2006–2011 2011–2015 2015–2018 2018–Present


Hello! My name is Changning Niu (pronunciation). I am a Senior Materials Design Engineer at QuesTek Innovations LLC, a small business focused on computational materials design, located in Northern Chicagoland. You can also find me on LinkedIn.


2018–Present QuesTek Innovations LLC, Evanston, IL, USA
  Senior Materials Design Engineer (2019–Present)
  Materials Design Engineer (2018–2019)
2015–2018 Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA
  Post Doctoral Researcher, Advisor: Maryam Ghazisaeidi


2011–2015 Ph.D., North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh, NC, USA
  Materials Science and Engineering, Advisor: Douglas Irving
2006–2011 B.Sc., University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB), Beijing, China
  Materials Physics, minor in Information and Computational Science


My peer-reviewed publication list is available at Google Scholar Profile.

At QuesTek, I lead and contribute to various government/commercial/internal projects. Most of these projects are research-oriented, focusing on different topics in the field of integrated computational materials engineering (ICME) and materials genome. To name a few:

  • CALPHAD in the Cloud
  • Materials Genome and Integrated Computational Materials Engineering Toolkit
  • Mechanistically Enhanced Machine Learning for Materials Design and Process Optimization

During my PhD and postdoc, my research has focused on atomic-level computational studies of materials:

  • Energetics and phase stability of chemically (partially) disordered alloys and oxides
  • Phonon vibrations in crystalline materials
  • Density functional theory (DFT) simulation of alloys with magnetism
  • Defect formation in solid solution alloys
  • Transition state of point defects in crystalline materials using nudged elastic band method
  • Marchov Chain Monte Carlo simulation combined with DFT