Student Profiles

Roberta Maia Sabino

Roberta Maia Sabino

I’m a PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering. My undergraduate degree was in Chemical Engineering at UFMG in Brazil, where I had the opportunity to work on new graphitic nanocomposites using the sol-gel process. My research interests are in bio- and nanomaterials. Currently, I am researching superhydrophobic titania nanotube arrays for blood-contacting medical devices. Along with the material characterization, I am studying its interaction with blood plasma proteins. After graduation I’d like to pursue an academic career.

Thomas Tathryn

Thomas Tathryn

I am a non-traditional student who has worked and studied all of my life.  My undergraduate degrees are in Mechanical Engineering and Physics with a minor in Mathematics. I am a Masters Plan A student transferring to be a SAMD PhD student. I am passionate about research in carbon nanostructure and am a big fan of non-crystalline materials. My current research is on novel methods of material creation. After SAMD, I hope to get a job researching development/refinement of CNT production.

Alex Preston

Alex Preston

I am a PhD student in SAMD. My undergrad was at Iowa State University in Materials Engineering. I am currently researching nanoporous stainless steels and their mechanical properties. I plan to work in the industry once I have finished the Ph.D

Dafu Wang

Dafu Wang

I am a Ph.D student in the SAMD program and received my Masters from Michigan Tech in 2017. I also received a Bachelors from Qingdao University and am a recipient of the Walter Scott Jr. Fellowship. My research is in tuning interfacial biomolecule interactions with massively parallel nanopore arrays.

Brodderic

Brodderic DeBoer

My name is Brodderic DeBoer and I am from Broomfield. I have lived in Colorado my entire life with both of my parents and sister. My undergraduate degree is in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Colorado State University. I am currently a Masters Plan B student in SAMD. After my masters, I am exploring opportunities. I want to be a part of a start-up company, become a patent attorney, or work on cutting edge research in a large global company to change the world. Everything I can do and all the opportunities I have are possibilities, so I will take every chance as they come.

Yu Sun

Yu Sun

I am Yu Sun from the north part of China. I have undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering and chemical engineering. I am currently a Masters Plan A student in SAMD. My research is about nano particles synthesis. Nano particles are synthesized by using double emulsion method. The nano particles are used for carrying antibiotics to the targeted position. This technique has a lot of advantages in the medical drug delivery system. I plan to pursue a PhD eventually and work in the field after my masters.

Tony Vindell

Antonio (Tony) Vindell

My name is Antonio (Tony) Vindell and I am a Plan A Masters student in SAMD with aspirations of pursuing a PhD after my Masters. I was born and raised in Long Island, NY, and then ventured down south to earn my undergraduate degree in Material Science & Engineering with a Minor in Chemistry from Clemson University (National Champs!). I hope to develop test methods and standards for determining THC in hemp crops and other cannabis based products for quality control purposes. I am also interested in biodegradable plastics using hemp and hemp textiles.

Dominic Asebiah

Dominic Asebiah

I am Asebiah Dominic Cudjoe from Ghana. I earned a Geological Engineering as my bachelor degree at the University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa-Ghana. I have my masters degree in Science and Materials of Solar Energy at National University of Science and Technology, MISIS-Russia. I am currently a Ph.D. student in SAMD. I want to explore the field of materials science and engineering to enrich my research base and continue the development of my critical learning skills to enhance my intellectual capabilities.

Nelson Isaacson

Nelson Isaacson

Hello! My name is Nelson Isaacson and I’m a Master’s Student in the MSE program. I’m originally from the Iron Range in northeast Minnesota. I earned my Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from North Dakota State University and then went off into industry for a couple of years. I moved to Colorado with my amazingly supportive wife in the summer of 2019 to pursue my graduate degree here at CSU. My research is on improving the mechanical properties of 3D-printed hydroxyapatite scaffolds both by improving the geometric structure of the scaffolds and by fine-tuning the chemical composition.

Taylor Hill

Taylor Hill

My name is Taylor Hill, I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and got my bachelor degree in physics from the University of Houston. I decided to pursue materials science engineering because I want to learn about how we can use and alter the thermal, optical, electrical, and mechanical properties of base materials. My past research includes applied mathematics in seismic imaging and high altitude balloon experiments; my current research is in materials for renewable energies, particularly thin film semiconductor technologies related to photovoltaics and solar cells.

Nipa Khair

Nipa Khair

I am a PhD student at SAMD with a research focus on synthesizing and designing stabilized polymeric nanoparticles. These stimuli-responsive nanoparticles could serve in the noble realm of biomed, including drug delivery. My undergrad was in Textile Engineering from the Bangladesh University of Textiles, where my research group processed conductive carbon ink and conductive cotton textile using the ink. We also reviewed the colloidal synthesis of graphene, CNT, and activated carbon and their related application cases in electronic textiles. I am more fascinated towards incorporating inorganic nanoparticles onto organic polymer nanoparticles.

Alex Sutherland

Alex Sutherland

I am a first year Ph.D. student in SAMD with an undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Texas at Austin. This year, I am rotating between three labs which is giving me the opportunity to explore different research opportunities at CSU. My current rotation is focused on hyaluronan-enhanced TPU and LLDPE for heart valve replacements. After SAMD, I hope to continue research in academia or industry. 

Jeonghun Lee

Jeonghun Lee

I am a PhD student in SAMD. My master’s degree was in Polymer Sciences and Technology at Chonbuk National University in South Korea. I focused on developing polymeric biomaterials which can image oxidative stress relative diseases and serve as therapeutics as well. By manipulating the knowledge in polymer synthesis and finely-controlled nanostructure, I’d like to develop novel biopolymers which can advance the imaging and therapy of life-threatening diseases.

Boston Morris

Boston Morris

My name is William Boston Morris and I’m from Arvada, Colorado. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering at Colorado State University in May 2019. Currently, I’m working towards my Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at CSU’s School of Advanced Materials Discovery. I am interested in research involving the design and characterization of polymeric materials and the application of hydrogel polymers in various additive manufacturing techniques including volumetric printing. In my career, I aspire to contribute to the creation of more sustainable materials. 

Sadia Momtaz Sorna

Sadia Momtaz Sorna

I am a plan A Masters student in SAMD. I am from Bangladesh and got my undergraduate degree in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. My current research is on nanomaterial synthesis. After graduation, I would like to work in the industrial sector.