Rahman, Bianchi, and Tran start Ph.D. work in the lab’s new home

We’re happy to welcome three new group members in the fall 2014 semester.

Aowabin Rahman previously completed his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah and is now performing new computational modeling to better analyze thermal storage devices for combined cooling, heating, and power systems. He brings experience and knowledge of heat transfer processes and thermoacoustics to the research group.

Carlo Bianchi recently completed his M.S. in Energy Engineering with high marks from Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy. He will be starting his research work evaluating distributed power generation options, as well as working with David Elwell and Thomas Tran to set up the pressure retarded osmosis (PRO) experimental apparatus. He bring experience and knowledge of power system economics and computational fluid mechanics to the research group.

Thomas Tran recently completed his B.S. as a top Mechanical Engineering undergraduate student at Cal Poly Pomona and was  awarded a GCSC First Year Fellowship for 2014-2015, one of only 8 incoming graduate students selected from across the University. As a fellow, he will participate in interdisciplinary sustainability-related seminars and projects in addition to starting his research work on PRO power generation.

These students are passionate about advancing sustainable energy systems and will make exciting new research work possible. More information about each them can be found at the group’s People link.


Group researchers are now working at the new lab home at the Kennecott Building, Room 2121, as well as in the Micro/Nanoscale Energy Transport & Conversion Lab on the joint project for PRO research.