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Group Alumni

Jason R. Johnson

Jason JohnsonEducation/Experience: B.S. Michigan State University, Ph.D. from The Ohio State University (2014).

Main Project:  Constitutive law parameter and failure criterion determination for high rate tensile deformation and fracture.

Expertise: Fabrication including metals, polymers, ceramics and composites. Design of equipment, electronics, specifically high voltage and pulse power related.




Connor E. Slone

Connor SloneEducation: B.S. The Ohio State University

Engineering Experience:

-Daehn Research Group, The Ohio State University (October 2011 - May 2014)

-Materials Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (June 2011-September 2011; June 2012-September 2012)

Coauthored Publications:

-“An electromagnetically driven metalworking press” (Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on High Speed Forming, 2012)

-“Autonomic Hydrogels through Postfunctionalization of Gelatin” (Chemistry of Materials, August 2012)

-“Coupling Chemomechanical Oscillators: Patterning BZ Hydrogels” (MRS Fall Meeting, 2011) 



Shawn Wang

Shawn WangEducation: Mechanical Engineering at The Ohio State University, Class of 2014

Experience: Started working with the research group November 2011. Skills in areas including 3D printing, solidworks modeling, CNC machining, G-Code, laser impact welding, varestraint fabrication and programming, PLC programming, metallograpy







Beth A. Yoak

Beth Yoak


Education: B.S./M.S. The Ohio State University Minors: Professional Writing, Business

Research/Teaching: Β  High Velocity RivTac for Joining Dissimilar Metals. Lead 

Graduate Teaching Assistant  Fundamentals of Engineering for Honors


Previous Work Experience:  Owens Corning, Scotts Miracle-Gro, Hendrickson Trailer Suspension Systems





Katrina Boos

Katrina Boos

Education/Experience: B.S. in Material Science and Engineering at The Ohio 

State University, Wright Scholar Student Researcher at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, NAVAIR Intern at NAS Jacksonville, ASM Eisenman Camp 

graduate (2010) and volunteer (3 yrs), Fundamentals of Engineering Honors participant

Expertise: Testing and Evaluations of Vaporizing Foil Actuators (esp. microstructural and mechanical properties)



Scott Wright        

Education: B.S. Materials Science 

Engineering, The Ohio State University (2016)

Expertise: Design and testing of impact welding morphologies for 5xxx-7xxx series Aluminum alloys using the vaporizing foil actuator welding method.

Tasked with: Design of Experiments, Metallography, Technical Reports, Water Jetting, Mechanical Testing: Lap Shear, Coach Peel, and Cross Tension Testing. Proficient with many different forms of fabrication of materials

Notable Publications:

  • Low-Energy Impact Spot Welding of High-Strength Aluminum Alloys. (February 2016). Welding Journal, 32-34
  • Benchmarking and Refining the Vaporizing Foil Actuator Spot Welding Process, Proceedings of ICHSF 2016



Ryan C. Brune

Education/Experience: B.S.M.E. Ohio Northern University, 2011;Ph.D. student at The Ohio State University,  Mat. Sc. & Eng. Served as a research intern in materials testing and equipment design for three consecutive summers.


Expertise: Primary research in impulse-based sheet metal forming techniques using direct electromagnetic and rapid metal vaporization methods, assisted with polyurethane pressure distribution media. Well-developed skills in CAD modeling using the SolidWorks software package.

Recent Collaborations: Working with Whirlpool Corp. on a sheet metal forming project using rapid metal vaporization and assisting with a hemming project via direct electromagnetic forming.