Team

“Play Is the Highest Form of Research.” – Albert Einstein

Principal Investigator


Dr. Nan Hu (hu.1773@osu.edu)
Resume (in Chinese), Faculty Page, Google Scholar, ORCID, Research Gate, Linkedin

Dr. Hu is currently a tenure-track assistant professor at the Ohio State University. His host department is CEGE and he is eligible to advise graduate students from MAE program at OSU. A native of Beijing, China, Dr. Hu holds B.S. degree (’07) with honor from Hunan University and M.S. degree (’10) with high honor from Central South University. His early experience in China focused on understanding the behavior of large-scale infrastructure, particularly on high-speed rail bridges. He spent a year at Tsinghua University as a research associate before coming to the US for graduate school. He earned his M.Sc. in engineering mechanics (’14) and Ph.D. in civil engineering (’15) from Michigan State University, where he developed approaches to control the post-buckling response of cylindrical shells with a focus on energy harvesting. Prior to joining OSU in 2017, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher for two years at Dartmouth College, where he focused on harnessing mechanical instability for adaptive and multifunctional devices. Beyond academia, he has been a huge sports fan and an amateur photographer for more than 10 years (Flickr).

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Graduate Student Researchers

Chunping Ma (Autumn 2018 –  Present), is pursuing his Ph.D. degree in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering at The Ohio State University. He holds great interests in the development and design of smart structures by exploiting mechanical instabilities. Before joining OSU, he obtained his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Hohai University, where his previous research focus was non-destructive identification of complex structural flaws by numerical methods. His Ph.D. dissertation focuses on evaluating design strategy and computational tools in developing adaptive architected materials for smart civil infrastructure. In his spare time, badminton, cooking, and Sci-Fi models are his favorite recreations. Email: ma.1750@osu.edu. Personal Page; Google Scholar; Linkedin.

Brady Hildebrand (Autumn 2018 – Present) is pursuing his master degree in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering at The Ohio State University. His area of interests includes structural mechanics, smart structures, composites, advanced structural concepts, architecture & design. He earned his Bachelor’s in civil (structural) engineering from OSU in May 2018. His project as part of the fulfilment of the master degree will focus on the design of bio-insipred adaptive materials and structures. He enjoys running, portrait photography, cooking, and hiking. Email: hildebrand.70@osu.edu. Linkedin.

Yan Long (Autumn 2018 – Present), is pursuing her master degree of engineering in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering at The Ohio State University. Before joining OSU, she obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Central South University. Her area of interests is developing resilient materials and devices to survive under extreme events. Her thesis will focus on the reconfigurable structural system for the sustainable urban environment. She is a huge fan of Lego and Marvel. Email: long.1705@osu.edu. Linkedin.

Zhiwei Zhang, (Autumn 2018 – Present), is a visiting doctoral student in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering at The Ohio State University. His area of interests includes structural mechanics, durability of steel structures and spatial structures. He earned his Bachelor’s in civil (structural) engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology and is currently working toward his Ph.D. degree at HIT. Hdissertation focuses on mechanical properties of steel spatial structures considering the effect of corrosion. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, board games and hiking.

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Undergraduate Research Assistants

Burak Gul (Spring 2018 – Present), is an undergraduate student in the Department of Civil Engineering at The Ohio State University. He is interested in architected materials, failure mechanisms, and multi-stable structures. Burak wants to work with designing structural elements in high-rise buildings, stadiums, and innovative, dynamic building parts after college. He would like to continue his secondary education by getting his masters in Structural or Architectural Engineering and eventually earn his Ph.D. degree after that. Burak was born in Turkey and moved to the United States with his parents when he was six years old. In his spare time, Burak enjoys a nice night of video games, watching an intense soccer or basketball game, or playing in a game himself. Email: gul.14@osu.edu. Linkedin.

Andrew Schellenberg (Summer 2018 – Present), is an undergraduate in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in Computer Information Science and a minor in Entrepreneurship. He is interested in problem-solving applications of robotic and machine learning, and plan to earn a graduate degree in Mechatronics. Andrew is a member of the STEM Outreach group and a part of the Ohio State Triathlon Team. In his free time, Andrew enjoys reading books, going on hikes, and competing in triathlons. Email: schellenberg.3@osu.edu. Linkedin.

Ben Luce (Autumn 2018 – Present), is an undergraduate student in the Department of Civil Engineering at the Ohio State University. He is interested in sustainability in the built environment and large-scale structures. Ben would like to continue his secondary education by getting his masters in Structural or Architectural Engineering. He is also interested in teaching and engineering outreach and would like to continue teaching throughout his academic career. In his spare time, Ben enjoys reading, spending time with friends, and watching movies. Email: luce.75@osu.edu. Linkedin.

Liz Moralez (Spring 2019 – Present), is a student at The Ohio State University pursuing her undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering with a minor in Latino Studies. She is interested in a career in higher education, structural engineering or project management. Liz is the treasurer for SCOPE at The Ohio State University, an organization that provides resources to first generation college students and works part time as a server. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new hobbies, new places and learning new things. Email: morales.242@osu.edu

Ning Cai (Autumn 2018 – Present)

Raina Rotondo (Spring 2019 – Present), an undergraduate student studying Civil Engineering at The Ohio State University. She is interested in structural art and progressive design approaches to structures. Raina’s intended career specialization is structural or architectural engineering. Raina is a graduate of OSU’s Mount Leadership Society Scholars, a member of The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), a Hometown Recruiting Ambassador for the College of Engineering, and a member of Kappa Theta Epsilon (KTE) National Co-op Honor Society. She enjoys instructing group fitness classes for OSU’s Student Recreation Department, volunteering at Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services teaching English to refugees, and spending time with friends and family. Email: rotondo.14@osu.edu

Connor Higgins (Spring 2019 – Present), is an undergrad student in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering at The Ohio State University. He is interested in Structural Engineering and would like to pursue his master’s after graduation. Connor is the Administrative Vice President of the Ohio State Evans Scholars and an active member of the Structural Engineers Association of Ohio and the American Society of Civil Engineers. In his free time, Connor likes skiing, volleyball, and golfing. Email: higgins.423@osu.edu

Ryan Maitland (Spring 2019 – Present), is an undergraduate student in the Department of Civil Engineering here at the Ohio State University. He is interested in the combination of structural design and transportation design in large cities in order to achieve a more sustainable environment. After graduation, Ryan plans to gain some experience in the field of structural engineering and then return to school to earn his masters in either structural engineering or business administration. He also plans on becoming a licensed professional engineer. Outside of school, he enjoys working out, snowboarding, and sneakers. Email: maitland.15@osu.edu. Linkedin

 

Kara McLaughlin (Spring 2019 – Present), an undergraduate student in the department of Civil Engineering at The Ohio State University. She is interested in pursuing a master’s in Structural Engineering after graduation. Kara is a Committee Chair for the 2019 SWE Career Fair and an active member of The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Structural Engineers Association of Ohio, and The American Society of Civil Engineers. She enjoys working as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant with the Engineering Education Department. In her free time, Kara likes playing lacrosse, listening to music, and spending time with her friends and family. Email: mclaughlin.408@osu.edu; Linkedin

Kailey Freireich (Spring 2019 – Present), is an undergraduate student studying Civil Engineering at The Ohio State University. She is interested in structural and transportation engineering. After graduating, Kailey plans to pursue a career in airport planning. Outside of school, Kailey is a member of the engineering sorority, Phi Sigma Rho. In her free time, she enjoys reading, bike riding, and spending time with friends. Email: freireich.9@osu.edu.

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Visiting Students and Scholars

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Past Members

Amal Jerald Joseph M (Flaa 2017 – Spring 2019), is a masters student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The Ohio State University. His area of interests includes Finite Element Modelling, Computational Solid Mechanics, Structural Mechanics and Materials Science. Before joining Ohio State University, he obtained his Bachelor’s degree (B.Tech.) from National Institute of Technology, Trichy –India where his research was on finite element modeling of sheet metal hydroforming processes. He spends his free time in sketching cars, watching tech-reviews/documentaries, running and playing piano/keyboard. His master thesis focuses on the design of smart actuator via interactive buckling.
Email: mariajoseph.1@osu.edu. Linkedin.

Megan Skibinski (Spring 2018 – Present) is an undergraduate student in the Department of Civil Engineering at The Ohio State University. She is interested in specializing in Structural Engineering with her degree after graduation. She is also a member of the Structural Engineers Association of Ohio, the Secretary of Chi Epsilon National Civil Engineering Honors Society, and the President of the Concrete Canoe Club. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering to walk the dogs at the Franklin County Animal Shelter, playing doubles beach volleyball, and spending time with friends. Email: skibinski.3@osu.edu. Linkedin.

Ilana Sadholz (Summer 2018) is an undergraduate student studying Civil Engineering at The Ohio State University. She is also a Fundamentals of Engineering teaching assistant, an ambassador for the College of Engineering, and a member of Texnikoi Engineering Honorary. Her specific engineering interests include structural and transportation engineering and how they can be applied to making cities more sustainable. Outside of school, she enjoys reading, running, and traveling.
Email: sadholz.1@osu.edu. Linkedin.

Grant Nair (Summer 2018) was an undergraduate student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The Ohio State University. He is interested in exploring unique fields that can utilize his engineering mindset in diverse, engaging environments. After graduation, he intends to travel to the west coast to acquire a few more years of industry experience and narrow his career goals. Following this hiatus from formal education, he hopes to return to academia as a graduate student with narrowed interests. In his spare time, he enjoys a night of card/board games, playing a competitive match of beach or court volleyball, attempting new coding challenges, and visiting eclectic restaurants.
Email: nair.114@osu.edu. Linkedin.

Michael Mazey (Summer 2018) is an undergraduate student studying Mechanical Engineering at The Ohio State University. His research interests include mechatronics, waves, simulation of behavior using equations of motion, circuits, vibrations, design and manufacturing, and material science. He is an active member in the Buckeye Table Tennis Club. He enjoys playing sports, video games, and board games.
Email: mazey.41@osu.edu. Linkedin.

Mary Grace Sylvester (Summer 2018), is an undergraduate student studying Mechanical Engineering at The Ohio State University. Her interests lie primarily in design engineering, and how to make the world a more advanced place in industries such as construction, automobiles, and aerospace. She hopes to use this opportunity to continue to refine her interests. At school, she is also an undergraduate teaching assistant in the Department of Engineering Education, and she is a member of She’s the First, a club that sponsors education in lower-income countries. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, lifting, and traveling. Email: sylvester.78@osu.edu. Linkedin.

Anthony Ulloa, Cristo Rey Columbus High School, Spring 2018 (Spring 2018 – Present)

Funding:

Undergraduate All Major
Undergraduate Engineering Major
SROP
Graduate School
Graduate Students
URO

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