Group Members

Benhour Amirian

Benhour received his M.Sc. 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.

Kapil Bharadwaj

Kapil received his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology in 2016. At the University of Alberta, Kapil is currently working towards his PhD on the dynamic failure of polymeric foams. He uses techniques like high rate testing, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy, and X-ray Micro-tomography to understand the failure and mechanics of foam behavior. His research is partnered with the US Army Research Laboratory, Defence Research and Development Canada, and the Canadian Light Source (CLS).

Calvin Lo

Calvin's MSc project is focused on the design of light-weight advanced ceramics utilized for personal and vehicle protection. The objective of his research is to characterize the microstructure and dynamic behavior of armor ceramics, including aluminum oxide and boron carbide, in order to better understand and control dynamic failure in application. In Calvin's research, he uses X-ray computed tomography and image processing techniques to characterize internal defect populations and crack damage in armor ceramics. This structural characterization information is combined with dynamic mechanical testing data generated through high-speed imaging and digital image correlation to provide new insights into the deformation behavior and failure mechanisms of armor ceramics. The results of his research will contribute to improved microstructure-based models, manufacturing, and design of advanced ceramics for ballistic applications.

Haoyang Li, Research Project Manager

Haoyang (Cass) is currently the research project manager of CDAM. Haoyang graduated in Oct 2019 with a Master's 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.

Jie Zheng

Jie Zheng received his M.Sc. 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.

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).

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.

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.


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

Amir Hossein Saeedinia – 2020