Our Team

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

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Dr. Daniel I. Pineda Postdoc Researcher

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

Research Interests:
-Chemical kinetics of ignition
-Molecular transport in flames
-Rocket propulsion


Fabio Bendana Graduate Researcher

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

Hometown:
San Francisco, CA, USA

Research Interests:
-Shock tube chemical kinetics
-Rocket propulsion
-Laser diagnostics


Daniel Lee Graduate Researcher

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

Hometown:
Gainesville, FL, USA

Research Interests:
-Chemical kinetics
-Detonations
-Laser diagnostics


Chuyu Wei Graduate Researcher

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

Hometown:
Hunan, China

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


Kevin Schwarm Graduate Researcher

National Defense Science and Engineering Fellow

Education:
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering - University of Miami

Hometown:
Freeport, ME, USA

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


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
-Rocket Propulsion
-Thermophysics


Anil Nair Graduate Researcher

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

Hometown:
Murrieta, CA, USA

Research Interests:
-Liquid rocket propulsion
-Detonation engines
-Flowfield imaging


David Morrow Graduate Researcher

Education:
B.S. in Engineering Science and Mechanics
- Virginia Tech

Hometown:
Roanoke, VA, USA

Research Interests:
-Experimental and Computational Fluid Dynamics
-Additive Manufacturing
-Aerospace Propulsion


Josue Castillo Undergraduate Researcher

Hometown:
Downey, CA, USA

Research Interests:
-Hybrid rocket propulsion
-Alternative fuel grain geometries


Anneliese Peterson Undergraduate Researcher

Hometown:
Pleasant Hill, CA, USA

Research Interests:
-Liquid propulsion
-Manufacturing optimization
-Renewable energy


China Hagstrom Undergraduate Researcher

Hometown:
Mill Valley, CA, USA

Research Interests:
-Hybrid rocket propulsion
-Thermochemical sensing


Nick KuenningUndergraduate Researcher

Hometown:
Granda Hills, CA, USA

Research Interests:
-Detonation Engines
-Rocket Propulsion
-Nuclear Energy


Former Students

Huy Dinh

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

Graduation:
June 2018

Current Employment:
-SpaceX