MFS Team

Arthur Konan, Ph. D.

Dr. Arthur N. Konan is a Research Engineer at West Virginia University Research Corporation. Dr. Konan earned his Ph.D. in Fluid Dynamics from Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse (France) in 2007. He was a Post-doctoral Researcher at the Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse (France) (more…)

Avinash Vaidheeswaran, Ph. D.

Dr. Avinash Vaidheeswaran is working as an ORISE Research Fellow at NETL. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, India in 2009, and PhD in Nuclear Engineering with specialization in Computational Science and Engineering (more…)

Aytekin Gel, Ph. D.

Dr. Gel is co-founder and managing partner at ALPEMI Consulting, LLC, which is a small high technology firm specializing on diverse areas such as simulation based engineering (SBE) applications, high performance computing (HPC), and uncertainty quantification. (more…)

Balaji Gopalan, Ph. D.

Dr. Gopalan’s research focuses on study of turbulent multiphase flow with dilute to dense concentration in a Lagrangian framework. His primary interest is exploring these phenomena using experimental measurements including pattern recognition and automated particle tracking, holography, (more…)

David Huckaby

David received his Candidate in Philosophy degree in Mechanical Engineering, University of California – Los Angeles and has been at NETL since 2000.  He is currently involved in three computational fluid dynamics projects for Chemical Looping (more…)

Dirk VanEssendelft, Ph.D.

Dirk Van Essendelft obtained a BSE in Chemical Engineering from Calvin College in 2003, a MSE in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from University of California in 2005, Irvine, and a Ph.D. in Energy and Geo-Environmental Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in 2008.  He has (more…)

Greggory Breault

Greggory Breault has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Fairmont State University, Fairmont, WV.  Mr. Breault serves as senior experimental technician in the MFS laboratory facility. He has supported testing of the pilot scale cold flow circulating fluidized bed (CFB), building and testing of various (more…)

Huda Ashfaq

Huda Ashfaq is pursuing her B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Chinese at West Virginia University. She also has completed her minor in Nano-systems from WVU. She took part of the Mickey Leland Fellowship at the NETL site for two consecutive summers before joining the MFAL team. Specific research (more…)

Hyoungkeun Kim, Ph.D.

Dr. Kim received his Ph.D. in 2014 from, SUNY Stony Brook.  Hisprimary research areas are the mathematical modeling, numerical algorithms, scientific computing and magnetohydrodynamics of gases. Prior to coming to NETL, he was a research assistant (more…)

Janine Galvin, Ph.D.

Dr. Galvin is currently working as a research scientist at NETL.  She obtained her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Idaho, and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado.  Previous research work includes development of fundamental modeling (more…)

Jeff Dietiker, Ph. D.

Jeff Dietiker is a core developer of the open-source multiphase flow solver MFIX. He has recently implemented the Cartesian grid cut-cell technique into MFIX that allows modeling the complex geometries of reacting multiphase systems. He is currently developing and applying MFIXtwo-fluid-model (more…)

Jonathan Tucker

Jonathan Tucker is pursuing his B.S. in Materials Science & Physics from West Virginia University.  Coming from the petrochemical and refinery industry with a focus for mechanical, civil and process design.  He currently serves as a designer and experimental researcher in the MFS laboratory (more…)

Jonny Higham, Ph.D.

Dr. Jonny Higham is a experimentalist in fluid mechanics who specialises in the use of modal decomposition techniques. Currently, Jonny is working as an ORISE research fellow in the Multiphase Flow Science team at DOE-NETL, Morgantown, WV, USA. (more…)

Jordan Musser, Ph.D.

Dr. Musser is a Physical Research Scientist in the Office of Research and Development’s (ORD) Computational Science and Engineering Division (CSED). His education includes a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering was well as an M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics. He joined the NETL (more…)

Justin Finn, Ph.D.

Dr. Finn is an ORISE postdoctoral research fellow at NETL. He has earned degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts (B.Sc. 2007) and Oregon State University (M.Sc. 2009, Ph.D. 2013). His previous research has pursued fundamental understanding of multiphase flow (more…)

Justin Weber

Justin Weber received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in 2009 and has been working at NETL since then.  Justin is involved in numerous projects spread across both the computational and experimental domains with multiphase flow as a commonality. (more…)

Kyle Buchheit, Ph. D.

Dr. Buchheit is currently an ORISE postdoctoral research fellow at NETL. He obtained his B.S. in Chemical Engineering (2010), B.A. in Economics (2010), M.S. in Applied Mathematics (2013), and Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering (2015) from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. During his (more…)

Liqiang Lu, Ph. D.

Dr. Lu received his Ph.D. from Institute of Process Engineering, CAS In Jan. 2016 under the supervision of Prof. Wei Ge. He also got two bachelor degrees from China University of Petroleum (Beijing) in Jun. 2010, one is on Process Equipment and Control and the other is on Computer Science. His past research (more…)

Madhava Syamlal, Ph. D.

Dr. Syamlal is the Research Fellow for Computational Engineering at the National Energy Technology Laboratory. at National Energy Technology Laboratory.  Dr. Syamlal is responsible for the development of science-based simulations that span a broad range of scales and for applying (more…)

Mark Meredith

Mark Meredith is a software engineer working for Aeolus Technologies, with 14 years of experience in software development.  He has a BS in both Physics and Engineering Science from Penn State, and is currently finishing his Master's degree in Computer Science. He works on improving MFiX (more…)

Mary Ann Clarke, Ph.D.

Mary Ann Clarke is a computational scientist with degrees in Materials Engineering, Pure and Applied Mathematics from Virginia Tech.  She brings both industrial and academic research experience to NETL.  As part of the MFIX development team, she is upgrading the software’s current (more…)

Mehrdad Shahnam, Ph. D.

Dr. Shahnam has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of New Haven, with an M.S.  and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University.  He is a research engineer at the Computational Sciences & Engineering Division of Department of Energy, National Energy (more…)

Pankaj Saha, Ph. D.

Dr. Pankaj Saha obtained his PhD degree from the department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Kanpur, India, in 2012. Currently, he is working as ORISE-ORAU research fellow in the Multiphase Flow team at DOE-NETL, Morgantown, WV, USA. His doctoralthesis focuses on numerical (more…)

Rupen Panday

Rupen Panday is an Electrical Engineer with a primary focus on process control of fluidized bed systems. He has been active in development of  solids circulation rate measurement techniques in circulating fluidized beds for energy applications.  He has also developed techniques for (more…)

Sofiane Benyahia, Ph.D.

Sofiane Benyahia conducts research in fluidization developing physical and numerical models in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) codes that helps predict these complex flows, better understand the physics, and design/troubleshoot fluidization systems widely used in industry. (more…)

Subhodeep Banerjee, Ph. D.

Dr. Subhodeep Banerjee is working as an ORISE Research Fellow at NETL. He earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering specializing in Computational Fluid Dynamics from Washington University in St. Louis in 2016. His doctoral thesis focused on numerical analysis (more…)

Terry Jordan

Terry Jordan received his Computer Engineering and Computer Science degrees from West Virginia University. He serves as a research computer engineer and software developer for the Computational Science & Engineering Division and as a member of the Simulation, (more…)

Tingwen Li, Ph. D.

Dr. Li is a research engineer at AECOM. He obtained B.S (2001) in theoretical and applied mechanics and M.S (2004) in fluid mechanics from Peking University, China and Ph. D. (2009) in mechanical engineering from University of British Columbia, Canada.  His research interests (more…)

William A.Rogers, Ph.D., P.E.

Dr. Rogers has a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University.  He has an MBA from West Virginia University and is a Registered Professional Engineer.  In addition to industrial experience in chemical process and steel industries, Dr. Rogers has worked (more…)

William D. Fullmer, Ph.D.

William is a research engineer at AECOM. His research interests range from fundamental research of multiphase flow instabilities using high-resolution CFD to the application of system codes for nuclear reactor thermal-hydraulics and safety analysis. His current focus is on the application of VVUQ and optimization methods for multiphase CFD. (more…)

Xi Gao, Ph. D.

Dr. Gao is an ORISE postdoctoral research fellow at NETL. He received his B.S (2010) in chemical engineering from Xiamen University, M.S (2013) in chemical engineering from Zhejiang University and Ph.D (2016) in chemical engineering from Iowa State University. His research focuses (more…)

Yupeng Xu, Ph.D.

Dr. Xu received his bachelor degree (2008) from Beijing University of Chemical Technology and master degree (2011) from Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China. In 2015 he received his Ph.D. from Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands (more…)