Celebrations and Adventures Away from the Lab

January 19, 2019
Happy New Year

We celebrated the end of 2018 and beginning of 2019 with our annual get together. There was a Battle Ship and Mario Kart face-off between PhD students and postdoc and a 9 year old. Guess who won most of the time. There were also lots of food and a dessert bake off. Vicky Nguyen won with a almond cake, but Michelle Chen and Arina Korneva came in a very close second with a hazelnut cake and delicious brownie like cookies. Clearly everyone at the party was the winner because we all got to eat the desserts.

July 9, 2018

Congratulations to Tracy
Tracy Ling wins first place in Masters Level Paper (Poster) Competition at the World Congress in Biomechanics in Dublin, Ireland.  Here is a picture of her winning poster in the lab. This has been a good year for Tracy. She also won a travel award to give a podium presentation at ARVO in Honolulu, Hawaii in 2018.  Tracy is currently a PhD student in the Lab working on biomechanics of the mouse optic nerve head.

May 22, 2018
Congratulations to Dr. Dan Midgett

December 10, 2017
Lab Mug Design
We held a contest to design our lab mug. It was inspiring to see all of your creative design. Tracy Ling’s design won a close vote. But since there were so many great ideas, I combined a few of the top vote getters to come up with the final mug design.

  • “Who, what, where, why, Nguyen”: a pronunciation guide and description of the Lab’s scientific inquiry – Tracy Ling.
  • The colorful orb in the middle of the diamond is an eye and the surrounding  “N” depicts a polymer backbone, representing the Lab’s 2 areas of research -Tracy Liu.
  • The red curve is actual data for the stress-strain curve of polycarbonate.  It illustrates the difficult journey of a PhD student – Jingkai Guo.

December 10, 2017
Lab Holiday Party

Celebrating another year and saying farewell to 3 lab members.  Zheng Jia left to start a faculty position in Zhejiang University, China.  Ran Shi will be returning to Beijing Institute of Technology after 1 year as visiting student, and Hai Dong will be moving to UIUC to start another postdoc. Thank you for all your hard work. Best wished on your new adventure.  

July 29, 2017
Lab Summer BBQ
Chilling in the backyard with good food and good conversation before the start of another academic year.  Thanks all for your hard work.

July 25, 2017
Annual Meeting of the Society of Engineering Science, Boston, MA

The lab was well represented at conference at Northeastern U. by Hai Dong, Jingkai Guo and Zheng Jia who gave a 40 invited talk on growth and remodeling.  It was also  great seeing Sarah Bentil giving a talk as a professor.

June 20, 2017
Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, Biotransport Conference, Tucson, AZ

A reunion with Kristin Myers and her group in the beautiful Tucson desert.  Michelle and Elizabeth were busy at the poster session and Dan had a great talk in the Ocular Biomechanics session.

May 7, 2017
ARVO 2017, Baltimore MD

Tracy Ling’s first conference.  Both Dan and Tracy did a great job presenting their posters.  Nearly 3 hours of nonstop talking.  Not a simple feat.

December 10, 2016
Holiday Party 2016

Thank you all for another wonderful year!

We held our first Christmas Cookie Baking Contests. Everyone baked their recipes (or some online recipe found the night before) and brought them to share.  We all inspected, tasted, and voted for the best tasting and best looking cookie.  It was a close race, as all the cookies were delicious! The winners are Tracy Ling’s swirled cookie (A) for the prettiest cookie and Michelle Chen’s apple pie-let (C) for the most delicious treat.

Yankee Swap Gift Exchange

Puzzle – “Things I ate as a kid”

May 4, 2016
ARVO Annual Meeting, Seattle 

Dan presented a fabulous poster at ARVO. He was talking nonstop from 10:30-1:30 pm. Congratulations to Dan!IMG_4436

March 25,  2016
Farewell Lunch For Bahram and Barbara

Congratulations to Barbara for her successful Thesis Defense and Bahram for his new job at Baxter.



March 17, 2016
APS March Meeting in Baltimore

Jingkai and Michelle both gave excellent talks on modeling amorphous polymers and mechanochemistry of collagen.  It was Michelle’s first conference talk!

December 13, 2015

Holiday Party 2015

Thank you all for you another great year.


October 21, 2015
21st Annual James F. Bell Lecture in Continuum Mechanics

Introducing my PhD advisor, Huajian Gao, as the 2015 Bell Lecturer was a treat

July 5, 2015

Summer in ZurichIMG_2174


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May 20, 2015

Graduation 2015

Congratulations to James Teasley BSMS ’15 and Martha Whiting BS ’15!

PhD Hooding Ceremony

Congratulation to Rui Xiao  ’15 and Theresa Tonge ’15 on their graduation.  Baptiste Coudrillier ’14 made a belated appearance.


Lunch at Cafe Azafran

Another year has ended and summer is on the horizon.  We gathered for lunch to celebrate, catch up with Baptiste, and wish Rui well in his new adventure.

February 27, 2015

Dinner, Word Thief, and a new group picture

January 9, 2015

Congratulations Rui, Dissertation Defense Party

October 24, 2014

Congratulations Theresa, Dissertation Defense Party


July 19, 2014

Summer Party 2014, Legos Party

July 9, 2014

World Congress in Biomechanics, Reunion!shapeimage_1

June 25, 2014

Vicky’s Tenure Celebration

May 16, 2014

International Workshop on Multiscale Mechanobiology, Hong Kong  

May 14, 2014

IUTAM Mechanics of Soft Active Materials, Haifa, Israel

July 10, 2013

Summer Party 2013, Farewell to Baptiste

June 17, 2013

Mary is Leaving MIT, Mary Boyce’s Farewell Celebration, Boston, MA

May 28, 2013

Congratulations Baptiste! Dissertation Defense Party


March 20, 2013

Applied Physics Society Meeting, Baltimore, MD

December 19, 2012

Holiday Party 2012, Gingerbread Holiday

June 19, 2012

Summer Bioengineering Conference, Farjardo, Puerto Rico 


February 6, 2012

Congratulations Jin! Jin gets his M.S.E.jin

December 17, 2011

Holiday Party 2011, Biggest gathering yet

November 12, 2011

International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition 2011      Denver, CO

June 20, 2011

Summer Bioengineering Conference 2011, Farmington, PA

May 21, 2011

Summer Party 2011, Break out the Bocce

May 22, 2010

 Summer Party  2010, Inaugural BBQ

June 22, 2009

Summer Bioengineering Conference, Lake Tahoe, CA

January 12, 2009

President Elect Obama Visits Baltimore