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.

Brendan Koch

Brendan is a PhD student studying the effects of microstructure on the failure of ceramics under high strain rates, with a particular emphasis on potential ballistic armor applications. By studying the relationship between microstructure and macroscopic behavior in loading, he seeks to provide better information for modellers and designers of overall systems.

Chenwei Shao

Shao is a research fellow at Institute of Metal Research CAS, and now engaging in postdoctoral research at the University of Alberta. He received his PhD in Materials Physics and Chemistry from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2017. His research interests concentrate on improving the understanding of the relationship between fatigue properties and microstructures of engineering materials (e.g. metals, metal-matrix composites, functionally graded materials).

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.

Kapil Bharadwaj Bhagavathula

Kapil received his BTech in Mechanical Engineering from Manipal University, India 2016 and is currently a PhD student in the group. His PhD research is focused on studying the effects of microstructure on the behavior of polymeric foams under high strain rates, using experimental mechanics and material characterization approaches. His efforts seek to make scientific contributions in bridging the understanding between microstructure, strain rate, damage evolution, and mechanical behavior. His expertise includes material characterization (Electron microscopy (SEM), X-Ray Tomography (XCT)); experimental methods including compressive, tensile, hardness and ballistic testing; Split-Hopkinson pressure bar; ultra-high-speed photography; high-speed infrared/thermal imaging; digital image correlation (DIC); image processing and statistical analysis; and micro-mechanics and phenomenological modelling.

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.

Min Ji

Min received her BEng degree from China university of petroleum (Beijing) in 2016. She is now a PhD candidate at China university of petroleum (Beijing). Her research interests focus on wear modelling of steel matrix composite coatings and mechanical testing, including compression, tension, and tribology-related experiments. At CDAM as a CSC student, Min will carry out research on the rate-dependent Brazilian Disk and granular testing of advanced ceramics. Her work will be valuable in generating modelling input and validation data-sets, as well as understanding the fragmentation (granular flow) behavior of ceramics which is under-examined.

Mohammad Parsazadeh

Parsa is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta. In 2019, he held a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Now, he is closely working with InnoTech Alberta to develop a mechanism-based model to predict the abrasive wear of metal-matrix coatings and overlays under sub-critical dynamic cyclic loading. His efforts seek to make scientific contributions in nano-scale coating fabrication, numerical evaluation of damage evolution, physics-based modelling with validation, and materials design.

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.

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.

Víctor Juarros Cebrian

Victor received his BSc degree in Industrial Engineering from Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain. He carried out his undergraduate thesis at CDAM , and his research was mainly focused on the validation of the model and the potential field to study the mechanical behavior of alumina under shock loading conditions, through the application of Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations. The simulation was used to estimate the parameters that are commonly applied to validate the potential fields and the MD models before running complex loading to study the dynamic behavior of materials (e.g., elastic constants, cohesive energy, lattice constants, and the radial distribution function). Victor is now working with the Biomimetic Systems for Cell Engineering group at the Bioengineering Institute of Catalonia (IBEC), Spain. His research consists in developing new 3D printable biomaterials that mimic the inner tissues of the human intestine.

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

Pouyan Motamedi (PDF) – Jan 2016 to Dec 2018

Piotr Nicewicz (MSc) - Sept 2017 to Aug 2019

Guriqbal Munday (MSc) - Sept 2017 to Aug 2019

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

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

Amir Hossein Saeedinia – 2020