Administrative Staff

Visiting Scholars

Research Scientists


PhD Candidates

Masters Students

Visiting Students

Alumni (Visiting Scholars)

Alumni (Post-Docs)

Alumni (Ph. D.)

Alumni (S. M.)


Prof. Ahmed Ghoniem

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.

Professor Ghoniem's ResearchGate Page

Visiting Scholars

Carmen Jiménez

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.

Daehyun Wee

Daehyun Wee, Ph. D.

Dr. Daehyun Wee acquired his M.S. and Sc.D. degrees from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, and worked for the Bosch Research and Technology Center North America, before joining the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering at Ewha Womans University as a faculty member. Visiting the RGD Lab at MIT, he mainly focuses his research efforts on the development and analysis of novel energy conversion technologies and the investigation of their interactions with the natural environment.

Administrative Staff


Lorraine Rabb

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.

Research Scientists

Santosh Shanbhogue

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.

Dr. Shanbhogue's Google Scholar Page

Post-Doctoral Associates

Akhilesh Bakshi

Akhilesh Bakshi

Akhilesh’s research interests are in multiphase flow modeling and uncertainty quantification in energy and chemical systems. His postdoctoral work focuses on (a) robust reactive particulate flow simulations for combustion and gasification applications and (b) the quantification and propagation of numerical, model and operation uncertainty in CFD-Discrete-Element Model (DEM) simulations of fluidized bed reactors. Akhilesh earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in Jan 2017, which was based on multiscale continuum simulations of gas solid fluidization for predicting mixing dynamics and reactor scaling.

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.

Akhilesh's Google Scholar Page

Akhilesh's Researchgate page

Georgios Dimitrakopoulos

Georgios Dimitrakopoulos

George is investigating the co-production of hydrogen, synthesis gas and ethylene through water-splitting, methane partial oxidation and ethane dehydrogenation, respectively, facilitated by the use of mixed ionic and electronic conducting perovskite materials. He conducts experiments to quantify the performance of materials and then uses the measurements to extract fundamental information about the material operation by developing state of the art electrochemical and thermochemical models. His numerical work includes the development of detailed surface reaction and material diffusion models as well as their coupling with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) algorithms towards the design of high-performance membrane reactors.

George joined the RGD laboratory in September 2012 as a graduate student. In January 2017, he obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Computation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and since then he is working in the group as a Postdoctoral Associate. He also holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (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).

George's Google Scholar Page

Yuval Dagan

Yuval Dagan

Yuval is working on high performance computing and CFD simulations of reactive systems including the development of large eddy and direct simulation methods for coupling multi-resolutions methods and detailed kinetics, with application to advanced combustion processes including oxy-combustion and catalytic combustion for clean energy systems. Yuval is also conducting detailed analytical and numerical studies of combustion dynamics in liquid fuel systems with focus on the interplay between stability, emissions characteristics and environmental impact.

Yuval joined the RGD laboratory in March, 2017. In June, 2016 he obtained his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. He also holds B.Sc. degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the Technion (2007), and a M.Sc. Degree from the faculty of Aerospace Engineering (2013). Yuval also worked as a researcher at a computational aerodynamics department for ten years in the Aerospace industry in Israel.

Ph.D. Candidates

Xiaoyu Wu

Xiaoyu Wu

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.

Xiaoyu's Web page

Kevin Kung

Kevin Kung

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.

Kevin's Google Scholar Page

Ashwin Raghvan

Ashwin Raghavan

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 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.

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