People

Theocharis Baxevanis

About Me: I received my Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 2003 from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Currently, I reside in Houston, Texas, as an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Previously, I worked as a TEES research assistant professor in the Aerospace Engineering Department at Texas A&M University and as director of operations in the Center for Intelligent and Multifunctional Materials and Structures (CIMMS). I also taught at the University of Crete, Greece, in the Department of Applied Mathematics from 2005-2010 and worked as a researcher in Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France, in 2004 and in SINTEF Petroleum, Norway, in 2003.

I have a broad range of interests in the mechanics of materials, including constitutive modeling, fracture mechanics, damage, and micromechanics in active, conventional structural, and composite materials. My current research focus is on the fundamental understanding of the deformation and failure response of shape memory alloys and on accelerating their development cycle for specific applications.

PhD Students

Md Afzal Hossain

About Hossain: Md Hossain is a PhD student in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Houston. Prior to starting his PhD, he worked as a Development and Planning Engineer at an international airline NOVOAIR Ltd for one year. He completed his BSc in Aerospace Engineering from Military Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), Bangladesh in 2016. He was elected as the prestigious president of the University Student Council (MIST Captain) in 2015. In the same year, he got Commandant List award for his academic excellence. Back in 2011, he obtained perfect grade in Higher Secondary School and secured 28th position during his engineering entrance exam. He likes sports and athletics which helped him to furnish his academic career with several prestigious sports awards.

As part of his PhD research, Hossain is now working on the constitutive modeling and deformation mechanism of shape memory alloys. He has a wide range of interests in the constitutive behavior of shape memory alloys, mechanics of materials, application of active materials and designing new materials for future applications.

Jasdeep Makkar

About Jasdeep:  Jasdeep Makkar approached his bachelor’s degree as a mechanical engineer from Chitkara University, India before starting his PhD in the Mechanical Engineering department at University of Houston under the guidance of Dr. Theocharis Baxevanis. The decision to delve into design and research was prompted by attaining the third position at ‘INTERNATIONAL SHELL ECO MARATHON’ for designing fuel efficient working car design in 2013 and with his integral contribution in enhancing management and production department for ‘ESCORTS INDIA PVT LTD’ during his internship in 2013 and training in 2015. He worked as ‘System Engineer’ in INFOSYS in 2016 to get hands on experience in various languages. Currently working as a Teaching Assistant for ME at UH.

He perceived his ability to contribute for this research group by setting up a material testing lab with the influential support of his faculty advisor for fracture and fatigue testing of shape memory alloys to enhance their industrial potential. To engross his knowledge for solid mechanics, smart materials, finite element methods he is running simulations on various computer aided engineering software.

Mengqian Zhang

About Mengqian: Prior to her Ph.D. studies, Mengqian achieved her bachelor and master degree in the School of Aerospace Engineering and Applied Mechanics at Tongji University, China in 2014 and 2017, respectively. Her research focus was on piezoelectric energy harvesting and dynamics. During her studies, her great interest in Smart Materials was established along with a solid foundation in solid mechanics. She was further awarded with an academic scholarship and benefited by rich extracurricular experiences.

She now focuses on the theoretical and numerical investigation of the deformation and failure response of Shape Memory Alloys.

Md Mehedi Hasan 

About  Hasan:Md Mehedi Hasan is a current Ph.D. student in the Mechanical Engineering department of the University of Houston. Before that, He worked as a lecturer in the Aeronautical Engineering department of the Institute of Science Trade & Technology (ISTT), Bangladesh from 2016-2017. He got his bachelor degree in Aerospace Engineering from Military Institute of Science & Technology (MIST), Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2016. He secured 18thposition in the engineering entrance exam & achieved the exalted “MIST Scholarship”. He was in the design team of Bangladesh group of 18thAIAA, Cessna/Raytheon Missile systems Design/Build/Fly competition & also took part in the various national competition. He did his undergraduate thesis on static Aeroelasticity and has strong interests in the computational structural analysis, mechanics of materials and active materials.

He is now working with theoretical modeling of Shape Memory Alloys and numerical implementation of these models.