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Principal Investigator

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Sajjad Bigham

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering (minor in Material Science and Engineering), 2016, University of Florida

Group leader, Energy eXploration Laboratory (Energy-X)

Associate Professor

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department 

North Carolina State University

Email: sbigham at ncsu dot edu

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Graduate Students

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Noah Agata

Ph.D. student, Mechanical Engineering​​

Topic: 3D-printed adsorbent systems for space 

Energy-X: August 2022 - present

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Behzad Ahmadi

Ph.D. student, Mechanical Engineering​​

Topic: Compact 3D-printed HTHP HXs

Energy-X: August 2019 - present

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Vivek Mohan

Ph.D. student, Mechanical Engineering​​

Topic: Desiccant-based dehumidification systems

Energy-X: Feb. 2023 - present

Behnam Ahmadi

Ph.D. student, Mechanical Engineering​​

Topic: High-performance HVAC systems

Energy-X: July 2019 - present

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John Creegan 

Ph.D. student, Mechanical Engineering​

Topic: Desiccant-based AC systems

Energy-X: Jan. 2022 - present

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Hanry Issavi

Ph.D. student, Mechanical Engineering​​

Topic: Flow boiling process

Energy-X: Sept. 2020 - present

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Peter Nguyen 

Ph.D. student, Mechanical Engineering​

Topic: Microscale phase-change heat transfer

(Co-advised with Dr. Kazuya Tajiri)​

Energy-X: Jan. 2017 - present

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Priom Agrawal

M.Sc. student, Mechanical Engineering​​

Topic: 3D-printed adsorbent systems for space

Energy-X: Jan. 2023 - present

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Jay Saple

M.Sc. student, Mechanical Engineering​​

Topic: 3D-printed condenser technology

Energy-X: Jan. 2023 - present

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Jebin Joshua Isaac Raj

M.Sc. student, Mechanical Engineering​​

Topic: Next-gen. HVAC systems

Energy-X: Aug. 2023 - present

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Deep Patel

M.Sc. student, Mechanical Engineering​​

Topic: High-T heat pumps

Energy-X: Aug. 2023 - present

Undergraduate Students

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Anne Morrell

B.Sc. student, Mechanical Engineering

Topic: Desalination

Energy-X: May 2023 - present  

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Eddy Ferreira

B.Sc. student, Mechanical Engineering

Topic: Next-gen. HVAC systems

Energy-X: Aug. 2023 - present  

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Carrie Horrell

B.Sc. student, Mechanical Engineering

Topic: Desalination

Energy-X: Jan 2024 - present  

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Schuyler Green

B.Sc. student, Mechanical Engineering

Topic: Passive thermal management systems

Energy-X: May 2024 - present  

High School Students

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Elizabeth Garmon

High School student at NC School of Science and Math (NCSSM)

Topic: Battery Thermal Management

Energy-X: May 2023 - present  

Alumni

Tania Demonte Gonzalez

B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering

Topic: Energy efficiency in buildings 

Energy-X: March 2017 - March 2018 

Current: Ph.D. student, Michigan Tech

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Leroy Kincannon

B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering

Topic: Next-gen. energy efficient systems   ​

Energy-X: March 2017 - March 2018

Current position: GM, Detroit, MI

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Masoud Ahmadi

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering​​

Topic: Next-gen. HVAC systems

Energy-X: August 2018 - December 2022​

Current position: Amgen, Cambridge, MA

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Rasoul (Amir) Bayani

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering​​

Topic: Ceramic 3D-printed HTHP HXs

Energy-X: Jan. 2020 - December 2022

Current position: Astrobotic, Mojave, CA

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​Ikechukwu (Emmanuel) Okoh

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering​​

Topic: Adv. thermal energy storage systems

Energy-X: August 2018 - December 2022

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Douglas Pedersen

B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering

Topic: Thermal battery

Energy-X: August 2018 - July 2020

Current position: Blackrock Neurotech, Salt Lake City, UT

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Gnana Vishnu Durgam

M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering​

Thesis topic: Capillary-assis. Enhan. Condensation Heat Transfer for Low Surface Tension Liquids

Energy-X: Jan. 2017 - Sept. 2018

Current position: RGD consulting, Palm Beach, FL

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Venkatesh Narsingrao Mantalwad

M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, 2017

Topic: HFO-based cooling systems

Energy-X: Jan. 2017 - May 2018

Current position: R&D engineer at Rheem Manufacturing, Fort Smith, Arkansas

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Shivam Gupta

M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering​​

Thesis topic: Membrane-based Heat Sinks for Enhanced Flow Boiling Performance and Reliability

Energy-X: Dec. 2019 - May 2021

Current position: Thermal Engineer at ZT Systems, NY

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Chetan Agarwal

M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering

Thesis topic: Multi-Scale, Capillary Assisted Copper Surfaces for Enhan. Pool Boiling Heat Transfer Processes

Energy-X: Sept. 2017 - June 2019

Current position: Thermal engineer at Amazon, WA

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Chaitanya Patil

M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering​​

Topic: 3D-printed adsorbent systems for space

Energy-X: May 2022 - Dec. 2022

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Sunil Pinnu

M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering​​

Thesis topic: High-performance ZLD treatment using a multiple-effect absorption distillation concept

Energy-X: Sept. 2018 - Oct. 2020

Current position: Thermal Engineer at ZT Systems, NY

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Mahesh Puttur

M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering​​

Thesis topic: Development and Experimental Investigation of a Lung-inspired 3D-printed DCHX

Energy-X: May 2019 - Feb. 2021

Current position: Thermal Engineer Romeo Power, LA

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Shiying Cai

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering​​

Topic: High-efficiency desalination systems

Energy-X: March 2020 - May 2023

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Gracie Brownlow

B.Sc.Mechanical Engineering

Topic: Building energy efficiency

Energy-X: Nov. 2020 - Dec. 2022

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Rajasimha Reddy

M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering​​

Topic: 3D-printed adsorbent systems for space

Energy-X: May 2022 - Dec. 2022

Current position: Our Next Energy (ONE), Novi, MI

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Sampath Boyapally

M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, 2017

Topic: HVAC systems

Energy-X: Feb. 2017 - July 2017

Current position: Application engineer at Hanon Systems, Novi, Michigan​

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