SURG circa August, 2016. From left to right: Jiaxin Zhang, Hwanpyo Kim, Aakash Bangalore Satish, Prof. Shields, Stephanie Coronado, Gabriella Liu (Bryn Mawr High School), Avital Zenilman.

Postdoctoral Fellows:

Dr. Dimitris Giovanis

Ph.D., National Technical University of Athens - 2014

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  • Office of Naval Research: Developing novel surrogate models for uncertainty propagation using nonlinear projection-based reduced order models, stochastic collocation, and Gaussian processes, among others.
  • Office of Naval Research: Developing Bayesian multimodel approaches for imprecise reliability analysis using FORM/SORM and subset simulations.

Dr. Susmita Naskar

Ph.D., University of Aberdeen - 2018

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  • Army Research Lab: Developing novel stochastic simulation-based surrogate models for hierarchical multi-scale material modeling.

Dr. Audrey Olivier

Ph.D., Columbia University - 2017

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Project: (Co-advised by Dr. Lori-Graham Brady)

  • Army Research Lab: Developing and applying novel machine learning methods for stochastic analysis of material systems with limited experimental and/or simulation data.

SURG Ph.D. students:

Aakash Bangalore Satish (4th year)

M.S. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore


  • National Science Foundation: Experimental and computational investigations of variability in the thermo-mechanical behavior of structural aluminum.

Mohit Chauhan (2nd year)

M.S. Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur


  • Office of Naval Research: Develop novel adaptive stochastic sampling methods for development of stochastic reduced order models, Monte Carlo simulations, and stochastic collocation.

Lohit Vandanapu (2nd year)

B.S. Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee


  • National Science Foundation: Develop higher-order methods for generation of stochastic processes and fields and their application to problems in nonlinear dynamics and materials modeling.

SURG affiliated students:

Dihui Ruan

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Primary Adviser: Michael Falk


  • National Science Foundation: Investigation of localized plastic deformation and shear band formation using molecular dynamics simulations and the shear transformation zone theory.

Darius Alix-Williams

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Primary Adviser: Prof. Michael Falk


  • National Science Foundation: Coarse-graining atomistic simulations to automate and optimize calibration of continuum shear transformation zone models.

Anindya Bhaduri

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Civil Engineering

Primary Adviser: Prof. Lori Graham-Brady


  • Army Research Lab: Stochastic sampling and numerical methods for uncertainty quantification in materials systems.

Greg Banyay

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Pittsburgh

Principal Engineer, Westinghouse Electric Company

Primary Adviser: John Brigham, University of Durham, UK


  • Surrogate modeling, uncertainty quantification, and stochastic modeling of flow induced vibrations in nuclear reactor core assemblies.

SURG alumni:

Jiaxin Zhang, Ph.D.

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, 2018

Thesis: Uncertainty quantification from small data: A multimodel approach

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Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

V.S. Sundar, Ph.D.

SURG Postdoc, 2014 - 2015

Ph.D. Indian Institute of Science, 2014

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JP Connors

M.S.E., Civil Engineering, 2017

Thesis: Variability in the Experimental Response of Thermally Excited Aluminum Alloys

Current Position: Structural Engineer, Silman


Past SURG affiliates:

Adam Hinkle, Ph.D.

Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, 2016

Thesis: Analysis of Deformation in Disordered Materials: Connecting Atomistic Simulations and Rheological Measurements to Continuum Theory

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Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Sandia National Laboratory

Yang Yang, Ph.D.

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, 2015

Thesis: Topology Optimization for Eigenvalue Problems with Applications to Phononic Crystals and Stochastic Dynamics

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Current Position: Modeling Engineer, Corning Incorporated

Mu Zhu, Ph.D.

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, 2015

Thesis: Topology Optimization of Frame Structures: Design for Constructability and Stochastic Dynamic Loads

Current Position: Senior Advanced Analytics Specialist, Walmart eCommerce

SURG undergraduate researchers:

Avital Zenilman

B.S., Civil Engineering, 2017

Current Position: Assistant Engineer, Turner Construction Company

Stephanie Coronado

B.S., Civil Engineering, 2018