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James Yang, Ph.D., SAE Fellow

Associate Professor

Fulbright Scholar

Ed and Linda Whitacre Faculty Fellow

Associate Chair, Director for Undergraduate Studies

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX79409, USA

Tel: 806-834-6746

Fax: 806-742-3540

Email: james.yang@ttu.edu

 

Postdocs/Research Associates

 

 

 

 

Graduate Students

 

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Bradley Howard

Ph.D. Candidate (08/2008-expected 2017)

 

BS (2008)

Michigan Technological University
Tel: 806-742-3579

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Bin Li 

Ph.D. Student (08/2013-)

Texas Tech University

 

BS (2009), MS (2011) Harbin Institute of Technology


Currently on Internship with Nucleus Scientific Inc., Cambridge, MA

 

Laura Aguilar
Ph.D. Student (05/2010-)

B.S. UT-San Antonio
M.S., Texas Tech

Raytheon Missile Systems
Dallas, TX 75042

Erik Chumacero

Ph.D. Student (09/2015-)

 

B.S. (2006) Zacatepec Institute of Technology

M.S. (2010) Mexican National Center for Research and Technological Development

Doctorate in Physics (2014) Paris University XI (Paris Sud-Onze)

Tel: 806-742-3579

 

 Jazmin Aguilar
Ph.D. Student (08/2017-)

B.S. (12/2015) Texas Tech University

Ritwik Rakshit

MS Student (08/2015-)

Ph.D. Student (08/2017-)

B.T. (2012) National Institute of Technology, Surat, India

Stephen Mangum
MS Student (2016-)

B.S. (12/2016) Texas Tech University

Ming Xu
Ph.D. Candidate (01/2014-)

BS (07/2012) Wuhan University, China
MS (12/2013) Lehigh University

 

 

 

Undergraduate Students

 

 

Elizabeth Jackson
Undergraduate Researcher

BS (2016-)
Texas Tech University

Mario Garcia

Undergraduate Research Scholar (09/2017-)

 

BS (2015-)
Honors College
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Texas Tech University

Alexander Webster
Undergraduate Researcher (10/2016-)

BS (2013-)
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Texas Tech University

 

High School Students



 

 

 

Visiting Scholars/Professors/Scientists

 

 

Dr. Xingxing Deng

Visiting Scholar (09/07/2017-09/06/2018)

 

Associate Professor

Department of Vehicle Engineering

Wuhan University of Science and Technology

Wuhan, China

 

 

 

 

Dr. Min Li

Visiting Scholar (08/30/2017-08/29/2018)

Associate Professor

School of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering

South China University of Technology

Guangzhou, China

 

Dr. Jing Yang

Visiting Scholar (06/15/2017-06/14/2018)

 

Assistant Professor
School of Electronic Information
Wuhan University, Wuhan, China
 

 

 

Student Alumni

Ph.D. Student Alumni

 

 

 

 

 

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Aimee Cloutier
BS (05/2012), Ph.D. (08/2017)

Texas Tech University


Ph.D. Student
(08/2012-08/2017)

NSF Graduate Research Fellow (2013)
NSF REU (09/2010-08/2012)

 

Current Position: Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN.

Hengjia Zhu
Visiting Ph.D. Student

(04/25/2016-4/28/2017)

 

Current Position: Ph.D. Candidate

Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China

 

Zeyu Ma
Ph.D. (07/2017) Huazhong University of Science and Technology

 

Visiting Ph.D. Student

(02/02/2015-02/01/2016)

Current Position: Hasco Automotive System Co., Ltd, Shanghai, China

 

 

Dr. Jared Gragg

BS (2007), MS (2010), Ph.D. (05/2014)

Texas Tech University

 

MS and Ph.D. Student (08/2008-05/2014)

 

Current: Instructor, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, Virginia Tech

First Job: Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Louisville, KY.

 

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Dr. Burak Ozsoy

Ph.D. (05/2014), Texas Tech University

BS (2007), MS (2009)

Yeditepe University, Turkey

 

Ph.D. Student (08/2009-05/2014)


Current Position: CEO at Global Dynamic Systems, Istanbul, Turkey. Email:
burakozsoy@gmail.com

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Dr. Zhipeng Lei
Ph.D. (08/2014) Texas Tech University

MS (2008) Wuhan University, China

BS (2007) Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China

 

Ph.D. Student (08/2008-08/2014)

 

Current Position: Postdoc at NIOSH, CDC, Pittsburgh, PA

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PhD (expected 2017)

BS (2008)

Michigan Technological University

PhD Student (08/2008-2017)

Current Position:

First Job: System Engineer, New York Air Brake, Irving, Texas

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Dr. Qiuling Zou

Ph.D. (12/2012) Texas Tech University

BS (1998), MS (2001)

Beijing Institute of Technology, China

 

PhD  Student (08/2009-12/2012)

 

Current Position: Software Engineer, New York Air Brake, Irving, Texas 75063

Email: zouqiuling@gmail.com

MS Student Alumni

 

Rajath Rao
MS (05/2017), Texas Tech University

Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (06/2013)

M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology,

Bangalore, India

MS Student (08/2015-05/2017)

 

Current Position:

Saeed Ahmadisoleymani
MS (08/2016), Texas Tech University

 

MS Student (01/2014-08/2016) Texas Tech University
BS (10/2012) Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran
 

 

Current Position: Ph.D. Student, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, The University of Arizona

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Brandon Schuelke
MS (08/2013-05/2015)
Individual Study (Spring 2015)


BS (2013) Texas Tech
Undergraduate Research Assistant (01/2013-08/2013)

 

Current Position: Project Engineer, BCEGI USA, Inc., Dallas, Texas

Corey Coleman
MS Student (05/2014)

BS (2013) Texas Tech

Research Assistant (08/2013-12/2013)

 

Current Position: Honeywell FM&T, Kansas City, Missouri

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Prasad Kumbhar
MS (08/2013) Texas Tech

BS (2007) Shivaji University, India


MS Student (2011-2013)

 

Current Position: General Motors (GM), Warren, Michigan

First job: Product Engineer, Cummins Inc., Cookeville, Tennessee

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Richard George
MS Student (05/2015)
BS (2010) Texas Tech

 

MS Student (08/2011-05/2015)

 

Current Position: Northrop Grumman, Melbourne, Florida

First job: Zodiac Aerospace, Gainesville, Texas

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James D. Long
BS (2009), MS (05/2012) Texas Tech

Undergraduate Research Assistant  (2009)
MS Student (2010-2012)

 

Current Position: Drilling Engineer, Matador Resources Company, Dallas/Fort Worth Area

First Job: Engineer, Apache Corporation, Houston, Texas

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Thomas Powelson
MS (05/2012) Texas Tech
BS (2009) University of California-Berkeley

MS Student (2010-2012)


Current Position: Lockheed Martin, Dallas, Texas

Second job: New York Air Brake, Irving, Texas

First Job: L3-Communications, Inc., Georgia, USA

 

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Jared Gragg

BS (2007), MS (May 2010), Texas Tech

 

MS (08/2008-05/2010)

 

Current Position: Ph.D. Student, the HCDR Lab

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Jichang Dai

MS (12/2009) Texas Tech

BS (2007) Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China

 

MS Student (08/2008-12/2009) 

 

Current Position: Director Assistant, Center for R&D, Bosh China, Wuxi, China.

Email: daijichang@gmail.com

First job: Engineer S&L Aerospace Metals LLC, New York City.

 

Undergraduate Student Alumni

Cecilia Garza

2017 Summer REU Student

6/5/2017-7/28/2017

Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Jessie Opella

Undergraduate Research Scholar (09/2015-05/2017)

 

BS (2014-)
Honors College
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Texas Tech University

 

Khoi Ly
BS (05/2017), Texas Tech University

BS (2013-)
Honors College
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Texas Tech University

 

Undergraduate Research Scholar (01/2015-05/2017)

Current Position: Ph.D. Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado-Boulder

Abigail S Holmes

Undergraduate Research Scholar (09/2015-12/2016)

 

BS (2014-)
Honors College
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Texas Tech University

 

Current Position: BS/MS, Texas Tech University

Brandt Colborg

BS (12/2015) Texas Tech University

 

B.S. (2011-2015)

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Texas Tech University

Undergraduate Research Assistant (08/2014-12/2015)

 

 

Current Position: National Pump Company, Granbury, Texas

Brandon Snailer
Undergraduate Research Scholar (08/2014-05/2015)

BS (2016)
Department of Health, Exercise and Sports Science
Texas Tech University

Current Position: Graduate School, University of Washington, Seattle

Sarah Bird
Honors Individual Study (08/2014-12/2014)

B.S. (2010-2015)
Honors College
Texas Tech University

 

Current Position: L3-Communications, Inc., Dallas, Texas

David Knipe

Undergraduate Research Scholar (08/2014-12/2014)

B.S. (2011-2015)
Honors College

Texas Tech University

 

Current Position: Boeing, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Jesse Latimer
Undergraduate Research Scholar (04/2013-12/2014)

B.S. (2011-2014)
Honors College, Texas Tech University

Current Position: Ph.D. Student in Nuclear Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.

Jerrod Hollers

Undergraduate Research Assistant (06/2014-12/2014)

 

BS (2010-2014)

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Texas Tech University

 

Current Position: Baker Hughes, Dallas, Texas

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Brandon Schuelke
MS (08/2013-05/2015)

BS (2013) Texas Tech
Undergraduate Research Assistant (01/2013-08/2013)

Pedro Peralta
Universidad del Turabo, Puerto Rico

Visiting Undergraduate Research Assistant (May-July 2014)

Kate Lewis
Undergraduate Research Fellow (09/2013-05/2014)

BS (2011-2015)
Texas Tech University

Current Position: MS Student at University of Groningen, Netherlands

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Victoria Banuelas
TTU Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Research Scholar (09/2013-12/2013)

B.S. (2010-2014)
Texas Tech University 

Rebeca Cunha

Engineering Military Academy
Brazil
Visiting Student (09/2013-12/2013)

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Mark Ryan
Undergraduate Research Assistant  (09/2012-12/2012)

 

BS (2010-2014) Honors College, TTU

 

Current Position: Luckett Martin, Dallas, Texas

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Byron Griffin

BS (May 2011) Texas Tech

 

Undergraduate Research Assistant  (2010-2011)

 

Current Position: Engineer, Jacobs Engineering, Houston, Texas

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Aimee Cloutier

BS (05/2012)
Honors College
Texas Tech University

 

NSF REU (09/2010-08/2012)

 

Current Position: PhD student at TTU

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Kyle Beck

BS (December 2010) TTU

 

Undergraduate Research Assistant  (2010-2011)

 

Current Position: National Instruments, Austin, Texas

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Pierce McGrath

BS (August 2011) Texas Tech

 

Undergraduate Research Assistant  (2010-2011)

 

Current Position: Engineer

LIoyd's Register Drilling Integrity Services, Inc., Houston, TX
pierce.mcgrathlr.org

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Katherine Burns
BS (2012) Texas Tech University

 

NSF REU (09/2010-12/2011)

Current Position: Engineer, Disney World, Orlando, Florida

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Colton Gragg

BS (December 2010) Texas Tech

 

Undergraduate Research Assistant  (2010)

Current Position: Engineer

Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc.

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Robyn Boothby
BS (May 2010), Texas Tech

 

Undergraduate Research Assistant (2009-2010)

 

Current Position: MD Student

Medical School, Texas Tech

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Kyle King

BS (December 2009) Texas Tech

 

URA (09)

 

Current Position: Design Engineer, Weatherford International, Houston, Texas

kyle.king@weatherford.com

High School Student Alumni

 

Eric Shang
St Marks School of Texas
June-July, 2016

 

Current Position: Undergraduate Student at University of Chicago

 

Ellison Klose
Clark Scholar (June-August 2014)
Bismarck High School, North Dakota

 

Current Position: Undergraduate Student at MIT

 

Visitor Alumni

Dr. Fei Xie
Visiting Scholar (08/31/2016-09/27/2017)

Associate Professor
College of Automobile Engineering
Jilin University
Changchun, Jilin, China

Prof. Rongyu Ge
Visiting Scholar (12/8/2015-12/1/2016)

Current Position:
Associate Professor
College of Mechanical Engineering
University of Jinan
Jinan, Shandong, China

 Prof. Hui Li
Visiting Scholar (8/31/2016-11/30/2016)

Current Position:

Professor (The Young Thousand Talents Plan Professor)

School of Power and Mechanical Engineering
Wuhan University, Wuhan, China

Prof. Hongli Xu
Visiting Scholar (8/26/2015-8/25/2016)


Current Position:

Associate Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Changzhou Institute of Technology
Changzhou, Jiangsu, China

 

Prof. Jie Tian
Visiting Scholar

(8/26/2015-2/25/2016)


Current Position:

Associate Professor

Department of Automobile Engineering
Nanjing Forestry University
Nanjing, Jiangsu, China

Professor Xianhai Yang
Visiting Scholar

(July 2015-Dec. 2015)

Current Position:
Associate Dean and Professor
College of Transportation and Vehicle Engineering
Shandong University of Technology
Zibo, Shandong, China

Prof. Yongsheng Zhao

Visiting Scholar

(Feb. 2014-March 2015)

 

Current Position: Associate Professor

School of Mechanical Engineering

Beijing University of Technology


Prof. Yunqing Zhang

Visiting Scholar
(March-April 2014, April-May 2015)

 

Current Position: Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering

Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST)

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Prof. Joo H Kim
(April 2013)

 

Current Position: Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, New York University

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Dr. Ziqing Zhuang
(Nov. 2009, Nov. 2010, Aug. 2011, Aug. 2012, July 2013, April 2014)

Current Position: Branch Chief, Team Lead, NIOSH, Pittsburgh, PA

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Dr. Kathy Butler
Visiting Scholar (Nov. 2010) 

Current Position: Senior Researcher, NIST

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Prof. Denis Blackmore
Visiting Professor (October 2010)

Current Position: Professor of Mathematics, NJIT, Newark, NJ
 

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Prof. Guolai Yang
Visiting Professor (July-August 2010)

Current Position: Professor and Associate Dean,

School of Mechanical Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing, China 

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Prof.  Esteban Pena-Pitarch
Visiting Professor (July-August 2010, 2016)

Current Position: Professor of Mechanical Engineering, UPC, Spain

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Dr. Xuguang Wang 
Visiting Scholar (July 2009)

Current Position: Researcher Director, IFSTTAR, Lyon, France

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Prof.  Qinghong Zhang
Visiting Professor (May 2010, Jan. 2012)

Current Position: Professor of Mathematics Department, Northern Michigan University

 

 

 

 

 

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Human-Centric Design Research Lab, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX79409