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Meenakshi Defends PhD Thesis

Congratulations to Meenakshi Manivannan for successfully defending his PhD this past Friday! Meenakshi will be the first MMD lab PhD graduate. His dissertation “Multiscale Modeling and Design of Mechanochemically Active Interfaces” covered his last four years of research using computational and analytical tools to discover the key physics governing mechanophore behavior in composites.

4-H Career Explorations

The MMD lab hosted a University U workshop as part of the annual 4-H Career Explorations program on Cornell’s campus. Six groups of rising 8th and 9th graders from around NY State rotated through our 80 minute session “Breaking Bonds and Changing Colors: A Mechanical Engineering Take on Chemistry”. Students acted out different types of […]

Group Outing and Undergrad Welcome

The MMD lab survived its first ever group Cayuga Lake trip. And we even found some other kayakers to take our picture! Also, welcome to our summer undergraduates Maegan Cremar, Kenneth Fang, and Julia Owens.

Naigeng participates in student paper competition

Naigeng participates in student paper competition

Graduate student Naigeng Chen was accepted into the the Society for Experimental Mechanics student paper competition earlier this spring and competed this past week at the annual conference in Indianapolis. He presented the approach he has developed over the past two years for determining bond strength in non-wovens.

Simulated Compression of Single Chain Polymer Nanoparticles (SCPN)

Graduate student Suwon Bae has published his work on the thermo-mechanical properties of single chain polymer nanoparticles in Soft Matter. This work is in collaboration with Or Galant of the Diesendruck group at the Technion who spent the summer as a visiting student in our lab. This first ever study on the mechanical properties of […]

CAREER AWARD

Prof Silberstein won the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for her proposed research project “Building a Mechanistic Understanding of Mechanochemically Adaptive Polymers.” This 5 year grant will enable the MMD lab to significantly advance the mechanics framework for mechanochemically enabled function in both rubbery and glassy materials. This work will lead to materials […]

Welcome to new(ish) group members

Welcome to postdoctoral associate Yuval Vidavsky, PhD candidate Duhan Zhang, and MS candidate Zelin Linghu. Yuval joins us from Stratasys and has a PhD in Chemistry from Ben Gurion University.  Duhan has an MS in Biomedical Engineering from Cornell and has already passed her Mechanical Engineering doctoral qualifying exam. Zelin comes to us from Tsinghua University […]