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Senior Members


Guillermo Paniagua

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Guillermo enjoys reading biographies, contact with nature, trekking, cycling or skying, followed by good meals.



James Braun

Research Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering


James snowboards the mountains in the winter, enjoys sunny countries in summer and likes cooking.



Lukas Inhestern

Postdoctoral Research Associate


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



Michael Butzen

Research Engineer


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



Swapnil Ingale

Senior Turbine Test Assistant


Swapnil loves to read web novels, play volleyball, cook food and hang out with friends



Graduate Students


Gene Bryan

MS Student of Mechanical Engineering


Gene likes playing intramurals, 3D printing, working on projects of his own, reading, and above all, sleeping.



Lakshya Bhatnagar

PhD Student of Mechanical Engineering


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



Logan Tuite

PhD Student of Mechanical Engineering


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



Connor McQueen

MS Student of Aerospace Engineering


Connor enjoys golf, skydiving, watching sports, and spending time with family and friends.



Antoni Rebassa

PhD Student of Mechanical Engineering


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



Robert Bebe Wang

PhD Student of Mechanical Engineering


Bebe likes to swim, listen to music, and cook as well. In his downtime, he'll usually be watching TV or listening to music and relaxing.



Aubrey McKelvy

PhD Student of Aerospace Engineering


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



Roberto Nares

MS Student of Mechanical Engineering


Roberto enjoys reading novels, mostly classics, as well as philosophy and history books. He also likes running and trekking.



Nick Long

MS Student of Aerospace Engineering


Nick likes to spend time with his friends and family while traveling, enjoying a good meal, or playing board games.



Antonio Castillo Sauca

PhD Student of Aerospace Engineering


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



Hunter Nowak

MS Student of Mechanical Engineering


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



James Twaddle

MS Student of Mechanical Engineering


James enjoys hiking, classic 60's and blues, playing guitar, talking about philosophy, and watching good (or especially bad) movies with friends.



Dayna Obenauf

PhD Student of Mechanical Engineering


Dayna likes baking, hiking, and wine tasting with friends. She also loves to learn new languages and travel.



John Paulson

MS Student of Mechanical Engineering


John enjoys reading, running, visiting National Parks, and spending time with his daughter.



Luis Zarate-Sanchez

MS Student of Mechanical Engineering


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



Stephen Bean

MS Student of Mechanical Engineering


Stephen enjoys hiking, cooking, and Dungeons and Dragons. He also loves spending time with his family and playing musical instruments.



Sergio Grasa Martinez

MS Student of Aerospace Engineering


Sergio enjoys basketball, tennis and watching motorsports. He also loves visiting aviation museums and exhibitions.



Andrea Ruan

MS Student of Aerospace Engineering


Andrea enjoys reading biographies and loves playing soccer, being in the mountains on a motorcycle or having a beer with friends.


Nate Kiefer

MS Student of Mechanical Engineering




Undergraduate Researchers


Maxwell Bolt

BS Student of Mechanical Engineering


Max enjoys reading, running, lifting, and watching anime with friends.



John Andrew Grunenwald

BS Student of Mechanical Engineering


Jack enjoys trying new foods, drinking tea, playing electric guitar, and playing board games with his friends.



Miranda Daane

BS Student of Mechanical Engineering


Miranda enjoys hiking, baking, playing trumpet in the AAMB, and getting coffee with friends.



William Andress

BS Student of Mechanical Engineering


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



Diego Sanchez

BS Student of Mechanical Engineering


Diego enjoys hiking, cooking, climbing and traveling with friends


Saunak Debnath

BS Student of Mechanical Engineering



William Owens

BS Student of Mechanical Engineering




Past Members

Papa Aye (Nyansafo) Aye-Addo

PhD 2021

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


Francisco Lozano

PhD 2021

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


Jordan Fisher

PhD 2020

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


Iman Rahbari

PhD 2019, Research Scientist 2020-2021

"Acoustic streaming in compressible turbulent boundary layers;


Zhe Liu

PhD 2019

"Characterization of axial turbines for pressure gain combustion"


Valeria Andreoli

PhD 2019, Postdoc 2019-2020

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


Jorge Saavedra

PhD 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 2018, Senior Research Administrator 2019-2020

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


Paht Juangphanich

PhD 2019

"Bio-inspired optimization of a turbine stage"


Jorge Sousa

PhD 2016, Postdoc 2016

"Supersonic turbine design"

Cis De Maesschalck

PhD 2016, Postdoc 2016

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

Daniel Inman

MS 2020

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

Shawn Willette

MS 2019

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

Udit Vyas

MS 2019

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

Shengqi Lu

MS 2018

"Development of high frequency virtual thermocouples"


Santiago Salinas

MS 2021

"Sensor Calibration System and Methodology for Tip Clearance Measurements in Turbomachines"

Syed Shoiab

MS 2021

"Development of Shear Stress Measurement Technique and Plotting Surface Streak Lines using Oil Technique"

Nathan Humbert

MS 2019

Val Joiner

MS 2019

Ryan Bohr

MS 2020

Hongyi Shao

MS 2018

Naga Tejadeep Kalipi

MS 2018

Yutao Zheng

MS 2016

Pablo Gasco

MS 2021

Raunaq Kumaran

MS 2021

Jose David Ramirez

MS 2020

Siddhant Joshi

MS 2020


Past Undergraduate Members

Martin Degener

(Fall, Spring 2019)

Asato Reese

(Spring 2019)

Nicholas Schmidt

(Fall 2019)

Leonardo Facchini

(Spring 2019)

Yuhan Roh

(Spring, Summer, Fall 2018)

Austin Barrow

(Fall 2020)

Miquel Perez Nebot

(Spring 2021)

Matthew Nichols


Diego Martinez

(Fall 2017, Spring 2018)

Clement Villegas

(Spring, Fall 2018)

Kiran Prabakar

(Spring 2018)

Eric Schweitzer

(Fall 2016, Spring 2017)

Patrick Krane

(Spring 2017)

Scott Giammatteo

(Fall 2020)

Alec Vuckso

(Spring 2021)



Robert Meyer

(Summer, Fall 2016, Spring 2017)

Tanvi Sawant

(Fall 2016, Spring 2017)

Matthew Hersey

(Summer, Fall 2016)

Andres Porro Carvalhar

(Spring, Fall 2016)

Vinicius Mapelli

(Summer 2015)

Jack Atkinson

(Fall 2020)

Luiz Eduardo Leite Filho

(Summer 2021)



Jack Boes

(Summer 2015)

Hugo Lui

(Summer 2015)

Andre Oliveira

(Summer 2015)

Sudeep Sai

(Summer 2015)

Ivanka Carbajal

(Fall 2020)

James Twaddle

(Fall 2020)

Tim Miller

(Spring 2021)




Visiting Scholars

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)

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)