Mechanics of Materials
Assistant Professor of Engineering, Primary Investigator
Haneesh Kesari is currently an Assistant Professor of Engineering at Brown University. He is affiliated with the Solid Mechanics group at Brown. He is interested in theoretical and experimental mechanics problems related to contact, adhesion, and fracture of solids. Previously, he obtained his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from Stanford University in 2011 and 2007, respectively, and his B.S. degree from Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, all in Mechanical Engineering. At Stanford, he was awarded the Juan Simo Outstanding Thesis award and the Herbert Kunzel Fellowship.
Post-doctoral Scholar '20 PhD'19
Weilin Deng currently works as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the School of Engineering at Brown University. He obtained his B.S. degree in Engineering Mechanics in 2010 and M.S. degree in Solid Mechanics in 2013, both from Tianjin University, China, and Ph.D. degree in Solid Mechanics in 2019, from Brown University. His research is focused on the adhesion of soft materials, contact mechanics, and theoretical and computational solid mechanics.
PhD Student '21
Wenqiang Fang is a PhD student in the Applied Mechanics Lab at Brown University. He is currently in his last year of his PhD study. He is working on the mechanics of 1D continua with applications in bio-inspired engineering. His research mainly focuses on theoretical modeling and numerical simulations of the mechanical properties and stabilities of mineralized biological systems. Wenqiang obtained his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tsinghua University in 2015. He likes outdoor sports including hiking, skiing and diving.
Masters Student '20
Wenbo Sun is obtaining his Master of Science in Engineering at Brown University. He received his B.S. degree in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in June 2018. He joined the Applied Mechanics Lab at Brown in October of 2018.
PhD Student '24
Sayaka is a PhD student in the School of Engineering at Brown University.
PhD Student '24
Yang Wan is a PhD student conducting research in Solid Mechanics at Brown University. His research interests include fracture mechanics, biomechanics, and computational mechanics. He is working on the theory and experimentation of rigid body motion with applications to helmet design to prevent Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.
Tom Pilvelait is a first year PhD student in Solid Mechanics at Brown University. He earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Harvard University in 2019, where his research focused on experimental contact mechanics. His current work consists of experimentally investigating fractural cascades in thin rods, also known as “Fenyman’s spaghetti problem."
Post-doctoral Scholar'19 PhD'18
BS, Mechanical Engineering, Brown University '15
PhD Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, Caltech '20
Sc.B Candidate, Mechanical Engineering '22
A.B Candidate in Computer Science - Economics '22