Pitt | Swanson Engineering
PhD/MS positions

Below is a sample list of open PhD and MS positions in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. This list is NOT comprehensive and there are other open positions not represented here. If you have questions about open positions in individual labs (whether on this list or not), you can contact the professor directly. 

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A Sample of Open Positions

Project Titles:

  • -3d Printing of Ceramic Filters for Respirators in response to Covid
  • -Rapid Qualification of Metal Additive Manufacturing via Machine Learning
  • -Advanced Photopolymerization based 3D printing 

Intended Degree: PhD (2 students)  

Start Date: Fall 2021, Spring 2021 

Contact Information: Dr. Xiayun Zhao, xiayun.zhao@pitt.edu

Eligibility Requirements: Open to both domestic and international students

 

Project Title: TBD

Intended Degree: PhD (3-4 students)  

Start Date: Fall 2021, Spring 2021

Contact Information: Dr. Heng Ban, heng.ban@pitt.edu

 Eligibility Requirement: U.S citizenship required

 

Project Title: Heat transfer and energy conversion; computational method and simulation

Simulation of thermal transport using first principles and machine learning

Intended Degree: PhD (1 student) 

Start Date: Fall 2021, Spring 2021 (preferred) 

Contact Information: Sangyeop Lee, sylee@pitt.edu

Eligibility Requirement: Open to both domestic and international students

 

Project Title: Advanced alloy manufacturing using integrated computational materials engineering and high-throughput experiments 

Intended Degree: 2-3 students 

Start Date: Fall 2021, Spring 2021 

Contact Information: Wei Xiong, weixiong@pitt.edu

Eligibility Requirement: Open to both domestic and international students

 

Project Title: Friction of hydrogels / Manufacturing of fiber-reinforced hydrogels

Intended Degree: MS or PhD (1 student)  

Start Date: Fall 2021, Spring 2021 

Contact Information: Quihan Liu,  quihan.liu@pitt.edu

Eligibility Requirement: Open to both domestic and international students (must be currently in US)

 

Project Title: Physics Based Acoustic Modeling Combined with AI / ML for Defect Recognition and Classification in Infrastructure Health Monitoring Applications

ARPA-E: “Innervated Pipelines of the Future: A New In-Situ Repair and Monitoring Technology Platform”

Intended Degree: PhD (1 student in Material Science)  

Start Date: Spring 2021 preferred, Fall 2021 will be considered 

Contact Information: Paul Ohodnicki, pro8@pitt.edu

Eligibility Requirement: Open to both domestic and international students        

 

Project Title: Thin Film Deposition Using ALD for Protective and Sensor Coatings in Fiber Optic Sensing Applications

ARPA-E: “Innervated Pipelines of the Future : A New In-Situ Repair and Monitoring Technology Platform”

Intended Degree: PhD (1 student in Material Science)  

Start Date: Spring 2021 preferred, Fall 2021 will be considered 

Contact Information: Paul Ohodnicki, pro8@pitt.edu and Jung-Kun Lee, jul37@pitt.edu

Eligibility Requirement: Open to both domestic and international students

 

Project Title: Single Crystal Oxide Growth Using Laser Heated Pedestal Growth

“High Temperature Harsh Environment Sensor Technology”

Intended Degree: PhD (1 student in Material Science / Applied Physics)   

Start Date: Spring 2021 preferred, Fall 2021 will be considered 

Contact Information: Paul Ohodnicki, pro8@pitt.edu

Eligibility Requirement: Open to both domestic and international students

 

Project Title: Machine Learning Enhanced Process simulation for Additive Manufacturing

Intended Degree: PhD (1 student)   

Start Date: Spring 2021, Fall 2021 

Contact Information: Albert To, albertto@pitt.edu

Eligibility Requirement: Open to both domestic and international students 

 

Project Title: Advanced Online Monitoring and Diagnostic Technologies for Nuclear Plant Management, Operation, and Maintenance

Intended Degree: PhD (at least 1 student)    

Start Date: Spring 2021 preferred, Fall 2021 will be considered

Contact Information: Daniel G. Cole 

Eligibility requirement: U.S. citizenship required