HiPSEC Alumni

Ph.D. Graduates supported by HiPSEC

Daniel Antonio

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

Nirup Bandaru

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

 Patricia Kalita

  • Ph.D. 2015,  Physics
  • Advisor: Andrew L. Cornelius
  • Dissertation Title:
  • Current: Post Doc, Sandia National Laboratory

John Howard 

  • Ph.D. 2014,  Physics
  • Dissertation Title: “Li+ Ion Transport in Lithium-Rich Antiperovskites”
  • Advisor: Dr. Yusheng Zhao
  • Current: Scientist – Pathion, Inc.

Matthew Jacobsen

  • Ph.D. 2010, Physics
  • 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-Present: Postdoctoral Associate, Shock and Detonation Physics, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, USA

Aaron Bell

  • Ph.D. 2010, Geoscience
  • 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. 2009, Physics
  • Advisor: Malcolm Nicol/Lon Spight
  • Dissertation Title: “High Pressure Phase Transitions in the Lanthanide Sesquioxides”
  • Currently: Chief Scientist at Princeton Instruments

Timothy deBues

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

Anthony Zukaitis

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

M.S. Graduate students

Kara Marsac

  • May, 2015 M.S. Geoscience
  • Advisor: Pamela Burnley

Christopher Cline

  • May, 2014 M.S. Geoscience
  • Advisor: Pamela Burnley
  • Dissertation 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/Austrialian University.

Jason Baker

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

Alex Drue

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

Martin Galley

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

Makram Abdelqader

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

Edward Romano

  • August, 2010 M.S. Physics
  • Advisor: Michael Pravica
  • Dissertation Title: “Vibrational Spectroscopic Study of 1, 3, 5, 7-Cyclooctatetraene at High Static Pressure”
  • Currently: NSTec/LLNL Contractor

John Howard

  • May, 2010 M.S. Physics
  • Advisor: Lon Spight/Malcolm Nicol
  • Dissertation Title: “Finite Strain Studies of Single Crystal Fe3P Under High Pressure”
  • Currently: Ph.D. Student/UNLV

Elizabeth Tanis

  • December, 2009 M.S. Physics
  • Advisor: Lon Spight/Malcolm Nicol
  • Dissertation 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

  • December, 2009 M.S. Physics
  • Advisor: Andrew Cornelius AC
  • Dissertation Title: “Susceptibility and Heat Capacity Studies of Geometrically Frustrated Pyrochlorates Tb2T12-xSnx07 and Ho2-xRxTi207”
  • Currently: Ph.D. Student/UNLV

 Steve Maglio

  • December, 2009 M.S. Geoscience
  • Advisor: Adam Simon
  • Dissertation 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

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

Brian Yulga

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

Patricia Kalita

  • May, 2008 M.S. Physics
  • Advisor: Andrew Cornelius
  • Dissertation Title: “Titanium Hydride up to 90 GPa: Synchrotron X-Ray Diffraction Studies”
  • Currently: Ph.D. Student/UNLV

Matthew Jacobsen

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

Robert Mohan

  • December, 2004 M.S. Mechanical Engineering
  • Advisor: Brendan O’Toole
  • Dissertation 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

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

Gayani Kodipilli

  • August, 2003 M.S. Chemistry
  • David Hatchett/ Linda Sapochak
  • Dissertation 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

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

Dacia Jackovich

  • December, 2002 M.S. Mechanical Engineering
  • Advisor: Brendan O’Toole
  • Dissertation 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

  • May, 1998 M.S. Physics
  • Advisor: Tao Pang
  • Dissertation Title: “Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Polymers in a Solvent
  • Currently: Ph.D. Graduate UNLV, May, 2001 (see above).
  • Ognden Grubor-Urosevich
    • M.S.
    • Advisor: Michael Pravica
  • Steven Maglio
    • M.S.
    • Advisor: Adam Simon
    • Currently: Sr. Network Engineer at Aurora Health Care
  • Makram Abd El Quader
    • M.S.
    • Advisor: Ravhi Kumar and  Venkat
    • Currently: Pursuing a Ph.D. at Arizona State University
  • Jorge Reynaga
    • Currently: working at GE, Phoenix