Los Alamos National LaboratoryFUTURE: Fundamental Understanding of Transport Under Reactor Extremes
An Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences

FUTURE Students

FUTURE is dedicated to training the next generation of scientists.

The Students of Future

Sahil Agarwal (BGSU)

Sahil Agarwal Sahil is a PhD student at the Bowling Green State University. He is currently working on positron annihilation spectroscopy to understand the effect of irradiation and corrosion damage on the defect characteristics of materials under thrust-1 of FUTURE. He likes cooking and working out at gym in my free time. Always looking for a partner to play chess.

Rasheed Auguste (UCB)

Rasheed Auguste

Rasheed is a graduate student from the University of California, Berkeley. Rasheed works on the point defects thrust of FUTURE to study irradiation’s effect on motion of point defects in materials. He enjoys soccer, bookstores, and traveling in his spare time.

Nathan Bieberdorf (UCB)


Nathan Bieberdorf is a PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley, working on the modeling cross-thrust of FUTURE. Nathan is developing a mesoscale model for microstructure evolution in structural materials subjected to extreme environments. In his free time, Nathan enjoys playing soccer, traveling, and going to concerts.

Ho Lun Chan (UVA)

Ho Lun Chan Portrait

Ho Lun Chan (Lun) is  a Ph.D. student in materials science and engineering at the University of Virginia, working on Thrust 3 of the FUTURE project. Mentored by Dr. John Scully, Lun is utilizing advanced electrochemical methods to investigate the corrosion mechanism and survivability of passiviated & irradiated nuclear reactor alloys in extreme environments. Lun has a strong passion for corrosion research, entrepreneurship, and enjoys cooking in his spare time. 

Ryan Hayes (UCB)

Ryan Hayes is a PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley. His studies focus on the surface interactions between molten salts and various materials, measuring the contact angle between the two in order to assess the effects of corrosion on a material’s wettability. In his free time, Ryan loves playing tennis, card/board games, and learning to cook.

Md Minhazul Islam (BGSU)

islam-portrait.jpg Md Minhazul Islam is a Ph.D. student in Photochemical Science program at Bowling Green State University. He studies oxide based semiconductor materials and characterization of point defects by different optical and electrical techniques. He is currently working on investigating 'open volume type' point defects in materials under Thrust-1 of FUTURE project. He likes drawing, biking, traveling, watching movies and reading books.

Ian Jeanis (BGSU)


Ian Jeanis is a graduate student at Bowling Green University currently advised by Dr. Selim. He is helping with the design of a positron beam system for studying radiation damage on materials under Thrust 1. In his free time, he likes to watch anime, play games, and enjoy a nice session of Dungeon and Dragons.

Angelica Lopez Morales (NCSU)


Angelica is currently a PhD student at the Nuclear Engineering department of North Carolina State University under the supervision of Dr. Djamel Kaoumi. Angelica holds a Bachelor of Science in Energy and Nuclear Technologies (with honors) from the Higher Institute of Applied Sciences and Technologies (InSTEC) in La Havana (Cuba), where she also obtained a University Teacher’s Certificate. Angelica joined Dr. Kaoumi’s group in 2019 and will contribute to the EFRC by studying radiation damage in non-passivating systems.

Malachi Nelson (UCB)

M. Nelson Portrait

Malachi is a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley, currently studying the thermophysical properties of molten salts and corrosion of structural materials. He earned a M.S. in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. In his free time, Malachi enjoys hiking, cooking, rock climbing, and snowboarding.

Franziska Schmidt (UCB)

Franziska Schmidt

Franziska Schmidt is a PhD student at the University of California Berkeley and studies corrosion phenomena and radiation damage in a molten salt environment. In her free time, she gathers fossils and goes climbing.

Shivani Srivastava (UCB)

Shivani Srivastava is a graduate student from the University of California, Berkeley, advised by Prof. Mark Asta. Her research focuses on understanding materials behavior emerging from presence of point defects, using ab-initio calculations. In FUTURE, she is also involved in modelling the characteristics of positron annihilation used for characterizing defects in materials under irradiation.

Evan Still (UCB)

Evan Still

Evan Still is a PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley, advised by Prof. Peter Hosemann, where he investigates the applications of data mining techniques for atom probe tomography. Evan has spent time at both PNNL and Sandia, where he has focused on precipitate identification and hydrogen diffusion. In his free time he enjoys swing dancing, baking, and drawing

Nathan Velez (UCB)

Nate Velez Portrait

Nathan Velez is a USAF veteran and PhD candidate at the University of California, Berkeley where he studies mechanical properties of polymeric materials. Using the technique he developed for testing freestanding polymer thin films, Nathan has discovered a process that greatly enhances the ductility in typically brittle polymer glasses, such as polystyrene and polymethylmethacrylate. Outside of the lab, Nathan is an avid skydiver, guitarist, chess player, and whiskey aficionado.

Sarah Wang (UCB)

Sarah Wang is a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, advised by Professor Andrew Minor. She specializes in using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to study how irradiation and corrosion affect the strain state of nuclear engineering materials. 

Marlene Wartenberg (UVa)

Marlene Wartenberg Marlene is a graduate student from the University of Virginia studying the corrosive behavior of oxide films as affected by molten salt and ionic liquid environments under Dr. John Scully. In her free time, she studies languages and draws digitally.

Haley Williams (UCB)


Haley Williams is a PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley. She uses electrochemistry to probe salt properties and composition and to investigate corrosion for molten fluoride salts. In addition to her research, Haley enjoys swimming, baking, being outside, and reading. 

Nicholas Winner (UCB)

Nicholas Winner Nicholas Winner is a graduate student from the University of California, Berkeley, advised by Mark Asta. Nick works on the modeling thrust of FUTURE to study interfacial behavior between non-aqueous liquids and structural materials. Before starting graduate studies, Nick worked at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnology at Los Alamos National Laboratory for his summer internship. He enjoys golf in his spare time and is an avid cook of Northern Indian cuisine.