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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 mesoscopic modeling approaches and their integration with continuum approaches for both fundamental and applied research in materials science.


  • Materials Modeling, Machine Learning

  • Materials for application in extreme environments


  • 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)

PhD and MS Students:


Wenye Ye

M.S., Ruhr-Univerisität (Bochum, Germany) Materials Science and Simulation

B.E., Chongqing University (Chongqing, China) Material Chemistry

Crystal plasticity finite element modeling, molecular dynamics, Metals and alloys


M. Nabil Bhuiyan

B.S., Islamic University of Technology (Bangladesh), Mechanical Engineering

Phase field modeling, Metals and Alloys​

Jake Hohl


B.S., Montana State University, Mechanical Engineering,

Thermodynamic modeling, DFT,  Machine Learning, Nanocrystalline Materials


Anungraha Thyagatur

B.T., National Institute of Technology (Karnataka, India) Metallurgical and Material Science Engineering Molecular Dynamics, Micromechanics, Deformation behavior,  Nanoscale metallic multilayers


                     Undergraduate Students:

Najwa Jabir

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


Madhura Hulyakhar

M. S. University of Nevada, Reno, Materials Science and Engineering,

Amorphous thin films, Density Functional Theory, Experiments