Current Members

Marisol Koslowski

Ph.D., Aeronautics,
2003 California Institute of Technology
M. S., Aeronautics,
1999 California Institute of Technology
B. Sc., Physics,
1997 University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

School of Mechanical Engineering
Purdue University
Office: ME 2196, DLRC 103E
Phone: +1 765 49-61045

Marisol Koslowski is Professor and Assistant Head for Graduate Engagement and Partnerships in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. She received her B.S. degree in Physics in 1997 from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and her M.S and Ph. D. degrees in Aeronautics in 1999 and 2003 from the California Institute of Technology. She was a Technical Staff Member in the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory before joining Purdue in 2005.

Professor Koslowski has made contributions in the development of theoretical and computational models to study the mechanical, thermal, and chemical response of materials. She leads an interdisciplinary research program with impact in nano and microelectronics, drug and food processing, polymer composites, alloys, and energetic materials. Her group focuses on the effect of heterogeneities, defects, and interfaces on the macroscopic behavior of materials.

Koslowski’s group has been supported by a combination of federal grants, including Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA), National Science Foundation (NSF), Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Office of Naval Research (ONR), Army Research Laboratory (ARL), and funds from aeronautical (Lockheed Martin, Boeing), electronic (Intel Corporation, SRC), and pharmaceutical industries (Glaxo Smith Kline, Hoffman la Roche).

Andrew Pham

Andrew Pham is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering who joined Purdue University in Fall 2020, after graduating from Harvey Mudd College with a B.S. in engineering. He is a Lynn Fellow at Purdue, and working on projects sponsored by the Semiconductor Research Corporation. His focus is on the application of multiphysics and phase-field models to current issues in semiconductor reliability.

Diane Patterson


Diane Patterson is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University since Fall 2020. She graduated from Kennesaw State University with a bachelor’s degree in Physics and a concentration in Mechanical Engineering. She is recipient of the Purdue Graduate Fellowship and is currently funded by the Army Research Laboratory. Her research is modeling the effects of material defects on detonation in energetic materials.

Kai-Chieh Chiang


Kai-chieh Chiang is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. He received his M.S. degree from National Taiwan University, Taiwan in 2017 and his B.S. degree from National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan in 2014. He worked at Texas Instruments as Semiconductor Packaging Engineer before his Ph.D. study. He is now a Co-op Engineer working with Nokia for flip-chip advanced semiconductor packaging. He is also a Semiconductor Research Corporation scholar working on Cu wire-bonding corrosion kinetic simulations. He was awarded the 2022 Richard C. Chu Memorial Scholarship.

Fariha Haq


Fariha Haq is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering who joined Purdue University in Spring 2023. After graduating from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, she worked as a lecturer at Islamic University of Technology. Her area of interest includes microelectronics, semiconductors, defect engineering. Her research work focuses on multi-physics and phase-field based modeling of solder materials to study mechanical reliability of microelectronics.

Chongxi Yuan

Chongxi Yuan is a Ph.D student in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. He graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison with B.S. in ME. His area of interest is computational solid mechanics. Current research projects include hot-spot formation in energetic material, ceramic sintering and high velocity impact of metal.

Danyel Martinez

Danyel Martinez is a Mechanical Engineer (ME) with 7 years of experience in the Automotive Industry. His specializations are finite element analysis (FEA), experimental validation, and product problem solving techniques. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in ME from Universidad Simon Bolivar in Venezuela in 2015. After graduating, he moved to the United States to work full time at a Fortune 500 Company. While working, he pursued his Master’s degree in ME in Dr. Marisol Koslowski’s team to improve his FEA skills. His current research focus is applying computational solid mechanics tools to understand the behavior and response of nanoscale energetic materials. Danyel’s long term career goals are to pursue a PhD, MBA and stay in an Industry technical leadership role.

Rahee Kulkarni

Rahee Vaibhav Kulkarni is a Master’s student in Mechanical Engineering who joined Purdue University in Fall 2022, after graduating from Cummins College of Engineering with a B.S. in Mechanical engineering. She is a recipient of Cummins Fellowship and Engineering Excellence Scholarship at Purdue, currently working on projects sponsored by Lockheed Martin. Her research work focuses on multi-physics and phase field based modeling of ceramic materials to study the mechanics of plasticity, diffusion, and temperature effects.

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