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Dr. Leslie T. Mushongera


Dr Mushongera finished his PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Bayreuth (2016). He also holds Master and Bachelor degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Dalarna University (2009) and St. Petersburg State Technological University (2008), respectively. He was also a post-doctoral research assistant (2017-2018) in the Advanced Computational Materials and Experimental Evaluation Lab at the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University. He was also a post-doctoral research assistant (2016-2017) at (Institute of Applied Materials) Karlsruhe Institute of Technology & (Institute of Digital Materials Science) Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. ​His core research involves the development and application of atomistic, microscopic and macroscopic modeling approaches and their integration with continuum approaches for both fundamental and applied research in materials science.


  • Materials Modeling, Machine Learning

  • Thermodynamics, materials failure

  • Materials for application in extreme environments

  • Metals/alloys, amorphous materials/metallic glasses


  • Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS), Materials Processing & Manufacturing Division Council Representative on the Education Committee

Honors and Awards​:

  • German Research Foundation  (DFG)  Postdoctoral Fellowship (2016-2017)

  • German Research Foundation (DFG) Ph.D. Scholarship (2013-2016)

  • Materials Research Society (MRS) Junior Researcher Scholarship (2012)

Current Graduate Students:


Gururaj Rao

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering,

Wayne State University

Focus:  Fatigue in high stacking fault energy metals 


Tanvir Fahim

B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering,

Bangladesh Unvesrity of Professionals

Focus:  Metallic glasses


Donald Williams

B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering,

University of Nevada, Reno

Focus: Welding, microstructure and failure

Graduated Students:


Dr. Wenye Ye

PhD in Materials Science and Engineering (2022)

Topic: Understanding the role of microstructural stability and stability on plastic deformation pathways in polycrystalline materials: a multi-scale modeling approach

Dr. Madhura Hulyakhar (co-advised with Prof. Dhanesh Chandra)

PhD in Materials Science and Engineering (2021)

Topic: Study of structural, thermal, hydrogenation and compositional properties of Ni-based amorphous membranes using experimental and computational methods


Jake Hohl

MS in Materials Science and Engineering (2021)

Topic: Automated design and optimization of metallic alloys


Anungraha Thyagatur 

MS in Materials Science and Engineering (2021)

Topic: Atomistic deformation mechanisms in Cu-Nb multilayered nanocomposites using Molecular Dynamics 


                     Former Undergraduate Students:

Najwa Jabir

B.S. University of Nevada, Reno, Chemical Engineering


M. Nabil Bhuiyan (2021)

MS in Materials Science and Engineering (2021)

Topic: Quantitative analysis of microstructural evolution in polycrystalline metal matrix with embedded second phase particles