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Faculty

Ann R. Karagozian
Owen I. Smith

Affiliated Faculty
Robert T. M'Closkey
Luca Cortelezzi
Robert Kelly

Postdoctoral Researchers
Rosa Padilla
Takeshi Shoji
Hyung Sub Sim

Graduate Students
Richard Abrantes
Salvador Badillo-Rios
Andrea Besnard
Elijah Harris
Miguel Plascencia
Stephen Schein
Andres Vargas

Undergrad Students

Some Former Students and Postdocs
John Bennewitz
Ayaboe Edoh
Jonathan Tran
Jonathan Tovar
Dario Valentini
Ben Barthel
Levon Gevorkyan
Mario Roa
Ari Ekmekji
Hai Le
Daniel Chalhub
Brett Lopez
Terry Wen Yu Peng
Phuoc Hai Tran
Jeffrey Wegener
Cris Sevilla
Kelvin Chen
Sarah Miller
Aaron Sung
Lord Cole
Daniel Getsinger
Cory Hendrickson
Sophonias Teshome
Jennifer Smolke
Brian Boyce
Christopher Zeineh
Kevin Canzonieri
Haykaz Mkrtchyan
Juan Rodriguez
Juliett Davitian
Marcel Nations Martin
Alec Pezeshkian
Ian Schultz
James Umali
Vishal Parikh
Hann Mao
Reza Tavassoli
Tim Roth
Edson Rodriguez
David Nordling
Sevan Megerian
Matthew Sirignano
Marcus R. George
Leonardo Alves
Stepan Shahinian
Kristy Dalrymple
Srinivasan Dattarajan
Xing He
Lauren C. Gleason
Mark Lee
Jeremy Ma
Caesar Chi-Leung Mak
Rebekah Tanimoto
Robert B. Lobbia
Lydia A. Treviņo Ruiz
Stephen R. Shapiro
Jonathan King
Ari Majamaki
Peter Hwang
Thomas Selerland
Yungmo Kang
Chris Cadou
Jeff Willis
Annik Neill Majamaki
Silvia Karlsson
K. S. Charles Wang
Hsi-Shang Li
Steve Heister
Michael Zachariah



Energy Efficiency: Tranverse Jet Instabilities & Control

Advanced Propulsion: Detonations, ionized gases, and turbulent combustion

Alternative Fuels: Acoustically Coupled Droplet Combustion

Rocket Propulsion: Transcritical Coaxial Jet Instabilities

Past


Hypersonic Flight Testing: Phoenix Testbed

Aerospace Safety: Hydrogen Leak Detection

Combustion Generated Air Pollutants: Lobed Fuel Injector

Hazardous waste Incineration: Resonant Dump Combustor

Aerospace Propulsion: In-flight Imaging of Transverse Jets

 

Professor Ann R. Karagozian
Ph.D., Caltech, 1982
email: ark "at" seas "dot" ucla "dot" edu
http://www.seas.ucla.edu/~ark/

Office:

46-147K Engineering IV, UCLA
Box 951597
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1597

Phone:
310-825-5653 (office)
310-206-4830 (dept. fax)



 

Professor Owen I. Smith (emeritus)
Ph.D., Berkeley, 1977
email: osmith "at" seas "dot" ucla "dot" edu
http://www.seas.ucla.edu/~osmith/

Office:

48-121 Engineering IV, UCLA
Box 951597
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1597

 

Professor Robert T. M'Closkey
Ph.D., Caltech, 1995
email: mcloskey "at" seas "dot" ucla "dot" edu
http://www.seas.ucla.edu/~mcloskey/

Office:

38-137 Engineering IV, UCLA
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1597

Phone:
310-825-2909 (office)
310-206-2302 (fax)



 

Professor Luca Cortelezzi (Politecnico di Milano)
Ph.D., Caltech, 1992
email: luca "dot" cortelezzi "at" polimi "dot" it



 

Professor Robert Kelly (emeritus)
Ph.D., MIT
email: rekhome "at" ucla "dot" edu
http://www.mae.ucla.edu/ucla-mae-faculty/

Office:

48-121 Engr. IV, UCLA
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1597



 

Rosa Padilla
PhD, ME, UC Irvine, 2016
MS, ME, Cal State Long Beach, 2010
BS, Biological Systems Engineering, UC Davis, 2008



 

Takeshi Shoji
Ph.D., AE, UCLA, 2017
M.S., AE, UCLA, 2013
B.S., Waseda Univ. of Science & Engineering, Japan, 2012
email: shoji "dot" takeshi82 "at" gmail "dot" com



 

Hyung Sub Sim
PhD, ME, Pennsylvania State Univ., 2016
MS, ME, Chung-Ang University, So. Korea 2008
BS, ME, Chung-Ang University, So. Korea 2006



Richard Abrantes

 

Richard Abrantes
PhD, AE, UCLA (in progress)
MS, AE, UCLA, 2015
BS, AE, UCLA, 2013

email: richiejea "at" gmail "dot" com



 

Salvador Badillo-Rios
MS, AE, UCLA (in progress)
BS, ME, AE, UC Irvine, 2015



Ayaboe Edoh

 

Andrea Besnard
Ph.D., AE, UCLA (in progress)
M.S., AE, UCLA, 2016
B.S., AE, Cal State Long Beach, 2009

email: andrea c besnart "at" gmail "dot" com



 

Elijah Harris
PhD, AE, UCLA (in progress)
MS, AE, UCLA, 2016
BS, ME, UC Davis, 2015



 

Miguel Plascencia
PhD, ME, UCLA (in progress)
MS, ME, UCLA, 2017
BS, ME, UC Irvine, 2015



 

Stephen Schein
MS, ME, UCLA (in progress)
BS Engineering; BS Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College, 2016




 

Andres Vargas
MS, AE, UCLA (in progress)
BS, AE, UCLA, 2016




Some Former Students and Postdocs

Mario Roa

 

John Bennewitz
PhD, ME, University of Alabama, 2015
MS, AE, Georgia Tech, 2010
BS, ME, University of Pittsburgh, 2008


Currently Research Scientist, Air Force Research Laboratory, Edwards AFB



Ayaboe Edoh

 

Ayaboe Edoh
Ph.D., AE, UCLA, 2017
M.S., AE, UCLA, 2012
B.S., AE, MIT, 2010

email: acedoh "at" gmail "dot" com

Currently Research Scientist, Air Force Research Laboratory, Edwards AFB



 

Jonathan Tran
M.S., AE, UCLA, 2017
BS, Physics, Cal Poly Pomona, 2014

Currently researcher, Air Force Research Laboratory, Edwards AFB



Jonathan Tovar

 

Jonathan Tovar
MS, AE, UCLA, 2015
BS, AE, Cal State Univ., Long Beach, 2013


Currently a member of the Technical Staff, Aerospace Corp.



Dario Valentini

 

Dario Valentini (Visiting Graduate Researcher)
PhD, University of Pisa, 2015
Laurea, Univ. of Pisa, 2010

email: draval "at" gmail "dot" com

Currently an engineer at SITAEL, Pisa, Italy




 

Ben Barthel
B.S., AE, UCLA, 2016

Currently a graduate student at Caltech in Aeronautics



 

Levon Gevorkyan
Ph.D., ME, UCLA, 2015
M.S., ME, UCLA, 2011
B.S., ME, Calif. State University Northridge, 2010

Currently a Member of the Technical Staff, Aerospace Corporation



Mario Roa

 

Mario Roa
PhD, Aero & Astro, Purdue University, 2014
B.S., Caltech, 2008


Currently Research Scientist, Air Force Research Laboratory, Edwards AFB




 

Ari Ekmekji
B.S., CS, UCLA, 2015

Currently Director of Infrastructure, Focal Systems, Inc.



 

Hai Le
Ph.D., AE, UCLA, 2014
M.S., ME, UCLA, 2012
M.S., AE, Calif. State University, San Jose, 2011

B.S., AE, Calif. State University, San Jose, 2009

Currently a computational physicist, Lawrence Livermore National Lab



Daniel Chalhub

 

Daniel Chalhub (Visiting Graduate Researcher)
Ph.D., Universidade Federal Fluminense, UFF, Niteroi, Brasil, 2015
M.S., Universidade Federal Fluminense, UFF, Niteroi, Brasil, 2011
B.S., Universidade Federal Fluminense, UFF, Niteroi, Brasil, 2009

email: dchalhub "at" gmail "dot" com

Currently Professor, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janiero




 

Brett Lopez
B.S., AE, UCLA 2014
email: lopy39 "at" ucla "dot" edu

Currently a grad student at MIT in Aeronautics & Astronautics




 

Terry Wen Yu Peng
B.S., AE, UCLA, 2014
email: wenyupeng "at" g "dot" ucla "dot" edu

Currently a grad student at Stanford in Mechanical Engineering



 

Phuoc Hai Tran
M.S., AE, UCLA, 2014
B.S., AE, UCLA, 2013

email: phuochaitran "at" ucla "dot" edu

Currently an engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Edwards AFB



Jeffrey Wegener

 

Jeffrey Wegener
Ph.D., ME, UCLA, 2014
M.S., AE, UCLA, 2010

M.S., ME, Missouri University of Science & Technology, 2009
B.S., ME, Missouri University of Science & Technology, 2007

email: jwegener "at" ucla "dot" edu

Currrently Principal Scientist, Physical Sciences, Inc.



 

Cris Sevilla
M.S., ME, UCLA, 2013
B.S., AE, UCLA, 2011

Currently an engineer at Meggitt Safety Systems, Inc.




 

Kelvin Chen
M.S., ME, UCLA, 2016
B.S., AE, UCLA, 2013

Currently an engineer at Boeing Satellite Systems




 

Sarah Miller
MS, AE, University of Colorado, 2014
B.S., AE, UCLA, 2013

Currently an engineer with United Launch Alliance




aaron sung

 

Aaron Sung
M.S., AE, UCLA, 2014
B.S., AE, UCLA, 2013

Currently an engineer at Lockheed Martin



Lord Cole

 

Lord Cole
Ph.D., AE, UCLA, 2012
M.S., AE, UCLA, 2008
B.S., U.S. Naval Academy, Physics, 2005

Currently a Trade Logic Developer, TransMarket Group



 

Daniel Getsinger
Ph.D., AE, UCLA, 2012
M.S., AE, UCLA, 2008
B.S., University of Maryland, 2007

Currently an Associate in Thermal Sciences, Exponent Engineering and Scientific Consulting



 

Cory Hendrickson
Ph.D., AE, UCLA, 2012
M.S., AE, UCLA, 2008

B.S., UCLA, 2007

Currently an engineer at Ford Research Laboratories



 

Sophonias Teshome
Ph.D., AE, UCLA, 2012
M.S., AE, UCLA, 2009

B.S., UCLA, 2007

Currently a member of the Technical Staff at the Aerospace Corp.




smolke

 

Jennifer Smolke
B.S., AE, UCLA, 2012

Currently a grad student at USC




 

Brian Boyce
Ph.D, UCLA, 2010
M.S., ME, University of Wisconsin, 1998
B.S., ME, Marquette University, 1995

Currently an engineer at Aerojet/Rocketdyne



 

Christopher Zeineh
Ph.D., UCLA, 2010
M.S., MIT, 2005

B.S, Mathematics, UCLA, 2003

Currently a member of the technical staff at the Aerospace Corporation.



canzonieri

 

Kevin Canzonieri
M.S., UCLA, 2009
B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst., 2008

Currently an engineer at General Atomics



mkrtchyan

 

Haykaz Mkrtchyan
M.S. UCLA, 2009
B.S. UC Santa Barbara, 2008

Currently, Engineering Manager, Curtiss Wright, Nuclear Division



 

Juan Rodriguez
Ph.D., AE, UCLA, 2009
M.S., UCLA, 2005
B.S., MIT, 2004

Currently a professor at CETYS Universidad Posgrado



davitian

 

Juliett Davitian
Ph.D, UCLA, 2008
M.S., UCLA, 2006
B.S., UCLA, 2004

Currently a member of the technical staff at the Aerospace Corporation




nations

 

Marcel Nations Martin
B.S., UCLA, 2010

Currently Scientist, Tri Alpha Energy




 

Alec Pezeshkian
MS, Materials Science, UCLA, 2011
B.S., Materials Science, UCLA 2009

Currently an engineer at Tesla Motors




 

Ian Schultz
PhD, ME, Stanford, 2014
BS, AE, UCLA, 2009

Currently a Quantitative Analyst at Cutler Group, LP




 

James Umali
MS, AE, UCLA
B.S., AE, UCLA, 2009

Currently an engineer at Northrop-Grumman Electronic Systems




parikh

 

Vishal Parikh
(1987 - 2009)
AE undergraduate student
R.I.P
.
Please read a tribute to Vishal here.




 

Hann Mao
PhD, UCLA, 2013 (Wirz Group)
MS, UCLA (in progress)
BS, UCLA, 2007

Currently a postdoctoral researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab



 

Reza Tavassoli
M.S., UCLA, 2008
B.S., AE, UCLA, 2006

Currently an engineer at Northrop-Grumman Electronic Systems



 

Timothy Roth
M.S., UCLA, 2008
B.S., Union College, 2006

Currently an engineer at Northrop-Grumman Electronic Systems



 

Edson Rodriguez
M.S., UCLA, 2007
B.S., AE, UCLA, 2006


Currently an MTS at the Aerospace Corp.



 

David Nordling
M.S., UCLA
2008
M.S., Pennsylvania State University, 1998
B.S., Wichita State University, 1996

Currently an engineer at Lauren Engineers & Constructors



 

Sevan Megerian
M.S., UCLA 2005; B.S., UCLA, 2002


Currently an engineer at Lockheed-Martin Skunk Works




 

Matthew Sirignano
MS, Penn State
BS, UCLA, 2007

Currently a PhD student at Georgia Tech



 

Marcus R. George
M.S., UCLA, 2006
B.S., UCLA, 2005


Currently an engineer at the Aerospace Corporation



 

Leonardo Santos de Brito Alves
Ph.D., UCLA, 2006; B.S., Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1999


Currently a Professor at Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil



 

Stepan Shahinian
M.S., Stanford, 2007
B.S., UCLA, 2006

Currently co-founder and CEO, AktiveBay




 

Kristy Dalrymple
B.S., UCLA, 2005


Currently an engineer with Lockheed-Martin Astronautics



 

Srinivasan Dattarajan
M.S., UCLA, 2002; Ph.D., UCLA, 2004

Currently a member of the technical staff, Siemens Information Systems, Ltd., Bangalore, India



 

Xing He
M.S., UCLA, 2002; Ph.D., UCLA, 2004

Currently a Quantitative Analyst, Bloomberg, New York City


 

Lauren C. Gleason
M.S., UCLA (in progress), B.S., Univ. of Florida, 2001

Currently an engineer, Boeing



 

Mark Lee
M.S., UCLA, 2005; B.S., UCLA, 2003

Currently a mechanical engineer at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory



 

Jeremy C. Ma
PhD, Caltech
BS, UCLA, 2004


Currently an MTS at JPL



 

Caesar Chi-Leung Mak
M.S., UCLA, 2004
B.S., Cal Poly Pomona, 2001


Currently an engineer at Northrop-Grumman



 

Rebekah Tanimoto
M.S., UCLA, 2007
B.S., UCLA, 2004


Currently an engineer at JPL



 

Robert B. Lobbia
PhD, Univ. of Michigan
BS, UCLA, 2003


Currently a Research Scientist at NASA-JPL



 

Lydia A. Treviņo Ruiz
PhD, Caltech
BS, UCLA, 2003


Currently a member of the technical staff, Exponent




 

Stephen R. Shapiro
M.S., UCLA, 2003; B.S., Cornell, 2000

Currently a film editor



 

Jonathan M. King
M.S., UCLA, 2002; B.S., UCLA, 2002

Currently an engineer at Northrop-Grumman



 

Ari Majamaki
Ph.D., UCLA, 2001

Currently an MTS at Aerospace Corporation



 

Peter Hwang
M.S., ME, UCLA, 1998
B.S., ME, UCLA, 1996


Currently Iron Mountain Managing Director, Greater China and Vice President of Business Development, Asia



 

Thomas Selerland
Ph.D., UCLA, 1997

Currently with CFD Recipes.com, Cambridge, UK



 

Yungmo Kang
Ph.D., UCLA, 1997

Currently with Solar Turbines, San Diego, CA



 

Chris Cadou
Ph.D., UCLA, 1996
Chris Cadou UMD Faculty Webpage

Currently Associate Professor, Dept. of Aerospace Engr., Univ. of Maryland



 

Jeff Willis
Ph.D., UCLA, 1994

Currently Group lead, Turbopumps, SpaceX



 

Annik Neill Majamaki
MS, UCLA, 1993
BS, Tufts, 1991


Currently an engineer at Northrop-Grumman Corp.



 

Silvia Karlsson
M.S., UCLA, 1993

Currently with General Motors Research



 

K. S. Charles Wang
M.S., UCLA, 1993

Currently an engineer at JPL



 

Hsi-Shang Li
Ph.D., UCLA, 1992

Currently with Contex Engr. Intl., Inc.



Steve Heister

 

Steve Heister
Ph.D., UCLA, 1988
http://cobweb.ecn.purdue.edu/~heister/Index.html

Currently Raisbeck Distinguished Professor, School of Aero. & Astro., Purdue Univ.


 

Michael Zachariah
Ph.D, UCLA, 1986
http://www.nanocenter.umd.edu/faculty/
faculty_detail.php?user_id=67

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry, University of Maryland



 

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