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Current Senior Members


Dr. Guillermo Paniagua

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics and Astronautics (by courtesy)

Director of the Rolls-Royce "Small Core Turbine Aerodynamics" U. Tech. Center

Guillermo enjoys reading, nature, cycling, skiing, and cooking


Dr. Lakshya Bhatnagar

Research Scientist


Lakshya likes sci fi ,travelling and eating. On a break you can find him hiking, running or cooking



Michael Butzen

Research Engineer


Michael enjoys cooking and eating new foods, hiking, ice fishing, paintball, and game nights with family and friends



Dr. Izzet Sahin

Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellow


Izzet enjoys hiking, road trips, camping, nature, and spending time with his cats.



Dr. Lukas Inhestern

Marie Curie Research Fellow (Visiting Researcher - TU Berlin)


Lukas likes to have coffee and cake preferably sitting outside in the sun. He also enjoys doing sports like badminton



Dr. Eusebio Valero

Marie Curie Research Fellow (Visiting Professor - U Politecnica Madrid)


Eusebio enjoys hiking, crossfit training, and track&field, with friends



Current PhD Students


Logan Tuite

Research Assistant - PhD Student - School of Mechanical Engineering


Logan enjoys scuba diving, rock climbing, and camping in the summer and snowboarding in the winter



Antonio Castillo Sauca

Research Assistant - PhD Student - School of Aeronautics and Astronautics


Antonio is an enthusiast of ski touring, hiking, and climbing, enjoys the scenery from the summits



Antoni Rebassa

Research Assistant - PhD Student - School of Mechanical Engineering


Toni likes swimming, spearfishing, windsurfing on the sea, good food, racquet sports and running



Aubrey McKelvy

Research Assistant - PhD Student - School of Aeronautics and Astronautics


Aubrey likes to ride motorcycles when it’s not snowing, ski when it is snowing, and play piano



Hunter Nowak

Research Assistant - PhD Student - School of Mechanical Engineering


Hunter enjoys rock climbing, playing bass guitar, going on road trips, watching sports, and playing board games



Sergio Grasa Martinez

Research Assistant - PhD Student - School of Aeronautics and Astronautics


Sergio enjoys basketball, tennis and watching motorsports, loves visiting aviation museums



James Twaddle

Research Assistant - PhD Student - School of Mechanical Engineering


James enjoys hiking, classic 60's and blues, playing guitar, talking about philosophy, and watching movies



Andrea Ruan

Research Assistant - PhD Student - School of Aeronautics and Astronautics


Andrea enjoys reading biographies and loves playing soccer, being in the mountains and drinking beer



Kevin Boes

Research Assistant - PhD Student - School of Mechanical Engineering


Kevin enjoys working out, traveling with friends, and going on long walks/hikes



Current Visiting Scholars


Andres Mateo Gabin

Visiting PhD Student - U. Politecnica Madrid


Andrés enjoys reading, traveling, playing basketball and cycling with friends



Current MS Students



Ford Lynch

Research Assistant - MS Student - School of Mechanical Engineering


Ford enjoys hiking, mountain biking, gardening, and spending time with friends and family



John Andrew Grunenwald

Research Assistant - MS Student - School of Aeronautics and Astronautics


Jack enjoys trying new foods, drinking tea, playing electric guitar, and playing board games



Luis Zarate-Sanchez

Research Assistant - MS Student - School of Mechanical Engineering


Luis enjoys running and cycling, as well as playing music with friends



William Andress

Research Assistant - MS Student - School of Mechanical Engineering


Bill enjoys baking, camping, soccer, and playing games with friends



Diego Sanchez

Research Assistant - MS Student - School of Aeronautics and Astronautics


Diego enjoys hiking, cooking, climbing and traveling with friends



Adam Moeller

Research Assistant - MS Student - School of Aeronautics and Astronautics


Adam enjoys cooking new foods, travelling, skiing and hiking



Ignacio Lasala

Research Assistant - MS Student - School of Aeronautics and Astronautics


Ignacio enjoys cycling, watching action movies, and playing the guitar, loves travelling and sightseeing




Current Undergraduate Research Assistants


Mehul Dhillon

BS Student - School of Aeronautics and Astronautics


Mehul likes to fly airplanes, watch movies, going to the gym, and listening to music



Purdue Alumni - PhD Graduates

Lakshya Bhatnagar

PhD 04/2022, Research Scientist 2022-2024

"A probabilistic approach to uncertainty in turbine efficiency measurement"

Dayna Obenauf

PhD 02/2022

"Experimental and Theoretical Characterization of liquid jet and droplet breakup in high-speed flows"

Francisco Lozano

PhD 09/2021

"Control of shock-vortex interaction through leading edge blowing"

Papa Aye (Nyansafo) Aye-Addo

PhD 08/2021

"Development of a Laser-lifetime Pressure Sensitive Paint Method for Turbine Analysis"

Jordan Fisher

PhD 10/2020

"Optical Techniques in High-speed reacting and non-reacting flows"

Iman Rahbari

PhD 11/2019, Research Scientist 2020-2021

"Acoustic streaming in compressible turbulent boundary layers;

Zhe Liu

PhD 11/2019

"Characterization of axial turbines for pressure gain combustion"

Paht Juangphanich

PhD 9/2019

"Bio-inspired optimization of a turbine stage"

James Braun

PhD 7/2019, Research Assistant Professor 2020-2023

"Power harvesting from shock waves: The axial bladeless turbine"

Valeria Andreoli

PhD 6/2019, Postdoc 2019-2020

"Cooled turbine tip design: Aerothermal optimization for engine transients"

Jorge Saavedra

PhD 11/2018, Postdoc 2019-2020

"Determining the dynamic scales of the boundary layer and flow separation inception: Analysis towards efficient flow control"

David Gonzalez Cuadrado

PhD 09/2018, Senior Research Administrator 2019-2020

" 3D Inverse Heat Transfer Methodologies for Microelectronic and Gas Turbine Applications"

Cis De Maesschalck

PhD 11/2016, Postdoc 2017

"Design, Analysis, Optimization and Control of Rotor Tip Flows"

Jorge Sousa

PhD Spring 2016, Postdoc 2016

"Supersonic turbine design"



von Karman Institute Alumni - PhD Graduates

Michael Joly

PhD Spring 2014

"Optimization of turbomachinery for high-speed propulsion"

Henny Bottini

PhD Spring 2014

"Analysis of transition to turbulence of a high-speed-flow"

Laura Villafañe

PhD Fall 2013

"Experimental aerothermal performance of a turbofan bypass flow heat exchangers"

Victor Fernandez

PhD Fall 2013

"Simulation design and analysis of combined cycles for high-speed propulsion"

Sergio Lavagnoli

PhD Fall 2012

"On the aerothermal flow field in a transonic HPT stage with a multi-profile LPT"

Bayindir Saracoglu

PhD Summer 2012

"Turbine base pressure active control through trailing edge blowing"

Marco Pau

PhD Spring 2009

"Aerothermal impact of purge flow and rotor platform cooling on a HP turbine stage"

Tolga Yasa

PhD Spring 2008

"Efficiency of a HPT tested in a compression tube facility"



Purdue Alumni - MS Graduates

Stephen Bean

MS 5/2023

"Optimization and analysis of squealer tip geometries in supercritical CO2"

Andrea Ruan

MS 2/2023

"Experimental characterization of high lift transonic turbine rotor performance in an annular cascade"

Connor McQueen

MS 2/2023

"Development of Particle Image Velocimetry for a high speed two-stage turbine"

Nathaniel Kiefer

MS 2/2023

"Development and characterization of Mach 2-6 Nozzle using High-frequency optical and surface techniques"

Sergio Grasa

MS 12/2022

"Design and optimization of diffusive turbine nozzle guide vanes downstream of a transonic rotating detonation combustor"

James Twaddle

MS 12/2022

"Experimental assessment of transonic Rossiter cavity in developing acoustic streaming and its effects on heat transfer"

Nicholas Long

MS 11/2022

"Development of a novel experimental methodology for testing turbine rotor designs in a non-rotating annular cascade"

Roberto Nares Alcalá

MS 07/2022

"Development of high-fidelity temperature probe to assess heat transfer enhancement with acoustic enhancement"

Hunter Nowak

MS 04/2022

"Controlling quasi-2D separation with flow injection"

John Paulson

MS 04/2022

"Analysis on Separated Regions in Internal Flows through Particle Image Velocimetry"

Antoni Rebassa

MS 11/2021

"Aerothermal characterization and multi-objective optimization of finned heat exchangers"

Aubrey McKelvy

MS 11/2021

"High precision force application and temperature resistant probe nacelles for supersonic exhaust characterization"

Michael Butzen

MS 07/2021

"Design of Test Section for Modulating Heat Flux Using Acoustic Streaming in Narrow Channel Experiments"

Syed Shoiab

MS 06/2021

"Development of shear stress measurement technique and plotting surface streak lines using oil technique"

Santiago Salinas

MS 05/2021

"Sensor calibration system and methodology for tip clearance measurements in turbomachines"

Antonio Castillo Sauca

MS 05/2021

"Development of experimental capabilities for the aerothermal characterization of surface air-cooled heat exchangers"

Daniel Inman

MS 02/2020

"Particle Image Velocimetry in a High Pressure Turbine stage at aerodynamically engine representative conditions"

Shawn Willette

MS 04/2019

"On the design of a fast opening valve for rapid release of a pressure differential within Ludwieg Tubes"

Udit Vyas

MS 04/2019

"Aerodynamic investigation and optimization of compact engine intakes for high subsonic speed applications"

Swapnil Ingale

MS 12/2018, Senior Turbine Test Assistant 2020-2022

"Characterization of the Purdue Experimental Turbine Aerothermal Lab Rigs using Hot Wires"

Lakshya Bhatnagar

MS 08/2018

"Atomic Layer Thermopile Film for Heat Flux Measurement in high speed and high temperature flows"

Shengqi Lu

MS 06/2018

"Development of high-frequency virtual thermocouples"

Raunaq Kumaran

MS Spring 2022


Ryan Bohr

MS Fall 2020


Siddhant Joshi

MS Spring 2020


Jose David Ramirez

MS Spring 2020


Nathan Humbert

MS Fall 2019


Val Joiner

MS Spring 2019


Hongyi Shao

MS Spring 2018


Naga Tejadeep Kalipi

MS Fall 2016


Yutao Zheng

MS Spring 2016




Purdue Alumni - BS Graduates

Alex Suppiah

(Summer 2022)

Kevin Boes

(Spring 2022, Summer 2022, Fall 2022)

Miranda Daane

(Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Fall 2022)

Maxwell Bolt

(Fall 2021, Fall 2022)

Avidh Bavkar

(Spring 2022, Summer 2022, Fall 2022)

Jack Grunewald

(Fall 2021, Spring 2022)

Diego Sanchez

(Fall 2021, Spring2022)

William Andress

(Fall 2021)

Saunak Debnath

(Summer, Fall 2021)

William Owens

(Fall 2020, Spring, Summer, Fall 2021)

Luiz Eduardo Leite Filho

(Spring, Summer 2021)

Tim Miller

(Spring, Summer 2021)

Edward Eugene Bryan

(Fall 2020, Spring 2021)

Pablo Gasco

(Spring 2021)

Miquel Perez Nebot

(Spring 2021)

Alec Vucsko

(Spring 2021)

Nathaniel Kiefer

(Fall 2020, Spring 2021)

Jack Atkinson

(Fall 2020)

James Twaddle

(Fall 2020)

Paul Adler

(Fall 2020)

Antoni Rebassa

(Spring, Summer 2020)

Austin Barrow

(Spring, Fall 2020)

Ivanka Carbajal

(Spring, Fall 2020)

Scott Giammatteo

(Fall 2020)

Asato Reese

(Spring, Summer 2020)

Martin Degener

(Fall, Spring 2019)

Nicholas Schmidt

(Fall 2019)

Matthew Nichols


Leonardo Facchini

(Spring 2019)

Yuhan Roh

(Spring, Summer, Fall 2018)

Kiran Prabakar

(Spring 2018)

Nicholas Long

(Spring, Summer, Fall 2018, 2019, 2020)

Diego Martinez

(Fall 2017, Spring 2018)

Clement Villegas

(Spring, Fall 2018)

Patrick Krane

(Spring 2017)

Tanvi Sawant

(Fall 2016, Spring 2017)

Eric Schweitzer

(Fall 2016, Spring 2017)

Matthew Hersey

(Summer, Fall 2016)

Robert Meyer

(Summer, Fall 2016, Spring 2017)

Andres Porro Carvalhar

(Spring, Fall 2016)

Vinicius Mapelli

(Summer 2015)

Hugo da Silva Lui

(Summer 2015)

Andre Oliveira

(Summer 2015)

Sudeep Sai

(Summer 2015)

Jack Boes

(Spring 2015)


Purdue Alumni - Visiting Scholars

Carlos Jesus Ruiz Sanchez

Univ. Politecnica de Madrid
(3/20/2023 – 6/10/2023)

Gabriel do Lago Marques

Univ. of Campinas
(1/9/2023 – 5/15/2023)

Andres Mateo Gabin

Univ. Politecnica de Madrid
(9/15/2022 – 2/15/2023)

Hongyi Wei

TU Berlin
(9/1/2022 – 1/27/2023)

Himpu Marbona

(9/9/2022 – 11/25/2022)

Steffen Hammer

(6/15/2022 – 9/30/2022)

Adrian Delgado

U de Leon
(6/10/2022 – 10/31/2022)

Federico Lluesma

Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (9/01/2021 – 1/30/2022)

Yingzhu Wang

Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (3/25/2019 – 6/29/2019)

Alejandro Martinez Cava

Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (9/3/2018 – 11/9/2018)

Lukas Inhestern

Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (6/1/2018 – 9/30/2018)

Ivan Padilla

von Karman Institute
(1/13/2018 – 04/05/2018)

Francisco Jesus Lozano

(06/10/2016 – 08/26/2016)

Ruth Herrero

Pol. University of Cartagena
(05/01/2016 – 08/01/2016)

Juan Pedro Solano

Pol. University of Cartagena
(05/01/2016 – 08/01/2016)

Jorge Saavedra

von Karman Institute
(1/01/2015 – 08/01/2015)