Kriven Group

Group Members

Waltraud Kriven

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Affiliate Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering
Affiliate Professor of Bioengineering

Office: MSEB 105
Phone: 217-333-5258
Fax: 217-333-2736

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PhD: University of Adelaide, Australia, Physical and Inorganic Chemistry, 1976

BS: University of Adelaide, Australia, Physical and Inorganic Chemistry, Honors, 1971




Academician, World Academy of Ceramics
Fellow of the American Ceramic Society
Fellow of the Australian Ceramic Society
Member of the Materials Research Society
USAMember of the Electron Microscopy Society of America


Post-doc Research Associates

Ana Trindade

Research: Mechanical characterization of geopolymer composites under distinct solicitations

PhD: PUC-Rio (Brazil) + TU Dresden (Germany), DECA, 2021
MS: PUC-Rio (Brazil), DECA, 2017
BS: UCP (Brazil), 2013
Office: CB 108



Pozhhan Mokhtari

Research: Construction and Building Materials, Micro-structural and Mechanical Properties of Composite Geo-polymers

PhD: Sabanci University, Turkey 2019
MS: Middle East Technical University, Turkey 2014
BS: Azad University, Iran 2007
Office: CB 108





Ruy A. Sá Ribeiro

Visiting Research Engineer

Civil Engineer, Research Engineer
Leader, Research Group A&C Verde- Green Architecture and Building
INPA-National Institute for Amazonian Research/Structural Engineering Laboratory Office: CB 108



Ali Ozer

Research: Microstructural Characterization of 3D-4D printed Geopolymers by TEM, SEM and XRD to be used for Extreme Environments

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PhD: Gebze Institute of Technology (TR)
MS: Sakarya University (TR)
BS: Sakarya University (TR)
Office: CB 108






Ph.D. Students

Ally Brandvold

PhD Research: Geopolymers

BS: Georgia Tech, Materials Science and Engineering
Office: CB 201



Prapassorn Numkiatsakul

PhD Research: Ceramic processing, Ceramics for high-temperature applications

BS: Pennsylvania State University, MatSE
Office: MSEB 113




Benjamin Hulbert

PhD Research: Ceramic Processing, High-Temperature Crystallography

MS: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MatSE
BA: Kalamazoo College, Physics
Office: MSEB 113



Devon Samuel

PhD Research: Geopolymer composites for refractory, corrosion-resistant, and structural applications.

BS: University of Michigan, MatSE
Office: CB 202



Tyler Wineger

PhD Research: Ceramic processing, Ceramics for high temperature applications

BS: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Chemical Engineering
Office: MSEB 113







M.S. Students

Gordon Jarrold (MatSE)

Justin Gruber (MatSE)


Undergraduate Students

Janak Bachkaniwala (MatSE)

Patrick McNutt (MatSE)

Eddie Oh (MatSE)

Pengqing Wang (MatSE)



Andrij Kozych (CERL)

Andrew Myers (CERL)

Marilene Sá Ribeiro (visiting Ph.D. Student)

Deyvid do Carmo Silva (visiting Ph.D. Student)

Abdul Qadeer (visiting Ph.D. Student)




Prof. Trudy Kriven • Phone: 217-333-5258 • Fax: 217-333-2736 • Email:
Department of Materials Science and EngineeringUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign