Former Members

Former Group Members 

Postdoctoral Researchers and Research Associates

 Prof. Pablo Palafox-Hernandez 
 Current Position: Assistant Professor, St. Scholastica College, Duluth, MN 

 Dr. Pansy Patel       

Current Position - Scientist, PPG Industries, Monroeville, PA, USA


 Dr. Peter Barry 
 Current Position: Statistical Analyst, UPS Louisville, KY 


  Dr. Zhenxing Wang

  Current Position - Scientist,  Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd., NingDe, Fujian, 352100, China.


Dr. Yang YangDr. Yang Yang
Current Position- Faculty of Physics, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China 

Dr.  Soohwan LeeDr. Soohwan Lee


Dr. Ning He

Dr. Ning He
Current Position- Staff Scientist at Dalian Ligong Qiwangda Chemical Technology , Dalian, China

Dr. Ayla KolDr. Ayla Kol
Microsoft Corporation, Richland Washington \>


Dr. Xiaobing FengDr. Xiaobing Feng, currently in Toronto, Canada


Dr. Ruslan DavidchackDr. Ruslan Davidchack
Ph.D., Physics, 2000
Current Position -Professor and Chair, Mathematics, University of Leicester, UK

Prof. Yao HonounougboProf. Yao Honounougbo
Ph.D. 2002
Current Position - Associate Professor, University of Eastern Washington, Cheney, WA

Graduate Students

  Isaak Daniels 

​​ "Molecular Simulation of Materials for Energy Applications "

  Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Chemistry, University of Arizona 


Jesse Kern photoJesse Kern

"Thermodynamics of Solid-Liquid Interfaces"; "Molecular Modeling for the Design of Sustainable Chemical Processes" 

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Randolf University, Lynchburg, VA 

Pablo Palafox-Hernandez

Pablo Palafox-Hernandez
PhD 2011
Current Position - Postdoctoral researcher, KU, CEBC (Laird Group)

Dr. Majeed AminiDr. Majeed Amini
Ph.D., Physics, 2006
Current Position - Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Ahlia University, Bahrain



Prof. Rachel Sibug-AgaProf. Rachel Sibug-Aga Ph.D. 2002

Current Position - Asst.Professor, Wright State University, Dayton, OH

Prof. Yao HonounougboProf. Yao Honounougbo
Ph.D. 2002
Current Position - Asst.Professor, University of Eastern Washington, Cheney, WA

Dr. Jess B. SturgeonDr. Jess B. Sturgeon
Ph.D. 2001
Current Position - Principal Software Engineer at ISPA Technology, Southern Pines, NC

Dr. Ruslan DavidchackProf. Ruslan Davidchack
Ph.D., Physics, 2000
Current Position - Professor and Chair, Department of Mathematics, University of Leicester, UK

Dr. Steve BondDr. Steve Bond
Ph.D., Mathematics, 1998, co-advised with Ben Leimkuhler
Current Position - Applied Mathematics Division of Sandia National Laboratory.

Scott BembenekDr. Scott Bembenek
Ph.D., 1997
Current Position - Principal Scientist, Computational Drug Discovery, Johnson & Johnson, La Jolla, CA.

Laird Group News

January, 2019 Joyce Nyugen and Micah Welsch have joined the group as first-year graduate students. Welcome!

August 24, 2018  Seth Martin's first paper with the Laird group has been chosen as a Feature Article/Editors pick for the Journal of Chemical Physics. The paper, entitled "Thermodynamics of the hard-disk fluid at a planar hard wall: Generalized scaled-particle theory and Monte Carlo simulation" has is also featured as an American Institute of Physics "SciLight" 

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