Committee Members

Rao Rekha 1516 25 yrChair: Rekha Rao

Rekha Rao is a developer of mathematical models and finite element software for computational fluid dynamics and multiphysics applications including non-Newtonian rheological models and free and moving boundary problems with a focus on complex, multiphase fluids. She has worked on a variety of projects during her 26 years at Sandia National Laboratories, including flow-through porous media, viscoelastic flows, coating flows, polymerizing suspensions for encapsulation, and mold filling of slurries. Her current projects involve the development of foam process models and nanoparticle transport in vivo to understand biodistribution. Rekha is one of the founding developers of Goma 6.0 (, a multiphysics software package that was recently licensed as “open source” and received an R&D100 award in 2014. Rekha is a Chemical Engineer with a BS from UC Berkeley and a PhD from the University of Washington.

Pania Newell-Sandia10142016Co-Chair:  Pania Newell

Pania’s research is in computational multi-physics, multi-scale systems. Her main interest is investigating multi-physics, multi-scale phenomena through integrating theoretical, experimental and computational analysis. For instance, solid-fluid interaction within a heterogeneous porous media, the impact of chemical corrosion at the fracture tips, etc. She is an assistant professor at the University of Utah. Prior to joining the U, she was a senior member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories, where she started as a post-doc. She obtained her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

SanFran01Former Chair: Hyunsun Alicia Kim

Alicia is Professor of Structural and Material Optimization at the University of California San Diego, USA and the Cardiff University, UK. Alicia’s research is in topology optimization and her currently interests in level set based methods and coupled multiscale and multiphysics problems. She is interested in formulating multiscale topology optimization for simultaneous design of integrated material and structural systems. Alicia received her PhD and Bachelors degrees in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Sydney, Australia.

Carol_FeathersonSecretary:  Carol Featherston

Professor Carol Featherston is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Cardiff School of Engineering. Following time spent in industry, working in the area of structural performance in the aircraft and chemical industries with British Aerospace and then ICI, she returned to academia to study the ‘Stability of Lightweight Structures’ at Exeter College Oxford in association with Rolls Royce. She now leads the Aerospace Research Theme at Cardiff University School of Engineering, concentrating on the design and optimisation, modelling, testing and structural health monitoring of a range of structures, with partners including Airbus, Boeing and BAeSystems. She is a chartered engineer and a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institute of Mechanical  Engineers.

Lucy_ZhangTreasurer:  Lucy Zhang

Dr. Lucy Zhang is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). She received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University, IL in 2003. Upon graduation, she joined Mechanical Engineering Department at Tulane as an assistant professor in July of 2003. The department was then closed due to Hurricane Katrina. In August 2006, she moved to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her research interests are building advanced and robust computational tools and software for reliable and efficient multiphysics and multiscale simulations. The engineering applications involve biomechanics, micro and nano-mechanics, medicine, and defense projects involving impacts. She is now developing open-source tools and technology that can conveniently and efficiently couple any existing solvers for multiphysics and multiscale simulations and analysis.


Internet Communications Officer: Maria Pastrama 

Dr. Maria Pastrama received her PhD in 2016 from the Vienna University of Technology. Her research was focused on the experimental determination of the mechanical properties of bone, as well as on the coupling of mathematical modeling and multiscale poromicromechanical modeling for simulation of bone remodeling. She is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Leuven in Belgium, where she is looking into adaptive modeling of the healing process of cartilage defects.

W_PingPublicity Officer:  Ping Wang

Dr. Ping Wang obtained her Ph.D degree at Lanzhou University, China, in 2011. She took an advanced study in Department of Fluid Mechanics, Tsinghua University, China in 2012 and then visited Flow Control Laboratory, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology as a postdoctoral scholar in 2013. She is now an associated professor in Department of Mechanics, Lanzhou University. Her research interests are multiphase flow, direct numerical simulation and large-eddy simulation of wall-bounded turbulence.

I-Ling_ChangAwards Officer: I-Ling Chang

I-Ling Chang is a professor in Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University of Taiwan. Her research area is in nanomaterial/nanostructure characterization, phononic crystal, and acoustic metamaterial. Recently, she is interested in nanoscale heat transfer. I-Ling received her Ph.D. and master degree from Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering of Purdue University, USA.

Yi GuilianEvent Coordinator:  Guilian Yi

Dr. Guilian Yi received a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Beijing University of Technology in China in 2014. She also studied at the University of Florida in the United States as a visiting PhD student from 2011 to 2013. She has been a post-doctoral research fellow in the Laboratory for System Health and Risk Management at the Seoul National University in the South Korea since 2015. Her research interests are Structural Optimization Design; Topology optimization; and Statistical Model Verification and Validation.

am2018Event Coordinator: Anna Madra

Anna Madra got her Ph.D. in computational mechanics at Université de Technologie Compiègne, France, and in experimental mechanics at École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada. During her Ph.D. she developed techniques for transforming X-ray microtomographic imagery of composite materials manufactured under controlled conditions into multiscale models, suitable for simulation and subsequent optimization of the manufacturing process. Presently, a Postdoctoral Associate at the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a resident researcher at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington D.C., she is continuing her efforts to numerically represent composite materials based on X-ray microtomography, but this time to characterize observed failure mechanisms.