Louis Berger Junior Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
2013 PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
2011 MSc, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
2011 Diplome d’Ingenieur, Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France
2009 MSc, Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France
2008 BSc, Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France
2017 IGEN Keynote speaker, Northwestern University
2017 Education Teaching Teachnology Fellow, Northwestern University
2016-2017 National Center for Supercomputing Applications Faculty Fellowship
2016 ASCE New Faces of Civil Engineering Professionals Award
2014-2015 Collins Scholar, Academy for Excellence in Engineering Education, UIUC
2009-2011 MIT Energy Initiative Fellowship
Dr. Akono’s laboratory investigates fracture and failure mechanisms in complex materials systems from the molecular level up to the macroscopic scale. This research is articulated over three main thrusts: environment-friendly and high-performance structural materials, natural and nano-engineered biomaterials, and geological materials such as shale or rock. Dr. Akono’s areas of expertise include nano-mechanics, fracture analysis, nanotechnology, advanced experimental testing and multiscale modeling.
Saeed Rahimi Aghdam , PhD
Saeed earned his PhD at Northwestern University (NU), in 2019. Saeed completed his B.S. in the fields of Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering (Double Major) with highest honors from Sharif University of Technology in my home country, Iran. He performs research on computational and applied mechanics, with emphasis on modeling the behavior of organic-rich shale.
Jiaxin Chen, PhD Candidate
Jiaxin completed her M. Sc. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her B. Sc. at the Harbin Institute of Technology. Her research interests include geopolymer composites, crumbed-rubber reinforced concrete, and alkali silicate gels.
Yuhui Lyu, PhD Candidate
Yuhui received her B.E. degree in Civil Engineering from Zhengzhou University, and her M.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Virginia. Her research interests include fracture mechanics, nano-mechanics, and cementitious materials.
Mimi Zhan, Visiting Scholar
Mimi is a Ph. D. candidate in Southeast University, China. Her research interests include treatment of recycled concrete aggregates via and microbially-induced calcium carbonate precipitation, and mechanical characterization of nanomodified cement-based materials reinforced with carbon nanotubes.
Pooyan Kabir, PhD 2018, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Current Position: TBD
Caroline Johnson, M. Sc. 2016, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Current Position: Structural Engineer at Strand Associates
Orieka Okeoghene, M. Sc. 2016, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Current Position: Structural Engineer at Dunaway Associates
Kevin Anderson, M. Sc. 2016, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Current Position: Engineer at STV
Gregory Bouche, M. Sc. 2015, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Current Position: Project Engineer at CITGO Petroleum