Professor Yoel Fink
Professor, Material Sciences and Engineering
Professor, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Founder of Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA)
Juliette Alain received her B.S. (2015) and M.S. (2016) in Material Chemistry from Ecole Polytechnique, France. During her masters she worked on rare-earth nanoparticles synthesis and their use for up-conversion. She is now working towards a Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering at MIT under the supervision of Prof. Yoel Fink. Her research interests include building structural elasticity in fibers and using stretchable fiber devices as spinal cord implants.
Tural Khudiyev received his B.S degree in Nuclear Engineering from the Hacettepe University (2008) and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Nanotechnology from the Bilkent University (2013). Currently he is a postdoctoral associate at Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT. His research interests include engineering multimaterial fibers for photonics applications, investigating novel nanoscale material features in fiber geometry and designing advanced fiber configurations for effective neural recording.
Gabriel Loke received his B.Sc degree in Physics and B. Eng in Material Science and Engineering from the National University of Singapore in 2015. His previous works consist of studies in the phase stability of the semiconductor Germanium-Tin as well as research in the optical properties of spiral nano-structures. He is currently working towards a Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering at MIT under the supervision of Prof. Yoel Fink. His current research interests include the fabrication of novel fibers devices for its uses in energy harvesting.
Shai Maayani received his B.Sc (cum laude), M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Physics, and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Technion (2017). In his PhD, he bridged between nonlinear optics and water waves, and developed a new kind of laser where water waves generate light emission. Currently, he is a postdoctoral fellow at the Research Laboratory of Electronics. His research interests include engineering functional fibers containing different kinds of materials to enable investigation of new phenomena at the nano scale.
Rodger Yuan received a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from UC Berkeley in 2014 and is now working towards a Ph.D. in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. Prior to coming to MIT, he spent time researching solid-state secondary batteries under the supervision of Professor Nitash Balsara. He is currently developing a multifunctional fiber with voltage actuated pores.
Wei Yan obtained his PhD from the department of Materials Science and Engineering at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, 2017. After that, he worked as a scientist in the same group at the EPFL for 10 months. Currently, he is a postdoctoral fellow at the Research Laboratory of Electronic at MIT. His research interests focus on fiber-shaped flexible and strectchable electronics and optoelectronics for applications in sensing, energy harvesting, robotics, smart textiles and neuroscience as well as fundamental study of in-fiber functional materials.
Grace is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT, and she joined the group in 2019. She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2018. At Penn State, she researched crystallization patterns of colloidal silica in the Mallouk Group. Her current research interests include fibers for drug delivery and medical device applications.
Yorai is a third year undergraduate student, majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Currently, he is an undergraduate researcher at the Fibers group. At the lab Yorai is developing real-time compression algorithms, and supporting software and hardware for in-fiber data storage. Under the mentorship of Gabriel Loke.
Syamantak Payra is an undergraduate at MIT in the Class of 2022 pursuing an SB in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Course 6-2). He is passionate about developing smart technologies with potential for human impact. In the past, he has conducted research in a variety of fields, ranging from materials science and controls engineering to biomedical devices and artificial intelligence. In the Fibers group, Syamantak has developed robotic testbeds for digital fibers and is currently exploring in-fiber microcontrollers to enable fabric computation.
Johnny is currently pursuing his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering here, finishing his last year. He is from Chicago, Illinois, and he is currently working with Gabriel Loke on the fabrication and application of fiber devices.