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

Heather Gathman

Heather is a master’s student in Structural Engineering. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2020. Her research interests lie in both materials science and structural engineering, particularly the use of lightweight materials in active deployable structures.

Kaylee Tucker

Kaylee is a master’s student in Structural Engineering. She completed her Master of Architecture at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan and her Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her M.Arch thesis was focused on timber reciprocal frame structures and their applications to an outdoor pavilion. Her work in timber will also be part of the 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

 

Matt Grendzinski

Matt is a master’s student in Structural Engineering. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2021 with a primary concentration in structural engineering and a secondary interdisciplinary concentration in mechanical engineering. He has research and internship experience in non-destructive evaluation and structural condition assessment. His current research interests lie at the intersection of structural and mechanical engineering.

 

Juan Torres

Juan is a master’s student in Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador in 2019. He has research experience in Structural Engineering in the field of Steel Fiber Reinforced Concrete. His current research interests lie in the use of virtual reality for education in civil engineering, structural health monitoring and innovative structural systems.

Undergraduate Students

Christina Garcia

Hello my name is Christina Garcia and I am a Junior majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering, with a Technology and Management minor. Some of the RSO’s that I am involved with on campus include SWE (Society of Women Engineers), SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers), and ISD (Illinois Solar Decathlon). In my spare time I enjoy doing nail art, yoga, and trying new vegetarian recipes!

Past Research Team Members

Mohammed Mohammed,  CEE MS

Sofia Tovar de Leon, CEE BS