Graduate Students

Shirin Movaghgharnezhad, PhD student in Mechanical Engineering (Starting from Fall 2019)

Seung Min Lee, Virginia Tech (B.S. Biochemistry), 2017

A recent graduate from Virginia Tech pursued a major in biochemistry and a minor in mathematics. Laboratory experiences in BCA sugar analysis and protein determination by examining glucose concentration. Research interests in biosensors such as glucose sensors in noninvasive wearable platform. Personally, passionate about health-related issues and the prospect of having an impact on the healthcare industry. Worked as a pharmacy technician in a retail pharmacy setting for a year after the graduation. Car enthusiast with strong work ethics, people skills, and ability to communicate across different functions. Planning on continuing academic career through graduate school and pursuing a Ph.D. degree.

Abdulhakim Bake, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) (MSc., Materials Science and Engineering), 2017

Abdulhakim Bake is a PhD candidate in Kang Lab within the Mechanical Engineering Department, VSE at GMU. Prior to joining Kang Lab, he was a Lab Research Assistant at Materials Characterization Laboratory at KFUPM. During which, he was very active in participating different research projects, such a ceramic materials, superhydrophobic surface, and polymer nanocomposites development for various applications. He has contributed to the book titled “A Beginners Guide to Scanning Electron Microscopy”, in which majority of schematic illustrations and SEM images prepared by him. He has hands-on experience with several characterization techniques, such as SEM, XRD, AFM, FTIR, and tribometer etc. His research interests are focused on diverse field of surface science, electronic materials, energy related materials, and characterization techniques etc.

Undergraduate Students

Daniel Mitchell, George Mason University (B.S., Mechanical Engineering Candidate), Expected Graduation Year: 2020

Daniel S. Mitchell is a freshman undergraduate student in the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to researching with Dr. Kang, he investigated VA Police Performance with Dr. Frank Manheim at GMU. Individually, he has conducted personal research projects on microbial fuel cells (MFCs), earning award recognition from organizations like the Stockholm International Water Institute, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), and the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiative, among others. Outside of his research interests, he is a proud student-entrepreneur, owning and operating his own landscaping business in Chantilly, VA.

Former Group Members

Undergraduate Researchers

Farbod Moghaddam, Graduated in May 2019

Joseph Grant, Graduated in May 2019 (Currently working as a mechanical engineer in Department of Navy, Naval Sea Systems Command)

Farbod Moghaddam, George Mason University (B.S. Mechanical Engineering candidate), 2019, Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR) Federal Work Study (FWS) Research Assistant

Farbod Moghaddam is a junior in the Volgenau School of Engineering pursuing a major in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Systems Engineering. His research interests are focused around topics such as Renewable Energy Technology, Energy Storage Methods, and Nanomaterials. Throughout his undergraduate career, he has been active in the George Mason community through his participation as a member in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars(NSCS), Engineers for International Development(EFID), and the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity serving on the executive board and as the philanthropy chairman where he worked closely with organizations such as Fairfax County Family Services department. Preceding his employment as a research assistant at Kang Lab, Farbod worked as a Python and Android programming Instructor at the Mason Game and Technology Academy(MGTA). Upon graduation, Farbod plans on furthering his academic career, and his passion for research, through attending graduate school and pursuing a Ph.D. degree.

Joseph Grant, George Mason University (B.S., Mechanical Engineering Candidate), Expected Graduation Year: 2019

Joseph Grant is a junior undergraduate student in the Volgenau School of Engineering pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering. His research interests include materials synthesis, nanomaterials, and the mechanical behavior of materials. He believes that materials research is important for problem-solving and has great implications for future technologies. Outside of his studies, Joseph enjoys refurbishing vintage electronics and record collecting. After graduating, he hopes to pursue a master’s degree.