Professor Ahmed F. Ghoniem
Professor Ghoniem is the Ronald C. Crane ('72) professor of Mechanical Engineering and the director of the Center for 21st Century Energy at MIT. He holds B. S. (1973) and M. S. (1975) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Cairo University in Egypt and a Ph. D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley (1980). He served as a research scientist at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory from 1980-83. Since 1983 he has been at MIT where he established the Reacting Gas Dynamics Laboratory and has supervised a number of M.S. & Ph.D. students, post-docs and research scientists. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
His research interest lie in the areas of high performance computing in turbulent reactive flow, computational mathematics, combustion dynamics and active control, modeling and simulation of transport-chemistry interactions in thermochemical and electrochemical systems including high temperature fuel cells, gasification processes and fuel production and analysis of high-performance, zero-emission integrated energy systems with CO2 capture.
Carmen Jiménez, Ph. D.
Carmen Jiménez is a Senior Researcher in the Combustion Modeling Group at CIEMAT (Center for Energy Research, Madrid, Spain) and a visiting researcher at the RGD Lab. Her research work focuses in the numerical analysis and modeling of fundamental combustion processes. Her recent activity covers subjects such as the dynamics and stability of laminar flames, the characterisation of combustion in small scale devices, the reduction of chemical kinetics mechanisms and the numerical modeling of turbulent combustion.
Lorraine is an experienced educational and laboratory research administrator with a proven track record in major university settings. Lorraine is knowledgeable in research accounting. Her key strengths fall in the areas of pre- and post-grant administration and project management. Lorraine has worked in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT for 13 years, assisting several senior faculty and their research groups. She holds a paralegal certificate from Northeastern University in addition to other certifications in management. She has worked in grant administrative coordinator roles in Boston area teaching hospitals and colleges for more than 25 years. She is a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA). Lorraine joined Professor Ghoniem’s Lab in October 2002. In her spare time, Lorraine enjoys boating, swimming, antiquing, concerts, cooking, and travelling.
Santosh Shanbhogue, Ph. D.
Santosh does research in the areas of Efficient Energy and Clean & Quiet Propulsion. These lead him into fundamental research in Combustion Dynamics, Turbulent Combustion, Experimental Fluid Mechanics, Flow Diagnostics and Aeroacoustics.
At MIT, he is presently working on understanding and control of combustion instabilities in swirl and backward step combustors that burn carbon-monoxide/hydrogen/propane blends. He also oversees the design and devlopment of the Oxy-Fuel Combustion Laboratory.
Santosh earned his doctoral and masters degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. He received his undergraduate degree, also in Aerospace Engineering, from the Indian Insitute of Technology, Madras, in India.
Dan Michaels, Ph. D.
Dan’s postdoctoral work focuses on computationally modeling combustion dynamics and instabilities in premixed flames. Understanding the fundamental physical and chemical processes that govern combustion dynamics is essential for achieving cleaner and more reliable energy production. Dan earned his Ph.D, MA and BSc at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, in Haifa. His PhD work was on the interior ballistics of a combustion chamber discharging a concentrated mass.
Xiaoyu is working on ion transport membrane technologies for hydrogen production and carbon dioxide reuse. His work includes experimental studies on heterogeneous reaction kinetics and inorganic material characterization. Besides, system analysis and reactor design will be also studied.
Before studying at MIT, Xiaoyu did his undergraduate and master studies in Department of Energy Engineering at Zhejiang University, China, and worked on falling film evaporation and nanofluid fuels. He won the Chu Ko-Chen Scholarship in his undergraduate studies. In 2012, Xiaoyu joined the RGD Lab at MIT, and received the Chiang Chen Overseas PhD Fellowship in the academic year 2012-2013. In summer 2015, he is the MISTI-MITEI fellow.
George’s research focuses in the numerical modeling of Ion Transport Membrane (ITM) reactors. He develops novel computational models of the reactor in order to predict its performance, while he also validates them with the experimental results. His research includes the study of the mechanisms of oxygen transport through the membrane, the chemistry on the surface of the membrane and the oxidation reactions for different operating conditions of the reactor. He is also dealing with problems related with the optimization of the ITM reactor.
George joined the RGD laboratory in September, 2012. He holds B. S. and M. S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens-NTUA (2012). He has also worked as a researcher at the Parallel CFD & Optimization Unit (PCOpt) of NTUA for one year (2011-2012), while he was a member of this group for more than four years (2008-2012). During this period, he was developing state of the art optimization methods using continuous adjoint techniques for automotive industry applications in internal and external aerodynamics.
Akhilesh's research interest is in developing models for fluidized bed biomass gasification. He is currently working on the the accurate prediction of granular flow including mixing and segregation effects, both at the laboratory scale as well as the commercial bed scale.
Prior to joining the RGD lab in Fall 2012, Akhilesh got his Dual Degree (Integrated Bachelor's and Master's in Science) in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Outside school, he loves traveling, and enjoys music and photography.
Kevin Kung is working on a multi-scale analysis of the thermochemical treatment of biomass as a potential waste management solution in the context of India. Kevin received his A.B. in Physics from Princeton University, M.Phil. in Physics from University of Cambridge, and S.M. in Biological Engineering from MIT. He founded a profitable biomass waste management project in Kenya called Takachar.
Ashwin Raghavan joined the RGD Lab as a Masters student in the fall of 2011. His interests lie in the field of reactive turbulent flows and combustion. Currently, Ashwin is working as part of a diverse team looking into the process of desulfurization of crude oil using supercritical water and is specifically looking to perform simulations of the multiphase turbulent reactive mixing process.
Ashwin earned his bachelor's degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay.
Nadim Walid Chakroun
Nadim's main interests are in the areas of clean energy and zero-emission integrated energy systems with CO2 capture. His current research focuses on experimental and numerical investigations of the stability of oxy-fuel combustion processes for use in power generation plants for the purpose of carbon capture and sequestration.
Nadim is currently pursuing his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 2014, Nadim earned his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. His Master's research focused on sour gas oxy-fuel combustion power cycles for carbon capture. Prior to entering MIT, he earned his B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University He has been a member of the Reacting Gas Dynamics Lab since September 2012. Outside of school, Nadim enjoys playing basketball and soccer and he loves to travel and discover new places.
Yu Luo is a PhD candidate in the CECU (Clean Energy Conversion and Utilization) Group at Tsinghua University (Beijing, China) and a visiting student at the RGD Lab from Oct 2016. His research focuses on experimental and numerical analysis of high temperature electrochemical conversion by solid oxide cell (SOC), including reaction mechanisms, reactor design and optimization, and system analysis in both steady-state and dynamic operations. During his visit, he will carry out the numerical simulation study on the reaction mechanisms of the H2O/CO2 co-electrolysis by SOC.
Giancarlo Gentle is a Ph.D. candidate In Chemical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and a visiting student at RGD Lab since June 2016. His research activity is focused on numerical analysis and modeling of the thermochemical processes involving solid fuels. In particular, he is working on the modeling of fluidized bed biomass gasifier aiming to develop a hierarchical multi-scale approach to better characterize the fluid dynamics and chemistry both at particle and reactor scale.