People

Max Zhang, Principle Investigator
Dr. Zhang joined the Cornell MAE faculty in 2006. Prior to that, he was a research scientist at the Air Quality Research Center, University of California at Davis. Before that he was a visiting scientist to USEPA National Exposure Research Laboratory in 2000 and 2002. Dr. Zhang teaches Engineering Thermodynamics, Future Energy Systems, and Air Quality classes through the Sibley School.

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Shaojun Zhang, Post-doctoral Associate
Dr. Shaojun Zhang joined EERL in 2017, after working with Ford Motor Company for two years. He received his PhD degree in Environmental Engineering from Tsinghua University.  Shaojun was a visiting PhD  student to EERL

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Bo Yang, PhD Candidate
Bo joined EERL in 2009 as a visiting scholar, and returned in 2013 as a PhD candidate.  With his expertise in computational fluid dynamics (CFD), Bo has been developing the CTAG model to simulate the evolutions of different types of exhaust plumes, including on-road vehicles, large coal-fired power plants, small natural gas combustion turbines, diesel backup generators and biomass CHP. Bo is also applying computational techniques to improve emission characterizations of combustion sources.

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Jiajun Gu, PhD Candidate
Jiajun joined EERL in 2015 after receiving her M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering at Cornell. Her doctoral research focuses on developing machine learning techniques to estimate.spatial variations and emission rates of air pollutants.

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Jeffery Sward, PhD Candidate
Jeff joined EERL in 2016 after receiving his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering at University of New Mexico. His current project is to evaluate the environmental impacts of REV initiatives in New York State. He is also the founding president of the Cornell Energy System Club.

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Khaled Hashad, PhD Candidate
Khaled joined EERL in 2016 after receiving his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering at University of Connecticut. His current project is to design transportation green infrastructure to mitigate near-road air pollution.

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Zachary Lee, PhD Candidate
Zach joined EERL in 2018 after receiving his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering at Auburn University. His current project is to develop a smart-heat system to enable renewable heating and cooling in the built environments.

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Alfredo Rodriguez, PhD Candidate

Alfredo joined EERL in 2018 after receiving his B.S. degree in The City College of New York. His current project is to design a statewide Internet of Things (IoT) network for energy and environmental sensing.

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Qingxuan Sun, Visiting PhD Student
Qingxuan joined EERL in 2018 as a visiting PhD student from Xi’an Jiaotong University, and is working on heat pumps design and regional impact analysis.

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Zhao Ma, Visiting PhD Student
Zhao joined EERL in 2019 as a visiting PhD student from Xi’an Jiaotong University, and is working on thermal energy storage.

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Yuzhe Sheng, M.S. Candidate
Yuzhe joined EERL in 2017, and is currently working on energy disaggregation for smart-heat systems.

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Siddarth Durga, M.S. Candidate
Sid joined EERL in 2018 as a M.S. student in Chemical Engineering, and is working on electrification of the transportation sector  in New York State.

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Murari Srikanth Iyengar, M.S. Candidate
Murari joined EERL in 2018 as a MEng student and then M.S. student in Mechanical Engineering, and is working on urban designs using CFD simulations.

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Venktesh Katkar, M.S. Candidate
Venktesh joined EERL in 2018 as a M.S. student in Chemical Engineering, and is working on optimal solar siting in New York State.

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May Guan, MEng candidate
May joined EERL in 2018 as a MEng student in Computer Science, and is working on eIoT-based energy and environmental sensing.

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Sol Puente, MEng candidate
Sol joined EERL in 2018 as a MEng student, and is working on energy impact assessment of New York’s offshore wind energy development.

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Ariel Seminet, MEng candidate
Ariel joined EERL in 2018 as a MEng student, and is working on IoT-based energy and environmental sensing.

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Alexander Li, Undergraduate Researcher

Alex joined EERL in 2017 as an undergraduate researcher, and is working on woodsmoke analysis and IoT-based energy and environmental sensing.

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Jackson Siff, Undergraduate Researcher
Jackson joined EERL in 2017 as an undergraduate researcher, and is working on renewable energy analysis and IoT-based energy and environmental sensing.

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Navin Ramsaroop, Undergraduate Researcher
Navin joined EERL in 2018 as an undergraduate researcher and Rawlings Presidential Research Scholar, and is working on IoT-based energy and environmental sensing.

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Xiaoyu Yan, Undergraduate Researcher
Xiaoyu joined EERL in 2018 as an undergraduate researcher and IEEE PES Scholar, and is working on IoT-based energy and environmental sensing.

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