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Graduate Students


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Gordon (Cheuk Fai) Chiu

B.Sc. Temple University
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Zachary Michael

Zachary Michael

B.Sc. Gannon University

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Wanji Seo

B.Sc. Ohio State University
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Seth C. Burkert

Seth C. Burkert

B.Sc. Saint Francis University
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James Ellis

B.Sc. Santa Clara University
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Gregory J. Morgan

Gregory J. Morgan

B.Sc. Slippery Rock University
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James Gaugler

B.Sc. University of Pittsburgh
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Michael Chido

B.A. College of Wooster
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Sean Hwang

B.Sc. University of Texas at Austin
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Philip Fournier

B.Sc. Florida State University
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Guiming Peng

M.S. South China Normal University
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Undergraduate Students


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Ray Euler

University of Pittsburgh, Class of 2015

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Jordan Wilson

University of Pittsburgh, Class of 2016

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Star Group Pictures

Star Group Summer 2013
Star Group Summer 2013(Front Row): James Ellis, Gordon Chiu, Gregg Kotchey, Dr. Haifeng Dong,
Yifan Tang, Mike Chido, and Prof. Alexander Star
(Back Row): Seth Burkert, Greg Morgan, James Gaugler, Yong Zhao, Wanji Seo, Alexandra Münzer,
Dr. Nadine Kraut, Dr. Uri Green, and Zachary Michael (not pictured)


Star Group Summer 2012
Star Group Summer 2012(Front Row): Mengning Ding, Hao Bai, Yanan Chen, Wanji Seo, Yifan Tang, and Prof. Alexander Star
(Middle Row): Gordon Chiu, Ian Feigel and Gregg Kotchey
(Back Row): Seth Burkert, James Gaugler, Dr. Nadine Kraut, Yong Zhao, and Zachary Michael


Star Group Summer 2011
Star Group Summer 2011(Left to Right): Pingping Gou, Gordon Chiu, Hao Bai, Zachary Michael,
Yifan Tang, Yong Zhao, Ian Feigel, Wanji Seo, Mengning Ding, Brian Barth, Gregg Kotchey,
Dr. Harindra Vedala, Prof. Alexander Star, and Yanan Chen (not pictured)


Star Group Summer 2010
Star Group Summer 2010(Front Row): Prof. Alexander Star, Zachary Michael, Gregg Kotchey, Ian Feigel,
Yanan Chen, Yifan Tang, Mengning Ding, and Pingping Gou
(Back Row): Brian Barth, Mathew Keddie, Brett Allen, Yong Zhao, Michael Reber, and Dr. Harindra Vedala (Not Pictured)


Star Group Summer 2009
Star Group Summer 2009(Front Row): Yifan Tang, Yanan Chen, Pingping Gou, Kitty Durgin, and Mengning Ding
(Back Row): Dr. Alex Star, Doug Kauffman, Brett Allen, Yong Zhao, Matthew Keddie, and Gregg Kotchey (Not Pictured)


Star Group Summer 2008
Star Group Summer 2008(Front Row): Mengning Ding, Yifan Tang, Sruti Bhaumik, Yanan Chen,
Pingping Gou, and Dr. Alex Star, (Back Row): Brett Allen, Doug Kauffman, Dr. Yang Doo Lee, and Dr. Max Chen


Star Group Fall 2007
Star Group Fall 2007(Front Row): Dr. Padmakar Kichambare, Dr. Alex Star,
Sruti Bhaumik, Pingping Gou, (Back Row): Brett Allen, Doug Kauffman, Dr. Yang Doo Lee


Star Group Summer 2006
Star Group Summer 2006 (Front Row): Dr. Alex Star, Dr. Padmakar Kichambare, Allen Chao,
Pingping Gou, (Back Row): Doug Kauffman, Brett Allen, Oleksandr Kuzmych, Kyle Hovick, Brad Lentz,
(Not Pictured): Sruti Bhaumik, Ryan Hue, Rachel Hardenstine


Star Group Fall 2005
Star Group Fall 2005 Dr. Padmakar Kichambare, Dr. Alex Star, Oleksandr Kuzmych


Group Alumni

Name Group Position Current Position
Oleksandr Kuzmych Graduate student, 2005-07, M.Sc. University of Warsaw
Sruti Bhaumik Graduate student, 2007-09, M.Sc. Community College of Allegheny County
Douglas Kauffman Graduate student, 2005-10, Ph.D. National Energy Technology Laboratory
Brett Lee Allen Graduate student, 2006-10, Ph.D. Reaxis, Inc.
Pingping Gou Graduate student, 2005-12, Ph.D.
Brian Barth Graduate student, 2010-12, M.Sc. SGS International
Ian Feigel Graduate student, 2010-12, M.Sc. Michelin North America, Inc.
Yanan Chen Graduate student, 2008-13, Ph.D. Bayer MaterialScience
Hao Bai Graduate student, 2010-13, M.Sc. Carnegie Mellon University
Mengning Ding Graduate student, 2008-13, Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
Yifan Tang Graduate student, 2008-13, Ph.D. ATOM, Inc.
Gregg Kotchey Graduate Student, 2008-2013, Ph.D. Diocese of Pittsburgh
Yong Zhao Graduate student, 2009-2014, Ph.D. Bayer MaterialScience
Padmakar D. Kichambare Postdoc, 2005-08 University of Dayton
Yang Doo Lee Postdoc, 2007-2008 Korea University
Max Chen Postdoc, 2008 Technical University of Denmark
Saad Hasan Postdoc, 2011-2012 GrafTech
Harindra Vedala Postdoc, 2010-2012 KLA Tencor
Nadine Kraut Postdoc, 2012-2013 PPG Industries
Haifeng Dong Postdoc, 2013 Nanjing University
Kyle Hovick Undergrad researcher, 2005-07 Penn State
Allen Chao Undergrad researcher, 2005-07 Penn State
Aaron Crandall REU summer student, 2006 University of Pittsburgh
Ryan Hue Undergrad researcher, 2006-07 University of Minnesota
Brad Lentz Undergrad researcher, 2006-07 University of Pittsburgh
Rachel Hardenstine Undergrad researcher, 2006-07 Penn State, Milton S. Hersey Medical Center
Shauna Hopkins Undergrad researcher, 2008-09 PPD, Inc.
Christie Thanh Truc Le Undergrad researcher, 2009 University of Pittsburgh
Katherine "Kitty" Durgin Undergrad researcher, 2009 PPG Industries
William Saadeh Undergrad researcher, 2009-10 AmeriCorps
Matthew Keddie Undergrad researcher, 2009-10 FlexEl, LLC
Michael Reber Undergrad researcher, 2009-11 University of Lyon
Paul Griffith Undergrad researcher, 2010-11 University of Pittsburgh
Muhammad Salim Undergrad researcher, 2011-12 University of Pittsburgh
Kelley Hammon Undergrad researcher, 2012-13 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Claire Wang Undergrad researcher, 2012-13 University of Pennsylvania

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