People

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.

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.

Aniruddha Saha

PhD Student

Aniruddha obtained his B.Tech (Hons.) in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 2021, where he primarily worked on complex fluids, molecular dynamics of nano-particles and fluid-structure interactions. His works have been published in three prestigious scientific journals during his undergraduate research. He was a research assistant at the Indian Institute of Science, where he conducted experiments to understand universality in polymeric coalescence. In his Ph.D. work, Aniruddha develops computational models and topology optimization methods for efficient transport and energy conversion applications. Outside of academics, he is a big fan of Calvin & Hobbes, folk music, table tennis and badminton.

Joshua Krsek

PhD Student

Joshua is an aerospace engineering PhD student focusing on the development of computational models to optimize the topology of porous media for carbon capture and efficient energy conversion. He earned a BS in mechanical engineering with a minor in computational science and concentration in aerospace from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 2021. He has significant experience with manufacturing techniques through multiple internships and independent projects. He also spent one summer as a research assistant at the University of Alabama, where he investigated the effect of porous inserts on instability mitigation in lean direct injection combustion. Outside of academics, Joshua enjoys running, lifting weights, skiing, and scuba diving.

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.

Sobhani Lab Alumni

Sadeq Saleh, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher 2021-2022

Product Development Lead, Princeton University