Research Team

PhD graduate students

Sagnik Paul

Sagnik is a PhD student in Structural Engineering. He joined the SMARTI Lab in August 2020. He obtained his MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a specialization in Structural Engineering from UC Davis and BTech in Civil Engineering from NIT Rourkela. He has experience working on statistical distribution models, supplementary cementitious materials, and large-scale experiments. He is currently working on resiliency of deployable tensegrity structures to mitigate natural hazards harnessing smart materials and machine learning. His research interest lies in the use of statistical tools in Structural Engineering, Hazard Mitigation and Risk Assessment.

Angshuman Baruah

Angshuman is a Master’s student in Structural Engineering. He obtained his BTech in Civil Engineering from NIT (National Institute of Technology) Silchar and has 5 years of professional experience in the field working for the Govt. of India. His topics of research includes dynamic behavior of mid-scale adaptive origami structures, active control of adaptive origami structure undergoing damage and Virtual Reality interactive experience for actively controlled and deployable tensegrity structures.

Masters graduate students

Elizabeth Capretta

Elizabeth is a master’s student in Structural Engineering. She joined the SMARTI Lab in August 2023. Elizabeth obtained her BS in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Structural Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Her research topics include the implementation of deployable compliant geosystems for coastal resilience systems . These methods involve understanding social and physical aspects of communities to implement the most appropriate, sustainable, long-term solutions.

Visiting Researchers

David is a visiting PhD student from the Institute for Structural Mechanics at the University of Stuttgart. He works at SMARTI Lab from May until August 2023. He obtained his BS and MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Stuttgart with a specialization in structural engineering. During his BS, he studied at UC Calgary for one academic year. He has experience in working as a student employee for the engineering office Werner Sobek Stuttgart. He is currently working within the research cluster ‚Integrative Computational Design and Construction for Architecture – IntCDC‘ with a special focus on alternative performance indicators for structural assessment and efficient solution strategies for interactive structural feedback.

Past Students of SMARTI lab

Mohamed Mohamed Abshir, Sofia Tovar de Leon, Tohma Kobayashi, Sheel Sansare, Christina Garcia, Tu Huynh, Matt Grendzinski, Abraham Xu, Richard Yoo.

Heather Gathman, MS, employed at IMEG, Naperville

Kaylee Tucker, MS, employed at WJE, Chicago

Juan Torres, MS, employed at Thorton Tomasetti, Milwaukee