Lab Members

Lab Director

Prof. Julián Norato

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Associate Professor
United Technologies Engineering Building Rm. 368
Phone: (860) 486-2345

Current Students

Hollis Smith

PhD Candidate

David Cohen

PhD Student


Hongye Gu

PhD Student

Photo of Prabin Pradhananga, PhD student Prabin Pradhananga
PhD Student


ME sophomore Amelia Geist Amelia Geist
Mech. Eng. Junior
This is a photo of student Daniel Simmons Daniel Simmons
Mech. Eng. Senior


Hesaneh Kazemi

PhD, 2020

Postdoctoral Research Scholar, University of California San Diego

General Electric Graduate Fellowship, 2019

Winner of Best Presenter Award in NSF Poster Competition @ ASME IMECE 2019

 Shanglong Zhang

PhD, 2019

R&D Applications Developer, Dassault Systèmes

2018 Intern Award at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Research Park

Pauline Menoret

M.Sc., 2019

Mechanical Engineering Analyst at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Winner of Poster Competition at 2018 Simulia East RUM

Manal_cropped Manal Tahhan

M.Sc., 2019

Application Engineer, Dassault Systèmes

This is a photograph of Master's student Jeffrey Roberge Jeffrey Roberge

M.Sc., 2016

Pratt & Whitney

Matthew Zujewski

B.Sc., 2020

Software engineer at BAE Systems

BSc graduate Arthur Vitkovskis Arthur Vitkovskis

B.Sc., 2020

Systems Engineer, Electric Boat

Visiting Scholars

 Group Pictures

This is a photo of the structural optimization team meeting during the pandemic

An online team meeting during the pandemic.

Left column, top to bottom: Hesaneh, Hongye, and Hollis

Right column, top to bottom: Justin, David and Matthew

Tiny inset: Julián (May 2020)

Back row: Samuel, Hollis, Matthew, and Shanglong

Front row: Manal, Pauline, Hesaneh and Julián (September 2017)


Shanglong, Manal, Julian, Hesaneh, and Jeff (December 2015)

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