HiPSEC Alumni

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Ph.D. Graduates supported by HiPSEC

 

Daniel Antonio

  • Ph.D. Physics, December 2015
  • Advisor: Andrew L. Cornelius
  • Dissertation title: “High Pressure X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy Studies of Heavy-Fermion Cerium and Uranium Compounds”
  • Currently: Post Doc, Idaho National Laboratory

Nirup Bandaru

  • Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering, May 2015
  • Advisor: Ravhi Kumar
  • Dissertation Title:  “Structure and Optical Properties of Transition Metal Dichalcogenides (TMDs) Under High Pressure and High Temperature Conditions”
  • Currently: R&D Scientist, PDF Solutions

 Patricia Kalita

  • Ph.D. Physics, May 2015
  • Advisor: Andrew L. Cornelius
  • Dissertation Title: “High Pressure Structural Studies of Ceramics and Nanocrystalline Glass-Ceramics of the Mullite Family”
  • Currently: Post Doc, Sandia National Laboratory

John Howard 

  • Ph.D. Physics, December 2014
  • Dissertation Title: “Li+ Ion Transport in Lithium-Rich Antiperovskites”
  • Advisor: Dr. Yusheng Zhao
  • Currently: Assistant Professor, College of Southern Nevada

Matthew Jacobsen

  • Ph.D. Physics, December 2010
  • Dissertation Title: “Measurement System for the Determination of Transport Properties of Materials at High Pressure”
  • Advisor: Andrew L. Cornelius
  • 5/2011-5/2012: Postdoctoral Associate; Mineral Physics Institute, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York, USA
  • 5/2012-3/2014: Postdoctoral Associate, Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • 3/2014-4/2017: Postdoctoral Associate, Shock and Detonation Physics, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, USA
  • 4/2017-Present: Scientist, IDA

Aaron Bell

  • Ph.D. Geoscience, May 2010
  • Advisor: Adam Simon
  • Dissertation Title: “An experimental investigation of chemical mass transfer processes in crystallizing, hydrous silicate magmas: The genesis of ore deposits and metasomatic fluids”
  • Currently: Staff Researcher at University of New Mexico

Jason McClure

  • Ph.D. Physics, December 2009
  • Advisor: Malcolm Nicol/Lon Spight
  • Dissertation Title: “High Pressure Phase Transitions in the Lanthanide Sesquioxides”
  • Currently: Chief Scientist, Princeton Instruments

Timothy deBues

  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, May 2003
  • Advisor: Darrell Pepper
  • Dissertation Title: “A 3-D h-Adapting Finite Element Model for Compressible Flow:
  • Currently: Engineer, Bechtel

Anthony Zukaitis

  • Ph.D. Physics, May 2001
  • Advisor: Tao Pang
  • Dissertation Title: “Density Functional Calculations of Rubidium Under Pressure Technical”
  • Currently: Staff Member, LANL/MCNP Development Team

 

M.S. Graduates supported by HiPSEC

 Vahe Mkrtchyan

  • M.S. Physics, August 2016
  • Advisors: Andrew L. Cornelius, Ravhi Kumar
  • Thesis Title: “Structural Behavior of NbSexTe2-x Compounds Under High Pressure”
  • Currently: Ph.D. Student/UNLV

Daniel Sneed

  • M.S. Physics, August 2016
  • Advisor: Michael Pravica
  • Thesis Title: “Forcing Cesium into Higher Oxidation States via Useful Hard X-ray Induced Chemistry at Extreme Conditions”
  • Currently: Ph.D. Student/UNLV

Andrew Alvarado

  • M.S. Physics, May 2016
  • Advisor: Changfeng Chen
  • Thesis Title: “High Pressure Properties of Several Narrow Bandgap Semiconductors from First-Principles Calculations”
  • Currently: Ph.D. Student/UCLA

Chris Higgins

  • M.S. Physics, May 2016
  • Advisor: Changfeng Chen
  • Thesis Title: “Ab Initio Structure Determination and Property Characterization of High-Pressure Ca-O Compounds and Li2(OH)Br Crystals”
  • Currently: Ph.D. Student/UNLV

Quinlan Smith

  • M.S. Physics, May 2016
  • Advisor: Michael Pravica
  • Thesis Title: “Impedance Spectroscopy Studies of Yttria Stabilized Zirconia (3.8% mol YSZ) Under Extreme Pressures and Temperatures”
  • Currently: Post Master Research Associate, ORNL/ORAU

Daniel Haber

  • M.S. Geoscience, December 2015
  • Advisor: Pamela Burnley
  • Thesis Title: “Predictive Modeling of Terrestrial Radiation Exposure from Geologic Materials”
  • Currently: Nuclear Incident Scientist II, Remote Sensing Lab-Nellis, NSTec

Kara Marsac

  • M.S. Geoscience, May 2015
  • Advisor: Pamela Burnley
  • Thesis Title: “Modeling Background Radiation using Geochemical Data”
  • Currently: Ph.D. Student, Colorado School of Mines

Christopher Cline

  • M.S. Geoscience, May 2014
  • Advisor: Pamela Burnley
  • Thesis Title: “The Effect of Single Crystal Elastic and Plastic Anisotropy on Stress and Strain Heterogeneity: Comparison of Olivine to Other Common Minerals”
  • Currently: Ph.D. Student, Australian University.

Jason Baker

  • M.S. Physics, May 2012
  • Advisor: Andrew Cornelius
  • Thesis Title: “Synthesis and High-Pressure Structural Student of AuX2 (X=Al,Ga, and In) Compounds”
  • Currently: Ph.D. Student, UNLV

Alex Drue

  • M.S. Geoscience, December 2011
  • Advisor: Pamela Burnley
  • Thesis Title: “Microstructural Characterization of Kinked Germanite Olivine Grains”
  • Currently: Environmental Consulting

Martin Galley

  • M.S. Physics, December 2011
  • Advisor: Michael Pravica
  • Thesis Title: “Spectroscopic Studies of Melamine at High Pressure”
  • Currently: U.S. Navy

Makram Abdelqader

  • M.S. Electrical Engineering, August 2011
  • Advisor: Rama Venkat/Ravhi Kumar
  • Thesis Title: “Structural, Electrical and Thermoelectric Properties of CrSi2 Thinfilms”
  • Currently: Ph.D. Student, ASU

Edward Romano

  • M.S. Physics, August 2010
  • Advisor: Michael Pravica
  • Thesis Title: “Vibrational Spectroscopic Study of 1, 3, 5, 7-Cyclooctatetraene at High Static Pressure”
  • Currently: R&D Engineer, NSTec

John Howard

  • M.S. Physics, May, 2010
  • Advisor: Lon Spight/Malcolm Nicol
  • Thesis Title: “Finite Strain Studies of Single Crystal Fe3P Under High Pressure”
  • Currently: Ph.D. Graduate UNLV, December 2014 (See above)

Elizabeth Tanis

  • M.S. Physics, December 2009
  • Advisor: Lon Spight/Malcolm Nicol
  • Thesis Title: “Phonon Density of States of 57-Iron and 161-Dysprosium in DyFe3 by Nuclear Resonant Inelastic X-Ray Scattering Under High Pressure”
  • Currently: Ph.D. Student, University of Michigan

Daniel Antonio

  • M.S. Physics, December 2009
  • Advisor: Andrew Cornelius
  • Thesis Title: “AC Susceptibility and Heat Capacity Studies of Geometrically Frustrated Pyrochlorates Tb2T12-xSnx07 and Ho2-xRxTi207”
  • Currently: Ph.D. Graduate UNLV, December 2015 (See above)

Steve Maglio

  • M.S. Geoscience, December 2009
  • Advisor: Adam Simon
  • Thesis Title: “In situ element quantification in the hydrothermal diamond anvil cell using synchrotron X-ray fluorescence with applications toward subduction zone processes”
  • Currently: Software Designer in Florida

Ognjen Grubor-Urosevic

  • M.S. Physics, December 2009
  • Advisor: Lon Spight/Oliver Tschauner
  • Thesis Title: “X-Ray Diffraction Study of Dysprosium (Dy) Single Crystal Samples in a Diamond Anvil Cell (DAC)”

Brian Yulga

  • M.S. Physics, December 2009
  • Advisor: Michael Pravica
  • Thesis Title: “Static High Pressure FT-IR Spectroscopic Studies of TATB”
  • Currently: Web Developer in Wisconsin

Patricia Kalita

  • M.S. Physics, May 2008
  • Advisor: Andrew Cornelius
  • Thesis Title: “Titanium Hydride up to 90 GPa: Synchrotron X-Ray Diffraction Studies”
  • Currently: Ph.D. Graduate UNLV, May 2015 (See above)

Matthew Jacobsen

  • M.S. Physics, May 2007
  • Advisor: Andrew Cornelius
  • Thesis Title: “Transport and Structural Studies of the Thermoelectric Material, Bi2Te3”
  • Currently: Ph.D. Graduate UNLV, December 2010 (see above).

Robert Mohan

  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, December 2004
  • Advisor: Brendan O’Toole
  • Thesis Title: “Physical and Mechanical Properties of Foam as a Function of Manufacturing Method and Mold Configuration Systems Engineer”
  • Currently: Project Manager at Speedworks (defense research).

Michelle Cameron Nelson

  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, December 2003
  • Advisor: Brendan O’Toole
  • Thesis Title: “Processing Effects on Cell Morphology, Density, Mechanical Properties, and Chemistry in a Polyurethane Foam System”

Gayani Kodipilli

  • M.S. Chemistry, August 2003
  • Advisors: David Hatchett/ Linda Sapochak
  • Thesis Title: “Structural Characterization of Polyurethane Foam and Implications of Aging Ph.D./Postdoc at Purdue”
  • Currently: Biochemist at Lancaster Labs in Indianapolis, IN

Brian Light

  • M.S. Physics, December 2002
  • Advisor: Andrew Cornelius
  • Thesis Title: “Ce and Rh Site Substitution in the Antiferromagnetic Superconductor CeRhIn5 Out of science”
  • Currently: Ph.D. Student, UNLV

Dacia Jackovich

  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, December, 2002
  • Advisor: Brendan O’Toole
  • Thesis Title: “Temperature and Mold Size Effects on Density Gradients and Mechanical Properties in a Polyurethane Foam System”
  • Currently: Engineer at Boeing in St. Louis, MO

Anthony Zukaitis

  • M.S. Physics, May 1998
  • Advisor: Tao Pang
  • Thesis Title: “Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Polymers in a Solvent
  • Currently: Ph.D. Graduate UNLV, May 2001 (See above)