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Sara Kadkhodaei

Department of Civil and Materials Engineering

Biography:
Sara Kadkhodaei joined the Civil and Materials Engineering department 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 the 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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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.

 

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Farid Fattahpour

Farid Fattahpour

Department of Civil and Materials Engineering

Biography:
Farid is studying for his doctorate in Materials Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran. Farid graduated with a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He joined the CMRL in June 2020. His research is focused on understanding solid state vibrations at high temperature.

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Long T. Vuong

Long T. Vuong

Long Vuong is studying for his bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He initially joined CMRL during the Summer of 2020 as part of the Guaranteed Paid Internship Program (GPIP). After being granted the CURA award, he was able to rejoin CMRL in the Fall of 2020. Long earned a second CURA award for the 21-22 academinc year. His research is focused on utilizing machine learning algorithms to analyze materials synthesis conditions.

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Noel Siony

Noel Siony

Noel is studying for his bachelor’s in Physics at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He joined CMRL in the Summer of 2021. He participated in the UIC’s undergraduate student team for the 2021 ASM materials design competition. His research is focused on utilizing computational techniques to study corrosion and magnetic phase transformation.

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Ran Tao – China 3+2 program at UIC – In our lab in 2019-2020

Caitlin Azar – Undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering – In our lab in 2019-2020

 

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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 Fall 2023 in Computational Materials Research Lab (CMRL). Candidates with good academic credentials and an interest in working on computational research projects are encouraged to apply. The 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), atomistic modeling, and machine learning techniques. In our group, you will have plenty of learning opportunities, from developing novel computational frameworks and numerical toolkits to a 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, Northwestern University, Brown 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 for why you are interested in joining our group.

M.Sc. Positions

I am constantly looking for hard-working and highly motivated master’s 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 for why you are interested in joining our group.