Directory of Completed Graduate Students

Graduate students from the various Engineering Departments at Montana State University participate in the Composites Group research activities. Here is a list of students who finished their research programs. The year of graduation and title of their thesis is also listed.

Student dissertations (thesis) may be obtained from the Montana State University - Bozeman Library or via email by contacting Daniel Samborsky by email - Most published conference papers and reports are available in the and websites. Some papers are also available in pdf format under the publications section of the Montana State University- Bozeman Composites Group.


Michael Lerman (2015) - Investigation of the effect of in-plane fiber waviness in composite materials through multiple scales of testing and finite element modeling

Tammy Ritchey (2014) -  Development of failure criteria and experimental testing for composite adhesively bonded scarf repairs utilizing structural paste adhesives

Michael Bauer (2014) - Manufacturing reliability for C-channel composite beams

Michael Schuster (2014) - Characterization and energy analysis of fiber reinforced polymer composites by acoustic emission analysis

Jared Nelson (2013) - A comparison of continuum and discrete modeling techniques of the effects of manufacturing defects common to composite structures

Jason Mills (2013) - Using embedded polyvinylidene film sensors and metal foil strain gages to monitor the resin curing process in thick fiberglass-resin composite laminates

William Riddle (2013) - Development of reliability program for risk assessment of composite structures treating defects as uncertainty variables

John Parker (2013) - Development and implementation of a low cost image correlation system to obtain full-field in-plane displacement and strain data

Nathan Palmer (2013) - Smart Composites : evaluation of embedded sensors in composite materials

Aaron Collett (2013) - A validation study of the Montana State University in-plane loader

Daniel Guest (2013) - Manufacturing process modeling for composite materials

Edward Meehan (2012) - Development of embedded sensors for structural health monitoring of wind turbine blades

Matt Peterson (2011) - Effect of Fiber Diameter on Stress Transfer and Interfacial Damage in FRCs

Jonathan Ehresman (2009) - Integration of actuators and sensors into composite structures

James Blockey (2008) - Feasibility in developing smart structures for use in wind turbine blades

James Schmitt (2008) - Damage initiation and post-damage response of composite laminates by multiaxial testing and nonlinear optimization.

Eric Booth (2007) - Progress and challenges in non-linear constitutive modeling for composite materials

Tim Wilson (2007) - Modeling of in-plane and interlaminar fatigue behavior of glass and carbon fiber composite materials
Jay Smith (2007) - Internal damage characterization for composite materials under biaxial loading configuration

Rogier Nijssen (2006) - Fatigue Life Prediction and Strength Degradation of Wind Turbine Rotor Blade Composites (with Delft University - The Netherlands)

Aaron Collett (2006) - A validation study of the Montana State University in-plane loader

Bryan Bundy  (2005) - Use of pultruded carbon fiber / epoxy inserts as reinforcement in composite structures

Dan Mastbergen (2004) - Simulation and testing of resin infusion manufacturing processes for large composite structures

Will Ritter  (2004) - Application of energy methods to modeling failures in composite materials and structures

Erik Larsen  (2004) - Pressure bag molding : manufacturing, mechanical testing, non-destructive evaluation, and analysis

Pancasatya Agastra (2003) - Mixed mode delamination of glass fiber/polymer matrix composite materials

Dongfang Huang (2003) - Constitutive laws of composite materials via multi-axial testing and numerical optimization

Lei Wang  (2001) - Effects of in-plane fiber waviness on the static and fatigue strength of fiberglass

Neil Wahl  (2001) - Spectrum fatigue lifetime and residual strength for fiberglass laminates

Aaron Cook (2001) - Characterization of interlaminar fracture in composite materials : a case study approach

Russ Evertz (2000) - Investigation of core closeouts in fiber-reinforced sandwich laminates

Scott Rossell (2000) - Fluid flow modeling of resin transfer molding for composite material wind turbine blade structures

Rob Morehead (2000) - Fatigue of skin-stiffener intersections in composite wind turbine blade structures

Luke Turoski (2000) - Effects of manufacturing defects on the strength of toughened carbon/epoxy prepreg composites

Dallas Parkins (2000) - Development and validation of a dry-fiber bundle test method

Mei Li (2000) - Temperature and moisture effects on composite materials for wind turbine blades

Daniel Samborsky (1999) - Fatigue of E-glass fiber reinforced composite materials and substructures

Aaron Sears (1999) - Experimental validation of finite element techniques for buckling and postbuckling of composite sandwich shells

Ricardo Orozco (1999) - Effects of toughened matrix resins on composite materials for wind turbine blades

Jon Skramstad (1999) - Evaluation of hand lay-up and resin transfer molding in composite wind turbine blade manufacturing

Darrin Haugen (1998) - Fracture of skin-stiffener intersections in composite wind turbine blade structures

Kris Battleson  (1998) - Surface characterization of pan-based carbon fibers using XPS, SIMS, and AFM

Ethan Scott (1997) - Effects of ply drops on the fatigue resistance of composite materials and structures

Dell Humbert (1997) - Modeling of resin transfer molding of composite materials with oriented unidirectional plies

Jinhua Bian (1996) - Fiberglass composite tensile fatigue resistance : fiber surface damage analysis and fatigue resistant fiber coating

David Combs (1995) - Design, analysis and testing of a wind turbine blade substructure

Guangxi Wei (1995) - High cycle longitudinal and transverse figure of unidirectional glass/polyester composites

Andrew Belinki (1994) - High cycle compressive fatigue of unidirectional glass/polyester performed at high frequency

Charles Hedley (1994) - Mold filling parameters in resin transfer molding of composites

Rena Pan (1994) - Fatigue behavior of glass fiber reinforced composite materials for wind turbine blades

Ramazan Kahraman (1993) - Influence of fiber-matrix interphase on high temperature behavior of glass-ceramic matrix composites

Modayur Shrinivas (1993) - Three dimensional finite element analysis of matrix cracks in multidirectional composite laminates

Richard Creed (1993) - High cycle tensile fatigue of unidirectional fiberglass composite tested at high frequency

Raj Shreeram (1991) - Tensile testing of metal/metal and ceramic/metal brazed joints

Robert Reed (1991) - Long term fatigue of glass fiber reinforced composite materials for wind turbine blades

Joshi Magadi (1990) - Progressive cracking of ceramic-matrix composites