Student Profiles

Roberta Maia Sabino

Roberta Maia Sabino
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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.

Alex Preston

Alex Preston
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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

Sadia Momtaz Sorna

Sadia Momtaz Sorna
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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.

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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. 

Evangeline Colarossi

Evangeline Colarossi She/Her/Hers

I am a Masters Plan B Student in the MSE program. I studied Chemistry and Physics at Dordt University, where I obtained my Bachelor’s degree. Though I mainly want to focus on the coursework of the MSE program, my research interests lie in renewable energies and biodegradable materials. After my masters, I hope to get a job in the industrial sector.

Cody Hawthorne

Cody Hawthorne
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I’m currently a plan B Masters student in the SAMD and received my undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from CSU. I’m interested (broadly) in nanomaterials and optimizing material properties via precise control of their atomic/molecular structure, as well as the field of transport phenomena and its relation to materials science.

Abhishek Bhattacharjee

Abhishek Bhattacharjee He/Him/His

I am a PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering and a recipient of Walter Scott Jr. Fellowship. I did my undergrad in Textile Engineering from Bangladesh University of Textiles and finished my master’s in Design and Merchandising (Textile Science) from Colorado State University. During my masters, I prepared a nanofiber composite that can change its color from blue-to-red at the presence of bacteria and studied the mechanism of that color change. The research offered potential in sensor application and in future I want to continue research on synthesizing novel materials for biomedical and sensor applications. Currently, I am working on a project to prepare a face mask that can detect and kill SARS-CoV-2 which is causing a COVID19 pandemic around the world. My long-term career goal is to become a materials scientist and pursue exciting research works.

Rafael Almaraz

Rafael Almaraz
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My name is Rafael Almaraz and I’m from Puebla, Mexico. I earned two Bachelor’s degrees one in Chemical and Biological Engineering and the other one in Chemistry from Colorado State University in May 2020. I am interested in research involving nanomaterials and sustainable energy specifically solar energy. I´d like to help with the fight towards sustainability and making the world a better place.

Carolyn Sanchez

Carolyn Sanchez She/Her/Hers

I am a non-traditional student from San Diego, CA. My undergrad was in Business Management with a minor in Marketing from the University of Phoenix. About 7 years later I enrolled at a local community college and started taking Chemistry courses then transferred to CSU as a 2nd bachelor’s student majoring in Chemistry. I am currently a Master’s student in SAMD and plan on pursuing my PhD in Materials Science and Engineering. I work in Dr. DiVerdi’s lab studying cryogenics and working with solid state NMR. My research interests are in studying materials under extreme conditions and I plan on working for the aerospace or defense industry upon graduating. 

Kim Sunghoon

Kim Sunghoon
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My name is Sunghoon Kim and I am from South Korea. I received my Bachelor’s and master’s degree in Environmental Science at Konkuk University in South Korea. I am interested in research involving manipulating the knowledge in polymer synthesis and developing novel biopolymers that can apply to the therapy of disease.

Chris Crouse

Chris Crouse

I am a Materials Engineer currently working full time in the Material & Surface Engineering Laboratory at Woodward here in Fort Collins. I earned my undergraduate degree in Metallurgical & Materials Engineering from Colorado School of Mines in 2014 with a specialty in Biomaterials and I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in MSE part-time. Before Woodward I worked for the Navy in an educational research fellowship in San Antonio doing biomaterials research at the Brooke Army Medical Center. Now I am in the process of becoming the Woodward company expert in Scanning Electron Microscopy.

Miyuru Piyathilake

Miyuru Piyathilake She/Her/Hers

I am a PhD student in SAMD. My bachelors and master’s degree were in Materials science and engineering at University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka. My PhD is mainly focused on investigating the oxidation of the polymeric monofilaments embedded in Geosynthetic Clay Liners (GCLs) under elevated temperatures and aggressive chemical solutions. The property degradation in polymeric material in micro scale is to be studied. My objective is to use this study to develop a method to predict the service life of GCLs in in-situ applications.

Justin Gangwish

Justin Gangwish
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My research interests include using synthetic polymer chemistry to design materials for use in an artificial heart valve, polymer interfaces, rotary evaporators, biomechanics, running (ugh), green chili (it’s a New Mexico thing), watching baseball, playing baseball, thinking about baseball, fantasy baseball, ummm more baseball, rafting, camping, skiing, and the occasional PBR when grilling. Before starting in SAMD at CSU, I attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst and received a master’s degree in biomedical engineering (The first ever biomedical engineering degree conferred at UMass Amherst!). Before that, I completed a Chemical and Biological engineering degree at CSU and worked in industry. In industry I was employed as a wireline engineer for Halliburton Energy Services, and in the color science department at PPG. While I am most often in the lab, I can occasionally be located trying to find other wayward New York Yankees fans in Colorado or planning my next adventure into the wilderness.

Rashedul Islam

Rashedul Islam
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I am a Ph.D. student in SAMD. My undergraduate was at the Bangladesh University of Textiles in Textile Engineering where I had the opportunity to work on flexible and smart electronic textiles. Currently, my research revolves around the aerospace-grade advanced composite materials. More specifically, the characterization of the viscoelastic behavior of thin ply high strain composite materials from neat resin to laminae and laminate level to better understand viscoelastic behavior and design the efficient deployable space structure.

Karla Cureno

Karla Cureño

My name is Karla and I’m a PhD student in SAMD. I am from Mexico City, where I received my bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and my master’s degree in Chemical Sciences at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Then I moved to Colorado to continue my studies. Delighted with the perspective of designing materials with potential applications, my current research topic is related to the study of zwitterionic nanoparticles and their interaction with mucus.