Research Director

Amanda Smith

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Advisor, University of Utah ASHRAE Student Chapter
Co-Director, Intermountain Industrial Assessment Center
Associate Editor, Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments

Amanda Smith skydiving over Ogden 2014-06-07

Faculty profile with education and research interests
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Ph.D. Students

Carlo Bianchi

Bianchi Badwater Basin

Hometown: San Donato Milanese, Milan, Italy
BS Program: Energy Engineering at Politecnico di Milano, Milan
MS Program: Energy Engineering at Politecnico di Milano, Milan
Research Interests: I am interested in studying different energy sources, both experimentally and computationally, understanding how to optimize their efficiency, to improve their economical and environmental sustainability. I am also interested in CFD and fluid dynamics in general.
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Zahra Fallahi

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Hometown: Tehran, Iran
BS Program: Mechanical Engineering at U of T, Iran
MS Program: Energy Management and Sustainability at ÉPFL, Switzerland
Research Interests: Energy Systems, Optimization, Thermodynamics, Renewable Energies, Energy Efficiency, Sustainability, Building Energy, Emission Management, Micro Climates, Micro Grids, Natural Resources Management. In one sentence, I plan to improve the quality of life for us and other living things on this planet.

Aowabin Rahman


Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh
BS Program: Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
MS Program: University of Utah, Mechanical Engineering (Thermo-acoustics)
Research Interests: Modeling of thermal energy storage systems, Deep learning
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Thomas Tran


Hometown: Hoi An, Vietnam
Undergraduate Program: Mechanical Engineering at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Research Interests: My research involves experimentally demonstrating pressure retarded osmosis (PRO) membrane technology for hydroelectric power generation.
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M.S. Students

Richard Didier


Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
BS Program: Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah, 2015
Research Interests: Thermodynamic systems, fluid mechanic systems, alternative energy systems, energy efficiency, sustainable energy generation, building energy technology, natural resource rehabilitation and management

Jaron Peck


Hometown: Pleasant Grove, UT
Undergraduate Program: Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah, 2015
Research Interests: Sustainable energy engineering, and dynamic system modeling. I am currently researching water/power interactions.
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B.S. Students

Kaden Plewe


Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Undergraduate Program: Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah
Research Interests: I am interested in researching sustainable energy systems, building energy use, and demand side management. Specifically, I hope to contribute to the development of energy models that accurately quantify the externalities associated with our energy portfolio.


Stephen Lucich, M.S. 2015

Jaron Peck, B.S. 2015