Our Team

We are a group of students and engineers committed to expanding the frontiers of science and technology

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Dr. Chuyu Wei Postdoc Researcher

Education:
B.S. in Energy Engineering - Zhejiang University
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering - UC Los Angeles
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering - UC Los Angeles

Hometown:
Hunan, China

Research Interests:
-High-speed imaging of combustion gases
-Tomographic reconstruction


Kevin K. Schwarm Graduate Researcher

National Defense Science and Engineering Fellow

Education:
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering - University of Miami
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering - UC Los Angeles

Hometown:
Freeport, ME, USA

Research Interests:
-Internal combustion engines
-Reactive flows in combustion systems
-Breath analysis


Christopher Jelloian Graduate Researcher

NASA Space Technology Research Fellow

Education:
B.S. in Physics - California Lutheran University
M.S. in Aerospace Engineering - UC Los Angeles

Hometown:
Chatsworth, CA, USA

Research Interests:
-Hypersonics
-Aerothermodynamics


Anil P. Nair Graduate Researcher

Education:
B.S. in Aerospace Engineering - UC Los Angeles
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering - UC Los Angeles

Hometown:
Murrieta, CA, USA

Research Interests:
-Liquid rocket propulsion
-Detonation engines
-Laser diagnostics


Isabelle C. SandersGraduate Researcher

NSERC Canada Scholar

Education:
B.A.Sc. in Engineering Physics and Mechanical Engingeering - Queen's University

Hometown:
Toronto, ON, Canada

Research Interests:
-Hybrid rocket propulsion
-Flow-field imaging


Nicholas M. KuenningGraduate Researcher

Education:
B.S. in Aerospace Engineering - UC Los Angeles

Hometown:
Granda Hills, CA, USA

Research Interests:
-Renewable energy
-Rocket propulsion


Alex KellerGraduate Researcher

Education:
B.S. in Physics - Randolph-Macon College

Hometown:
York, PA, USA

Research Interests:
-Liquid rocket propulsion
-Rotating detonation rocket engines


Barathan JeevaretanamGraduate Researcher

Education:
B.S. in Aerospace Engineering - UC San Diego
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering - UC Los Angeles

Hometown:
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Research Interests:
-Internal combustion engines
-Reactive flows in combustion systems


Alex LimaGraduate Researcher

Education:
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering - UC Los Angeles

Hometown:
Turlock, CA, USA

Research Interests:
-Rocket propulsion
-Detonation engines


Nora StacyUndergraduate Researcher

Current Position:
Undergraduate Student at UC Los Angeles

Hometown:
San Francisco, CA, USA

Research Interests:
-Hybrid rocket propulsion
-Computational fluid dynamics


Anneliese Peterson Undergraduate Researcher

Current Position:
Undergraduate Student at UC Los Angeles

Hometown:
Pleasant Hill, CA, USA

Research Interests:
-Rocket propulsion
-Detonations


Former Lab Members

Prof. Daniel I. Pineda

Current Position:
Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)

Education:
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering - UT Austin
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering - UC Berkeley
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering - UC Berkeley

Hometown:
San Antonio, TX, USA


Dr. Fabio A. Bendana

Current Position:
Research Chemist in Combustion and Propulsion at The Aerospace Corporation

Education:
B.S. in Aerospace Engineering - UC Irvine
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering - UC Irvine
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering - UC Los Angeles
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering - UC Los Angeles

Hometown:
San Francisco, CA, USA


Dr. Daniel D. Lee

Current Position:
Experimental Physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)

Education:
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering - UC Los Angeles
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering - UC Los Angeles
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering - UC Los Angeles

Hometown:
Gainesville, FL, USA


David S. Morrow

Current Position:
Mechanical Engineer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)

Education:
B.S. in Engineering Science and Mechanics
- Virginia Tech
M.S. in Aerospace Engineering - UC Los Angeles

Hometown:
Roanoke, VA, USA


Travis Fujimoto

Current Position:
Integration & Test Engineer at SpaceX

Education:
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering - Oregon State University
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering - UC Los Angeles

Hometown:
Mililani, HI, USA


China G. Hagström

Current Position:
Graduate Student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Education:
B.S. in Aerospace Engineering - UC Los Angeles

Hometown:
Mill Valley, CA, USA


Josue J. Castillo

Current Position:
Graduate Student at UC Los Angeles

Education:
B.S. in Aerospace Engineering - UC Los Angeles

Hometown:
Downey, CA, USA


Huy Dinh

Current Position:
Structures Engineer at SpaceX

Education:
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering - UC Los Angeles
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering - UC Los Angeles

Hometown:
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam