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Hadi Bozorgmanesh

Principal Investigator


Dr. Hadi Bozorgmanesh is a Professor of Practice at UConn Engineering, where he developed and teaches Tech Experiential Entrepreneurship for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers interested in converting research into viable businesses. Dr. Bozorgmanesh is the academic advisor to Innovation House and is actively involved with introducing entrepreneurship to UConn’s First Year Learning Communities. Dr. Bozorgmanesh also serves as a mentor and advisor to student entrepreneurs, and helps them with funding opportunities through the Third Bridge Grant Program. Prior to UConn, Dr. Bozorgmanesh was a senior executive with Science Application International Corporation (SAIC), where he held leadership positions in Europe and the U.S.

Jeongho Kim



Dr. Jeongho Kim is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His area of expertise is in finite element methods, computational fracture mechanics, and composites damage modeling. Dr. Kim has led various research programs working with federal and state agencies and industry partners, including the National Institutes of Health, Pratt & Whitney, National Science Foundation, the Department of Homeland Security, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and the Connecticut Department of Transportation. Dr. Kim serves as an associate editor of Finite Element in Analysis and Design.
Michael Accorsi



Dr. Michael Accorsi is the Senior Associate Dean of UConn Engineering, where he works extensively with federal and state agencies, industry and UConn administration and faculty to assist in the management and creation of major research projects and industry partnerships within the School. In the past three years, he has been actively involved in the establishment of multiple research centers at UConn. Previously he was the Director of the Department of Homeland Security National Transportation Security Center of Excellence and was responsible for managing and building the educational, research and engagement activities of the center. Dr. Accorsi’s research expertise is in the area of computational mechanics and he has performed numerous projects with many federal agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, the Office of Naval Research, the Army Research Office, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and industry partners including Electric Boat, Pratt & Whitney, and Pioneer Aerospace.

Finite Element Technicians & Staff

David Manan

Finite Element Technician


David Manan is a master’s student working as a research assistant for the CMSC under the guidance of Dr. Jeongho Kim. His area of study is in structural engineering and he has a great interest in finite element analysis.  David has worked on a high-level project, partnering with Pratt and Whitney and NASA.

Toby Poole

Element Technician


Toby Poole is a PhD student working as a research assistant for the CMSC under the guidance of Dr. Jeongho Kim. His area of study is in applied mechanics.  Toby earned BS degree in the ME department at the University of Hartford in May 2019. 
Joe Luciani

Director Proof of Concept Center


Joe Luciani is Director of Proof of Concept Center (POCC) and Project Specialist for UConn’s Tech Park. His area of expertise is design and prototype creation for product development.  Mr. Luciani is interested in the overlap and creative use of digital design and analog + digital fabrication methods, providing innovative solutions to both the design experience and the expression of craft.

Participating Faculty

Serge Nahkmanson



Dr. Serge Nakhmanson is an Associate Professor at the Materials Science and Engineering department and Institute of Materials Science, and jointly appointed to the Department of Physics. His area of expertise involves finite-element-based simulations of materials properties and performance at mesoscale. Prior to UConn, Dr. Nakhmanson was a staff member at the Materials Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory.

Dianyun Zhang



Dr. Dianyun Zhang is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Her area of expertise involves experimental characterization and computational modeling of lightweight composite materials, including textile composites and ceramic matrix composites. The focus is on the composite processing models, multiscale modeling methods, and progressive damage analysis across different material length scales. Dr. Zhang received her Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2014.
Jiong Tang



Dr. Jiong Tang is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering.  He has extensive research experience on computational structural dynamics, uncertainty propagation, design optimization, modeling and analysis of systems with multi-field couplings, motion and vibration controls, and structural health monitoring.  He has served as Associate Editor for several leading journals, such as ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, and IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics.
Wei Zhang



Dr. Wei Zhang is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  He has extensive experience on finite element methods, coupled structural dynamics, fatigue, and damage of structures, fluid-structure interactions, uncertainty quantification, and resilience and reliability of structures and systems.  He has served as Associate Editor for several journals, such as ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, Frontiers of Built Environment, etc. He has led and participated in projects funded by National Science Foundation, NOAA/Connecticut Sea Grant, FHWA/ConnDOT and other industrial partners.

Board of Directors

Glendowlyn Thames



Glendowlyn Thames manages CI’s Small Business Innovation Group, which includes the management of CTNext. In this role, Ms. Thames oversees vital programs that support the state’s small technology businesses and encourage innovation, collaboration and commercialization. Prior to her current role, Ms. Thames was special assistant to CEO Claire Leonardi, where she led a wide range of projects spanning board relations, new program development and operations. She has extensive experience managing high-priority projects and major initiatives including nearly 10 years of experience in high-level public administration roles and served as the special assistant to the superintendent of Hartford Public Schools. Prior to that, she was director of constituent services for the City of Hartford, where she managed citizen relations and worked on a variety of community and economic development projects.