Group Members

Gerald J. Wang

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Jerry Wang joined Carnegie Mellon in Fall 2019. He completed his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Computation at MIT, where he worked with Prof. Nicolas G. Hadjiconstantinou. Jerry's research focused on theoretical and computational modeling of fluid transport phenomena under nanoscale confinement. From 2014 to 2018, Jerry was a U.S. Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellow (CSGF). Jerry performed postdoctoral research with Prof. James W. Swan in Chemical Engineering at MIT, studying the role of friction in dense colloidal suspensions.

Previously, Jerry received degrees of S.M. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT (2015) and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and in Mathematics & Physics from Yale (2013), where he worked with Prof. Nicholas T. Ouellette and Prof. Sarah M. Demers. He hails originally from Chicago, where he attended Northside College Prep. He is a lifelong Cubs fan (past 28 years), with a special fondness for the past 5 years.

Arman Ghaffarizadeh

Ph.D. Student, NSERC Graduate Fellow

Arman is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree (high honours) and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Toronto in 2016 and 2018, respectively. During his undergraduate studies, Arman worked with Professor Javad Mostaghimi on fabricating wire mesh heat exchangers for waste heat recovery systems, and Professor Hani Naguib on developing smart polymers for wound dressing applications. As a Russell A. Reynolds Graduate Fellow in thermodynamics, under the supervision of Professor Charles A. Ward, Arman’s MS work focused on specific surface area determination and adsorption of water vapour on silica nanoparticles. Arman is involved in numerous student committees such as MEGSO and GSA, and was the recipient of Jeremieh Mpagazehe Award for his service and contributions to the graduate student community. When not investigating nanoscale phenomena, he spends his time capturing the beauty of macroscale objects in the night sky as an amateur astronomer and nightscape photographer. As a sports enthusiast, he also enjoys playing soccer and tennis.

Yuanhao (Leo) Li

Ph.D. Student

Yuanhao Li is a Ph.D. student in Computational Mechanics at Carnegie Mellon University. He got his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Auburn University (2018), where he did research on plate and shell theory with Prof. James Davidson. He got his Master’s degree in Computational Mechanics from Carnegie Mellon University (2019), during which he gained some experience with numerical and experimental techniques to study nanoscale heat transfer. He also spent some time working on thermal conduction across material interfaces with Prof. Hua Bao at the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiaotong Joint Institute in Summer 2019. Outside of lab, Yuanhao enjoys playing table tennis and swimming in the CMU gym. He also enjoys playing traditional Chinese instruments such as flute and Erhu.

Chunzhi (Chris) Wu

Ph.D. Student

Chunzhi Wu is a Ph.D. student in Computational Mechanics at Carnegie Mellon University. Before joining the M5 Lab, he got his Master’s degree in computational materials science from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, during which he gained experience with machine learning and density-functional theory to study interfacial phenomena, working in the group of Prof. Noa Marom. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Polymer Science from Beijing University of Chemical Technology (2018), where he did research on a variety of topics including photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes, adhesive emulsions, and flexible sensors. Outside of lab, Chunzhi enjoys playing music and has been uploaded his original music to NetEase Music since 2014.

Shuyuan Wang

MS Student

Shuyuan Wang is currently a second-year MS student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at Carnegie Mellon University. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science from Zhejiang University (2019), where he performed marine analytical chemistry research with Prof. Yiwen Pan. In the M5 Lab, he hopes to widen his experience and skills about molecular-dynamics simulations and to combine his macroscale knowledge about interfacial phenomena with new nanoscale insights. Outside of lab, Shuyuan enjoys playing badminton, reading, and traveling.

Kelby Kramer

Undergraduate Student (2022)

Kelby Kramer is a junior at Carnegie Mellon University studying Civil and Environmental Engineering with an additional major in Engineering and Public Policy. Kelby is interested in climate adaptation for coastal and water-related infrastructure. Kelby’s other interests include U.S.-China relations, backpacking, surfing, and most things water related.

Ryan Rusali

Undergraduate Student (2021)

Ryan Rusali is a senior pursuing a Bachelor's in Civil Engineering with an additional major in Engineering and Public Policy. Ryan is interested in learning about novel applications of computing in Civil Engineering, especially as it applies to urban systems. He is very excited to explore these ideas further with the M5 Lab and hopes to learn more about how methods from different fields can be used to improve urban life and design. In his free time, Ryan likes to cook, practice music, and try out new sports.

Group Alumni

Lisa Gorbolskaya

Undergraduate Student (2022)

Lisa Gorbolskaya is pursuing a Bachelor's degrees in Civil Engineering and in Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. She is involved with activities including the Estimating Competition and the Solar Decathlon. She likes to cook and try out new recipes, go for runs, and watch stand-up.

Jared Hayes

Undergraduate Student (2022)

Jared Hayes is a junior at Carnegie Mellon University pursuing a Bachelor's in Civil Engineering. He is interested in fluid mechanics and computational engineering. Outside of lab, you can find Jared watching sports, walking his dogs, or working out.

Yushan Huangfu

MS Student (co-advised with Prof. Amit Acharya)

Yushan Huangfu is a MS student in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering at Nanjing University and was a research assistant for three years at the Chinese National Engineering Research Center for Organic Pollution Control and Resource Reuse. She is interested in molecular-dynamics simulations of crystalline materials. Outside of lab, she likes jogging, yoga, and exploring various cuisines.

Sean Knight

Undergraduate Student (2022)

Sean Knight is a junior at Carnegie Mellon University pursuing a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering. He is interested in computer applications for civil and environmental engineering practice and is excited to explore these interests through the M5 Lab. Outside of the lab, Sean enjoys playing football for CMU, listening to music, and reading mystery novels.

Xiangyu (Melo) Wang

MS Student


Eric Cora

Undergraduate Student (MIT, 2021)

Eric Cora is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has special interests in Simulation and Numerical Analysis. As a Mechanical Engineering student, he has explored this interest through undergraduate research in computational engineering with Dr. Wang and a simulation internship at Tesla. He hopes to continue his study of Numerical Simulation in graduate school.   Outside of lab, you can find Eric biking, eating, or learning something new.

Kevin Z. Riordan

Undergraduate Student (2021)

Kevin Riordan is pursuing a Bachelor's in Civil Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He is interested in structural design and hopes to work in the future on designing foundations for new buildings. Outside of lab, you can find Kevin drawing, playing with his cat, or working out.