People


Pedro M. Reis
Principal Investigator
Full Professor

Email: pedro.reis(at)epfl.ch
Office: MED 0 1226
Phone: +41 21 69 37118

Pedro Miguel Reis is a Full Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where he moved to on November 1st, 2017. His research group, the Flexible Structures Laboratory, is dedicated to the fundamental understanding of the mechanics of slender structures and their intrinsic geometric nonlinearities.

Prof. Reis received a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Manchester, UK (1999), a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Mathematics (Part III Maths) from St. John’s College and DAMTP, University of Cambridge (2000) and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Manchester (2004). He then moved as a Post-Doc at the City College of New York (2004-2005). Between 2005 and 2007 he was a CNRS Post-Doc at the ESPCI in Paris. He joined MIT in 2007 as an Instructor in Applied Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics. In 2010 he moved to MIT’s School of Engineering, with dual appointments in Mechanical Engineering and Civil & Environmental Engineering, first as the Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Assistant Professor and, since the summer of 2014 as Gilbert W. Winslow Associate Professor. In October 2013, the Popular Science magazine named Prof. Reis to its 2013 “Brilliant 10” list of young stars in Science and Technology. He has also received the 2014 CAREER Award (NSF), the 2016 Thomas J.R. Hughes Young Investigator Award (Applied Mechanics Division of the ASME), the 2016 GSOFT Early Career Award for Soft Matter Research (APS) and he is a Fellow of the APS.

When not playing with slender structures, Prof. Reis spends his time being silly with his twins and enjoying the Swiss Alps.

A more detailed Curriculum Vitae can be found here.


Matteo Pezzulla
Postdoctoral Associate

Email: matteo.pezzulla(at)epfl.ch
Website: Matteo Pezzulla
Office: MED 0 1526
Phone: +41 21 69 32781

Matteo is a Post-Doc at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where he moved to on November 1st, 2017. Matteo got his B.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering from Sapienza – Università di Roma in 2010, an M.Sc. in Space Engineering from the same school in 2012, and also the Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics in 2015. Prior to joining EPFL, Matteo was a Postdoctoral Associate at Boston University (BU), from 2015 to 2017. He is interested in the fluid-structure interactions (FSI) of perforated slender structures and viscous fluids, at low Reynolds numbers. He also keeps an interest on the geometric mechanics of slender structures such as shells, which he worked on during his time in Boston. Matteo is a member of the APS and the Italian Research Group in Mathematical Physics (GNFM).

When he is not at EPFL, Matteo likes to travel, play basketball and the guitar.


Dong Yan
Postdoctoral Associate

Email: dong.yan(at)epfl.ch
Website: Dong Yan
Office: MED 0 1526
Phone: +41 21 69 32781

Dong is a Post-Doc at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) starting from November 1st, 2017. Dong got his B.Sc. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) in China in 2010. He completed his doctoral work focusing on the wrinkling of thin films in Micromechanics Research Group at BIT under the supervision of Gengkai Hu and Kai Zhang and got his Ph.D. in Mechanics in 2017. Dong is interested in the mechanics of slender structures, soft materials and structures, and metamaterials and metastructures. His current research at the flexLab mainly focuses on the buckling of shells.

Dong likes traveling, playing badminton and running in his spare time.


Anna Lee
Postdoctoral Associate

Email: anna.lee(at)epfl.ch
Website: Anna Lee
Office: MED 0 1526
Phone: +41 21 69 32781

Anna Lee is a Post-Doc at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where she moved to on January 1st, 2018. She received her B.S. and M.S. both in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from the Seoul National University (SNU), South Korea (2011 & 2013, respectively). She worked as a research associate at the Institute of Advanced Machinery and Design in SNU (2013-2014) and then earned her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2018). She is interested in the aerodynamics of bird wings, focusing on the effects of their mechanical structure and topography on the aerodynamic performance. She is also involved in the buckling of thin shells, which was the topic of her Ph.D. study. She is a member of the APS and the Korean Society of Mechanical Engineers (KSME).

Outside of the lab, Anna enjoys running along the lake Léman and traveling.


Paul Grandgeorge
Postdoctoral Associate

Email: paul.grandgeorge(at)epfl.ch
Website: Paul Grandgeorge
Office: MED 0 1326
Phone: +41 21 69 33087 

Paul Grandgeorge works as a Post-Doc at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where he moved to on March 1st, 2018. He received his BSc and MSc in Mechanical Engineering at EPFL and during his BSc, he spent one year studying at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona (Spain). Paul performed his Ph.D. thesis at the ∂’Alembert institute, Sorbonne Université, Paris (France), under the supervision of Arnaud Antkowiak and Sébastien Neukirch, where he focused on the elasto-capillary interactions between liquid drops and fibrous media. His main area of interest at EPFL’s flexLab lies in the mechanics of elastic knots and the development of model experiments to describe the complex interaction between flexible rods.

Outside the lab, Paul likes to travel and go for walks in the mountains.


Changyeob Baek
Ph.D. Graduate Student

Email: cbaek(at)mit.edu
Website: Changyeob Baek
Office: Building 1, Room 334, MIT
Phone: +1 617 324 3325

Changyeob Baek is a Ph.D. student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He earned his B.S. in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Seoul National University, South Korea, in 2015, and at the same year, he began his graduate studies at MIT. He has been studying the mechanics of filamentous structures – for now, gridshells – under the guidance of Pedro Reis. Being the last active member of the former EGS. Lab at MIT, he will fly back and forth between Boston and Lausanne to fulfill his Ph.D.

During his leisure time, he enjoys cooking and walking along the city of Boston.


Paul Johanns
Ph.D. Graduate Student

Email: paul.johanns(at)epfl.ch
Website: Paul Johanns
Office: MED 0 1526
Phone: +41 21 69 32781

Paul Johanns is a Ph.D. student at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), starting from April 1st, 2018. He got his B.Sc. and M.Sc. both in Mechanical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich) in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Paul performed his Master Thesis in Prof. Chiara Daraio’s lab at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) working on tensegrity-inspired structures for impact protection. His research at EPFL’s flexLab focuses on the fundamental understanding of the topological influence on the mechanics of complex knots.

Paul likes to play music – trumpet and organ – and to go scuba diving in his free time.


Benjamin Rahm
Master’s Project Student

Email: benjamin.rahm(at)epfl.ch
Website: Benjamin Rahm
Office: MED 0 1326
Phone: +41 21 69 32781

Benjamin Rahm is a master’s student at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2017. He is currently focusing on the buckling of shells at the flexLab in the framework of a semester project. Previously, he did some research on the buckling behavior of tubes during an exchange at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta (USA).

He is mainly interested in playing guitar and likes to do some sport to follow Juvenal’s “mens sana in corpore sano”.


Mazen Al Achkar
Master’s Project Student

Email: mazen.alachkar(at)epfl.ch
Website: Mazen Al Achkar
Office: MED 0 1326
Phone: +41 21 69 32781

Mazen Al Achkar is a master’s student in Mechanical Engineering at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). He got his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering also at EPFL. He is majoring in Hydro-Aerodynamics with a special focus on Automatic, Control Theory and Robotics. At the flexlab, he is combining both disciplines by working on the aerodynamics of morphable structures at high Reynolds number.

In his spare time, Mazen enjoys swimming and loves to explore new cities.


Noelia Simone
Administrative Assistant

Email: noelia.simone(at)epfl.ch
Website: Noelia Simone
Office: MED 0 1726
Phone: +41 21 69 35726

Noelia is the Administrative Assistant of the Flexible Structures Laboratory at EPFL. She is also managing the administrative and finance coordination part of an H2020 European project with Prof. A. Radenovic (EPFL STI IBI-STI LBEN). In 2014, and after her Commercial Business apprenticeship at EPFL (EPFL SB ISIC LCOM), Noelia received her Federal Certificate of Proficiency (CFC) in Commercial Business. She also got the chance to work in the private domain, for the startup Abionic.

Apart from her varied and exciting job, Noelia loves traveling and would dream to travel around the World.


Alumni from the flexLab

Mark Guttag
Postdoc at the flexLab, EPFL (2018)
Now: Exponent, Boston, US

Tomohiko Sano
Visiting Postdoc at the flexLab, EPFL (2018)
Now: Postdoc at Ritsumeikan University, Japan

Bartosz Kaczmarski 
Visiting Undergraduate Student at the flexLab, EPFL (2018)
Now: Undergraduate Student at Princeton University, US


Alumni from the EGS.Lab (our former home at MIT)

Mark Guttag
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the EGS.Lab, MIT (2014-2017)
Thesis title:”Aerodynamic Drag on Deformable and Active Structures in High Reynolds Number Conditions”
Now: Exponent, Boston, US

Anna Lee
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the EGS.Lab, MIT (2014-2017)
Thesis title:”Fabrication and Buckling of Thin Spherical Shells Containing Precise Geometric Imperfections”
Now: Postdoc at the flexLab, EPFL

Joel Marthelot
Postdoc at the EGS.Lab, MIT (2014-2017)
Visiting Graduate Student at the EGS.Lab, MIT (Spring 2010, Master 2 from Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France)
Now: Postdoc at the LE.Lab, Princeton University

Francisco López Jiménez
Postdoc at the EGS.Lab, MIT (2013-2016)
Now: Assistant Professor in Ann and H.J. Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder

Hussain Karimi
Postdoc at the EGS.Lab, MIT (2015-2017)

Grace Goon
M.Sc. in Aeronautics and Astronautics at the EGS.Lab, MIT (2012-2017)
Now: Ph.D. student at MIT

Elizabeth (Liz) Strong
M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at the EGS.Lab, MIT (2015-2017)
Now: Ph.D. student at University of Colorado Boulder

Rashed Al-Rashed
M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at the EGS.Lab, MIT (2015-2017)
Now: Ph.D. student at MIT

Claudio Falcon
Visiting Professor at the EGS.Lab, MIT (2015-2017)
Now: Associate Professor in Departamento de Fisica, Faculdad de Ciencias Fisicas y Matematicas, Universidad de Chile

Latoya Oliver
Administrative Assistant at the EGS.Lab, MIT (2016-2017)

M. Khalid Jawed
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the EGS.Lab, MIT (2012-2016)
Thesis title:”Geometrically Nonlinear Configurations in Rod-Like Structures”
Now: Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles

Laelia Kim-Lan Vaulot
M.Eng. in Civil & Environmental Engineering at the EGS.Lab, MIT (2015-2016)
Thesis title:”Form Finding in Elastic Gridshells”
Now: Graduate student at Yale University

Connor McMahan
Undergraduate Student and superUROP at the EGS.Lab, MIT (2015-2016)
Thesis title:”Form Finding in Elastic Gridshells”
Now: Graduate student at Caltech

Rebecca Fowler
Administrative Assistant at the EGS.Lab, MIT (2014-2016)

Connor Mulcahy
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the EGS.Lab, MIT (2013-2015)
Thesis title:”Rotation of a Slender Rod Injected into a Cylindrical Constraint”
Now: Boston Scientific

Noor Khouri
Undergraduate Student, UROP at the EGS.Lab, MIT (2013-2015)
MIT Class of 2015 (Course 1: Civil & Environment Engineering)

Ryan McDermott
Undergraduate Student, UROP at the EGS.Lab, MIT (2014-2015)
MIT Class of 2015 (Course 2: Mechanical Engineering).
Now: Design Engineer at Daily Thermetrics (Houston, TX)

Alice Nasto
M.Sc. Student at the EGS.Lab, MIT (2011-2014)
Now: Ph.D. student at MIT

Marie Rice
Undergraduate Student, UROP at the EGS.Lab, MIT (2013-2014)
Now: Ph.D. student at University of Michigan

Peter Dieleman
Visiting Graduate Student at the EGS.Lab, MIT (2014)
Now: Ph.D. student at Leiden University, Netherlands

Sharon Lacey
Administrative Assistant at the EGS.Lab, MIT (2012-2014)
Now: Writer at MIT’s Center for Arts, Science & Technology, MIT

Romain Lagrange
Instructor in Applied Mathematics, MIT (2012-2014)
Now: Researcher at CEA, France

James Miller
Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering at the EGS.Lab, MIT (2010-2013)
Now: Research Scientist, Schlumberger Doll Research, Cambridge, USA

Denis Terwagne
Postdoc at the EGS.Lab, MIT (2011-2013)
Now: Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Joao Lopes
Sabbatical visit at the EGS.Lab, MIT (2013)
Now: Structural Engineer CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research)

Amy McGuire
Administrative Assistant at the EGS.Lab, MIT (2011-2013)
Now: Renewable Energy Project Coordinator Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Tianxiang Su
Postdoc at the EGS.Lab, MIT (2011-2013)
Now: Research Scientist, Schlumberger Doll Research, Cambridge, USA

Arnaud Lazarus
Postdoc at the EGS.Lab, MIT (2010-2013)
Now: Assistant Professor at the Institut Jean Le Rond d’Alembert, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France

Miha Brojan
Post-doc and Fullbright Fellow at the EGS.Lab, MIT (2011-2013)
Now: Lecturer at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Adrien Bresson
Visiting Graduate Student at the EGS.Lab, MIT (Spring 2013)

Carmen Castanos
Undergraduate Student, UROP at the EGS.Lab, MIT (Spring 2013)
MIT Class of 2015 (Course 1: Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Now: Graduate student at MIT

Matthew Santer
Sabbatical visit at the EGS.Lab, MIT (2012-2013)
MIT Class of 2015 (Course 1: Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Now: Senior Lecturer in the Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College London, UK

Matt Metlitz
Undergraduate Student, UROP at the EGS.Lab, MIT (2012)
MIT Class of 2014 (Course 2: Mechanical Engineering)

Sarah Southerland
Undergraduate Student, UROP at the EGS.Lab, MIT (2012)
MIT Class of 2013 (Course 2: Mechanical Engineering and Course 4: Architecture)

Tommy Tran
High-School Student Intern at the EGS.Lab, MIT (Summer 2012). Malden High School (2012), Summer Internship in partnership with Summer Search Boston and NSF

Nicolas Bravo
Undergraduate Student, UROP at the EGS.Lab, MIT (Spring 2012)
MIT Class of 2015 (Course 2: Mechanical Engineering)

Miho Kitagawa
Undergraduate Student, UROP at the EGS.Lab, MIT (Spring 2012)
MIT Class of 2014 (Course 2A: Mechanical Engineering)

Breanna Berry
Undergraduate Student, UROP at the EGS.Lab, MIT (Summer, Fall 2011)
MIT Class of 2012 (Course 2: Mechanical Engineering)

Bastiaan Florijn
Visiting Graduate Student at the EGS.Lab, MIT (Spring 2011)
Master 2 Leiden University, Netherlands

Aurelie Fargette
Visiting Graduate Student at the EGS.Lab, MIT (Spring 2011)
Master 1 from École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France

Jibo Wen
Undergraduate Student, UROP at the EGS.Lab, MIT (Spring 2011)
MIT Class of 2013 (Course 1: Civil & Environmental Engineering)

Joséphine Mannent
Visiting Graduate Student at the EGS.Lab, MIT (Fall 2010)
École des Mines de Paris, France

Claude Perdigou
Visiting Graduate Student at the EGS.Lab, MIT (Spring 2010)
Master 1 from École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France

 

Owusu Ansah
Undergraduate UROP at the EGS.Lab, MIT (Spring 2010)

 

Trevor Shannon
Undergraduate UROP at the EGS.Lab, MIT (Spring 2010)