Principal Investigator:

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.


  • Phase-field modeling, Crystal plasticity finite element, Dislocation dynamics, CALPHAD

  • Materials for application in extreme environments

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)

                            Graduate Research Assistants:

Wenye Ye


2018 –: Graduate Research Assistant, University of Nevada, Reno 

2017:    MSc in Materials Science and Simulation,

             Interdisciplinary Center for Advanced Materials Simulation, Ruhr-Univerisität Bochum, Germany

2005:    Diploma (B.E.) in Material Chemistry, Chongqing University, Chongqing, China

Research Focus:

Crystal plasticity finite element modeling,  micromechanics of deformation & damage, molecular dynamics 


  • Wenye Ye, Panos Efthymiadis, Christophe Pinna, Anxin Ma, Barbara Shollock, Richard Dashwood. Experimental and modelling study of fatigue crack initiation in an aluminium beam with a hole under 4-point bending. International Journal of Solids and Structures, 2018.

M. Nabil Bhuiyan


2020 –: Graduate Research Assistant, University of Nevada, Reno

2018 –: Master of Science(M.Sc.) in Engineering

             Central Michigan University(CMU)

2015:    Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

             Islamic University of Technology (IUT), Bangladesh

Research Focus:

Phase field modeling, Metals and Alloys.

Jake Hohl


2020 –: Graduate Research Assistant, University of Nevada, Reno 

2018:    BSc in Mechannical Engineering, Montana State University

Research Focus:

Nanocrystalline materials

M. Hulyalkar


2018 –: Graduate Research Assistant, University of Nevada, Reno

Research Focus:

Phase field modeling, Amorphous materials.

                     Undergraduate Students:

Najwa Jabir


2016-: BSc in Chemical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno


Phase-field modeling, Co-base superalloys  

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