I received a B.S. degree at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign in electrical material science in 2007. I decided to stay at the same institution as a graduate student in metallic materials science, focused on nanostructured metallic alloys for extreme conditions and completed my Ph.D. in 2011. A few days after my graduation, I joined Prof. David Seidman and Prof. David Dunand's research groups as a postdoctoral associate
My current research focuses on experimentally designing Al-Sc based alloys with addition of different elements to optimize alloy and processing cost, strength, and service temperature utilizing the state-of-art Atom-Probe Tomography technique. The optimized aluminum alloy is a promising candidate to replace heavy cast-iron in car brake-rotor and expensive titanium in high-temperature applications. My research also involves in investigating high-temperature properties of super-alloy steel, which was computationally designed to improve the thermal efficiency of steam turbines and reduce CO2 emission in the fossil-energy power plants.