Li-Jen Yu (Grad)

Home Town: Taoyuan, Taiwan

Undergraduate Education: Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan


Research Area: The effect of thermal aging and irradiation on Ni-based superalloys

Outside of Research: I am a classical music fan and enjoy attending live orchestra concert in my free time. I also like to play hymns on piano and improvise melody along with my feeling.

Kathleen Chou (Grad)

Home Town: Troy, Michigan

Undergraduate Education: B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan (2014)

Prior Positions:  Materials and Process Engineer – Boeing (2014-2016)


  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (2016)
  • The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS) J. Keith Brimacombe Presidential Scholarship (2014)

Research Area: Oxidation of titanium alloys, Precipitation in Beta titanium alloys

Outside of Research: Running, hiking, and baking

Talia Barth (Grad)

Home Town: Riverside, CaliforniaTBarth2

Undergraduate Education:  Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Area: Nickel oxidation

Outside of Research: I enjoy playing many sports, especially ultimate frisbee, and outdoor activities such as hiking and backpacking. I also like to listen to music, read novels, and watch movies. 

David Allen (Undergrad)

Home Town: Lansing, MI

Education: Grand Ledge High School (2016)

Research Area: Oxidation of NiCrAl alloys

Outside of Research: I enjoy playing the trumpet as a member of the Michigan Marching Band. I also enjoy reading, camping and hiking, and listening to music.