People

Currently, we have undergrads working in the group doing co-op and independent study. Openings are available for a motivated graduate student, in the fields of Math Modeling, Microsystems, or Engineering. Please contact Dr. Poornima Padmanabhan.

Group outside Institute Hall, May 2019
Group at Raj Mahal in December 2018

Current members

Krysia Browka

Krysia was born in 1997 in Verona, NY and has recently moved to Parker, CO. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering. Her research project is studying the self-assembly of triblock copolymers. In her free time she enjoys participating in the RIT Pep Band and spending time with friends.



Natalie Buchanan

Natalie was born and raised in the Rochester, NY area. She is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering at RIT. Her current research project is modeling block copolymers to study their self-assembled structures. When not working, Natalie likes to study local history and play with her cat.


Melissa Calopiz

Melissa is a 4th year student from San Francisco, CA in the dual degree program at RIT (BS Chemical Engineering/MS Materials Science and Engineering). She is interested in pursuing a career in medicine and is involved in many on-campus groups including the Society for Women Engineers and Vis Viva Dancing Company.



Logan Hobbs

Logan was born in Bath, NY in 1996 and started his degree at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2014. He is working towards a bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering, and a masters degree in Materials Science. His current project is working towards modelling liquid crystals, and understanding the chirality of the structures. When Logan is not at work he is usually singing with his a cappella group, the Brick City Singers, or sleeping to recharge for the next adventure-filled day.


John Ste.Marie

John was born in Denver, CO and is in his final year of undergraduate studies in chemical engineering at RIT. He would like to continue to complete a PhD in environmental engineering and advocate for sustainable development in the global south. When not at school you can find him playing guitar, hiking, or rock climbing.


Duncan Stewart

Duncan was born in Arlington, Texas in 1996. He is currently a student in the chemical engineering program at RIT. He is interested in research for medical and pharmaceutical applications. Currently, he is working on modeling lipid membrane formation, specifically vesicles. Besides research, he enjoys hiking, backpacking, and go.