Bio


Shanyuan (Alex) Niu is a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University working with Prof. Wendy Mao. Shanyuan obtained his Ph.D. in Materials Science from University of Southern California, under the supervision of Prof. Jayakanth Ravichandran. Shanyuan's general research interest lies in the big, fun interdisciplinary playground between materials science, physics, chemistry, and photonic and optoelectronic technologies. Shanyuan currently works on studying material under extreme conditions.

Honors & Awards


  • William F. Ballhaus, Jr. Prize for Excellence in Graduate Engineering Research, (2019)
  • PhD Achievement Award, University of Southern California (2019)
  • Grad School Banner Bearer, Student Speaker, USC Commencement & Viterbi Hooding (2019)
  • Best Dissertation Award in Materials Science, USC Viterbi (2019)
  • Link Foundation Energy Fellowship, Link Foundation (2017-2019)
  • Ovshinsky Travel Grant Award, APS DMP (2019)
  • Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad, CSC (2018)
  • Best Oral Presentation Award, MFD 13th Symposium (2018)
  • Distinguished Student Award, APS FIP (2018)
  • Travel Award for Excellence in Graduate Research, APS FGSA (2018)
  • Best Research Assistant Award, USC MFD (2017)
  • Best Poster Award, MFD 11th &12th Symposium (2015-2016)
  • Excellent Teaching Assistant, USC Viterbi (2015)

Professional Education


  • Master of Science, University of Southern California (2014)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Southern California (2019)
  • Ph.D., University of Southern California, Materials Science
  • M.S., University of Southern California, Materials Science
  • B.S., Nanjing University, Materials Science & Engineering

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