Team Members

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ARMOR LAB DIRECTOR

Ken Loh, Ph.D.

Professor and Vice Chair of Structural Engineering

Professor of Materials Science & Engineering

Office: SME 445E

  • Ph.D. in Structural Engineering, University of Michigan Ann Arbor (2008)

  • M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan Ann Arbor (2008)

  • M.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Michigan Ann Arbor (2005)

  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, Johns Hopkins University (2004)

Interests: Boxing/kickboxing, anything with wheels, cooking, eating, and travel

POST-DOCTORAL SCHOLARS

Dr. Behnam Namiranian

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Structural Engineering

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Altman Clinical & Translational Research Institute, UC San Diego (2018 - 2021)

  • Ph.D. in Textile Technology, Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran (2008)

  • M.S. in Textile Technology, Isfahan University of Technology, Iran (2003)

  • B.S. in Textile Technology, Azad University of Yazd, Iran (2000)

  • Research: Simulation and Design of Functional Textiles

PH.D. STUDENTS

Morgan Funderburk

Ph.D. Candidate in Structural Engineering, UC San Diego

  • M.S. in Structural Engineering, UC San Diego (2018)

  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Alabama (2015)

  • Research: Sensors and methods for scour monitoring

  • ORCID: 0000-0002-7844-0212

  • Contact: mfunderb@eng.ucsd.edu and my CV

  • Interests: dventure and mystery novels, cooking (easy but delicious) recipes, thrift shopping, self-care, house plants

My ideal day is spent at the beach playing "aqua-fetch" with my corgi, Arnold. Though I do love spending the evening having cocktails or a fancy dinner, my favorite restaurant in San Diego has to Roberto's Taco Shop. Beaches and burritos, what a life!

Han Joo Lee

Ph.D. Candidate in Materials Science & Engineering, UC San Diego

  • M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering, Hanyang University, South Korea (2016)

  • B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering, Hanyang University, South Korea (2014)

  • Research: Soft material actuators for soft robotics

  • ORCID: 0000-0001-8307-4088

  • Contact: hal257@eng.ucsd.edu and my CV

  • Interests: Crafting with 3D pen, Detroit Lions, making cocktails

Ever since I was a little kid, I wanted to be a scientist and an engineer. I currently have two cats and I love the Mexican food here in San Diego.

Sijia Li

Ph.D. Student in Structural Engineering, SHM&NDE, UC San Diego

  • M.S. in Structural Engineering with Specialization in SHM&NDE, UC San Diego (2021)

  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, Iowa State University (2019)

  • Research: Distributed sensing methods for structural health monitoring

  • ORCID: 0000-0002-3015-6466

  • Interests: Hip hop dancing, cooking, and traditional Chinese painting

Yun-An Lin

Ph.D. Student in Structural Engineering, UC San Diego

  • M.S. in Structural Engineering with Specialization in SHM&NDE, UC San Diego (2020)

  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan (2018)

  • Research: Wearable nanocomposite sensors for tactical and athletic performance monitoring

  • ORCID: 0000-0001-9440-6164

  • Contact: yul095@eng.ucsd.edu

  • Interests: Home improvement, fashion, fitness, and boba tea

I love all kinds of memes!

Yujin Park

Ph.D. Student in Materials Science & Engineering, UC San Diego

  • M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering, Pusan National University, South Korea (2018)

  • B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering, Pusan National University, South Korea (2015)

  • Research: Stimuli-responsive metamaterials for active camouflage

  • ORCID: 0000-0003-2333-6175

  • Contact: my CV

  • Interests: All kinds of puzzles and watching baking shows

I absolutely love the beautiful beach in San Diego! Waiting for a sunset with a cup of ice cream (or boba) is my favorite thing to do.

Taylor Pierce

Ph.D. Student in Electrical & Computer Engineering, UC San Diego

  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering, UC Davis (2020)

  • Research: Field-deployable, wireless, wearable Sensors

  • Interests: San Diego Padres, wildlife, and Starcraft 2

Said Quqa

Visiting Ph.D. Student in Structural Engineering, UC San Diego

  • Ph.D. Student in Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Material Engineering, University of Bologna, Italy (current)

  • B.S./M.S. in Architecture and Building Engineering, University of Bologna, Italy (2017)

  • Research: Machine learning for spatial structural sensing and damage characterization

Yening Shu

Ph.D. Student in Structural Engineering, UC San Diego

  • M.S. in Structural Engineering, UC San Diego (2018)

  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, Hunan University, China (2016)

  • Research: Tomographic imaging methods for characterizing damage in complex structures

  • ORCID: 0000-0003-2615-0827

  • Interests: Guitar playing, singing, yoga-practicing, and spicy foods

Curiosity has its own reason for existing. I like my curiosity about the world.

Xinlun Zhao

Ph.D. Student in Structural Engineering, UC San Diego

  • M.S. in Structural Engineering, UC San Diego (2020)

  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, Beijing University of Civil Engineering & Architecture, China (2018)

  • Research: Multi-scale data-driven and physics-informed Human Digital Twins

  • ORCID: 0000-0001-9578-0756

  • Interests: Swimming, watching anime, and playing Overwatch

My favorite piano song is ' Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence '.

M.S. STUDENTS

Prithviraj Desai

M.S. Student in Structural Engineering with Specialization in SHM&NDE, UC San Diego

  • B.Tech. in Civil Engineering, National Institute of Technology Karnataka, India (2020)

  • Research: Digital twins of the human musculoskeletal system

Yi Han

M.S. Student in Structural Engineering with Specialization in SHM&NDE, UC San Diego

  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, South China University of Technology (2021)

  • Research: Applications of machine learning methods for human and structural monitoring

Shih-Chao Huang

M.S.Student in Structural Engineering, SHM&NDE, UC San Diego

  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan (2021)

  • Research: Nanocomposite sensor development

Jeffrey Liu

M.S. Student in Structural Engineering, UC San Diego

  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, City College of New York (2020)

  • Research: Electrical capacitance tomography for anomaly detection

Jia (Jerry) Shen

M.S. Student in Structural Engineering with Specialization in SHM&NDE, UC San Diego

  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, UC Irvine (2021)

  • Research: Wearable sensors for human performance monitoring

B.S. - M.S. STUDENTS

Ting-Ya Chang

3+2 B.S./M.S.Student in Structural Engineering, SHM&NDE, UC San Diego

  • B.S. Candidate in Civil Engineering, National Yung Ming Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

  • Research: Wearable sensors for human performance assessment

Chih-Yen Wang

3+2 B.S./M.S.Student in Structural Engineering, SHM&NDE, UC San Diego

  • B.S. Candidate in Civil Engineering, National Central University, Taiwan

  • Research: Structural health monitoring of railroad tracks

FORMER PH.D. STUDENTS

Dr. Bryan Loyola

Senior Mechanical Engineer, Microsoft

Formerly, Principal Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Labs (Livermore, CA)

Prof. Donghyeon Ryu

Associate Professor, New Mexico Institute of Technology (Socorro, NM)

Prof. Faezeh Azhari

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto (Canada)

Dr. Bo Mi Lee

Post-Doctoral Scholar, UC Davis

  • Ph.D. in Structural Engineering, UC San Diego (2019)

  • M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST), South Korea (2011)

  • B.S. in Physics, Hanyang University, South Korea (2009)

  • Thesis: Model-enabled Design of Nanostructured Thin Film Sensors

Prof. Long Wang

Assistant Professor, California State Univ - San Luis Obispo

  • Post-Doctoral Scholar in Structural Engineering, UC San Diego (2020)

  • Ph.D. in Structural Engineering, UC San Diego (2019)

  • M.S. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, UC Davis (2016)

  • M.S. in Civil Engineering, UC Davis (2015)

  • B.S. in Port, Waterway, and Coastal Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, China (2014)

  • Thesis: Development of Multifunctional Nanocomposite Sensing Systems for Structural and Human Health Monitoring

Dr. Yingjun (Irene) Zhao

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Applied Research Laboratories, The University of Texas at Austin

  • Post-Doctoral Scholar in Structural Engineering, UC San Diego

  • ORISE Post-Doctoral Fellow, DoD-VA Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence (EACE), Naval Medical Center San Diego

  • Ph.D. in Mechatronics, Johannes Kepler University, Austria (2018)

  • M.S. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, UC Davis (2015)

  • M.S. in Civil Engineering, UC Davis (2011)

  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, UC Davis (2009)

  • Research: Warfighter protection and performance assessment

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