Group Members

Benhour Amirian

Benhour received his MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology, Iran in 2013. Benhour joined the group of Dr. Hogan at University of Alberta in January 2018. He jointed in the project with Cass from 2017 to 2019 and developed an unit cell novel model for capturing the mechanical behavior of novel cermets material. Currently, he is looking into developing a micromechanical model for advanced ceramics (e.g., nanograined boron carbide) using open source FEniCS environment.

Hannaneh Manafi Farid

Hannaneh received her MSc degree in Aerospace Engineering with a composite background from University of Tehran, Iran 2017. Hannaneh joined the group of Dr. Hogan at the University of Alberta in September 2020. She is currently working on model development of ceramic materials under extreme loading conditions to determine the mechanical properties, failure mechanisms, and fragmentation. Her areas of expertise include theoretical modelling and numerical simulations.

Cass (Haoyang) Li, Research Project Manager

Haoyang (Cass) is currently the research project manager of CDAM. Haoyang graduated in Oct 2019 with a MSc degree under the supervision of Dr. Hogan. The title of his thesis is "A Study on the Microstructure, Rate-Dependent Mechanical Responses, and Failure Mechanisms of a Novel TiAl/Ti3Al-Al2O3 Cermet", developed from a project jointed by Benhour. His expertise is on both material science, including material characterization, failure analysis, and fracture mechanisms of brittle materials; and experimental mechanics, including rate-dependent compression testing and ballistic testing. Haoyang is familiar with multiple camera systems, Digital Image Correlation, and other experimental design components.

Harshil Pisavadia

Harshil received his BSc in Mechanical Engineering Co-op program with a Math Minor from the University of Alberta in 2020. Harshil's master thesis focuses on the development of a finite element model to simulate adhesives layers used in hybrid/composite add-on armor systems for land vehicles under impact of medium calibers. Harshil has been a part of CDAM since his third year of his bachelors degree where one of the projects he worked on included designing and fabricating drawings of ballistic level III armor plates and platens.

Jie Zheng

Jie Zheng received his MSc degree in Aerospace Engineering from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China in 2019. In his master degree, he researched in the field of Aerodynamic Analysis and Fatigue Analysis of structural materials. Later, he joined Jamie’s group as a Ph.D. student in University of Alberta on January 2020. His research mainly focuses on investigating fracture and fragmentation behaviours of advanced ceramics (e.g., boron carbide and alumina) under dynamic loading by using both the meso-scale and micro-scale methods. One of his goals is to estimate the fragment size and crack speed by numerical methods.

Junhao Chang

Junhao is a PhD student under Jamie's supervision in the University of Alberta. His research mainly concentrates on phase transformation (e.g., amorphization) of advanced ceramics (e.g., boron carbide) under dynamic loadings (i.e., shock). One of his current research goals is to build a comprehensive molecular dynamics unit cell model for the prediction of the fracture of boron carbide. After that, he will extend his model to study the dynamic behavior of advanced ceramics under complex loading conditions and damage states, and bridge into higher scale models that are studied in the group.

Luyue Mao

Luyue (Kyle) received his BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Manitoba in 2021. Luyue has joined the CDAM and will start his graduate study from September 2021. Under the supervision of Dr. Hogan, Luyue’s masters thesis is focused on the development of the multi-scale modelling of ballistic protection system. The objective of his research is to investigate the mechanical behaviour of materials under high-speed impact and apply the model for the development of protection system.

Nusrat Sharmin

Nusrat completed her BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from Khulna University of Engineering & Technology (KUET), Bangladesh in 2016. During her years of undergraduate study, she researched on property and fracture analysis of weld-bonded and composite materials. Nusrat has joined the group of Dr. Hogan at University of Alberta and will start her research work from September 2021 as an MSc student. Her research will mainly focus on evaluating mechanical properties and studying the microstructural behavior of materials under different loading conditions. She seeks to correlate microstructural characterization to the mechanical response of materials in order to improve their mechanical properties. Nusrat has expertise to work with MTS machine, split-Hopkinson pressure bar apparatus, Digital Image Correlation, and other experimental techniques.

Saman Sayahlatifi

Saman received his MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Tarbiat Modares University, Iran 2018 and joined the group in September 2020 as a PhD student. During his years of graduate study, he researched into sandwich structures, both experimentally and numerically. Saman's PhD research project is dedicated to metal matrix composite (MMC) coatings, in which he wants to address the behavior of MMC coatings – Al-Alumina coatings, for instance – under different mechanical loading such as fatigue and wear through computational approaches. Indeed, he is focused on 3D microstructure-based FE simulation of MMC coatings subjected to loadings in field to provide an experimentally-validated FE framework to explore the effect of microstructure of these heterogeneous materials on their macro-scale behavior. Subsequently, this validated computational framework can result in an appropriate dataset for employing other predictive procedures with a much higher speed like machine learning (ML) or neural networks as a subset of ML methods.

Sara Sheikhi

Sara received her MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tehran, Iran in 2021, with a focus on Computational Solid Mechanics, Theoretical Methods, and Advanced Materials. She has started her PhD at the University of Alberta under the supervision of Dr. Hogan and Dr. Stroberg in September 2021. Her research goal is to develop new interatomic potential for Boron Carbide using Machine Learning and Molecular Dynamics approaches, and bridge it into higher-scale models developed by other group members through implementing homogenization schemes.

Shuo Yang

Shuo (Alex) received his BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Manitoba in 2020. Joining CDAM, Alex's MSc project is focused on the design and modelling of light-weight ceramic-based add-on armor solutions for land vehicles. The objective of his research is to evaluate the mechanisms that govern the ballistic response of add-on armor emphasizing on the ceramic front layer and investigate different structural design aspects for improving the overall performance of the system. His research also involves developing predictive computational models within the environment of LS-Dyna and applying the model for design optimization.

Zahra Zaiemyekeh

Zahra received her MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Tarbiat Modares University, Iran. The objective of her MSc project was focused on the manufacturing and investigation of the mechanical behavior of Al/Al2O3 nanocomposite. She is currently pursuing her PhD under the supervision of Dr. Hogan in the CDAM Lab. The main focus of her PhD research is on mechanical behavior and failure of ceramics under a wide range of strain rates and stress states. Mechanical testing data obtained through experimental procedures in combination with employing Ultra-high-speed imaging and Digital Image Correlation (DIC) is essential for providing insights into the mechanical behavior of ceramics across a variety of conditions and also transitional behavior between intact, damaged, and fragmented states. Moreover, these experimental verifications can lead on to developing robust models.


Amirhossein Mahdavi (PDF) - Sept 2018 to Aug 2019

Amir Hossein Saeedinia – 2020

Brendan Koch (PhD, w/ internship at DRDC) - Sept 2016 to Aug 2021

Calvin Lo (MSc, Research Assistant) – April 2017 to Sept 2020

Chenwei Shao (PDF) - 2019 to 2021

Guriqbal Munday (MSc) - Sept 2017 to Aug 2019

Kapil Bharadwaj Bhagavathula (PhD) - Sept 2016 to July 2021

Min Ji (PhD) - Sept 2021 to March 2022

Mohammad Parsazadeh (PDF) - Jan 2020 to July 2021

Piotr Nicewicz (MSc) - Sept 2017 to Aug 2019

Pouyan Motamedi (PDF) – Jan 2016 to Dec 2018

Sam Parcon (BSc, Research Assistant) – 2018 to 2019

Víctor Juarros Cebrian (BSc, Research Assistant) – Sept 2020 to Dec 2020