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James Yang, Ph.D., SAE Fellow

Associate Professor

Ed and Linda Whitacre Faculty Fellow

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. Jixiong Li

Visiting Scholar (1/10/2018-1/09/2019)

 

Assistant Professor

School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering

Foshan University

Guangzhou, China

Jun Liu

Dr. Jun Liu

Visiting Scholar (12/17/2017-12/16/2018)

 

Assistant Professor

School of Power and Mechanical Engineering

Wuhan University

Wuhan, China

Liangliang

Dr. Liang Liang

Visiting Scholar (11/11/2017-11/10/2018)

 

Assistant Professor

School of Power and Mechanical Engineering

Wuhan University

Wuhan, China

Deng-xingxing

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

Li-Min-SCUT

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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