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Washington State University Institute for Shock Physics

Graduate Students

Graduate Students

  • The Institute for Shock Physics provides unique learning and research opportunities to graduate students in multidisciplinary research activities, combining expertise from different academic disciplines (physics, chemistry, materials science, geo/planetary science and mechanical engineering).
  • Through the Shock Wave Academic Partnership (SWAP), graduate students from three institutions (Washington State University, Caltech, and Princeton University), conduct their research in the Institute for Shock Physics.

Sohan Ahmed

(509) 335-5585

M.S., Chemistry (2019), Wright State University
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D, Material Chemistry; Academic Department: Chemistry, Washington State University
Anticipated Degree Date: 2023

Robbie Baker

(509) 335-7035

B.S., Chemistry (2010), Seattle Pacific University
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, Academic Department: Chemistry, Washington State University
Anticipated Degree Date: 2022

Lauren Barmore

(509) 335-7033

B.A., Physics (2017), Northwestern University
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D., Physics, Academic Department: Physics, Washington State University
Anticipated Degree Date: 2022

Chelsea Crabb

(509) 335-8654

B.S., Mechanical Engineering (2020), Washington State University
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D, Mechanical Engineering; Academic Department: Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University
Anticipated Degree Date: 2025

Vatsa Gandhi

B.S., Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (2018), University of Texas at Austin
M.S., Aeronautical Engineering (2019), Caltech
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D., Aeronautical Engineering, Academic Department: Engineering and Applied Science, Caltech
Anticipated Degree Date: 2023

Sirus Han

B.S., Geochemistry/English (2013), Caltech
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D., Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Academic Department: Department of Geosciences, Princeton University
Anticipated Degree Date: 2022

Merlin Havlik

(509) 335-7035

B.S., ACS Materials Chemistry (2018), Winona State University, Winona, MN
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, Academic Department: Chemistry, Washington State University
Anticipated Degree Date: 2023

Alex Howard

(509) 335-1936

B.S., Materials Engineering (2017), Iowa State University
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Academic Department: Materials Science and Engineering, Washington State University
Anticipated Degree Date: 2023

Jialong Ning

(509) 335-7035

B.S., Mechanical Engineering (2012), Changsha University of Science and Technology
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Academic Department: Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University
Anticipated Degree Date: 2020

Ian Ocampo

B.S., Geochemistry (2019), Sonoma State University
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D., Geophysics, Academic Department: Department of Geosciences, Princeton University
Anticipated Degree Date: 2024

Brittany Thiessen

(509) 335-1831

B.S., Chemistry (2017), University of South Florida
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D., Chemistry, Academic Department: Chemistry, Washington State University
Anticipated Degree Date: 2022

Bingsen Wang

M.S., Mechanical Engineering (2020), Case Western Reserve University
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Academic Department: Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University
Anticipated Degree Date: 2025

John (Jack) Weeks

B.S., Mechanical Engineering (2018), University of Michigan
M.S., Mechanical Engineering (2020), Caltech
Anticipated Degree: Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Academic Department: Engineering and Applied Science Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Caltech
Anticipated Degree Date: 2023