Present Members

Peter W. Chung (pchung15 at umd dot edu) Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering.  Peter used to work for the government where he had a wide range of experiences including conducting fundamental and applied research in computational sciences, developing strategic investments in new research programs, participation on committees for logistics modernization for the military and national science policy for materials research.   He joined UMD in 2013 and is now working on ways to better compute solutions to a wide-ranging set of outstanding problems in mechanics, physics, chemistry, and materials.


Dan Elton


Dan Elton (delton at umd dot edu) 2016 Ph.D. Stony Brook University
Dan works on applying machine learning to molecular and materials property prediction. His website is



Abdollah Bagheri (bagheri at umd dot edu) is a Post-Doc studying material defects using phonon relations and also developing new material modeling approaches.



Graduate Students

Gaurav Kumar (gkumar1 at umd dot edu)

Jie “Michael” Peng (jiepeng at umd dot edu) is a PhD student working on electronic and phonon properties induced by TMDC folding.



Frank VanGessel (fvangess at umd dot edu) is a PhD student working on computational methods for solving the anisotropic full Brillouin zone three dimensional phonon Boltzmann Transport Equation. The method is capable of capturing phonon mediated thermal transport at the nano and micro scale in a wide range of crystalline materials.


Mark Butrico (UMD, 2017)

Meir Kreitman (UMD, 2018)

Efrem Perry (UMD, 2017)  is an undergraduate student working on visualizing phonon dispersion volumes using data processing and visualization software.



Prospective graduate students are welcome to inquire about openings in the group.  Please review the admissions requirements for the department before doing so.


Former Members



Eunjeong Jeong (MS, 2017, now Major in ROK Air Force)




Joseph Andrews (Primary Advisor: Prof. Das, MS, 2016)





Rose Gallagher, nee Weisburgh (MS, 2016, now at




Rachel Flanagan (BS, 2016)


Mary Katie Cobb (Richard Montgomery High School, Summer 2017)

Stacey Wardenfelt (Stevenson Univ, Summer 2016)

Lalitha Madduri (Mt Hebron HS, Summer 2016)

David Nguyen (Richard Montgomery HS, Summer 2015)