Former Group Members


Yenny Chandra

Yenny holds a B. Eng (2007) in Engineering mechanics from the University of Texas at Austin and a M.S. (2009) in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She graduated from Rice with a Ph.D. in 2013. Her research focused on the characterization of stability of thin curved structures with particular emphasis on algorithms for transient analysis.

Yenny is currently working as an Engineer at 2H Offshore Inc.


Zhenjia Gao

Zhenjia holds a B.S (2004) in Engineering Physics from Tsinghua University and MS degrees (2009) in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University. Her research at Rice University (Ph.D. awarded in 2014)  focused on computational damage models for the analysis of hybrid masonry structural systems.

Zhenjia is currently working as an Engineer at ABS.


Tao Jin

Tao Jin holds B.S. and M.S.degrees in Civil Engineering from Tongji University (Shanghai, China). He successfully defended his PhD in 2016. His doctoral research focused on the constitutive modeling and optimization of hydrogels with application to heart valve tissue engineering scaffolds.

Tao is now a postdoctoral researcher at Los Alamos National Lab.


Walter Chang

Walter graduated with a B.Eng from Rice University and then obtained an M.S. from Stanford University. He is currently a designer at Degenkolb Engineers, in San Francisco.

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