Alumni LSMS

Past members of LSMS enjoy great success in their professional careers. These include leading managerial positions in industry, services, government and permanent academic positions. Remarkably, about 50% of past collaborators hold permanent academic positions.

Selected supervised students:

  • Derek H. Warner, Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University 2006; currently Professor at University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Recipient of 2009 PECASE award (Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, highest award given by the US government to young scientists)
  • Reuben Kraft, Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University 2008; currently Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Penn State, USA. Recipient of 2011 PECASE award
  • David S. Kammer, Ph.D. EPFL 2014; currently Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Computational Mechanics of Materials at ETHZ, Zürich, Switzerland

Other past advisees are in permanent academic positions in France (CNRS, Mines Paris Tech, Grenoble Univ., Univ. Lorraine, Ponts et Chaussées), the Netherlands (Delft Univ.), Denmark (Aarhus Univ.), Italy (Poly. Torino), Switzerland (EPFL), Korea (Seoul Univ.), China (Ningbo UNiv. Zhengzhou Univ.), Japan (Tohoku Univ.), USA (Cornell, Penn State, Vermont Univ.).

Former PhD Students at LSMS and their affiliation

Dr. Son Pham-Ba
EPFL Ph.D. Thesis no. 9557 “Modeling the origins of adhesive wear across scales” 2022  (Dir. Prof. J.-F. Molinari)
Software developer at EPFL, Switzerland

Dr. Emil Gallyamov
EPFL Ph.D. Thesis no. 9435 “Mechanics of alkali-silica reaction in concrete across scales” 2022  (Dir. Prof. J.-F. Molinari)
Postdoctoral at EPFL, Switzerland.

Dr. Mohit Pundir
EPFL Ph.D. Thesis no. 8586 “Multi-scale modeling of aggregate interlock phenomena in concrete” 2021  (Dir. Prof. J.-F. Molinari, Dr G. Anciaux)
Postdoctoral fellow at ETHZ, Zürich, Switzerland.

Dr. Enrico Milanese
EPFL Ph.D. Thesis no. 7863 “Surface roughness evolution in adhesive wear processes” 2020  (Dir. Prof. J.-F. Molinari)
Postdoctoral fellow at MIT, USA, winner of a SNF postdoc mobility.

Dr. Lucas Frérot
EPFL Ph.D. Thesis no. 7640 “Bridging scales in wear modeling with volume integral methods for elastic-plastic contact” 2020  (Dir. Prof. J.-F. Molinari, Dr G. Anciaux)
Assistant Professor / Maître de Conférences at Institut d’Alembert, Sorbonne Université in Paris.

Dr. Fabian Barras
EPFL Ph.D. Thesis no. 8956 “When dynamic cracks meet disorder: A journey along the fracture process zone” (Dir. Prof. J.-F. Molinari)
Postdoctoral fellow at NJORD Centre for Studies of the Physics of the Earth, University of Oslo, Norway.

Dr. Jaehyun Cho
EPFL Ph.D. Thesis no. 7598 “Coupled 3D Dislocation Modeling at Nano- and Micro-Scales” (Dir. Prof. J.-F. Molinari, Dr G. Anciaux)
Engineer at NASA – Ames, USA

Dr. Aurelia Cuba Ramos
EPFL Ph.D. Thesis no. 7591 “Multi-Scale Modeling of the Alkali-Silica Reaction in Concrete” (Dir. Prof. J.-F. Molinari)
BMW, Germany

Dr. Okan Yilmaz
EPFL Ph.D. Thesis no. 7784 “Physical Phenonema in Dynamic Failure of Concrete at the Mesoscale” (Dir. Prof. J.-F. Molinari)
Senior Researcher Applications & Solutions at ArcelorMittal Global R&D Gent – OCAS NV, Gent, Belgium

Dr. Marco Vocialta
EPFL Ph.D. Thesis no. 6852, “High performance computing simulations of dynamic fragmentation in brittle materials” (Dir. Prof. J.-F. Molinari)
Senior Software Engineer at NVIDIA, Münich, Germany

Dr. Seyedeh Mohadeseh Taheri Mousavi
EPFL Ph.D. Thesis no. 6596 (2015), “Dynamic crack propagation in a heterogeneous ceramic microstructure, insights from a cohesive model” (Dir. Prof. J.-F. Molinari)
Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA

Prof. David S. Kammer
EPFL Ph.D. Thesis no. 6492 (2014), “Slip Fronts at Frictional Interfaces: A Numerical and Theoretical Study” (Dir. Prof. J.-F. Molinari)
Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Computational Mechanics of Materials., ETHZ, Zürich, Switzerland

Dr. Till Junge
EPFL Ph.D. Thesis no. 6443 (2014), “Modelling Plasticity in Nanoscale Contact” (Dir. Prof. J.-F. Molinari)
Software Engineer at Metaco SA, Lausanne, Switzerland

Dr. Srinivasa Babu Ramisetti
EPFL Ph.D. Thesis no. 6029 (2013), “Multiscale Modeling of Thermo-Mechanical Coupling Between Atomistic and Continuum Domains” (Dir. Prof. J.-F. Molinari, G. Anciaux)
Principal Scientist at CSIR – Structural Engineering Research Centre, Chennai, India

Dr. Leonardo Snozzi
EPFL Ph.D. Thesis no. 5642 (2013), “A meso-scale computational approach to dynamic failure in concrete” (Dir. Prof. J.-F. Molinari)
Partner at engineering firm Ruprecht Ingeneria, Lugano

Dr. Sarah Levy-Paing
EPFL Ph.D. Thesis no. 4898 (2010) “Exploring the Physics behind Dynamic Fragmentation through Parallel Simulations” (Dir. J.-F. Molinari)
Group leader “Tenue des Ouvrages”, EDF R&D, Clamart, France.

Dr. Matthias Preisig
EPFL Ph.D. Thesis no. 4250 (2008), “Modeling two-phase flows on moving domains” (Dir. Prof. T. Zimmermann),
Engineer at GeoMod SA, Zurich, Suisse

Former post-doctoral fellows and collaborators at LSMS

Dr. Antoine Lucchetta
Simulation Engineer at Miniswys, Bienne, Switzerland

Dr. Gianluca Costagliola
Software developer at Meteomatics AG, St-Gall, Swizterland

Dr. Tobias Brink
Project Group Leader at Max-Planck-Institut, Düsseldorf, Germany

Dr. Roozbeh Rezakhani
Senior Associate at Exponent, Menlo Park, California, USA

Prof. Fatima-Ezzahra Fekak
Assistant Professor, ENSA Ecole Nationale des Sciences Appliquées, Fès, Marocco

Prof. Ramin Aghababaei
Associate Professor, Aarhus University, Denmark, Dept. of Engineering

Dr. Jérémy Bleyer
Ingénieur des Ponts, des Eaux et des Forêts, Chercheur au Laboratoire Navier, Ecole des Ponts Paris Tech, France

Prof. Mauro Corrado
Associate Professor at Politecnico di Torino, Italy.

Dr. Mathilde Radiguet
Researcher – Physicienne adjointe at ISTerre, Observatoire des sciences de l’Univers de Grenoble, France.
CNRS Bronze Medal 2019.

Prof. Clément Roux-Langlois
Professor PTSI, Lycée G. Touchard, Le Mans, France

Prof. Alejandro Marcos Aragon
Assistant Professor, Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering, Delft, The Netherlands

Prof. Daniel Pino Munoz
Associate Professor, Mines-Paristech, Centre de mise en forme des matériaux, Sophia Antipolis, France

Dr. Vladislav Yastrebov
Research scientist at CNRS, Centre des Matériaux, MINES ParisTech, Evry, France.
CNRS Bronze Medal 2018.

Prof. Cyprien Wolff
Assistant Professor at Ecole des Mines de Nancy, Université de Lorraine, Saint-Dié des Vosges, France

Dr. Peter Spijker
Programme officer, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), Domain Science, Utrecht/The Hague, The Netherlands

Dr. Jean-François Jérier
Quality Director at Richemont International SA, Manufacture Horlogère ValFleurier, Switzerland

Dr. Pedro A. Romero
R&D project manager, Freudenberg Group, Germany

Dr. Marion Chambart
Chef de département, Stucky Ltd., Renens, Switzerland (

Dr. Antonio Caballero
CEO at BBR VT Intl. Ltd., Zurich, Switzerland (

Former Ph.D. Students of Prof. Molinari at the Johns Hopkins University

Prof. Reuben Kraft
Ph.D. 2008
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Penn State University, USA, recipient of 2011 PECASE award (Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, highest award given by the US government to young scientists)

Dr. L. Pei
Ph.D. 2006

Prof. Derek H. Warner
Ph.D. 2006
Professor at University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, recipient of 2009 PECASE award (Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, highest award given by the US government to young scientists)

Former post-doctoral fellows with Prof. J.-F. Molinari at the Johns Hopkins University

Prof. Fenghua Zhou
Associate Professor, Ningbo University, China (

Prof. Ning Hu
Associate Professor, Chong Qing University, China

Prof. Frederic Sansoz
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Vermount, USA

Prof. Sangil Hyun
Professor, Korea Institute of Ceramic Engeneering and Technology, South Korea