People

Faculty

Dr. Hongtao Ding

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

University of Iowa

Email: hongtao-ding@uiowa.edu

Webpage: https://www.engineering.uiowa.edu/faculty-staff/hongtao-ding

Dr. Ding serves as an Associate Editor for 

Graduate Students

Wuji Huang

PhD Student, Mechanical Engineering

108 IATL, Iowa City, IA 52245

Research Topics: Machine Learning, Laser Materials Processing

Email: wuji-huang@uiowa.edu

Benjamin Nelson

PhD Student, Mechanical Engineering

Senior Research Engineer at the Quad City Manufacturing Lab

Research Topics: 3D Metal Printing, Friction Stir Welding

Email: benjamin-d-nelson@uiowa.edu

Martell Bell

PhD Student, Mechanical Engineering

  • Lulu Merle Johnson Fellowship, 2021
  • Graduate Advisor for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • Member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) council

Research Topics: Laser Materials Processing, Smart Manufacturing

Email: martell-bell@uiowa.edu

Undergraduate Research Students

Kyle Scales

Undergraduate Student, Mechanical Engineering

Hao Fu

Undergraduate Student, Mechanical Engineering

Lujie Cai

Undergraduate Student, Mechanical Engineering

Group Alumni

Avik Samanta

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, 2020

Thesis entitled “Surface Nanostructuring Principles and Design of Extreme Wetting Treatment for Laser Textured Metal Alloys”

Currently with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

Webpage: http://www.samantavik.com

Qinghua Wang 

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, 2020

Thesis entitled “Laser Engineering Methods of Novel Multi-Functional Surfaces”

Assistant Professor, 

Southeast University, Nanjing, China

Ninggang Shen 

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, 2017

Thesis entitled “Microstructure Prediction of Severe Plastic Deformation Manufacturing Processes for Metals”

Currently with Tesla

Austin Lin

MS, Mechanical Engineering, 2020

Xin Jin

MS, Mechanical Engineering, 2018

Currently with Armonica Technologies

Timothy Heiderscheit

MS, Mechanical Engineering, 2017

Thesis entitled “Comparative Study of Near-Infrared Pulsed Laser Machining of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics”

Currently with Quest Thermal Group

Chelsey Pence

MS, Mechanical Engineering, 2014

Thesis entitled “Micro-bending and Patterning via High Energy Pulse Laser Peening” 

Currently with Boeing


Former Research Students

Songwei Li

Undergraduate Student, Mechanical Engineering

MS Student at University of Southern California, 2020 

Shuo Zhao

Undergraduate Student, Mechanical Engineering, 2018-2019

MS Student at UC Berkeley, 2020  

Qianyue Wang

Undergraduate Student, Mechanical Engineering, 2018-2019

MS Student at Columbia University, 2020  

Haoxuan You

Undergraduate Student, Mechanical Engineering, 2018

MS Student at Purdue University, 2019  

Jianwei Hu

Undergraduate Student, Biomedical Engineering, 2018

MS Student at Northeastern University, 2019

Zach Lowery

Undergraduate Student, Mechanical Engineering, 2018

MS Student at University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2020 

 

Kaitlin Greene 

Workplace Learning Connection Student Internship, High School Student from Clear Creek Amana High School, Amana, Iowa, 2015

 

Landon Schreck

Undergraduate Student, University of Iowa

NSF Iowa EPSCoR Summer Intern, 2016

Currently with Boeing

Anthony Oskielunas

Undergraduate Student, University of Iowa

NSF Iowa EPSCoR Summer Intern, 2016

Currently with Cardwell Westinghouse Co

Brennen Wears

Undergraduate Student, University of Iowa

Iowa EPSCoR Summer Intern, Summer 2014

Ryan Simons

Undergraduate Student, University of Iowa

NSF Iowa EPSCoR Summer Intern, 2015

RFA Engineering

Andrew Christ

Undergraduate Student, University of Iowa

NSF Iowa EPSCoR Summer Intern, 2014

Robert Bowers

Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) Student, University of Iowa

General Practice, Mesquakie Health Clinic, Tama, IA


Former Visiting Scholars & Students

Zhelun Ma

School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation

Northeastern University, PRC

Visiting PhD Student, 2019-2020

Huixin Wang

College of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Jilin University, PRC

Visiting PhD Student, 2018-2020

Dr. Bao-Jia Li

Associate Professor

School of Materials Science and Engineering

Jiangsu University, PRC

Visiting Scholar, 2017-2018

Dr. Haipeng Ji 

Associate Professor

Research Institute for Energy Equipment Materials

Hebei University of Technology, PRC 

Website: http://www.jingnuodata.com

Visiting Scholar, 2016-2017

Dr. Baoqing Zhang

Associate Professor

College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

Changchun University of Science and Technology, PRC

Visiting Scholar, 2015-2016

Dr. Reza Abdi Behnagh

Assistant Professor

Urmia University of Technology, Iran

Visiting PhD Student, 2015

Dr. Zhenhua Zhu

Associate Professor

College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

Changchun University of Science and Technology, PRC

Visiting Scholar, 2014-2015

Dr. Hua Ding

Associate Professor

School of Automotive and Traffic Engineering

Jiangsu University, PRC

Visiting Scholar, 2013-2014