People

Pedro M. Reis
Principal Investigator
Full Professor

Email: [email protected]
Office: MED 0 1226
Phone: +41 21 693 71 18

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.


Arefeh Abbasi
Ph.D. Graduate Student

Email: [email protected]
Website: Arefeh Abbasi
Office: MED 0 1626
Phone: +41 21 693 82 49

Arefeh Abbasi is a Ph.D. student at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where she moved to on February 15th, 2019. Arefeh got her B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (Solid Mechanics) from Shiraz University, Iran, in 2014, and her M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (Applied Design) from Shiraz University of Technology, Iran, in 2017. During her graduate study in Iran, she worked on finite element analysis of plates, shells, and smart structures. Now, her area of interest at the fleXLab focuses on the buckling of shells.

In her free time, Arefeh enjoys cooking, biking, and traveling.


Fani Derveni
Postdoctoral Associate

Email: [email protected]
Website: Fani Derveni
Office: MED 0 1326
Phone: +41 21 693 38 94

Fani is a Post-Doc at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where she moved to on June 1st, 2021. She obtained her Diploma (5-year degree) in Civil Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (2017), and she spent six months studying at Cracow University of Technology, Poland. Fani completed her M.S. and Ph.D. studies in Structural Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, US (2019 and 2021, respectively), focusing on the mechanics of thin-walled metallic structures: from plate-lattice architected materials to cold-formed steel shear walls. At EPFL’s fleXLab, she is mainly interested in shell buckling.

When she is not in the lab, Fani enjoys traveling, running and hiking.


Eduardo Gutiérrez Prieto
Ph.D. Graduate Student

Email: [email protected]
Website: Eduardo Gutiérrez Prieto
Office: MED 0 1526
Phone: +41 21 693 27 81

Eduardo is a Ph.D. student at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), starting from October 1st, 2021. He got his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Valladolid. He then worked for a year and a half for the company SEADM, developing a device to determine the size and count the number of nanoparticles emitted by combustion engines. He then moved to the Netherlands, to TU Delft, to pursue an M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering specializing in fluid mechanics. During his master thesis under Prof. Daniel Tam supervision, he developed a mechanical model to explain how the beating of eukaryotic cilia and flagella naturally emerges from the internal structure. His research at fleXLab focuses on the exploitation of flexible materials properties to develop tools for fluids control.

When not in the lab, Eduardo continues experimenting -but culinarily- in his kitchen, and enjoys doing any kind of outdoors sport -especially if it rains.


Gilad Yakir
Ph.D. Graduate Student

Email: [email protected]
Website: Gilad Yakir
Office: MED 0 1526
Phone: +41 21 693 27 81

Gilad is a Ph.D. student at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). He received his B.Sc. in 2018 and his M.Sc. in 2022 from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He conducted his Master’s thesis at the Nonlinear and Chaotic Dynamical Systems research group under the supervision of Prof. Oded Gottlieb, where he researched the nonlinear oscillations and synchronization of a multibody mechanical system. This work included the construction of numerical and analytical models that describe the synchronized and chaotic oscillations of an inertia wheel pendula array.

In his free time, when he is not chasing his two children, Gilad enjoys the outdoors by hiking and climbing.


Javier Sabater Gazulla
Ph.D. Graduate Student

Email: [email protected]
Website: Javier Sabater Gazulla
Office: MED 0 1526
Phone: +41 21 693 10 94

Javier is a PhD student at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), starting on September 1st 2023. Javier obtained his BSc and MSc in Industrial Technologies Engineering at Universitat Jaume I, Spain, and a MSc in Mechanical Engineering at INSA Lyon, France, as part of a dual international master’s program. During the master, he was also part of the Biomechanics and Ergonomics research group in the Department of Mechanics at the Universitat Jaume I, where he developed several soft robotic grippers and prosthetic hands. Now at fleXLab, he is interested in physical knots and their applications.

In his free time, Javier enjoys playing chess, reading and traveling.


Ubamanyu (Uba) Kanthasamy
Postdoctoral Associate

Email: [email protected]
Website: Ubamanyu Kanthasamy
Office: MED 0 1526
Phone: +41 21 693 69 08

Ubamanyu is a Postdoctoral Researcher at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), since November 15th, 2023. He obtained his B.Sc and M.Sc in Civil Engineering from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Continuing his academic pursuits, Ubamanyu earned an M.S. in Space Engineering in 2018 from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA. Subsequently, he completed his Ph.D. at Caltech’s Space Structures Laboratory in 2023, with a focus on the time-dependent failure of thin-ply composite structures. Throughout his doctoral research, Ubamanyu actively participated in the Space Solar Power Project and the Autonomous Assembly of a Reconfigurable Space Telescope (AAReST) structural design. Currently, at fleXLab, Ubamanyu is keen on exploring the potential of harnessing instabilities in shell structures to enhance their functionality.

In his free time, Ubamanyu enjoys traveling, sampling diverse cuisines worldwide, and board games.


Noelia Simone
Administrative Specialist

Email: [email protected]
Website: Noelia Simone
Office: MED 0 1726
Phone: +41 21 693 57 26

Noelia is the Administrative Assistant of the Flexible Structures Laboratory at EPFL. From 2016 to 2020, she also managed the administrative and finance coordination part of an H2020 European project with Prof. A. Radenovic (EPFL STI IBI-STI LBEN). In March 2020, she joined the management of the Institute of Mechanical Engineering. 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. In 2020, she received her Federal Diploma of Higher Education (brevet fédéral) of Executive Assistant. 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

Luna Lin
Postdoctoral Associate at the fleXLab, EPFL (2021-2023)
Now: Software Engineer at Meteomatics AG

Michael Gomez
Postdoctoral Associate at the fleXLab, EPFL (2021-2023)
Now: Lecturer at King’s College London

Paul Johanns
PhD Student at the fleXLab, EPFL (2018-2023)

Dong Yan
Postdoctoral Associate at the fleXLab, EPFL (2017-2022)
Now: Scientist at the Silicon Austria Labs

Florian Choquart
Master’s Thesis Student at the fleXLab, EPFL (2022)

Nicolas Minazzo
Master’s Thesis Student at the fleXLab, EPFL (2021)


William Gueissaz
Master’s Thesis Student at the fleXLab, EPFL (2021)

Samuel Poincloux
Postdoctoral Associate at the fleXLab, EPFL (2019-2021)
Now: JSPS postdoctoral fellow at the University of Tokyo

Claudio Boni
Exchange Ph.D. Graduate Student at the fleXLab, EPFL (2021)
Now: Ph.D. Graduate Student at University of Parma

Paul Grandgeorge
Postdoctoral Associate at the fleXLab, EPFL (2018-2021)
Now: Postdoctoral Associate, University of Washington, US

Tian Chen
Postdoctoral Associate at the fleXLab, EPFL (2019-2021)
Now: Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Houston, US

Tomohiko Sano
Postdoctoral Associate at the fleXLab, EPFL (2019-2021)
Now: Junior Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Keio University, Japan

Pierre Leroy-Calatayud
Master’s Thesis Student (2019-2020) and Research Assistant, Master Valorization Program at the fleXLab, EPFL (2020-2021)

Armelle Keiser
Postdoctoral Associate at the fleXLab, EPFL (2019-2020)
Now: Engineer at CEA Grenoble, France

Matteo Pezzulla
Postdoctoral Associate at the fleXLab, EPFL (2017-2020)
Now: Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering, Aarhus University, Denmark
Changyeob Baek
Visiting Ph.D. Graduate Student at the fleXLab, EPFL (2018, 2019 and 2020)
Now: George Carrier Fellow in Applied Mathematics, Harvard University, Boston, US
Caroline Gay
Student internship at the fleXLab, EPFL (2019)
Now: Master’s student at ESPCI Paris, France
Lilian Cruveiller
Student internship at the fleXLab, EPFL (2019)
Now: Master’s student at Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau, France)
Anna Lee
Postdoc at the fleXLab, EPFL (2018)
Now: Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korea
Benjamin Rahm
Master’s Project Student at the fleXLab, EPFL (2018)
Mazen Al Achkar
Master’s Project Student at the fleXLab, EPFL (2018)
Mark Guttag
Postdoc at the fleXLab, EPFL (2018)
Now: Exponent, Boston, US
Tomohiko Sano
Visiting Postdoc at the fleXLab, EPFL (2018)
Now: Postdoc at the fleXLab, EPFL
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)

Changyeob Baek
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the EGS.Lab, MIT (2015-2020)
Thesis title: “Geometry-driven Filamentary Structures: Elastic Gridshells, Weaves, Clasps, and Knots”
Now: George Carrier Fellow in Applied Mathematics, Harvard University, Boston, US
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: Assistant Professor in Department of Mechanical Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korea
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)