People

We are looking for motivated students and post-docs to join our team. Please refer to News & Announcements page for more details.

Sadaf Sobhani

Assistant Professor, Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University

Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability Faculty Fellow

Dr. Sobhani received her doctorate degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, where she also completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Her dissertation focused on volume-averaged and pore-scale simulations of combustion in porous materials as well as non-intrusive x-ray diagnostics development. During her PhD, she worked as a research associate at the NASA Ames Research Center, where she combined high-fidelity simulations with x-ray tomography to study radiative heat transfer in thermal protection fibrous materials. She later joined the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a postdoctoral researcher in the simulation and modeling of electrochemical systems for carbon conversion.

Sadeq Saleh

Postdoctoral Researcher

Sadeq received his doctorate degree in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. By training, he majored in solid mechanics during his bachelor’s studies and completed master’s degree in applied mechanical design both from University of Tehran. His research mostly aimed at developing novel additive manufacturing (AM) techniques and application of AM to undiscovered areas such as microelectronics, energy storage, and micro biomedical devices. During his Ph.D. studies, he developed a new 3D microfabrication technique and demonstrated its functionality by offering solutions to promote the design customization and reduce the cost of fabrication of micro-batteries, neural probes, micro-electrode arrays, and ultralight materials. The results of his research have been published in several prestigious scientific journals and filed/pre-filed patents and received publicity in news media. During his postdoctoral training at Cornell University, he uses CHESS Synchrotron X-ray beam to investigate the wettability and flooding in additively manufactured CO2R reactors.

Giancarlo D'Orazio

PhD Student

Giancarlo is a mechanical engineering PhD student focusing on research in the field of additive manufacturing, particularly the thermal and mechanical properties of 3D printed ceramic structures. Before transitioning to the engineering field, Giancarlo obtained a BA in anthropology from Hobart College. After some time working in industry, he returned to school and received a BS in mechanical engineering at the University of the District of Columbia. His undergraduate engineering research included work with direct metal laser sintering, triply periodic minimal surface lattice structures, and electrochemical 3D printing. He has also interned at both the US Naval Research Lab where he conducted electrochemical corrosion studies as and at NASA Johnson Space Center, working with the VIPER Thermal Engineering team.

Suhail Matthew Chamieh

Master of Engineering Student

Suhail is an MEng student studying mechanical and aerospace engineering. His research in the lab focuses on the fabrication and characterization of porous emitters for electrospray thrusters. Before joining Cornell, he received his bachelor’s degree from Boston University and interned twice at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he worked on CubeSats and high-altitude balloon experiments.

Grace Falanga

Master of Engineering Student

Grace is an MEng student studying Aerospace Engineering. In May 2021, she graduated from Cornell with a B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering. Her research is focused on developing processes to improve the durability of 3D printed ceramic parts. In the past, she has had internship experiences working with metallurgy (specifically steel) and carbon fiber composites for aerospace applications.

Danielle Weisenfeld

Undergraduate Student

Danielle is an undergraduate student pursuing her bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in business. She is interested in the properties of fluid flow environments and focusing on the thermal conductivities of fluids. Outside of school, Danielle enjoys practicing with her dance team, reading, and baking. Danielle's research is supported by the Engineering Learning Initiative grant.

James Ringsby

Undergraduate Student | Cornell Presidential Research Scholar

James is pursuing his bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Aerospace Engineering. He is interested in researching porous media burners and how these burners function using biofuels produced from feedstock. Outside of academics, he is interested in running, hiking, listening to music, and sustainable living.


Calvin Lee

Undergraduate Student

Calvin is an undergraduate studying Mechanical Engineering with a business minor. He is working on using the material properties of gas diffusion layers to increase efficiency in CO2 reduction reactions. Calvin also enjoys skateboarding, going to the beach, and writing news articles.