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Principal Investigator
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Andrew L Ferguson
Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Affiliated Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Affiliated Assistant Professor of Computational Science and Engineering

Contact:
204 Materials Science and Engineering Building (MC-246)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1304 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61801

t: (217) 300-2354
f: (217) 333-2736
e: alf@illinois.edu

Education:
Ragon Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT, 2010-12 (Arup Chakraborty)
PhD, Princeton, 2005-10 (Thanos Panagiotopoulos, Pablo Debenedetti, Yannis Kevrekidis)
MEng, Imperial College London, 2001-05

Selected Honors and Awards:
UIUC College of Engineering Dean's Award for Excellence in Research (2017)
AIChE CoMSEF Young Investigator Award for Modeling & Simulation (2016)
ACS COMP OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award (2015)
National Center for Supercomputing Applications Faculty Fellow (2015-16)
ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator Award (2014)
NSF CAREER Award (2014)
IChemE North America Young Chemical Engineer of the Year (2013)

Links:
Faculty Homepage
Ferguson Lab
Ferguson Lab Intranet

Google Scholar Profile
ResearchGate
ORCID
Bitbucket
Academic Family Tree

NIH Biosketch
NIH My Bibliography

Curriculum Vitae
Graduate Researchers
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Andrew W Long
Graduate Research Assistant, Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests:
I am interested in developing and applying machine learning techniques to improve the design cycle and performance of novel materials systems.

Awards and Honors:
Racheff-Intel Award Finalist, University of Illinois, 2016
MRS Best Poster Award Nominee, Materials Research Society Spring Meeting, 2016
Outstanding Student Presentation Award, Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, 2014
Materials Hackathon - Third Place, Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, 2014
Hamer Graduate Fellowship, University of Illinois, 2012

Contact:
312G Materials Science and Engineering Building
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1304 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61801

t: (217) 244-8487
e: awlong2@illinois.edu
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-long-a2b25129
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=opTK-NUAAAAJ
GitHub: https://github.com/awlong/
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Greg R Hart
Graduate Research Assistant, Physics

Research Interests:
I am interested in interdisciplinary research, computation, and statistical inference.

Awards and Honors:
CSE Graduate Fellowship, Computational Science and Engineering program UIUC, 2014-2016
Outstanding Teaching Assistant, UIUC Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, 2012-2013
Graduate Teacher Certificate, UIUC Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, 2013

Contact:
312G Materials Science and Engineering Building
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1304 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61801

t: (217) 244-8487
e: grhart2@illinois.edu
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregory-hart-49a78127
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=N1xni58AAAAJ&hl=en
GitHub: https://github.com/GregoryRHart
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Bryce A Thurston III
Graduate Research Assistant, Physics

Research Interests:
I am interested in the use of computer simulations and machine learning techniques for the purpose of designing novel biomaterials for orgainic electronic applications.

Awards and Honors:
Outstanding Discussion TA, Illinios Department of Physics, Fall 2012
Outstanding Discussion TA, Illinois Department of Physics, Spring 2013
Excellent Lab TA, Illinois Department of Physics, Summer 2013

Contact:
312G Materials Science and Engineering Building
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1304 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61801

t: (217) 244-8487
e: thursto2@illinois.edu
ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Bryce_Thurston
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?view_op=list_works&hl=en&user=pUm-07sAAAAJ
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bryce-thurston-33ab8b122
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Jiang Wang
Graduate Research Assistant, Physics

Research Interests:
I am interested in using molecular dynamics simulation, coarse graining, and machine learning to study the properties of self-assembly of macromolecules. Use dynamical systems theory and manifold learning to study the protein folding funnel from experimental measurable time series.

Awards and Honors:
UIUC Dept. of Physics Excellence in Teaching Award, 2013 (Fall), 2014 (Spring)
Physics Graduate Student Travel Award, 2015
Physics Graduate Student Travel Award, 2017

Contact:
312G Materials Science and Engineering Building
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1304 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61801

t: (217) 244-8487
e: jwang110@illinois.edu
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jiang-wang-0428776b
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=LDnTZrsAAAAJ&hl=en
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Rachael Mansbach
Graduate Research Assistant, Physics

Research Interests:
I am interested in guided materials design and fundamental understanding of proteins and peptides through molecular simulation and machine learning. Currently, I am studying self-assembling peptides with optoelectronic properties--essentially biological nanowires.

Awards and Honors:
Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) Fellow, UIUC, 2016-2017
Building Future Faculty Program Fellow, NCSU, March 29-Apr 2, 2016
Mavis Future Faculty Fellow, UIUC, 2015-2016
APS Graduate Student Affairs Travel Award for Excellence in Graduate Research, 2015
UIUC Dept. of Physics Graduate Travel Award, 2015
UIUC Dept. of Physics Excellence in Teaching Award, 2013 (Fall)
UIUC Dept. of Physics Excellence in Teaching Award, 2013 (Spring)
National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellowship Honorable Mention, 2012
Goldwater Fellowship Honorable Mention, 2010
Department of Energy (DOE) Science and Energy Research Challenge finalist, 2009
Swarthmore Department of Mathematics Morris Monsky Prize, 2008

Contact:
312G Materials Science and Engineering Building
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1304 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61801

t: (217) 244-8487
e: mansbac2@illinois.edu
ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rachael_Mansbach
GitHub: http://github.com/ramansbach
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachael-mansbach-3430a986
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Wei Chen
Graduate Research Assistant, Physics

Research Interests:
Development of accelerated sampling techniques with machine learning

Awards and Honors:
Excellent teachers for PHYS-211, (2014 Fall, 2015 Spring, 2015 Fall)

Contact:
312G Materials Science and Engineering Building
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1304 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61801

t: (217) 244-8487
e: weichen9@illinois.edu
GitHub: https://github.com/weiHelloWorld
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wei-chen-41211a8a
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Yutao Ma
Graduate Research Assistant, Physics

Research Interests:
Machine learning in inverse materials design and self-assembly

Contact:
312G Materials Science and Engineering Building
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1304 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61801

t: (217) 244-8487
e: yutaoma2@illinois.edu
Undergraduate Researchers
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Mohit Gayatri
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Class of 2018

312G Materials Science and Engineering Building
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1304 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61801

t: (217) 244-8487
e: gayatri2@illinois.edu
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Chin-Yu "Chester" Cheng
Electrical and Computer Engineering, Class of 2018

312G Materials Science and Engineering Building
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1304 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61801

t: (217) 244-8487
e: ccheng32@illinois.edu
Summer Researchers
2017
Aik Rui Tan
Aditi Munshi
Materials Science and Engineering, atan14@illinois.edu
Computer Science, Grinnell College, munshiad@grinnell.edu
2016
Suraj Dhanak
Mohit Gayatri
Chin-Yu (Chester) Chen
Matt Ellis
Materials Science and Engineering, dhanak@illinois.edu
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, gayatri2@illinois.edu
Electrical and Computer Engineering, ccheng32@illinois.edu
Math
, ellis23@illinois.edu
2015
Bridgette Lafaye
Deepak Mani
Ben Fulan
Materials Science and Engineering, lafaye2@illinois.edu
Materials Science and Engineering, dmani2@illinois.edu
Math
, fulan2@illinois.edu
2014
Ben Fulan
2013
Yuecheng (Peter) Zhou
Ali Hajimirza
Abhijit Pujare
Materials Science and Engineering, zhou62@illinois.edu
Computer Science, U. Oklahoma, ali@alihm.net
Electrical Engineering / Computer Science, Yale,
abhijit.pujare@yale.edu
Group Alumni
Undergraduate
Jingtian Hu
(2012-13)
PhD Candidate, Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University
e: jingtianhu2018@u.northwestern.edu
Yuecheng (Peter) Zhou (2012-14)
PhD Candidate, Materials Science and Engineering / Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
e: zhou62@illinois.edu
Shao Mei
(2013-14)
Epic Medical Records, Verona, WI
Alex Trick
(2013-16)
PhD Candidate, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
e: trick2@illinois.edu
Samuel Kaufman
(2014-15)
BS Candidate, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
e: sikaufm2@illinois.edu
Bridgette LaFaye
(2014-15)
PhD Candidate, Materials Science and Engineering, UC Berkeley
e: lafaye2@illinois.edu
Deepak Mani
(2015-17)
Research Scientist, Broad Institute, Cambridge, MA
e: dmani2@illinois.edu