Students

PhD Students

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Name: Siyu Chen
Education:

Ph.D. Student, Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2022-Present.
M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Technical University of Munich, Germany, 2019.
M.Eng., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Tongji University, China, 2017.
B.S., Engineering in Electrical Engineering and its Automation, Nanjing Institute of Technology, China, 2013.
Bio:  Siyu is a Ph.D. student working as a Research Assistant in the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining to SiDi Lab, Siyu was working on multi-agent systems consensus tracking control and learning-based optimal control at ITR Lab, the Technical University of Munich in Germany. She is currently working on multi-agent reinforcement learning and its application in team dynamics in design and task planning.
Research Interests: Multi-agent Systems Task Planning, Consensus Tracking Control, Learning-based Control.


xingangName: Xingang Li
Education:

Ph.D. student, Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2019-Present.
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Tianjin University, 2013.
Bio:  Xingang is a Ph.D. student working as a Research Assistant in the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the PhD program, Xingang worked in the auto industry at OTICS Corporation in Japan for four years. He has practical working experience in the design of automotive engine parts for major car manufacturers, such as Toyota and SAIC Motor Co., Ltd.
Research Interests: Generative Design; Deep Learning for Engineering Design; Human-AI Design Collaboration.


Pic_hafizur RahmanName: Molla Hafizur Rahman 
Education:

Ph.D. Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, The University of Arkansas, Fall 2017-Present.
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, 2015.
Bio: Molla is a Ph.D. student working as a Research Assistant in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arkansas. He has a research interest in Data-Driven Design, Decision-making in Engineering Design, and Computer-Aided Design. Before commencing his graduate studies at the UA, he worked for a design farm for two years.
Research Interests: Human Behaviors in Engineering Systems; Sequential Decision-Making in Design; Data-Driven Design.


Yinshuang_XiaoName: Yinshuang Xiao
Education:

Ph.D. Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2019-Present.
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, 2018.
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, 2014.
Bio:  Yinshuang is a Ph.D. student working as a Research Assistant in the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining in SiDi Lab, she was working as an R&D Engineer for new energy vehicles at SAIC Volkswagen in Shanghai. Yinshuang has extensive research experience in computational electromagnetic and EMC characteristics of EV components.
Research Interests: Complex Systems Engineering and Design; Complex Sociotechnical Systems; Complex Network.



ronnieName: Ronnie Frank Pires Stone
Education:

Ph.D. Student, Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2022-Present.
M.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, 2021.
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, 2020.
Bio: Ronnie is a Ph.D. student working as a Research Assistant in the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. During his time in the University of Michigan he assisted in designing UAV collision-avoidance algorithms. Ronnie also has experience in the space industry, having worked in the instrumentation of ESA’s Vigil Mission. Ronnie’s current project focuses on integrating task scheduling and collision-free motion planning algorithms for swarm manufacturing applications.
Research Interests: Multi-Agent Control, Combined Task and Motion Planning, Swarm Manufacturing, Numerical Optimization, Computational Modeling of Physical Systems.


MS Students

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Name: Tyler Cronin
Education:
M.S. student, Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2022-Present.
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 2022.
Bio: Tyler is a graduate student in the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He has prior undergraduate-research experience on the subject of carbon capture, and previously worked on the rapid prototyping and R&D of potential medical devices. His current interests are in Robotics and Additive Manufacturing.
Research Interests: Additive Manufacturing, Product Design and Development, Robotics, Optimization.


Daniel Weber

Name: Daniel Weber
Education:
M.S. student, Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2021-Present.
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 2021.
Bio: Daniel is a Master’s student working as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Daniel has prior research experience in battery technologies. He is currently working on vertical chunking of large parts for collaborative 3D printing. He is particularly interested in Additive Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship.
Research Interests: Additive Manufacturing, Robotics, Optimization, Product Design, and Development.


Undergraduate Students

IMG_5073Name: Michael Cardone
Education:

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, expected 2023.
Bio: Michael is an undergraduate student who started working as a summer intern (sponsored by the NSF REU program) after gaining research experience with SiDi Lab over the spring semester. Alongside his Mechanical Engineering degree, he is also pursuing a minor in Entrepreneurship. Michael is currently working on data processing and visualization techniques, as well as network analysis using the Exponential Random Graph Model.
Research Interests: Statistical Modeling, Product Design, Optimization, Consumer Decision Analsis


SaivipultejaName: Saivipulteja Elagandula
Education:

B.S., Computer Science, The University of Arkansas, expected 2022.
Bio: Sai is an undergraduate student and came to SiDi Lab through the Freshman Engineering Research Experience program. He is pursuing a degree in Computer Science at the University of Arkansas and is interested in Machine Learning and Network Science. Sai is currently working on multi-robot path planning and optimization in cooperative 3D printing.
Research Interests: Collision-free Path Planning, Manufacturing Scheduling, Optimization.


Phillip_Bio_PicName: Phillip Gavino
Education:

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, expected 2023.
Bio: Phillip is an undergraduate student who started working with SiDi Lab over the spring semester of 2022 while studying abroad. Along with his Mechanical Engineering degree, he is also pursuing the Elements of Computing and Computational Science and Engineering certificates. Phillip is currently working on data crawling, data processing and data visualization for the design of market systems.
Research Interests: Statistical Modeling, Product Design, Optimization, Cutomer Choice Analsis


SiDi Profile PhotoName: Samantha Montemayor
Education:

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, expected 2023.
Bio: Samantha is an undergraduate student working as a full-time research intern (sponsored by the NSF REU program) in the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering at UT Austin. Samantha is currently working on using a data-driven methodology, specifically, data collected from social media, to build a complex network model to map the co-consideration relationships between different vehicle models over time.
Research Interests: Robotics, Complex Systems, Product Design and Development, Nano and Micro-Scale Engineering.


Research Scientist Assistant

John_ClayName: John Clay
Education:

B.A., Psychology/Business Administration (Double Major), Ouachita Baptist University, 2019.
Bio: John is a post-undergraduate working as a Research Assistant in the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Alongside his involvement with the SiDi Lab, he works as a Research Assistant for the Mechanisms of Cognition and Attention Lab in the Department of Psychological Science at the University of Arkansas.
Research Interests:  Creativity; Systems Thinking; Engineering Design Thinking.