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A look into my background

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Isaiah Kaiser


Ph.D. Candidate with strong research experience in material and structural behavior. Led the development, design, testing, and analysis of structural materials subject to mechanical and thermal loads in extreme environments. Brings forth extensive knowledge in performing research on product development and offering solutions to improve safety and effectiveness. Implements novel techniques such as machine learning and biomimetics to utilize research data effectively and achieve optimal results.


LTA Research, Akron, OH

Research Assistant 

August 2019 - Present

  • Design carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) composite joints that can be optimally utilized in aerospace structures through novel approaches such as biomimicry and machine learning (ML).

  • Perform finite element analysis (FEA) to simulate, predict, and characterize failure mechanics of polymer matrix composite joints for aerospace structural applications at extreme temperatures.

  • Conduct material characterization techniques to analyze surface morphology and chemical reactivity of composites and implement non-destructive techniques (NDT) to study its internal damage.

  • Develop and conduct experimental tests to further research, present novel concepts, and validate analytical and numerical models of failure in composite adhesive joints.


The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio (August 2019 - Present)

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering

Current GPA: 4.00/4.00

The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio (August 2016 - May 2019)

B.Sc. (Summa Cum Laude), Mechanical Engineering

Final GPA: 3.95/4.00

Stark State College, Ohio (August 2013 - May 2016)

A.Sc. (High Distinction), Mechanical Engineering

Final GPA: 3.92/4.00


Tools: Abaqus, ANSYS, PTC Creo, Siemens NX, TensorFlow, Minitab, LabVIEW, Python, MATLAB, VBA, Google Colab, Jupyter Notebook, Microsoft Office.

Skills: Material science, material characterization and testing, failure analysis, artificial intelligence, data analytics, complex problem solving, strategic and tactical planning, team collaboration, communication, leadership, organization, product design, project management and development.


ASC, Ph.D. Research Scholarship, 2021

USNC/TAM, Attendee Fellowship Program, 2021

ASC, 4 Minute Doctoral Research Impact Competition, 2021

ASC, Best Paper Award, 2020

The University of Akron, Graduate Scholarship, 2019 - Present

Tau Beta Pi Honor Society, Inducted, 2018

The University of Akron, President’s List, 2017 - 2019

Phi Theta Kappa, Scholarship, 2016 - 2019

Partners in Excellence, Transfer Scholarship, 2016 - 2019



Published Journal Articles (2 most recent)

  1. I. Kaiser, C. Tan, and K.T. Tan (2021). Bio-inspired patterned adhesive single-lap joints for CFRP and titanium, Composites Part B: Engineering, 224:109182.

  2. I. Kaiser and K.T. Tan (2020). Damage and Strength Analysis of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer and Titanium Tubular Adhesive Joints, International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, 103:102710.​​

Conference Proceedings (2 most recent)

  1. I. Kaiser and K.T. Tan (2021). Effect of Surface Preparation on the Damage and Fracture Behavior of Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Polymer and Titanium Tubular Adhesive Lap-Joints at Elevated Temperatures, Technical Presentation for ASME 2021 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE), 1-4 Nov, Virtual.

  2. I. Kaiser, C. Zhang, and K.T. Tan (2021). Failure of CFRP and Titanium Tubular Adhesive Lap Joints at Extreme Temperatures, Conference Proceeding for American Society for Composites (ASC) 36th Technical Conference, 19-23 Sept, Virtual.

The University of Akron, Akron, OH

Graduate Teaching Assistant 

August 2019 - May 2021

  • Teach freshman-level engineering students important software (Solidworks and MATLAB) and hardware.

  • Conduct computer lab sessions for engineering students to practice what they have learned.

  • Grade weekly assignments and provide feedback for students to make improvements.

  • Advise students on good engineering principles so that they can be well-trained engineers.

The University of Akron, Akron, OH
Undergraduate Researcher 

August 2018 - May 2019

  • Performed finite element analysis (FEA) to observe a comprehensive stress analysis and the damage evolution of titanium and carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) tubular adhesive joints. 

  • Researched and implemented novel practices to improve the performance of adhesive joint architecture. 

  • Conducted a parametric study to observe the effect of adhesive geometry and adhesive properties on the failure mode of composite joints. 

  • Provided solutions to increase composite joint strength by utilizing a hybrid adhesive approach.

Diebold Nixdorf, North Canton, OH

Mechanical Engineering Co-Op 

January 2017 - May 2019

  • Performed tolerance stack-up analyses on new products by utilizing statistical tolerance analysis techniques.

  • Conducted thermal tests to analyze airflow/heat transfer through duct-work within ATM units utilizing thermocouples.

  • Led projects to enhance airflow for overheating conference monitors, specialized tooling for production parts, and a rotational component to increase efficiency during powder coating processes.

  • Assisted in the development and design of a part tracking software utilizing VBA code to generate metrics, prices, and time estimations for all prototypes manufactured within the Innovation Center.

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