Principle Investigator

Hong Liang, Ph.D.

Oscar S. Wyatt, Jr. Professor

Fellow, ASME and STLE

Editor: Tribology International

Regional Editor (North America): Surface Topography: Metrology and Properties (IOP)




Ph.D. Students






Kyungjun Lee

Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering, 2013-present
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Pohang University of Science & Technology, Korea, 2009
B.S. Hanyang University, Korea, 2004 cum laude

Research Area: 
Biofuel cells and nanocharacterization

 Graduation with honor prize award for curricular achievement, Hanyang Univ., 2004





Eugene Chen

Ph.D., candidate, Materials Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2010-Present
M.S., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida, 2009, 
B.S., Materials Science and Engineering, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan 2006

Research Area:

Surface adhesion and nanoparticles


Achievement Award for New Engineering Graduate Students, University of Florida, 2007


Lian Ma

Ph. D candidate in Mechanical Engineering, 2012-present
M.S., Thermal Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, 2012
B.S., Thermal Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, 2010

Awards and Honors:
Second Prize in China’s Undergraduate Energy-Saving and Emission Reduction Contest, Hangzhou, China, 2008
Guanghua Scholarship, Harbin Institute of Technology, 2008


Yuan (John) Yue

Ph.D., candidate, Materials Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2013-Present
B.S., Applied Physics (Physics Elite Class), Xi'an Jiaotong University, 2013, 

Research Area:

Nanocomposites and structures for energy storage


College of Engineering, Graduate Teaching Fellow, Fall 2016

MSEN Fellowship, TAMU, 2013

The Bronze Prize (ranking 3) of excellent posters, International Workshop on Advancing Materials Performance from the Nanoscale, Xi'an, China, 2013





Yan Chen

Ph. D candidate in Materials Science & Engineering, 2017-present
M.S., Materials Science, Auburn University, 2016
B.S., Materials, Northeastern University, China, 2011

Research Area:

Nano- and micro-fluidic behavior, liquid-solid interfaces, characterization of advanced materials


Swarn Jha

Ph.D candidate in Mechanical Engineering, 2018-present

M.S. Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2017

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Visvesvaraya National Institute & Technology, 2012

Research Area:

Nanomaterials and structures, advanced materials for energy applications, computational & experimental design of materials


. Int. students scholarship, TAMU, 2015




M.S. Students


Oghogho Cynthia Omoragbon

M.S. candidate in Mechanical Engineering, 2016 - present

B.E. Mechanical Engineering, University of Ilorin, 2014

Research Area:

3D printed porous materials for biological applications


Niger Delta Develompent Commission Post Graduate Scholarship,l 2016


Keeley Coburn

M.S. candidate in Mechanical Engineering, 2016 - present

B.S.Southwestern University, TX, 2016

Research Area:

design, synthesis, and application of advanced materials

Awards and Honors

Southwestern University King Creativity Winner, 2015

Southwestern University Creative Works Symposium Winner, 2014, 2015

Dean's List, 2013 - 2015


Brady Reed

M.S. candidate in Mechanical Engineering, 2016 - present

B.S. Mathematics (biology minor), Baylor University, TX, 2015

Research Area:

biomaterials and devices

Awards and Honors (selected)

USA Cycling Collegiate National Championships (2014-2017)

National Merit Commended Scholar ( 2010)

National AP Scholar (2011)


Visiting Scholars

George E. Totten, Ph.D., FASM

Ph.D., New York University, Physical Organic Chemistry

M.S., Fairleigh Dickinson University, Organic Chemistry

B.S., Fairleigh Dickinson University, Chemistry

Curriculum Vita


Wenhu Xu

Assistent Professor, School of Mechatronics Engineering, Nanchang University, Jiangxi, China

Ph. D. Mechanical Engineering, Tsinghua University, 2011
M.S.Mechanical Engineering, Central South University, 2006
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Central South University, 2003

Research Area:

Tribogy, Chemical Mechanical Polishing


Undrakh Mishigdorzhiyn, Ph.D.

Fulbright Scholar, Jan. - May, 2018

East Siberia State University of Technology and Management, Ulan-Ude, Russia










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