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Group Members

Faculty

Dr. Marcus Young
Marcus L. Young

Associate Professor
Phone: 940-369-5073
e-mail: marcus.young(@unt.edu)

Post-doctoral Researchers

 
 

Graduate Students

Jesse Smith
Jesse Smith

Ph.D. Candidate
Research: High-temperature superconducting coated conductors (Superconducting Technologies Inc.), lead sulfate nanoparticles (RSRT), and atomically-precise manufacturing (Zyvex)
e-mail:  jessesmith@my.unt.edu
Website: https://gitlab.com/jesseds

Michael Wall
Michael Wall

Ph.D. Candidate
Research: Research: High entropy alloys and complex concentrated alloys (FIERF, ATI, Queen City Forging), and Pb-based batteries (RSR Technologies)
Phone: 979-618-6912
e-mail: michaelwall(@my.unt.edu)

Sophia Cooper

Ph.D. Candidate
Research: Refractory high entropy alloys and ultrahigh temperature ceramics, and their respective interfaces. High temperature shape memory alloys.
Phone: 
e-mail: sophiapopowski(@my.unt.edu)

Faith Gantz
Faith Gantz

Ph.D. Student
Research: Silver and silver-plated cultural heritage objects (Dallas Museum of Art), greenstone objects (Dallas Museum of Art), and high temperature shape memory alloys (NASA)

 
 
Andre Montagnoli

Ph.D. Student
Research: Low hysteresis shape memory alloys (Boeing), elastocaloric shape memory alloys (DoE), and shape memory alloys (NASA)
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Gerardo Gamboa

M.S. Student
Research: Magnetic field-assisted freeze-casting to produce metal matrix composites (Army Research Laboratories)
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Adam Cunningham

M.S. Student
Research: Modeling of high temperature shape memory alloys (Bell)
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Zane Wright

M.S. Student
Research: Magnetic field-assisted freeze-casting to produce metal matrix composites (Army Research Laboratories) and NiTi-based shape memory alloys
email: ZaneWright(@my.unt.edu) 

 
Jessica Harris

M.S. Student
Research: Ag-plated Cu-based alloys
email: JessicaHarris6(@my.unt.edu) 

 
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M.S. or Ph.D. Student
Research: ?
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Undergraduate Students

 
Willow Knight

Fall 2021
Research: Greenstone objects and paintings from the Dallas Museum of Art
Phone: 
Phone: email: (@my.unt.edu)

 

Robbie Wilkins

Summer 2022
Research: High temperature shape memory alloys (ARL)

 

Jacqueline Faz

Fall 2020
Research: High temperature shape memory alloys (NASA)

 
Justin Ohl

Fall 2022
Research: Laser cladding of steel dies using complex concentrated alloys and shape memory alloys (ATI)

 
 
 
 
 
 

Group Alumni

Ph.D. Theses

Michael Wall, Spring 2022
“Characterization and Chemical Analysis of Fundamental Components for Lead Acid Batteries”,
After graduation, Post-doctoral Research Assistant at University of North Texas

Said Bakkar, Spring 2021
“Investigation of Porous Ceramic Structure by Freeze-Casting”, https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1808395/ (co-advised with Prof. Samir Aouadi in Materials Science and Engineering at UNT)
After graduation, Post-doctoral Teaching Fellow in Physics at University of Dallas

Irsalan Cockerill, Spring 2021
“Effects of Surface Texture and Porosity on the Corrosion Behavior and Biocompatibility of Pure Zn Biomaterials for Orthopedic Applications”, https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1808356/ (co-advised with Prof. Donghui Zhu in Biomedical Engineering, UNT and Stony Brook University)
After graduation, Post-doctoral Researcher at University of Texas at Dallas
Now, Medtronics (Fort Worth, Texas)

Nathan Ley, Spring 2020
“Thermo-mechanical Processing and Advanced Characterization of NiTi and NiTiHf Shape Memory Alloys”, https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1703386/
After graduation, Sr. Mechanical Engineer at Raytheon Intelligence & Space (https://www.raytheonintelligenceandspace.com/)

Matthew Carl, Spring 2018
“Alloy Development and High-energy X-ray Diffraction Studies of NiTiZr and NiTiHf High Temperature Shape Memory Alloys”, https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1157525/
After graduation, Research Scientist at the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Albany Oregon
Now, ATI Specialty Alloys and Components (https://www.atimetals.com/businesses/atispecialtyalloysandcomponents/Pages/default.aspx) in Albany Oregon

Hao Yu, Fall 2017
“Modeling of High Strain Rate Compression of Austenitic Shape Memory Alloys”, https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1062835/
After graduation, Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Nanjing Institute of Technology

Ying Qiu, Spring 2016
“Influence of High Strain Rate Compression on Microstructure and Phase Transformation of NiTi Shape Memory Alloys”, https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc849732/, (co-advised with Prof. Xu Nie in Mechanical and Energy Engineering, UNT and Southern Methodist University)
After graduation, Post-doctoral fellow at Southern Methodist University
Now, Leidos

M.S. Theses

Andre Montagnoli, Fall 2022
“Development and Thermo-mechanical Testing of Low Hysteresis Shape Memory Alloys for Satellite Actuators”, 
After graduation, Ph.D. Student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of North Texas

Nehal Al Jabri, Fall 2022
“Processing and Shape-setting of Shape Memory Alloys for Small Satellites”, 
After graduation, 

Bailey Ashmore, Fall 2022
“Investigation of the Transition from Shape Memory to Strain Glass of NiTi and Fe-Mn-Al-Cr-Ni Alloys”, 
After graduation, MP Materials (Fort Worth, Texas) 

Gerardo Gamboa, Spring 2022
“Investigation of Porous Ceramic Structure by Freeze-Casting”, (co-advised with Profs. Samir Aouadi and Diana Berman in Materials Science and Engineering at UNT), 
After graduation, Emerson (Texas)

Christopher Reynolds, Spring 2022
”A Study on High Pressure-Induced Phase Transfromations of a Metastable Complex Concentrated Alloy System with Varying Amounts of Copper”, 
After graduation, G.E. Research and Development (New York)

Faith Gantz, Fall 2020
“Processing, Pre-aging, and Aging of NiTi-20 at.%Hf High Temperature Shape Memory Alloy from Laboratory to Industrial Scale”, https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1752389/
After graduation, Ph.D. Student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of North Texas

Keirsten B. Gomez, Fall 2018
“Process Improvement of Surface Preparation of Structurally Bonded Helicopter Detail Parts”, https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1404599/m1/1/
After graduation, Bell Helicopter (http://www.bellflight.com/)

Avery Young, Spring 2018
“A Study on NiTiSn Low-temperature Shape Memory Alloys and the Processing of NiTiHf High-temperature Shape Memory Alloys”, https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1157642/m2/1/
After graduation, Ph.D. Student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of North Texas

Silvia Briseño Murguia, Spring 2018
“Processing of NiTi Shape Memory Alloys through Low Pressure and Low Temperature Hydrogen Charging”, https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1157656/m1/1/
After graduation, GDC Technics (http://www.gdctechnics.com/)
Now, L3Harris Technologies

"Joey" Baozhuo Zhang, Fall 2015
“Synchrotron Radiation X-ray Diffraction of Nickel-titanium Shape Memory Alloy Wires during Mechanical Deformation”
After graduation, intelliEPI (http://intelliepi.com/)
Now, Victaulic

Julie N Strickland, Fall 2015
“Anisotropic Nature of Radially Strained Metal Tubes”
After graduation, L-3 Mustang Technology, L.P. (http://www2.l-3com.com/mustangtechnology/)
Now, Collins Aerospace

Brian Hayes, Fall 2015
“Characterization of Ti-6Al-4V Produced Via Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing”
After graduation, L-3 M UES Inc. (https://www.ues.com/)
Now, Howmet (https://www.howmet.com/)

Alyn Gray, Fall 2015
“A Study of Binary and Ternary Ti-based Alloys Manufactured Using Laser Engineering Net Shaping (LENS)”
After graduation, General Motors Technical Center (http://www.gm.com/)
Now, Toyota

M.S. with Problems in Lieu of Theses

Skye Segovia, Spring 2021
After graduation, Bell

Zach Herl, Spring 2019
After graduation, Lockheed Martin

Postdoctoral Researchers

Rob Wheeler, 2018-2020
Now, Sandia National Laboratories

Visiting Scholars

Yoav Snir, PhD candidate, 2015-2017
Now, jointly at Nuclear Research Center Negev (NRCN) and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Ben Gurion University – Beer Sheva, Israel

Guang-Ya Hou, Associate Professor, 2014
Now, Zhejiang University of Technology (http://www2.zjut.edu.cn/zjut/xyw/ENNEW/index.htm)

Undergraduates

Jessica Harris, Spring 2022
After graduation, MS Student at University of North Texas

Zane Wright, Spring 2022
After graduation, MS Student at University of North Texas

Yuheng "Tony" Wang, Spring 2022
After graduation, China

Neha John, Spring 2021
After graduation, MS in the AMIR Programme (Advanced Materials for Innovative Recycling)

Eli McCool, Spring 2021
After graduation, Biomerics
Now, Metallurgical Engineering Services

Jessica Rider, Spring 2021
After graduation, Northrop Grumman

Jordyn Ward, Spring 2021
After graduation, Watts Water Technologies
Now, M.S. Student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of North Texas

Emily Villarreal, Spring 2020
After graduation, Leonardo DRS
Now, UICGS/Bowhead Family of Companies

Choong Lee, Spring 2020
After graduation,  AIT Laboratory
Now, ESAB

Faith Gantz, Spring 2019
After graduation, MS/PhD Student at University of North Texas

Skye Segovia, Spring 2019
After graduation, Bell (http://www.bellflight.com/) and MS Student at University of North Texas

Spencer Taylor, Spring 2019
After graduation, PhD Student at Rice University
Now, PhD Student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mora Issa, Spring 2019
After graduation, Intel Corporation

Brandon Ohl, Spring 2018
After graduation, PhD Student at Northwestern University

Laura Mello, Spring 2018
After graduation, Baker Hughes
Now, Anheuser-Busch

Eric Espinoza, Fall 2017
After graduation, Intel Corporation

Jennifer Scozzari, Fall 2016
After graduation, Bell Helicopter

Arielle Clauser, Spring 2016
After graduation, PhD Student at Oregon State University
Now, ZoNexus LLC

Heather Dunn, Spring 2016
After graduation, Nelson Forensics
Now, FM Global

Wendy Fisher (Grogg), Spring 2016
After graduation, MS Student at Wright State University
Now, Lab Manager / Research Assistant at UNT

Reid Bitten, Spring 2015
After graduation, Citgo Petroleum

Michelle Gilbert, Spring 2015
After graduation, MS Student at Colorado School of Mines

Stephanie Routh, Spring 2014
After graduation, Zodiac Aerospace (http://www.zodiacaerospace.com/en)turing”
Now, American Airlines