Assistant Professor

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Sara Kadkhodaei

Department of Civil and Materials Engineering

Biography:
Sara Kadkhodaei joined the department of Civil and Materials Engineering at UIC in 2019. She received her B.Sc degree in Civil Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran, and her M.A. in Physical Chemistry and Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering from Brown University. Dr. Kadkhodadei’s research interest is in development of advanced first-principles and atomistic based theoretical models to understand the underlying physics of materials and their integration into high-throughput computational frameworks.

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Graduate Student

Ali Davariashtiyani

Ali Davariashtiyani

Department of Civil and Materials Engineering

Biography:
Ali Davari is studying for his doctorate in Materials Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He earned his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Tehran. Ali graduated with a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University with a minor in Computer Science. Having developed a strong background in scientific computing and atomic level simulations, he joined CMRL in January 2019. His research is focused on developing data driven computational frameworks and methodologies to assess the stability of crystalline materials.

 

Graduate Student

Ran Tao

Ran Tao

Ran Tao is studying for his master’s degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He earned his undergraduate degree at Southwest Jiaotong University in China. He joined CMRL in January 2020 and his research interest is phase stability prediction and phase diagram calculation from first-principles.

Undergraduate Student

Caitlin Azar

Caitlin Azar

 

Caitlin Azar is studying for her bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She joined CMRL in September 2019. Her research interests are in crystal structure prediction and materials processing.

 

Open Positions

Computational Materails Research is an interdisciplinary area of research that involves different areas of expertise such as materials science, physics, mathematics and computational science. Therefore, a strong background in materials science, physics and mathematics is required in order to join our group and prior experience in computational work is encouraged.

Ph.D. Positions

A fully funded Ph.D. position is available for Spring/Fall 2020 in Computational Materials Research Lab (CMRL). Candidates with good academic credentials and an interest to work in computational research projects are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidate should have a master’s degree in materials science, physics, chemistry, engineering or related fields with a good background in Materials Science, Solid State Physics, and Computational Science. A good background in high-level programming and high-performance computing (HPC) is a huge advantage.

The primary research focus will be on understanding the kinetics and thermodynamics of solids by developing quantum mechanical (ab initio) and atomistic modeling techniques. In our group, you will have plenty of learning opportunities, from developing novel computational frameworks and numerical toolkits to fundamental understanding of materials systems. As a Ph.D. student, you will be involved in various research tasks including critical thinking, rigorous analysis, and scientific writing. Also, you will have opportunities to collaborate with experimental and theoretical research groups at UIC and Harvard University, and materials research groups at NASA.

If you are interested, do not hesitate to contact me at sarakad@uic.edu with a detailed CV and your academic transcripts. Please briefly express your reasoning on why you are interested in joining our group.

M.Sc. Positions

I am constantly looking for hard working and highly motivated master students. If you are interested, do not hesitate to contact me at sarakad@uic.edu with a detailed CV and your academic transcripts. Please briefly express your reasoning on why you are interested in joining our group.