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Our Team

Principal Investigator

Gozdem Kilaz
Associate Professor in School of Engineering Technology and Aviation and Transportation Technology (by courtesy)
Gozdem Kilaz is Associate Professor in the Schools of Engineering Technology (SOET) and Aviation and Transportation Technology(SATT), by courtesy, at Purdue University at West Lafayette, Indiana. She holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering. Currently, she serves as the Director of the Fuel Laboratory of Renewable Engineering (FLORE). Her research is focused on transportation liquid fuels and sustainability. She is also a faculty member of the Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering (LORRE). Gozdem’s current projects include the synthesis, certification, and safety of all liquid transportation fuels as well as the analyses of electrochemical solvents utilized in energy systems of the US Navy.

Graduate Students

Louis Edwards Caceres Martinez
Graduate Research Assistant
Louis Caceres obtained both his M.S. and B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Universidad Nacional de Colombia. His research interests include fuel characterization, fluidization, and thermal modeling. He is currently working on high-performance renewable blendstock fuels under the supervision of Prof. Gozdem Kilaz.
Wan Tang Jeff Zhang
Graduate Research Assistant
Wan Tang Jeff Zhang is a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry. His research mainly focuses on utilizing mass spectrometers to analyze complex mixtures such as jet fuel, crude oil, and petroleum derivatives.

Undergraduate Students

Frederick Ford
Student Service - Ugra
John Healy
U.S. Navy Midshipman
Eion Keating
Student Service - Service
Anthony Park
Graduate Research Assistant
Nathaniel Roe
Student Service - Research Assistant
Reyvant Tambi
Undergraduate student