Research Group

  Current PhD Advisees  


Liang Wang (2011- present)

Dynamic routing in the complex transportation networks, Columbia University



Gan Song (2013 – present)

Equivalent inclusion method and boundary element method for composite materials, Columbia University


Xin He (2013 – present)

Density measurement and modeling of pavement materials, Columbia University, MS leading to PhD


Siyu Zhu (2014 – present)

SPH couple DEM, GPU acceleration, Columbia University, MS leading to PhD


Qiliang Lin (2015 – present)

High Order Plate Theories, Micromechanics Based Elasto-plastic Modeling of Functionally Graded Materials with Particle Interation, Columbia University, MS leading to PhD


Zhenyu Shou (2015 – present)

Particle Dynamics Parallel Simulation, Mechanics, Columbia University, MS leading to PhD
  Associate Research Scientist  


Fangliang Chen(2013 – present)  personal webpage
Building integrated photovoltaic thermal systems
Non-destructive Detection Technologies/smart sensing repair methodologies
Elasoplastic fracture modeling on thin film layered structures
  • Dajiang Yang,(Post-Doc: 2010 – 2012)
    Hybrid solar panel for photovoltaic, thermoelectric and heat utilization, Columbia University.
  • Dan Hochstein,(Post-Doc: 2015)
    Commercialization of building integrated photovoltaic thermal panels (SEAS Translational Fellowship Program), Weathering of reclaimed asphalt pavement, Lightweight concrete using recycled foam particles, Columbia University
      Visiting Scholars Advisees  


    Qi Ge(September 2015 – present)

    Lecturer in Sichuan University, Soil-structure interaction.
  • Hua Zhang, (August 2011 – August 2012)
    Associate Professor in Hohai University, Fabrication and characterization of the strain gauges using magnetic particle filled polymer composites, Columbia University.
  • Mingzheng Chen, (August 2013 – August 2014)
    Associate Professor in Chongqing University of Science and Technology, Functionally Graded Material;Light Weight Concrete, Columbia University.
  • Yingtao Zhao, (August 2014 – August 2015)
    Associate Professor in Department of Mechanics, School of Aerospace Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology
      Visiting PhD Advisees  


    Chensen Lin(2015 – present)

    Particle Dynamics Simulation, GPU parallel computing staff associate.
      Completed PhD Advisees  
  • Pablo Prieto-Muñoz, (PhD: 2009 – 2012)
    Stress transfer and failure analysis of bi-layered material systems, Columbia University, now UMT Consulting Group.
  • Pohua Lee,(PhD: 2009 – 2013)
    Fabrication, characterization, and modeling of functionally graded materials, Columbia University, now MedeonBio, Inc.
  • Sung-Hwan Jang, (PhD: 2011 – 2015)
    Characterization of ferromagnetic particulate nanocomposites for strain and fracture sensing, Columbia University.
  • Lingqi Yang, (PhD: 2012 – 2015)
    Dissipative particle dynamical simulation for inelastic behavior of materials, Columbia University.
      Other Advisees  
    Master Graduate Students (11 graduate research projects)
  • Michael E. Lackey, Fabrication of hybrid solar roofing panel, Columbia University, 2010.
  • Zifeng Yuan, Green’s function for functionally graded materials, Columbia University, 2010 (Now Columbia PhD candidate)
  • Adrian Wright, Fabrication of chain-structured invar silicone thin film for strain gages, Columbia University, 2010.
  • Yang Liu, Fracture testing and analysis of alumina-aluminum coating system, Columbia University, 2011 (Now Columbia PhD candidate)
  • Kritika Kaul, Development of the database for the open-mode integrated transportation system, Columbia University, 2011.
  • Carmen Marin, Solar photovoltaic cell market research, Columbia University, 2011.
  • Jen Park, Life cycle analysis of a building integrated photovoltaic thermal system, Columbia University, 2012-2013.
  • Paul Maurin, Blanche Luis, Test and demonstration of the open-mode integrated transportation system, Columbia University, 2012 (Intern Students, ENTPE, France).
  • Chia-Hong Wu, Thermal and thermomechanical characterization of aluminum and high density polyethylene functionally graded materials, Columbia University, 2013.
  • Lei Deng, Fabrication of the building integrated photovoltaic thermal roofing panel, Columbia University, 2013.
  • Yingjie Liu, Characterization and simulation of thermoelectric materials cross micro- and macro- levels, Columbia University, 2014.
  • Gisele Guimaraes Ribeiro,Alternatives to Nuclear Density Testing, Columbia University, co-advise with Prof. Hoe Ling, Columbia University, 2015

      Undergraduate Students (8 undergraduate research projects)  
  • Benjamin Lai, The road for sustainability - an investigation of the rheological behavior of asphalt binder modified by warm mix asphalt additives, Columbia University, 2009 (Now PhD student at MIT).
  • Valerie Gono, Study on the stress distribution of ceramic coated ductile metal with axisymmetry, Columbia University 2010 (Now graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin).
  • Alaa M. Saleh, Prototype preparation of hybrid solar roofing panels and the open-mode integrated transportation system, Columbia University 2010 (Now MS-PhD student at Imperial College, UK)
  • Steve Wong, Prototype preparation of hybrid solar roofing panels, Columbia University 2010 (Now Stanford University).
  • James Yang, Wear test of composite utility covers, Columbia University, 2011-12.
  • Luis A. Arias, Aviv S. Bridge, Vincent Nasri, Ethanol based foaming approach to sustainable asphalt pavements, Columbia University, 2012 (Now Luis and Vincent are graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin).

      High School Students (2 summer research projects)  
  • Christopher Chen, Open-Mode Integrated Transportation System (OMITS) 2011; Passive solar tracker system 2012 (Now undergraduate at Harvard University).
  • Jeffery Xie, Sedimentation of aluminum particles and high density polyethylene powder toward functionally graded material manufacturing 2013.