Current members

Current members

Principal investigator

Saeed Moghaddam

Saeed Moghaddam

William F. Powers Professor

Dr. Moghaddam received his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland in 2006.  Saeed Moghaddam, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in University of Florida. Before joining the University of Florida in 2010, he was a postdoc (2007-2010) in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research is focused on micro/nanoscale transport and nanotechnology. His major contributions to science and technology are: demonstration of membrane-based absorption/desorption cycle with a significantly higher performance compare to the existing technologies; the most detailed physical insight, over nearly a century of nucleate boiling science, on the nature of thermal field at the bubble-surface interface; development of the first Si-based proton exchange membrane (PEM) capable of operating at dry ambient; and development of the world’s smallest fuel cell. 

Dr. Moghaddam’s research interests include:  Micro/nanoscale transport and nanotechnology for energy science and health applications; nanoengineering of functionalized membranes for energy conversion and storage and filtration/separation applications; heat and mass transfer in micro/nanostructures; microfluidic reactor platforms for fundamental energy research and reaction engineering; portable power

Email: saeedmog@ufl.edu


Post Doctoral Researchers

Sumit Raj

Sumit Raj

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Prior Education:

  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Patna, India
  • M. Tech, Mechnical Engineering, National Institute of Technology Trichy, India
  • B.E, Mechnical Engineering, Nagpur Univerisity, India

Research Area: Phase change heat transfer, Flow boiling through microchannels, Boiling instabilities; Email: raj.sumit@ufl.edu

 


Rohit Bhagwat

Rohit Bhagwat

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Prior education:

  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Gujarat Technological University, India

Research Area: Absorption Cooling Systems; Email: rbhagwat@ufl.edu


Sidharth Sanadhya

Sidharth Sanadhya

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Prior education:

  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida
  • M.Tech., Advanced Materials Science, National Institute of Technology, India
  • B.Tech, Mechanical Engineering, Jaypee University of Engineering & Technology, India

Research Area: Performance analysis of cooling systems; Email: sidharthsanadhya@ufl.edu


Graduate Students

Raju Bhatia

Raju Bhatia

PhD student, Mechanical Engineering

Prior Education:

  • M.Tech, Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology Rourkela, Odisha, India
  • B.Tech, Mechanical Engineering, Himachal Pradesh Technical University, India

Research Area: Fabrication and Experimental Evaluation of Absorption Refrigeration Systems; Email: raju1@ufl.edu


Daniel Greene

Daniel Greene

PhD student, Mechanical Engineering

Prior Education:

  • BS, Environmental Engineering, Clemson University, U.S.

Research Area: Graphene Oxide for Microfluidic Hemodialyzer and Wearable Artificial Kidney; Email: dgreene1@ufl.edu


Adam Kriz

Adam Kriz

PhD student, Mechanical Engineering

Prior Education:

  • MS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida, U.S.A (2022)
  • BAEM, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota, U.S.A (2020)

Research Area: Microfluidic Device Design & Assembly, Microfabrication, Heat & Mass transfer in Micro/Nanoscale, Flow Boiling heat transfer, Microchannel Heat Exchangers, Thin Liquid Film Evaporation and Instability, Gravitational Effects on Thin Films;  Email: adam.kriz@ufl.edu


Stephanie Moore

Stephanie Moore

PhD Student, Mechanical Engineering

Prior Education:

  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University, U.S.

Research Area: Investigation of heat transfer and fluid flow in highly confined spaces; Email: moore.s@ufl.edu


Suhas Tamvada

Suhas Tamvada

PhD student, Mechanical Engineering

Prior Education:

  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, U.S.
  • B.Tech, Mechanical Engineering, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India

Research Area: Multi-phase heat transport, microfabrication, Surface engineering; Email: stamvada@ufl.edu


Ashwani Verma

Ashwani Verma

PhD student, Mechanical Engineering

Prior Education:

  • M.Tech, Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Patna, India
  • B.Tech, Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology Uttarakhand, India

Research Area: Multi-phase heat transfer, energy management and energy conversion technologies, Ionic-liquids, Surfactants; Email: ashwani.verma@ufl.edu


Alan Smith

Alan Smith

MS student, Aerospace Engineering

Prior Education:

  • BS, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida, U.S.

Research Area: Microfabrication, Heat and mass transfer in Micro/Nanoscale, Boiling heat transfer, Thin film evaporations; Email: smithal6092@ufl.edu


Srinivas Shashank Mantha

Srinivas Shashank Mantha

MS Student, Mechanical Engineering

Prior Education:

  • B.Tech, Mechanical Engineering, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India.

Research Area: Microfabrication, Surface Wetting phenomenon, Micro-Nano Heat & Mass Transfer, Surface Engineering; Email: manthas@ufl.edu


Varad Dange

Varad Dange

MS student, Mechanical Engineering

Prior Education:

  • BE, Mechanical Engineering, Pune University, Maharashtra, India.

Research Interest:  Heat Transfer, Plasma Physics and Computational Fluid Dynamics.

Email: vdange@ufl.edu | LinkedIn: Varad Dange | LinkedIn


Anushka Koustubh Mendjoge

Anushka Koustubh Mendjoge

MS Student, Mechanical Engineering

Prior Education:

  • BE, Mechanical Engineering, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Maharashtra, India.

Research Interest:  Heat Transfer, Plasma Physics and Computational Fluid Dynamics.

Email: an.mendjoge@ufl.edu


Undergraduate students

Anderson Jeronimo Sanchez

Anderson Jeronimo Sanchez

Undergradute Researcher

Anderson is a second year pursuing his B.S. in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering with a minor in math. His research focus is on manufacturing furnaces/solid models for experimentation in pool boiling dealing with multiphase heat transfer. Email: andersonjeronimo@ufl.edu


Jackson Sammartino

Jackson Sammartino

Undergraduate researcher

 
Jackson is a third-year undergrad from Hollywood, Florida pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at UF. His interests include heat transfer and fluid flow in microchannels, HVAC engineering, and control theory. He plans on attending graduate school at UF and earning an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, with career aspirations to work as a design engineer for an appliance company like General Electric.

Chrisitan Stephens

Chrisitan Stephens

Undergraduate researcher

Christian is a third year from Tallahassee pursuing his B.S. in both Environmental Science and Economics. His research focus is on cultivating a feasible economic plan for an absorption/desorption system based on energy consumption and costs. Email: stephensc1@ufl.edu


Dylan Errico

Dylan Errico

Summer REU student

Dylan is currently working towards a BS double major in Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Connecticut and plans to earn his degree in Spring 2023. Dylan was part of NESLabs during the Summer of 2022 as part of the REU Engineering for Healthcare program to study ion retention in a self-built electrodialysis system. At the end of the REU program, he earned a top 3 finish for best presentation among UF REU students!

Kerry Kruger

Kerry Kruger

Summer REU student

Kerry is currently working towards a BS in Bioengineering at the University of Maryland, College Park and plans to earn her degree in Spring 2023. She was part of NESLabs during the summer of 2021 as part of the REU Engineering for Healthcare program to study ion rejection across graphene oxide membranes for use in a wearable artificial kidney device.