Current Doctoral Candidates (Ph.D.)

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Wali Akande

Wali Akande

wakande@princeton.edu | C-305 | 2007-Present
Undergraduate University: Washington University in St. Louis
Home Department: Electrical Engineering
Research Interests: Lamination and Cold Welding of Organic Electronic Structures
Short Bio: Wali has engaged in various entrepreneurial activities between Nigeria and the United States, and was a Teaching Assistant for a course devoted to social entrepreneurship to meet global challenges. In addition, he has travelled extensively in West Africa and Europe during the time he lived with his family onboard a Nigerian National shipping vessel on which his father worked as a marine engineer. He obtained Bachelors of Science degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering in 2006 from Washington University in Saint Louis.








Jing Du

Jing Du

jingdu@princeton.edu | | 2007-Present
Undergraduate University: Tsinghua University, P.R.China
Home Department: Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Bioinspired structural design of dental multilayer restorations; Hertzian contact testing and FEM modeling regarding to the loading rate effects and thickness effects; Rate Dependent Young’s Modulus Assisted Slow Crack Growth Model (RDEASCG); Constitutive behavior of nanocomposite materials.
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Yusuf Oni

Yusuf Oni

yoni@princeton.edu |
Undergraduate University:
Home Department: Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Implantable Devices For Localized Drug Delivery
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Emily Paetzell

Emily Paetzell

paetzell@princeton.edu | J-Wing Atrium 13 | 2007-Present
Undergraduate University: The College of New Jersey
Home Department: Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Implantable BioMEMS device and nanoparticles for cancer detection and treatment by the localized delivery of hyperthermia; adhesive interactions between breast cancer cells and breast specific antibodies to explain the specific attachment of antibody-conjugated nanoparticles to breast cancer cells
Short Bio: Emily was born and raised in New Jersey. She received a BS in Engineering Science with a specialization in Biomedical Engineering from The College of New Jersey. She is currently studying ways to locally detect and treat breast cancer. In her spare time Emily enjoys reading, shopping, sewing, and being outdoors.








Wanliang Shan

Wanliang Shan

wshan@princeton.edu | J101 | 2006-Present
Undergraduate University: University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)
Home Department: Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Experimental methods for Micron and Nano Scale Fracture and Fatigue testing; Finite Element Method for Simulation
Short Bio: Wanliang was born and raised in Dongying, a youny city also born in 1983 on the Yellow River Delta. After four years' undergraduate study at Unviersity of Science and Technology of China(USTC), He came to Princeton and has been working with Professor Soboyejo ever since. In his spare time he enjoys watching and playing basketball games.








Ting Tan

Ting Tan

tingtan@princeton.edu |
Undergraduate University:
Home Department: Civil & Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: Ting's research interest includes the adhesion in Drug Eluting Stents (DES) by combining AFM measurements and Brazil nut specimen tests to measure the adhesion of layered DES. Currently, Ting is working on adhesion measurements of drug films and stents.
Short Bio: Ting is also working with Professor Soboyejo on sustainable structures by applying eco-friendly material in the Energy Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program. They will collaborate with ISLES to re-develop a historic building in Trenton.








http://www.princeton.edu/~ttong

Tiffany Tong

ttong@princeton.edu | F214 | 2006-Present
Undergraduate University: University of California, Los Angeles
Home Department: Electrical Engineering
Research Interests: Adhesion in organic light emitting displays, organic solar cells, and hybrid organic/inorganic solar cells; The diffusion of solar-powered technologies in developing regions
Short Bio: Tiffany was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wis. and as an undergraduate student, she majored in Electrical Engineering and minored in Political Science. Tiffany has a wide range of international experiences, living or studying in four countries and visiting over 30 countries in 5 continents. She speaks 5 languages (English, French, Chinese, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Farsi) and is involved in a number of projects committed towards sustainable development.








Ismaiel Yakub

Ismaiel Yakub

iyakub@princeton.edu |
Undergraduate University:
Home Department: Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Research Interests: Porous Ceramics For Water Purification
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Deying Yu

Deying Yu

deyingyu@princeton.edu | J228 |
Undergraduate University:
Home Department:
Research Interests: Nanoparticles and BioMEMS For Cancer Detection
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