Head of the Group

Dr. Andrea Hodge

Professor, USC Viterbi School of Engineering
Philip and Cayley MacDonald Early Career Chair

2004 Staff Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
2002 Post Doctoral Fellow, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
2002 Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University

Research Interests:
Nanocrystalline materials processing, thin and thick film coatings, multilayers synthesis, corrosion, biomaterials, nanomechanics,  hierarchical materials processing, grain boundary engineering.

ahodge@usc.edu

Visiting Scientists and Postdocs

Dr. Angelíca Saenz Trevizo

Post Doctoral Research Associate, University of Southern California

2016, Ph.D., Materials Science, Centro de Investigacíon en Materiales Avanzados, S.C., Mexico
2011, M.S., Advanced Manufacturing, Instituto Tecnológico de Chihuahua, Mexico
2008, B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Instituto Tecnológico de Chihuahua, Mexico


Research Interests:
Optical properties of materials, metal oxide nanostructures, electron microscopy



Graduate Students

Chelsea Appleget

In Progress Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, University of Southern California
2015 B.Sc., Aerospace Engineering, Auburn University

Research Interests:
Optical metal oxide multilayer synthesis, mechanical testing, nanotwins

capplege@usc.edu

Joel Bahena

In Progress Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern California
2015 B.Sc., Nanoengineering, University of California, San Diego

Research Interests:
Corrosion, magnetron sputtering, nanotwins

jabahena@usc.edu

Alina Garcia Taormina

In Progress Ph.D., Materials Science, University of Southern California 
2016 B.Sc., Chemistry, Loyola Marymount University

Research Interests:
Additive manufacturing, coatings of hierarchical structures, micro-architected materials

agarciat@usc.edu

Karina Hemmendinger

In Progress Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern California 
2017 B.Sc., Polymer Science & Engineering, Case Western Reserve University

Research Interests:
Grain boundary engineering, corrosion

khemmend@usc.edu

Sebastian Riaño Zambrano

In Progress Ph.D., Materials Science, University of Southern California
2014 B.Sc., Chemical Engineering, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Research Interests:
Multilayered films, thermal stability

rianozam@usc.edu


Undergraduate Students

Cynthia (Hefang) Gao

In progress 2019 B.Sc., Engineering, University of Southern California

Research Interests:
Biomaterials

hefangga@usc.edu

Sheetal Madnani

In progress 2021 B.Sc., Chemical Engineering, University of Southern California

Research Interests:
Profilometry, residual stresses

madnani@usc.edu

Natalie Reck

In progress 2021 B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern California

Research Interests:
Nanoindentation, multilayered films

nreck@usc.edu

Marion Wood

In Progress 2019 B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern California

Research Interests:
Nanoindentation, multilayered films

marionwo@usc.edu