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Ashwin J. Shahani

Principal investigator

Ashwin joined the University of Michigan as Assistant Professor in September 2016.  He earned his B.S. from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University, both degrees in the field of Materials Science and Engineering.  It is at Northwestern, under the direction of Prof. Peter Voorhees, that Ashwin developed his passion for solidification science.  Now as an independent researcher at UM, he hopes to tackle some of the unsolved problems concerning the growth of multicomponent alloys.  Outside of work, Ashwin enjoys traveling, baking, and playing tennis.  Interested in learning more?  Ashwin can be reached at shahani [at] umich [dot] edu

Saman Moniri

Doctoral student

Saman is a graduate student in the department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan since fall 2014.  He obtained his M.S. degree in his second year at UM, and his B.S. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014, both degrees in Chemical Engineering.  While at UIUC, he performed research in the lab of Prof. Paul Kenis.  Currently, he is jointly advised by Profs. Shahani and Goldman on a project concerning the role of trijunctions in the growth of nano- and micro-scale crystals.  Aside from academics, Saman enjoys reading and keeping up with politics.  Reach Saman at moniri [at] umich [dot] edu

Insung Han

Doctoral student

Insung joined Prof. Shahani's group as a Ph.D. student in winter 2017.  Prior to this appointment, Insung earned his B.S. degree from Sungkyunkwan University and M.S. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He is interested in observing the growth mechanisms of "forbidden crystals" via in situ X-ray tomography and diffraction-based techniques.  He also believes that these fascinating techniques will contribute to understanding the growth mechanisms of various other crystal structures.  Besides his research, Insung enjoys playing baseball and has a great interest in environmental issues.  Reach Insung at insungh [at] umich [dot] edu

Mushfequr Rahman

Masters student

Mushfequr is a graduate student in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan.  He completed his undergraduate degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 2015.  He is currently working with Prof. Shahani to develop tools to reconstruct time-resolved data from synchrotron-based X-ray tomography experiments.  Apart from academics, Mushfequr is enthusiastic about technology and travel.   Reach Mushfequr at mushfeqr [at] umich [dot] edu

Ron Keinan

Undergraduate student

Ron is a fourth-year undergraduate student in the department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan.  He joined the Shahani group in Winter 2017.  Currently, he is working under the guidance of Prof. Shahani in performing multimodal, experimental studies related to the characterization of grain boundaries and inclusions in polycrystalline Si.  He will continue this line of research in the summer of 2017 through the Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE) program.  His professional interests are in the field of lightweight alloy development.  His hobbies include reading, watching Netflix, playing Magic: the Gathering, and spending time with friends.   Reach Ron at rkeinan [at] umich [dot] edu


Open positions

The group is looking for hardworking and motivated individuals at the graduate level.  Currently, there are projects and opportunities for multiple students in the areas of quasicrystal growth and eutectic transformations. 

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