The following are the faculty with academic appointments in departments across the university with research expertise connected to the mission and goals of NESI.
Associate Vice President for Research
Interim Director - NESI
Regents Professor of Integrative Biology, Integrative BiologyAs it relates to energy, my research utilizes genomic technologies to better understand the impact of renewable energy infrastructure (wind turbines) on populations of bald and golden eagles with the goal of identifying impacted populations and mitigating such losses.
Assistant ProfessorConcentrated emulsion characterization and surfactant behavior for flow assurance applications; Dynamic interfacial properties of bi-phasic systems; Gas/liquid and water/oil
Harold Courson Faculty Fellow, Chemical EngineeringCollege of Engineering, Architecture and Technology
Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
- Catalytic Materials for Solar Fuels and Chemicals
- Catalytic Pyrolysis of Cellulosic Biomass into Fuels
- Catalytic Conversion of Natural Gas-Derived Light Alkanes into Alkenes
- Control of Catalyst Deactivation
- Catalysis with Earth-abundant Metals
Associate Professor, Biosystems and Agricultural EngineeringDevelopment of biochemical and hybrid thermochemical-biochemical conversion processes for production of advanced and drop-in biofuels and chemicals. This includes process development for syngas and sugar fermentations, examining cell metabolism and activities of enzymes of novel microorganisms, modeling, reactor design and scale-up. Another focus is on upgrading of pyrolysis oil to hydrocarbon fuels.
Expertise: Buildings/Facilities Efficiency
Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
- Building and Thermal Energy Systems
- Positive-Displacement Compressor Modeling
- Waste-Heat Recovery and Utilization
- Positive-Displacement Expanders
- Novel Positive-Displacement Mechanisms
- Vapor Compression for Electronics Cooling Applications
- Novel Power Generation and Heat Pumping Cycles
Associate Professor, Biosystems and Agricultural EngineeringAir quality; Bioenergy feedstock logistics; Product traceability; Harvesting, storage, pre-processing and transportation of agricultural commodities; Techno-economic & logistic modeling
Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering1) Real-time monitoiring and decision-making for resilient infrastructures; 2) Resource management for complex dynamic systems; and, 3) Privacy and security of information networks
Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer EngineeringPower system controls, power electronics, smart grid, non-linear optimal control and game theory, distributed control of power systems, computational methods in power systems and renewable energy systems.