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.
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.
Mruthunjaya Uddi, Ph. D.
Uddi's research in the RGD focuses on study of clean combustion technologies such as using Ion Transport Membrane (ITM), Chemical Looping Combustion (CLC) and their practical applications. Uddi studied plasma combustion kinetics at Ohio State University for his Ph.D. thesis, developed Mid-IR laser absorption measurement techniques at University of Connecticut for RCMs (Rapid Compression Machine) and for plasma combustion kinetics studies at Princeton University during his CEFRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at Princeton University.
Byung Chul Choi, Ph. D.
Choi joined the department of mechanical engineering at MIT in February 2015 as a visiting research scholar. His research interest includes the areas of fundamentals of combustion, internal combustion engine, thermal energy conversion & storage, and fire & explosion safety. His current work at RGD lab focuses on the flame stabilization and combustion instability of lean-premixed turbulent flames in a backward-facing step combustor.