Materials Engineering, who plans to graduate in the summer of 2023. She received her B.E in Materials Science and Engineering from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China. She is learning about deformation mechanisms and characterization of microstructures of metallic materials. She aims to pursue a career in materials design in the future. Yingjie joined AMML in January 2022.

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Amir Shirsalimian

Amir Shirsalimian

BS Student in Mechanical Engineering

Amir Shirsalimian is a 3rd-year Mechanical Engineering student who is participating in undergraduate research. He will graduate in the Fall of 2022, with plans of working for a Mechanical Engineering consulting firm. His interests include learning about a variety of different engineering techniques, plenty of which can assist him in identifying materials that can be lightweight and exhibit heavy load carrying capabilities.

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