Current Members

Principal Investigator

Tarek I. Zohdi

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Department of Mechanical Engineering
6117 Etcheverry Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720
Office:(510) 642-9172



Research Themes

Modeling and Simulation of:

  1. Advanced manufacturing
  2. 3D printing systems
  3. Multiphase/composite material behavior
  4. Fire propagation and control with the Fire Research Group
  5. UAVs and swarms
  6. Biological systems
  7. Ballistic fabric shielding
  8. Advanced manufacturing of food with the Food Manufacturing Group



Methods of Analysis

  1. Discrete Element Methods
  2. Finite Element Methods
  3. Finite Difference Methods
  4. Computational Optics
  5. Machine-Learning Algorithms
  6. Agent-Based Methods

PhD Students

Brian Howell

After receiving his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University, Brian worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Read More

as a research engineer developing radiative-curing materials for advanced manufacturing techniques. As a PhD student in the Mechanical Engineering department, Brian is interested in process & materials optimization and numerical simulation of additive manufacturing processes. In his spare time, Brian enjoys running very long distances and reading.

Emre Mengi

Emre is a Mechanical Engineering PhD student at UC Berkeley with B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Science & Engineering from UC Davis. Read More

Emre's previous research experience includes Direct Energy Deposition process optimization and powder flow visualization for additive manufacturing processes. His research interests include manufacturing process optimization and computational modeling of manufacturing systems. In his free time, Emre enjoys learning new languages, playing flight simulators, and alpine skiing.

Omar Betancourt

Omar is a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering co-advised by Prof. Kosa Goucher-Lambert. Read More

His research interests include the use of agent-based modeling/simulation and optimization. He graduated from Boise State University with a B.S. in Mechanical engineering. In addition, Omar enjoys discovering new foods, indoor gardening and forcing his cat to spend time with him.

Maya Horii

Maya is a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering co-advised by Professor Tarek Zohdi and Professor Grace Gu. Read More

Maya’s research interests are in modeling and optimization of materials and manufacturing processes. Outside of the lab, Maya enjoys doing ballet and going for walks.

Abdullah Alrashdan

Abdullah holds a B.S and M.S in Mechanical Engineering from LMU. While pursing his M.S degree, his research focused on Design for Additive Manufacturing Read More

and 3D printing of biocompatible materials for medical applications. Prior to joining UC Berkeley, he worked as an Additive Manufacturing Engineer for a couple companies in Southern California.

Carla Becker

Carla is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering with an M.Eng. in Materials Science and Engineering from UC Berkeley, and a B.S. in Physics and a B.S. in Chemistry from Harvey Mudd College. Read More

Before coming to UC Berkeley, she worked as a product engineer at Sakuu Corp., a startup developing a platform to 3D print solid-state batteries. While there, she developed new materials processing techniques, handled materials characterization, brought new equipment online, and led a program to develop a manufacturing execution software with machine learning capability. Outside of work, Carla enjoys running, yoga, dancing, and book clubs.

Aidan Gould

Aidan is a MS/PhD student advised by Prof. Zohdi. He is interested in multiphysics simulation for aerospace applications. Read More

Before entering the PhD program at UC Berkeley, Aidan earned a BS in mechanical engineering from Northeast University. He has had internships at Pratt and Whitney (induction heating modeling for manufacturing), Mesodyne (thermophotovoltaic start-up), and ATA Engineering (thermal modeling of spacecraft battery systems). On breaks, he enjoys all things outdoors especially rock climbing and snowboarding.

Shao-Yi Yu

Shao-Yi received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from National Taiwan University in 2021. Her research interest has been focusing on applying numerical modeling and machine learning to design and manufacturing problems. Read More

In her free time, Shao-Yi likes playing pickle ball and hiking.
Mostafa Sedky

Mostafa Sedky

Mostafa is a MS/PhD student in Mechanical Engineering. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in design and a minor in Physics from the American University in Cairo (AUC). Read More

Before joining UC Berkeley, he worked as a Research Assistant at AUC where he worked on the design, fabrication, and control of 3D printed micropumps, a mechanical ventilator, and a crawling quadruped. He has also had internships at Oxford Instruments Plasma Technologies and BMW. In his free time, Mostafa enjoys scuba diving, building lego sets, and tinkering with 3D printers.

Tommy Hosmer

Tommy Hosmer is a PhD student in mechanical engineering advised by Prof. Tarek Zohdi (ME). Read More

Tommy received his B.S. in Environmental Engineering Science from UC Berkeley in 2023. His research interests are in modeling renewable energy systems. Outside of the lab, Tommy enjoys surfing, freediving, and working out.

Reece Huff

Reece Huff is a Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley. He graduated from Boston University in 2021 with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. Reece's research emphasizes robust optimization and high-performance computing, particularly in medical and industrial applications. Read More

His recent work involves designing generative models that achieve near optimal performance while balancing efficiency and robustness for combinatorial problems such as the capacitated vehicle routing problem. In his free time, Reece enjoys running, tennis, and chess.