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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

PhD Student

Suhail's 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.

Zac Chazen

MEng Student

Zac is pursuing a master’s in Aerospace Engineering. He is interested in rocket propulsion including the use of 3D printing of both ceramics and metals for use in this area. Before coming to Cornell, he received a BS in mechanical engineering at Binghamton University. During this time, he interned twice at Moog Inc. in their aircraft division working on build test equipment for flight critical parts.

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.

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Jessica Wu

Undergraduate Student

Jessica is pursuing her bachelor’s in Computer Science with minors in Business and Law and Society. She is currently working on image processing of raw x-ray synchrotron images and automating and optimizing the image post-processing workflow. Outside of academics, Jessica enjoys dancing and spending time with her cats.


Sobhani Lab Alumni

Sadeq Saleh, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher 2021-2022

Continued on to: Princeton University, Product Development Lead

Grace Falanga

Master of Engineering Student 2021-2022

Continued on to: GE Research, Edison Engineer