People

Summer 2015

Current:



 Abraham D. Stroock
Gordon L. Dibble ’50 Professor
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 
and Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science

Cornell University
bio:  I grew up in Colorado and Massachusetts.  I've lived in France for several years.  I live in Ithaca with my wife, three boys, many bicycles, and a few chickens.  I studied physics and chemistry at Cornell, the University of Paris, and Harvard and joined the faculty of Cornell in Chemical Engineering in 2003.
research interests:  Transport phenomena and thermodynamics of liquids; biophysics of plant and mammalian tissues; self organization.
personal interests:  Cycling; hiking; photography; sculpture; transportation policy.   

contact:
    a: 260 Olin Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
    w: www.cheme.cornell.edu/abestroock
    e: abe.stroock (at) cornell.edu
    t: +1 607-255-4276

Post-doctoral fellows:

Olivier Vincent
Post-doctoral Fellow 
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 
bio: I grew up in the French Alps near Grenoble and later moved to the Paris area, to do my undergrad in Physics at Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Cachan. I came back to the mountains to do my PhD at the University of Grenoble, and then joined Abe Stroock’s group at Cornell University as a post-doc in November 2012.
research interests: physics of liquids & soft matter (water, bubbles, vesicles, gels etc.), biophysics – plant biomechanics (transport of water, fast motion mechanisms in plants etc.), microfluidics.
personal interests: outdoor sports (mountain biking, ski touring, hiking, sailing), playing music (piano, guitar, and a little bit of drums). 
contact: 

    a: 224 Olin Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 
    e:  olivier.vincent (at) cornell.edu

PhD Candidates:

William Bedell
Graduate Student
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
bio: I am a native of Portland, Oregon. A lifetime lover of biology and technology, I received a BS in Chemical Engineering with an option in Bioprocess Engineering from Oregon State University in 2012. The following summer I moved from Corvallis to Cornell in Upstate New York to study vascular tissue engineering with the Stroock Group for a PhD in Chemical Engineering.
research interests: I am interested in growing blood vessels in vitro. My research will focus on recapitulating key aspects of vascular morphogenesis, including anastomosis and remodeling, by fabricating and culturing accurate analogs of microvascular networks.
personal interests: I like bamboo, architecture, cephalopods, science fiction, music, evolutionary psychology, and fine beer. I enjoy hiking and traveling but my chief hobby is constructing aquariums and terrariums when I have the time and space.
contact:
    a: 330 Duffield Hall
    e: wrb92 (at) cornell.edu

Winston Black
Graduate Student
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
bio: I was born in Columbia, SC, the middle child of three. I did the bulk of my growing up in Kirkwood, MO, a suburb of St. Louis.  I have been a chemical engineer for a while. I used to spend time mixing my mother and sister's cosmetics; They loved that. I earned my Bachelors of Chemical Engineering in 2013 from the University of Dayton, OH. I came to Cornell in the fall of 2013. 
research interests: Chemical Engineering, Kinetics, Thermodynamics, Transport, Separations, Biomimetics 
personal interests: movies/TV shows, video games, inter-mural sports, board games, music, food, witty banter
contact:
    a: 224 Olin Hall
    e: wlb62 (at) cornell.edu


Eugene Choi
Graduate Student
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
bio: I grew up in Seoul, South Korea and have been studying in the U.S. since high school. I have been studying and working in the Stroock group since the winter of 2010.
research interests: Thermodynamics and physical chemistry of metastable liquid water.
personal interests: Playing musical instruments, learning languages, swimming.
contact:
    a: 224 Olin Hall
    e: ec495 (at) cornell.edu

I-Tzu Chen
Graduate Student
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
bio:   I grew up in Taipei, Taiwan.  I majored in Chemical Engineering and obtained my B.S. from National Taiwan University (NTU). Upon graduation, I joined the PhD program in Chemical Engineering at Cornell University and have been working in Stroock's group since 2011.
research interests:  Water transport in plants; thermodynamics and applications of liquid under tension.   
personal interests:  Travel; movie; shoes; snowboarding; Japanese culture.
contact:
    a: 224 Olin Hall
    e: ic249 (at) cornell.edu
Erik J. Huber
Graduate Student
Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
bio:  I have spent most of my life in upstate New York, growing up in the small town of Fulton, about 90 minutes north of Ithaca.  I hold undergraduate degrees from Alfred State College and The University at Buffalo in Engineering Science and Mechanical Engineering, respectively.  After earning my Masters degree from Columbia University in 2010, it was a natural fit for me to return to upstate NY to pursue my doctorate here at Cornell University.
research interests:  
My broad interest is in energy and mass transport and I work in the field of fluid mechanics in the Mechanical Engineering Department.  Currently I model two-phase flow fields within the geologic subsurface (a porous medium with very low permeability).  This research is motivated by the process of carbon sequestration, which has been proposed as a method for offsetting anthropogenic carbon emissions as we move towards a future of sustainable energy.
personal interests:  Outside of my studies, I enjoy much of the outdoor scenery Ithaca has to offer, including the local hiking trails and nearby skiing.  In the summer, few things are better than a BBQ by the lake, and if I am ever feeling too good about myself, I enjoy the frustrations of a nice round of golf.
contact: 
    a: 224 Olin Hall
    e: erikjhuber (at) gmail.com

  Hanwen Lu
Graduate Student
Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
bio: 
I was born in Guangzhou, China. I came to US in 2009 and earned my Bachelor and Master degree in mechanical engineering in 2012 and 2014 respectively at University of Missouri-Columbia. I came Cornell to pursue my doctoral degree with Abe in 2014. 
research interests:
  thermodynamics and transport phenomena of liquids in microscale, multi-component phase equilibrium. 
personal interests:
  I like food, motorsports, adventure sports and fitness. I also enjoy turning wrenches on my car because it always remind myself how good of an engineer I am, since I usually end up with more bolts and nuts than what I began with.
contact: 
    a: 224 Olin Hall
    e: hl943 (at) cornell.edu 

John P. Morgan
Graduate Student
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
bio:  I studied Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry as an undergraduate.  At Cornell, I'm a PhD student in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in Professor Stroock's Lab.

research interests:  Biochemical physics of mammalian tissues, self organization.
personal interests:  C
hemE's intramural sports teams (ChemE Beasts) soccer, football, softball, volleyball.
contact:
    a:  330 Duffield Hall
    e:  jpm339 (at) cornell.edu

Michael Santiago Piñero
Graduate Student
Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
bio: 
Born and raised under the warm weather and beautiful beaches of Puerto Rico. I received my bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez in 2010. During my undergraduate years, I interned in the NIST, UW-Madison, MIT, and the US Forest Service. After such a varied work experience, I entered Cornell in 2010 to do a PhD with Abe. Hitting my research hard so I can graduate and go somewhere warm!
research interests:  Electrokinetic phenomena to manipulate and study metastable water. Microfluidics. 
personal interests:  Lifestyle design, Paleolithic nutrition & lifestyle, Fitness, Geeky gadgets, Motorcycling, Cooking.
contact: 
    a: 224 Olin Hall
    e: ms2343 (at) cornell.edu
    t: 607-232-9244
Mengrou Shan
Graduate Student
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
bio:
 I grew up in Beijing, China. In 2008, I came to the U.S. for undergraduate study. I received a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University in 2012. I have been working in the Stroock group to study vascular tissue engineering as a PhD student since August 2012.
research interests: 
Microfluidic assay design and fabrication, 3D vascular morphogenesis in vitro under multi-cell type environment
personal interests:
hiking, swimming, movies, travelling
contact:
    a: 330 Duffield
    e: ms2796 (at) cornell.edu

Siyu Zhu
Graduate Student
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
bio: I grew up in China. I received my BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2014. I moved to Ithaca, NY and joined the Stroock Group in the following fall. 
research interests: Thermodynamics, Microfluidics and Plant Physiology. Specifically on the modeling of water potential transients in plants, and the development of the microtensiometer. 
personal interests: I like exploring new things. I love traveling, and I have been to more than 10 different countries in the world. I enjoy trying different food and explore art of buildings. I am also interested in exercising, I am good at swimming and playing tennis and table tennis.
contact:
    a: 224 Olin Hall
    e: sz393 (at) cornell.edu


Undergraduates:
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 Jiamin Zhang
Undergraduate student, Class of 2016
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
bio: I grew up in Jinan, China. I came to the U.S. as an exchange student for junior and senior years of high school in Atlanta, Georgia. I am majoring in Chemical Engineering at Cornell and I have been working in the Stroock Group since fall semester of 2013.
research interests: refilling process in plants, thermodynamics of water
personal interests: hiking, traveling, singing, tennis
contact: 
    a: 220 Olin Hall
    e: jz394 (at) cornell.edu


Alumni:
  • Stephane Badaire - Research Scientist, Michelin R&D.
  • Michael Craven - Research Scientist, iFyber Inc. 
  • Nak Won Choi - Senior Research Scientist, Korean Institute of Science and Technology.
  • Valerie Cross - Product specialist, W.L. Gore and Associates, Medical Products Division
  • Anthony Diaz - Senior Scientist, L'Oreal.
  • Amit Pharkya - Research Scientist, Lam Research.
  • Joshua Porterfield - PhD candidate in CBE at Johns Hopkins Univerisity.
  • Fulton Rockwell - Research Associate, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University. 
  • David Sessoms - Engineer, Optomec Inc.
  • Pavithra Sundararajan - Senior Scientist, Pre-Clinical Division, Merck.
  • Tobias Wheeler - Research Scientist, Caliper Inc.
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