Our mission

what we value

The main objective of the group is to help students become independent, knowledgeable, creative, imaginative, rigorous, and successful problem-solvers, scientists, and professionals.
This goal is approached by (i) coaching students in pursuing productively inventive and meaningful research at the boundaries of disciplines, (ii) accompanying students in the pursuit of technical skills as well as soft skills (e.g. leadership, time management, project management, stress reduction, communication, critical thinking), (iii) leveraging on the boundless beauty of nature, and the joy of discovery.

We believe...

(i) that coaching students can result naturally in great research and more fulfilled students, (ii) that we have not "run out" of simple experiments, and (iii) that creativity can be stimulated.

Fall 2017 (special guest, a Fagus grandifolia)

Meet the team

our people

Ludovico Cademartiri, PhD


lcademar at iastate.edu

Laurea Magistrale
Materials Science
University of Parma (Italy)
PhD
Interdisciplinary Chemistry
University of Toronto (Canada)
Postdoc
Harvard University (US)

Yichao Shi, Ph.D.

Yichao Shi


yichaos at iastate.edu

BSc
Rur. Reg. Developm.
Nanjing Ag. U. (China)
MSc
Crop Cult.
Nanjing Ag. U. (China)
PhD
Environm. Sci.
Chinese Academy of Science (China)
Postdoc
AgriFood Canada (Canada)

Julia J. Chang, BTech

Julia J Chang


jjchang at iastate.edu

BTech
Chemical Eng. & Technol.
China U. of Mining & Tech. (China)
PhD (3rd year)
Materials Sci. & Eng.
Iowa State University(USA)

Souvik Banerjee, BEng

Souvik Banerjee


sbanz at iastate.edu

BEng
Materials Sci. & Eng.
IIEST Shibpur (India)
PhD (3rd year)
Materials Sci. & Eng.
Iowa State University(USA)

Lin Ma, BTech

Lin Ma


lma at iastate.edu

BTech
Materials Physics
Shandong University (China)
PhD (3rd year)
Materials Sci. & Eng.
Iowa State University(USA)


Oskar Siemianowski, PhD

Oskar Siemianowski


osiemian at iastate.edu

BSc, MSc
Environmental Protection
University of Warsaw (Poland)
PhD
Plant Anatomy and Cytology
University of Warsaw (Poland)

Postdoc (3rd year)
Materials Sci. & Eng.
Iowa State University(USA)

Xinchun Tian, MSc, CSC Fellow

Xinchun Tian


xctian at iastate.edu

BSc
Materials Sci. & Eng.
Hunan University (China)
MSc
Materials Sci. & Eng.
Shanghai Jiao Tong U. (China)

PhD (4th year)
Materials Sci. & Eng.
Iowa State University(USA)

Bin Yuan, MSc

Bin Yuan


binyuan at iastate.edu

BSc
Materials Physics
Southwest University of Science & Technology (China)
MSc
Chemical Engineering
New Mexico State (USA)

PhD (4th year)
Chemical Engineering
Iowa State (USA)


Kara R. Lind, BSc, Trinect Fellow

Kara Lind


klind at iastate.edu

BSc
Chemical Engineering
Iowa State University(USA)
PhD (4th year)
Materials Sci. & Eng.
Iowa State University(USA)

Alumni

people we worked with

Pratyasha Mohapatra, MSc.

Pratyasha Mohapatra


pmohapa at iastate.edu

BTech
Materials Sci. & Eng.
NIT Rourkela (India)
MSc
Materials Sci. & Eng.
Iowa State University(USA)
PhD (1st year)
Materials Sci. & Eng.
Iowa State University(USA)

Santosh Shaw, PhD


BTech
Metallurgical Engineering
NIT Durgapur (India)

MTech
Materials Science
IIT Bombay (India)

PhD
Materials Sci. & Eng.
Iowa State (USA)

Research Scientist
Intel Co.

Kaitlyn Roling

Kaitlyn Roling


BSc (1st year)
Chem. & Biol. Eng.
Iowa State U. (USA)

Gabriel Hammen

Gabriel Hammen


BSc (1st year)
Materials Eng.
Iowa State U. (USA)

Sean Russell

Sean Russell


BSc (4th year)
Materials Eng.
Iowa State U. (USA)

Reese Petersen

BSc
Physics
Brigham Young U.

PhD (in progress)
Physics
U. Minnesota

Laura Tibbs

BSc
Biology
Benedictine College
PhD (NSF) - in progress
Genetics
Iowa State University


Maxwell Duffy

BSc (in progress)
Materials Sci. & Eng.
U. Arizona

 


Shree Banjara, MSc

Shree Banjara


sbanjara at iastate.edu

BSc, MSc
Physics
Tribhuvan University (Nepal)
MSc
Physics
Southern Illinois University (USA)

Kyle J. Miller

BSc
Materials Engineering
Iowa State University

PhD (2nd year)
Materials Sci. & Eng.
Iowa State University(USA)

Briane C. Montoya

Briane Montoya

BSc
Electrical Engineering
Ecotech Institute(USA)

BSc (3rd year)
Kinesiology
Iowa State (USA)

 


Jordan Brandt

BSc
Materials Engineering
Iowa State University

Lorelle Kraus

Lorelle Kraus



Ames High School (US)

Jameson Fajfer

Jameson Fajfer


B.Sc. (in progress)

Engineering (Honors Program)
Iowa State University (US)


Kesav Narayan

Kesav Narayan


B.Sc. (in progress)
Materials Engineering
Iowa State University (US)

Sanjeev T Patil, BTech

Sanjeev T Patil


stpatil at iastate.edu

BTech
Metall. & Materials Eng.
Visvesvaraya NIT (India)
PhD (1st year)
Materials Sci. & Eng.
Iowa State University(USA)

Chaochao Pan, BTech

Chaochao Pan


pancc at iastate.edu

BTech
Materials Physics
Nanjing University (China)
PhD (1st year)
Materials Sci. & Eng.
Iowa State University(USA)

Matt Cain, MA

BA, Physics
University of Iowa (USA)
MA, Teaching Sec. Sci. Ed.
University of Iowa (USA)

R. Justice Fleischmann

BSc (in progress)
Biology
Boston College (USA)


Michaela Craigmile

BSc (in progress)
Materials Engineering
Iowa State University


Nicholas Gossling

BSc (in progress)
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Iowa State University

Adam Lichty

BSc (in progress)
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Iowa State University

Pierre Alameda

BSc (in progress)
Materials Engineering
Iowa State University


John Guss (with R. Cademartiri Lab)

BSc (in progress)
Materials Engineering
Iowa State University

Tayt Niedernhofer

BSc (in progress)
Materials Engineering
Iowa State University

Umar Hamdeh, BSc

Umar Hamdeh


uhamdeh at iastate.edu

BSc
Chemical Engineering
University of Kansas
PhD (2nd year)
Chemical & Biol. Engineering
Iowa State University(USA)

Dalton Smedley

BSc, Chemistry, Biology
U of Missouri, Columbia
PhD (in progress),
Genetics
Iowa State University

Hao Jiang

BSc, Biotechnology
Peking University, China
PhD (in progress),
Plant Biology
Iowa State University

Shawn Van Bruggen

BSc (in progress)
Chemical Engineering
Iowa State University (USA)

 


Elizabeth J. Carino


BSc
Biotechnology
Stevenson University(USA)

PhD (in progress)
Genetics
Iowa State University(USA)


Omer A. Mahmoud

BSc (in progress)
Microbiology
Iowa State University(USA)

Tianyu Wang

Tianyu Wang

BSc, Materials Sci. & Eng.
Tianjin University (China)
PhD (in progress), Mech. Eng.
Iowa State (USA)


William Rekemeyer

BSc (in progress), Business
Iowa State (USA)

 


Olayide Obidi, PhD (AAUW Fellow)

BSc (Hons.), Botany
Lagos State (Nigeria)
MSc, Microbiology
University of Ibadan (Nigeria)

PhD, Microbiology
University of Lagos (Nigeria)

Lecturer, Microbiology
University of Lagos (Nigeria)

Saida Benomar, PhD

BSc, Biotechnology
Abdelmalek Essaadi U. (Morocco)
MSc, PhD, Microbiology and Biotechnology
Aix-Marseille U. (France)

Postdoc, Materials Sci. & Eng.
Iowa State University (USA)
Postdoc, University of Kansas (USA)

Anthony Miller

BSc, Agronomy
Iowa State University (USA)

 


Taylor Stockdale

BSc, Physics & Mathematics
Simpson College (USA)

PhD (in progress), Materials Science & Engineering
University of Nebraska at Lincoln (USA)

Kuloth V. Shajesh, PhD

PhD, Physics
University of Oklahoma (USA)

Postdocs
Rutgers (USA), NTNU (Norway), Iowa State (USA)
Lecturer
Southern Illinois University

Katie Carver (joint with R.Cademartiri)

BSc (in progress), Agronomy and Horticulture
Iowa State (USA)

Rafael Alameda

BSc, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Iowa State (USA)

Thomas Sizmur, PhD

BSc, Environmental Science
University of Reading (UK)
MSc, Land Management
Cranfield University (UK)

PhD, Soil Science
University of Reading (UK)

Postdocs
Acadia (Canada), ISU (USA)
Research Scientist
Rothamsted Research (UK)

Lecturer
Environmental Science
University of Reading (UK)

Hannah VanEvery

BSc, Chem. Biol. Eng.
Iowa State University (USA)
PhD (in progress), Nutrition
PennState University (USA)



Anton Repko

BSc, Chemistry, Physics
Charles University (Czech Republic)
MSc, Inor. Chem., Nucl. Phys.
Charles University (Czech Republic)

PhD (in progress), Inorganic Chemistry
Charles University (Czech Republic)

Christopher Whitmore

BSc, Materials Engineering
Iowa State

Kathlene Reeve

BSc, Materials Engineering
Iowa State
PhD (in progress), Materials Engineering
Purdue U

Daniel Weller

BSc, Chemical Physics
Saginaw Valley State (USA)
PhD (in progress), Materials Sci. & Eng.
Michigan State U. (USA)

Cassidy Bergloff

BSc (in progress), Biology
Des Moines Area CC (USA)

 


Marissa K. Parker

BSc (in progress), Chemistry
University of Chicago (USA)

Past Group Photos

See the group evolution!

Fall 2015 (special guest, an Abies homolepis)

 

Fall 2014 (behind, an Acer nigrum)