Prof. Carlos M. Portela

d’Arbeloff Career Development Assistant Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering

cportela@mit.edu

2019 Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, California

Institute of Technology

2016 M.S. Mechanical Engineering, California

Institute of Technology

2014 B.A. Physics, University of Southern

California

2013 B.S. Aerospace Engineering, University of

Southern California

 

Carlos M. Portela is the d’Arbeloff Career Development Professor in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. Prof. Portela received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, where he was given the Centennial Award for the best thesis in Mechanical and Civil Engineering, and he received degrees in Aerospace Engineering (B.S.) and Physics (B.A.) from the University of Southern California. At Caltech he worked under the guidance of Profs. Julia R. Greer and Dennis M. Kochmann exploring the mechanical response of 3D architected materials from experimental and computational perspectives. He joined MIT in August of 2020.    

The Team

Janet Sabio Maslow

Janet Sabio Maslow

Administrative Assistant

Janet assists the Portela Research Group in a myriad of administrative realms. She joined us in January 2021, but has been at MIT for over a decade.

Email – jsabio@mit.edu

Yun Kai

Yun Kai

Postdoctoral Associate

Yun’s interests lie in the utilization of ultrafast optics for the characterization of 3D architected materials. His expertise encompasses laser-ablation induced pressure waves, novel non-damaging photoacoustic excitation schemes, and various types of interferometry. Outside of the lab, Yun likes to go on day trips to other cities and get the same coffee from Dunkies.

Email – ykai@mit.edu

Somayajulu Dhulipala

Somayajulu Dhulipala

Graduate Student

Somayajulu is currently working on fabricating and predicting the mechanical properties of scalable nanomaterials. His research interests lie in architected materials, phase-field modeling , and nanomechanical testing. Outside of the lab he likes meditating, hiking and improv comedy.

Email – dsom@mit.edu

Thomas Butruille

Thomas Butruille

Graduate Student

Thomas is a graduate research assistant pursuing his masters in Mechanical Engineering. His research interests are the mechanics and design of 3D architected materials for high strain-rate applications. Outside of the lab, he enjoys lifting weights, reading, and skiing.

Email – thomasb3@mit.edu

Rachel Sun

Rachel Sun

Graduate Student

Rachel is currently researching the mechanics and fabrication of reconfigurable metamaterials. Her research interests include metamaterials and mechanics of structures. Outside of the lab, she enjoys playing soccer, lifting weights, reading, and exploring Boston for good food and coffee. 

Email – rmsun@mit.edu

Katherine Q Guo

Katherine Q Guo

Undergraduate Student

Katherine is an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelors in Materials Science and Engineering as well as in Art and Design. Her interests lie in understanding, designing, and fabricating acoustic metamaterials. Outside of the lab, she enjoys ceramics, trail running, the New Yorker Fiction podcast, and afternoons at a museum or at the symphony.

Mia Y Liang

Mia Y Liang

Undergraduate Student

Mia is an undergraduate pursuing a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science. Her current research lies in programming CAD files into an augmented reality compatible format for better visualization of architected materials. Outside the lab, she enjoys rowing, hiking, and painting.

Former Members

Rafael Fernandes

Rafael Fernandes

Undergraduate Student

Rafael is an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering. He worked with the Portela Research Group under an Experiential Learning Opportunity (ELO). His research interests are in mechanical design and interactive web development. Outside of the lab he likes skateboarding and lifting weights.