Ashley Spear
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Adjunct Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Adjunct Professor, Kahlert School of Computing

Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Cornell University
B.S. with Honors, Architectural Engineering, University of Wyoming

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Postdoctoral Researchers

Krishna Prasath Logakannan
Ph.D. Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
M.S. Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee

Process-structure-property relationships in metal laser powder bed fusion (Funded by: DOD)


Brian Phung
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah

Integrating physics-based modeling with machine learning for metal AM applications (Funded by: DOD)



Ph.D. Students

Dongfang Zhao
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Denver
B.E. Polymer Materials Science & Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology

3D polycrystal simulations of open-cell aluminum foams (Funded by: NSF DMREF)


Vignesh Babu Rao
B.Eng. Mechanical Engineering, Anna University (Chennai, India)

Accelerating high-fidelity fracture simulations in 3D microstructures using machine learning (Funded by: NSF CAREER)




Laura Ziegler
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Utah

3D grain mapping using high-energy X-ray diffraction microscopy (Funded by: DOE NEUP)
Deep learning as a model to map sub-RVE response to bulk behavior (Funded by: INL)



Claire Ticknor
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah

Simulation of failure in additively manufactured metal matrix composites (Funded by: NSF DMREF)


M.S. Students


Elliott Marsden
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Idaho

Predicting failure of AM metals containing void and surface defects (Funded by: NSF CAREER)




Jake Hirst
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah

Predicting skull fracture patterns using machine learning with uncertainty quantification (Funded by: NIJ)




Bjorn Johnsson

High-fidelity fracture simulations (Funded by: NIJ)




Undergraduate Researchers


Allie Richards

3D image processing and reconstruction, FFT simulations (Funded by: NSF CAREER)


MMM Lab Alumni

Name, Position in MMM Lab (subsequent employment). First-author publication(s).

Collaborators, Visitors, and Other Contributors

Prof. John Allison - PRISMS Center, University of Michigan
Prof. Brittany Coats - Developmental Head Injury Biomechanics Lab
Prof. Michael Czabaj - Utah Composites Laboratory
Dr. Jacob HochhalterM' Lab
Dr. Peter Kenesei - Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory
Dr. Jonathan Lind - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Prof. Aida Nonn - Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg
Dr. Jun-Sang Park - Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory
Prof. Valerio Pascucci - Utah Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute
Prof. Anthony Rollett - Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
Dr. Hemant Sharma - Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory
Prof. Robert Suter - Professor of Physics, Carnegie Mellon University
Dr. Joe Tucker - Exponent Failure Analysis Associates
Lisa Wiesent - Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg

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