Research Group

A group of students pose on a wooden sculpture Summer 2019

Visiting Scholars

Narissa Kanlayakan, RGJ Scholar, Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Preeyaporn Poldorn, RGJ Scholar, Ubon Ratchathani University, Thailand

M.S. Students

Brian Barragan-Cruz*, B.S. Computer Science (WWU)

Reuben Szabo, B.S. Physics and Chemistry (WWU)

Gunnar Carlson, B.S. Chemistry (WWU)

Megan Deshaye, B.S. Biochemistry (WWU)

* = summer researcher co-advised with Prof. Brian Hutchinson, Computer Science

We have openings for graduate researchers to pursue an M.S. thesis degree in computational chemistry! Please contact Dr. Kowalczyk for details.

B.S. / B.A. Students

Ryan Lingg*, Summer 2019

Jason Stockwell+, Summer 2019

Sage Pavey+, Summer 2019

Alex Wrede, Spring 2019

Andrew Mehs, Spring 2019

Anna Lamping, Summer 2017

* = summer researcher co-advised with Prof. Brian Hutchinson, Computer Science
+ = summer researcher co-advised with Prof. Margaret Scheuermann, Chemistry

H.S. Student Volunteer

Joyce Kim       Sehome H.S.

Group Photo Archive

a group of people pose in front of geometric shapes Fall 2018

a group of students pose on and around a boulder Summer 2017

a group of students pose on and around a boulder Summer 2017

a group of students poses on a wooden sculpture Summer 2016

a group of students poses on a wooden sculpture Summer 2016

a group poses on a mountain with a mountain range and blue sky behind them. Summer 2015 group hike

a group poses on a mountain with a mountain range and blue sky behind them. Summer 2015 group hike

A small group of students poses on a wooden sculpture Winter 2015

A small group of students poses on a wooden sculpture Winter 2015

Research Group Alumni

Kelly Yokuda, B.S. Chemistry with Honors, Spring 2019

Chanatkran Prommin, RGJ Visiting Scholar, Chiang Mai University, Spring 2019

Vanessa Nguyen, B.S. Chemistry, Fall 2017

Matthew Paige, B.S. Applied Mathematics, Fall 2017

Justin Doyle, B.S. Chemistry, Fall 2017

Emily McCracken, B.S. Chemistry, Fall 2017

Khoa Le, B.S. Chemistry, Math & Biology minors, Spring 2017

Keenan Komoto, M.S. Chemistry, Spring 2017

Zoe Pollard, B.S. Mathematics, Materials Science minor, Winter 2017

Alessandro Banducci, B.S. Physics and Mathematics, Winter 2017

Alyssa Goodey, B.S. Biochemistry, Energy Science minor, Fall 2016

Hillary Pan, B.S. Physics (Oberlin College), Summer 2016 (REU)

Natalya Garcia, B.S. Chemistry, Materials Science minor, Summer 2016

Viktor Laszlo, B.S. Chemistry, Materials Science minor, Fall 2015

Daniel Dupont, B.S. Physics (University of Utah), Spring 2015

Prospective Students

Our group reflects the interdisciplinary nature of materials science research: current and recently graduated members include chemistry, biochemistry, physics, mathematics, and computer science majors, as well as materials and energy science minors. A team-oriented attitude and an interest in tackling materials science challenges through modeling and simulation are the most important prerequisites for our research; prior coursework in quantum mechanics, linear algebra, organic chemistry, and computer programming are all a plus. WWU undergraduates and prospective masters students with an interest our work are welcome to contact Dr. Kowalczyk (email, or drop by CB 241) to discuss current opportunities.