Dr. Kostas Sierros
Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
West Virginia University
Engineering Sciences Building (ESB), Room 729
Morgantown, WV 26506 USA
P: (304) 293-3420
F: (304) 293-6689
E: kostas.sierros@mail.wvu.edu

FEST Group Flexible  Electronics for Sustainable Technologies


FEST Group Summer 2016


Kostas Sierros

Kostas Sierros - Group Leader

Kostas received a B.S. (2001) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Newcastle (UK) and an M.S. (2002) in Polymer Engineering and Science from the University of Birmingham (UK). He earned his Ph.D. (2006) from the University of Birmingham (UK) in Materials Science and Engineering. He is an Assistant Professor with the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at WVU. Kostas' current research is focused on the design, development and characterization of optoelectronic devices for sustainable applications. Applications include energy harvesting, biodegradable electronics, and contact-based sensors. He is the advisor of WVU's Human Powered Vehicle Design Team and he is also interested in design-based engineering education projects. For more information, download Dr. Sierros' CV.


Maria Torres Arango

Maria Torres Arango joined the FEST group in August 2014. She is pursuing her Doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering and she is conducting research in Materials Science. Maria earned her M. Sc in Aerospace Engineering at WVU in August 2013. Maria's research focuses on nano-functional materials for energy conversion and development of sustainable technologies. Teaching and mentoring other students is Maria's way to contribute to their development. She also enjoys sharing her culture and traditions. In her free time Maria enjoys traveling, cooking and ballet dancing.


Derrick Banerjee

Derrick Banerjee, a 2012 Ruby Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship recipient, is pursuing a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. He graduated with a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University, and has been working with Dr. Sierros since his sophomore year. His research interests include hydrophobic sol-gel coatings, tribology, direct-ink writing, and surface mechanical characterization methods. He has also interned with CSM Instruments in Boston, MA, and worked as a visiting student researcher with the nCATS lab at the University of Southampton in England. During his free time, Derrick enjoys traveling and playing all kinds of sports, especially basketball, squash, ultimate frisbee, skiing, golf, and tennis.


Jared Beard

Jared is currently a junior pursuing a dual major in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Physics. His research experience consists of an undergraduate research fellowship from the WV Space Grant consortium (to study the potential of 3D printing solar cells) and time with FORTH at the Univ. of Crete, Heraklion (studying gas sensing capabilities of ceramics). Jared is involved with several student organizations at WVU, amongst which are AIAA, MA, MRS, and 3D Printing Club. His free time is spent reading, playing tennis, various personal projects, and adventuring.


Domenic Cipollone

Domenic is currently a senior studying Mechanical Engineering. His research focuses on the additive manufacturing of photoanodes for solar cells and the development of multifunctional ink formulations compatible with direct writing. Domenic's previous research experience has been realized through an undergraduate fellowship from the WV Space Grant Consortium, the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience program offered at WVU, and at time at FORTH and the Univ. of Crete. He is a member of several organizations including MRS, ACS, and ASME. His free time is spent playing soccer, reading, travelling, and with friends.


Jacob Cordonier

Jacob Cordonier, a 2014 NSF Fellow, is pursuing a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. He graduated with a B.S. from West Virginia University in 2014, majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Physics. He is currently researching 3D-printing of polymeric solutions for use in creating sensing and energy-harvesting technologies for use in sustainable living. He enjoys volunteering his free time at the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, as well as playing basketball, video games, and trivia when he is not in the lab.


Lynnora Grant

Lynnora is currently a senior pursuing mechanical engineering. As a member of the FEST lab since her sophomore year, she has had the opportunity to contribute to research on graphene ink development for optoelectronics and most recently titanium dioxide ink development for solar cells and biomedical applications. Lynnora has served as the president for WVU's chapter of NSBE for the 2015-2016 term and is the current programs chair. She is also involved in other organizations including LSAMP, MA/MRS and the McNair Scholars Program. During her free time Lynnora enjoys singing and playing the guitar.


Kerwin Moreland

Kerwin is currently a junior mechanical engineering student currently working as a research fellow through the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium. His work is focused on 3D printing PN junctions for customizable electronic devices. Kerwin is also president of the 3D printing and design club, treasurer of the material advantage/ material research society, and is active in other activities happening within the college of engineering and mineral resources. In his free time, he enjoys designing personal projects, reading, and playing frisbee.


Anirudh Tirunahari

Anirudh earned his MBA degree from WVU in 2014 and is pursuing his Masters in Mechanical Engineering currently. He joined FEST lab in Fall 2015 and is researching the fabrication and characterization of large area graphene from solutions for applications in electronics. He also works as Graduate Teaching Assistant for Dynamics (MAE 242) in Mechanical Engineering department. In his free time he enjoys playing Volleyball, ping pong, video games, reading history books and watching sports.



Dillon Carden

Dillon Carden is currently a junior in Mechanical Engineering at West Virginia University, and he is also pursuing minors in Spanish and Nanotechnology. Dillon is developing piezoelectric-based nanostructures for flexible and stretchable haptics. Applications range from robotics to portable devices to non-invasive surgery. During his free time, he really enjoys learning different languages, spending time getting to know exchange students at the International Dorm, as well as playing sports and video games.


Sean Cronin

Sean Cronin received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University in 2011. He worked for CSM Instruments, as an intern, performing various surface characterization experiments, such as nanoindentation and nanoscratch. Sean Cronin is currently working on obtaining my Master's in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University and his research interests are wet chemical growth, dip pen nanolithography, film transfer, flexible piezoelectric sensor development, and tribology. When he is not conducting research I enjoy playing ice hockey, snowboarding, and golfing.


Sai Suvineeth Ramayanam

Sai Suvineeth Ramayanam is currently pursuing his Masters in Mechanical Engineering at West Virginia University. He is doing his research work in the area of tribology. His work focuses on the tribological and surface characterization studies of graphene for microelectromechanical systems and nanofluidic applications. Sai is the Vice-President of the Indian Student Association at WVU and he is also a member of the West Virginia University Cricket Team. During his free time, he enjoys reading, cooking and playing video games.



Olatunde Ayodeji Abidakun

Olatunde Ayodeji Abidakun received a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering (2004) from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (Nigeria) and an M. Sc in Mechanical Engineering (2010) from Obafemi Awolowo University Nigeria. He is currently working on obtaining his Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University. Olatunde's research interests include 3-D Direct writing, tribology , and flexible electronic devices with applications in bio-nanotechnology, energy harvesting and conservation, and displays. He enjoys playing table tennis, playing and watching soccer, and swimming to relax.


Alana Andrade

Alana Andrade is currently an undergraduate Chemical Engineering student at the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Bahia (Brazil). She is studying Chemical Engineering at West Virginia University as an exchange student of the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. She is currently researching low temperature sintering of TiO2 ink for use in optoelectronics devices for sustainable applications, in particularly, for Flexible Dye- Sensitive Solar Cells. In her free time, she likes to play volleyball and watch movies.


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