Scott White Ph.D.

Group Director

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Scott R. White is the Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering at the University of Illinois.  In 2000, he joined the faculty of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology where he leads the Autonomous Materials Group bringing together students and faculty from a broad cross-section of scientific and engineering disciplines. He received a Ph.D. in engineering mechanics from The Pennsylvania State University in 1990 before joining the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois.  An internationally recognized materials engineer, Professor White has played a leading role in the development of self-healing materials and multifunctional materials systems. In recognition of his creative and fundamental research contributions Professor White and his team were honored as a finalist for the 2001 Tech Award recognizing outstanding contributions in technology from the Tech Museum of Innovation (San Jose, CA).  Popular Science has acknowledged his work on self-healing materials as one of the Top Ten Scientific Innovations for 2001.  Scientific American also recognized his work in microvascular systems with the SciAm 50 prize in 2007.  His most recent work on mechanophores was recently cited by Popular Science as one of the Top Ten Concepts to Know for 2011. Professor White holds 34 patents and applications in the materials field and is a founding partner in two start-up companies seeking to transition university technologies to industry.

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Ömer Özgür Çapraz, Ph.D.

Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 2014

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Mostafa Yourdkhani, Ph.D.

McGill University, 2014

Postdoctoral Research Associate


Jia En Aw

Graduate Research Assistant

Polette Centellas

Graduate Research Assistant

Mayank Garg

Graduate Research Assistant

Anthony Griffin

Graduate Research Assistant

Taeann Kim

Graduate Research Assistant

Evan Lloyd

Graduate Research Assistant

Michael Odarczenko

Graduate Research Assistant

Nil Parikh

Graduate Research Assistant

Dhawal Thakare

Graduate Research Assistant

Lihong Zhao

Graduate Research Assistant


    Ravindra Amogha works with Mostafa Yourdkhani

    Jacob Drewniak works with Tony Griffin

    Jacob Komenda works with Mayank Garg

    Heer Majithia works with Mostafa Yourdkhani, Wenle Li and Mike Odarczenko

    Edgar Mejia works with Evan Lloyd

    Jason Romero works with Evan Lloyd