Haim Waisman
Associate Professor

Civil Engineering &
Engineering Mechanics
624 S.W. Mudd
500 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10027-6699

Phone: (212) 851-0408
Fax: (212) 854 -6267
Email: waisman@civil. columbia.edu

 

Research Group

CURRENT MEMBErS

PhD Students

              

 

Jonathan Russ (Sep 2017 - )

Research topic: Topology Optimization of Structures accounting for Fracrture/damage

R&D Mechanical Engineer, Sandia National Laboratories, (2015-2017)

MSc (Computational Science, Engineering and Mathematics, ICES), University of Texas Austin, (2015)

BSc (Mechanical Engineering), University of Tennessee
Knoxville (2011)

 

 

Lampros Svolos (Sep 2016 - )

Research topic: Computational Methods for Shearbands and Fracture

MSc (Structural Engineering), National Technical University of Athens, Greece, (2016)

MSc (Applied Mathematics), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, (2016)

Diploma (Civil Engineering), National Technical University of Athens, Greece, (2014)

 

Visiting scholars

Yong Wu (Sep 2018 - Sep 2019), Associate Professor, Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu, China.

Liangping Li (Sep 2018 - Sep 2019), Visiting PhD student, School of Oil & Natural Gas Engineering, Southwest Petroleum University, China. Funded through the China Scholarship Council program.

Hongwei Zhang (Dec 2018 - Nov 2020), Visiting PhD student, Hydraulic Structural Engineering, Hohai University, Nanjing, China. Funded through the China Scholarship Council program.

 

High School students

Tal Zussman (Sep 2018 - Sep 2019)

Hunter College High School, New York City, NY

 

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Former MEMBErS

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

Ravindra Duddu (Jul 2010 - Jul 2012)

Currently Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Research topic: Damage and Fracture Mechanics of ice sheets, Discrete Damage Zone Model for composites

Prasenjit Khanikar (Jan 2014 - Mar 2015)

Currently Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India

Research topic: Crystal Plasticity methods for improved shear band modeling

Colin McAuliffe (Jan 2014 - Jun 2015)

Now a research scientist at Multiscale Design Systems, which is now part of the Altair software company.

Research topic: A unified model for metal failure capturing shearbands and fracture

Kai James (Jul 2012 - Jul 2015)

Currently Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, Champaign, IL

Research topic: Topology optimization of structures accounting for continuum damage mechanics and viscoelasticity

Luc Berger-Vergiat (Sep 2015 - Dec 2017)

Currently a postdoc at Sandia National Labs (Computer Science Research Institute), Albuquerque, NM

Research topic: Domain-Decomposition and Isogeometric Methods for Shearbands and cracks

Yongxiang Wang (Feb 2017 - Sep 2018)

Currently research scientist at GE Global Research, Niskayuna, NY

Research topic: Extended Finite Element Methods for fracture problems

PhD Students

Badri Hiriyur (Sep. 2008- Apr. 2012)

Thesis: Developments in The Extended Finite Element Method & Algebraic Multigrid for Solid Mechanics Problems Involving Discontinuities

Currently at Weidlinger Associates Inc., New York, NY

Arturo Montoya (Sep. 2008- Apr. 2012)

Thesis: A validated methodology to estimate the reliability and safety of suspension bridge cables

Currently at the University of Texas at San Antonio, TX

Xia Liu (Sep. 2008- Aug. 2012)

Thesis: A novel discrete damage zone model and enhancement of the extended finite element method for fracture mechanics problems

Mengyu Lan (Sep. 2009- Apr. 2013)

Thesis: Developments in Extended Finite Element Methods for Extraction of Strain Energy Release Rates and Computational Nanomechanics for SWCNT Aggregates

Brett Benowitz (Sep. 2009- Apr. 2013)

Thesis: Modeling and Simulation of Random Processes and Fields in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

Now at Google, New York, NY

Colin McAuliffe (Sep. 2010- Dec. 2013)

Thesis: Numerical Modeling of Shear Bands and Dynamic Fracture in Metals

Now at Altair

 

Luc Berger-Vergiat (Sep 2011 - Jul 2015 )

Thesis: Isogeometric Analysis and Iterative Solvers for Shearbands

Now a postdoc at sandia Labs (CSRI)

 

Miguel Arriaga e Cunha (Sep 2012 - Dec 2016)

Thesis: Stability Analysis of Metals Capturing Brittle and Ductile Fracture through a Phase Field Method and Shear Band Localization

currently a postdoc at Columbia University

 

Juan G. Londono (Sep 2012 - Feb 2017)

Thesis: A coupled viscoelastic and damage approach for solids with applications to ice and asphalt

Now at  Thornton Tomasetti - Weidlinger Applied Science

 

Yongxiang Wang (Aug 2014 - Aug 2017)

Thesis: Extended Finite Element Methods for Brittle and Cohesive Fracture

Now a postdoc in the group

Mostafa Mobasher (Aug 2014 - Aug 2017)

Thesis: Enhanced Continuum Damage Modeling of Mechanical Failure in Ice and Rocks

Now at  Thornton Tomasetti - Weidlinger Applied Science

Master Students

Neslihan Genckal (Jan 2017 - Jun 2017)

MS student at Columbia University. Funded by the Turkish government.

Tao Mo (Jan 2015 - May 2015)

MS student at Columbia University.

Marco Pasetto (Sep 2012 - Jul 2013)

Joint MS program with University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy.

Gabriel Raccah (Jan 2010 - Jul 2010)

Joint MS program with "La Sapienza" University, Rome, Italy.

Luc Berger-Vergiat (May 2010 - Aug 2010)

Joint MS program with Ecole Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'Etat, Lyon, France.

Undergraduate Students

Said M. El-Hawwat (Jan 2018 - May 2018)

Continued to a Master degree in Columbia.

Imer del Cid (Jan 2015 - May 2015)

Currently at Boeing, Seattle, WA.

Stefanos Axios (Jan 2015 - May 2015)

Undrakh Sisunton (Jan 2014 - Jul 2014)

Currently a senior in the department.

Judith Rivas (Jan 2010 - May 2010)

Currently at Boeing, Seattle, WA.

Alan Radvinsky (Jun 2009 - Dec 2009)

Currently a Project Engineer at Sentech Architectural Systems, TX.

Clara Sussmann (Jan 2009 - Aug 2009)

Completed her MS degree at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.

Visiting sCHOLARS

Alvaro Vaz-Romero Santero (Sep 2018 - Feb 2019)

Associate Professor, Department of Continuum Mechanics and Structural Analysis, University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain

Yong Wu (Sep 2018 - Aug 2019)

Associate Professor, Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Science, Chengdu, Sichuan, China

Isaac Harari (Aug 2018)

Professor, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

Jingjing He (Sep 2015 - Aug 2016)

Associate Professor, Beihang University, China.

Bingbing San (Sep 2015 - Aug 2016)

Associate Professor, Hohai University, China. Funded through the China Scholarship Council, CSC.

Isaac Harari (Aug 2016)

Professor, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

Gang Yan (Sep 2013 - Aug 2014)

Associate Professor, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China. Funded through the China Scholarship Council, CSC.

Yoram Tambour (Aug 2013 - Aug 2014)

Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Technion- Israel Institute of Technology, Israel.

Xiangyong Zeng (May 2012 - May 2013)

Associate Professor, Chongqing University, China. Funded through the China Scholarship Council, CSC.

Isaac Harari (Aug 2011)

Professor, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

Visiting sTUDENTS

Chen Xing (Oct 2017 - Nov 2018)

Visiting PhD student, Engineering Mechanics, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China. Funded through the China Scholarship Council, CSC.

Yibin Zhou (Jun 2017 - Mar 2018)

Visiting PhD student, Reliability Engineering, Beihang University, China. Funded through an internal Beihang University support.

Rilin Shen (Oct 2016 - Oct 2018)

Visiting PhD student, Department of Civil Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, China. Funded through the China Scholarship Council, CSC.

Chiara Cerigato (Jul 2016-Oct 2016)

visiting MS student, University of Ferrara, Italy. Funded by the University of Ferrara.

Xiaocui Chen (Sep 2015 - Aug 2016)

Visiting PhD student, Department of Civil Engineering, Tianjin University, China. Funded through the China Scholarship Council, CSC.

Jie Wu (Sep 2014 - Aug 2016)

Visiting PhD student, Department of Civil Engineering, Tongji University, China. Funded through the China Scholarship Council, CSC.

Yihong Wang (Oct 2014 - Oct 2015)

Visiting PhD student, Department of Civil Engineering, Tianjin University, China. Funded through the China Scholarship Council, CSC.

Hui Liu (Sep 2013 - Aug 2014)

Visiting PhD student, Department of Civil Engineering, Tsinghua University, China. Funded through the China Scholarship Council, CSC.

Gabriele Gualandi (Jan 2012 - May 2012)

Visiting MS student from University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy.

Alessandra Traini (Sep 2011 - May 2012)

Visiting MS Student from "La Sapienza" University, Rome, Italy.

Maureen Feuillet (May 2011 - Aug 2011)

Visiting Student from Ecole Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'Etat, Lyon, France.

Emilien Billaudeau (May 2010 - Sep 2010)

Visiting MS Student from Ecole Centrale, Lyon, France.

Anne-Charlotte Gasser (May 2010 - Aug 2010)

Visiting Student from Ecole Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'Etat, Lyon, France.

Manfredi Saeli (Jul 2009 - Jan 2010)

Visiting PhD Student from University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy.

Victor Martinet (Mar 2009 - Jul 2009)

Visiting Student from Ecole Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'Etat, Lyon, France.

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SELECTED STUDENTS Honors and Awards

EMI2018 Third Place at the Modeling of Inelasticity and Multiscale Behavior (MIMB) Paper Competition

Awarded to Rilin Shen, Engineering Mechanics Institute, Cambridge, MS May 2018

EMI2016 Third Place at the Computational Mechanics Poster Competition

Awarded to Miguel Arriaga at the Student Poster Competition, Engineering Mechanics Institute, Nashville, TN May 2016

EMI2016 Second Place at the Computational Mechanics Poster Competition

Awarded to Juan Londono at the Student Poster Competition, Engineering Mechanics Institute, Nashville, TN May 2016

Mindlin Award 2016

Awarded to Miguel Arriaga for the most outstanding PhD thesis at the Department of Civil Engineering & Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University, May 2016

Finalist Paper, The Robert J. Melosh medal competition in Finite Element Methods

presented by Miguel Arriaga, April 2016

EMI2014 Third Place at the general Poster Competition

Awarded to Miguel Arriaga at the Student Poster Competition, Engineering Mechanics Institute, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Aug 2014

Mindlin Award 2014

Awarded to Colin McAuliffe for the most outstanding PhD thesis at the Department of Civil Engineering & Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University, May 2014

Mindlin Award 2013

Awarded to Brett Benowitz for the most outstanding PhD thesis at the Department of Civil Engineering & Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University, May 2013

EMI2012 Second Place at the Computational Mechanics Poster Competition

Awarded to Badri Hiriyur at the Student Poster Competition, Engineering Mechanics Institute, Notre Dame, IN Jun 2012

Mindlin Award 2012

Awarded jointly to Badri Hiriyur and Arturo Montoya for the most outstanding PhD thesis at the Department of Civil Engineering & Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University, May 2012

EMI2011 First Place and Best Paper Award

Awarded to Colin McAuliffe at the Student Computational Mechanics Competition, Engineering Mechanics Institute, Boston, MA, Jun 2011

EMI2011 Finalist Papers

Arturo Montoya and Mengyu Lan selected finalists at the Student Computational Mechanics Competition, Engineering Mechanics Institute, Boston, MA, Jun 2011

EMI2011 Best Poster Award

Awarded to Brett Benowitz at the Student Poster Competition, Engineering Mechanics Institute, Boston, MA Jun 2011

EMI2010 Finalist Paper

Badri Hiriyur selected finalist at the Student Computational Mechanics best paper Competition, Engineering Mechanics Institute, Los Angeles, CA, Aug 2010