Principal Investigator

Penghui Cao
Assistant Professor       01/2019 – present
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace engineering
Department of Materials Science and Engineering (Joint Appointment)
University of California, Irvine

Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology      11/2014 – 12/2018
PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Boston University      09/2010 – 10/2014


PhD Students


Dianalaura Cueto Duenas

MS/PhD Student 




Dong Han

PhD Student (starting in 2019 Fall)

MS in Solid Mechanics, Institute of Mechanics,  Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2019

BS in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics,   University of Science and Technology of China, 2016

Visiting Scholar

Dr. Pengfei Wang 

Assistant Professor,  Department of Modern Mechanics     2016
University of Science and Technology of China

Postdoctoral Associate, Nanyang Technology University, Singapore    2012 - 2016

PhD in Engineering Mechanics,  University of Science and Technology of China     2012


Visiting PhD Student


Syamal Praneeth Chilakalapudi (starting in November 2019)

PhD Student, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

MS/BS in Physics, University of Hyderabad, India     2016