Deng Energy and Nanotechnology Group

for energy conversion and nanomaterial synthesis

Faculty

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Prof. Sili Deng (邓斯理)
Class of 1954 Career Development Chair | Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave., Building 3-336, Cambridge, MA 02139
Email: silideng at mit dot edu
Phone: +1-617-452-3064

Curriculum Vitae
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Dr. Sili Deng joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT as an assistant professor in January 2019. She received her bachelor’s degree in Thermal Engineering from Tsinghua University in 2010 and her master’s and doctoral degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 2012 and 2016, respectively. From 2016 to 2018, Dr. Deng was a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. Dr. Deng received the Princeton Energy and Climate Scholarship in 2013 and the Gordon Wu Prize for Excellence in 2014, both from Princeton University. She also received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2014 from Princeton University and was one of the five recipients of the Bernard Lewis Fellowship at the biennial International Symposium on Combustion in 2016. She was appointed to the d'Arbeloff Career Development Chair in 2019 and the Class of 1954 Career Development Chair in 2022.

Postdoctoral Scholars

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Jianan Zhang
Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2020-present
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, The University of Iowa, 2017
M.E., Engineering Thermophysics, Institute of Engineering Thermophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2011
B.E., Thermal Energy and Power Engineering, China University of Petroleum (East China), 2008
              Research Area: Flame spray pyrolysis for manufacturing energy storage materials
              Email: jiananz at mit dot edu

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Qiaofeng Li
Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2022-Present
Ph.D., Mechanics, Tsinghua University, 2018
B.E., Engineering Mechanics, Harbin Institute of Technology, 2013
Research Area: Physics-informed machine learning and uncertainty quantification


Graduate Students

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Suyong Kim
Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2018-present
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Seoul National University, 2017
B.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Seoul National University, 2015
Research Area: Carbon-neutral Energetic Materials
Email: suyong at mit dot edu



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Maanasa Bhat
Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2019-present
M.Tech., Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, 2019
B.Eng., Mechanical Engineering, R. V College of Engineering, 2016
Research Area: Combustion-based Materials Synthesis
Email: bhatm at mit dot edu



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Benjamin Koenig
Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2021-present
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2021
Research Area: Scientific Machine Learning in Energy Applications
Email: bckoenig at mit dot edu



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Huaibo Chen
Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2021-present
B.Eng., Automotive Engineering, Tongji University, 2021
Research Area: Scientific Machine Learning and Uncertainty Quantification
Email: hbchen at mit dot edu



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Gwendolyn Tsai
Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2022-present
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2022
Research Area: Energetic Materials
Email: gtsai9 at mit dot edu



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Chuwei Zhang
Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2022-present
B.S., Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Southern University of Science and Technology, 2022
Research Area: Combustion-based Materials Synthesis
Email: chuwei17 at mit dot edu



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Stefan Borjan
Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2022-present
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2021
Research Area: Modeling of Diesel Engine After-treatment
Email: sborjan at mit dot edu



Undergraduate Students

Jason Chen
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, 09/2021-
Majoring in Physics, Class of 2025

Evan Bell
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, 02/2022-
Majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Class of 2025

Visiting Scholars

John Wen
Visiting Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering, 10/2021-10/2022
Professor, Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo

Postdoctoral Alumni

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Weiqi Ji
Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2019-2021
Ph.D., Center for Combustion Energy, Tsinghua University, 2019
B.E., Thermal Engineering, Tsinghua University, 2014
Research Area: Physics-informed Data-driven Modeling
Current: Research Engineer at Bosch


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Yuesen Wang
Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2017-2022
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Tianjin University, 2017
M.E., Mechanical Engineering, Tianjin University, 2012
B.E., Mechanical Engineering, Shandong University of Technology, 2010
Research Area: Aftertreatment of engine exhaust
Current: Associate Consultant at Exponent

Graduate Alumni

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Valerie Muldoon
Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2020-2022
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2022
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2020
Research Area: Combustion-based Materials Synthesis
Current: Research Engineer at Quantumscape


Undergraduate Alumni

Alex Aguilar
Undergratuate Thesis, 09/2019-05/2020
Majoring in Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2020

Sophie Longawa
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, 01/2020
Class of 2023

Matthew Morris
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, 06/2020-08/2020
Majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science, Class of 2023

Ritaank Tiwari
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, 06/2020-08/2020
Majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics, Class of 2022

Barak Davidi
MIT Summer Research Program, 06/2020-08/2020
Majoring in Physics, Fairfield University, Class of 2021

Christian Belser
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, 06/2020-08/2020
Majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science, Class of 2022

David Ologan
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, 06/2020-08/2020
Majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science, Class of 2022

Meghana Vemulapalli
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, 06/2020-01/2021
Majoring in Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2022

William Zhao
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, 06/2020-12/2020
Majoring in Mathematics, Class of 2023

Benjamin Koenig
Super Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, 09/2020-05/2021
Majoring in Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2021

Julian Zanders
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, 06/2020-05/2021
Majoring in Computer Science, Class of 2023

Lucia Vina Lopez
Summer Co-op, 06/2021-09/2021
Majoring in Physics, Drexel University, Class of 2022

Averitt Johns
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, 01/2020-05/2022
Majoring in Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2022

Pedro Alonso Hernandez
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, 02/2022-05/2022
Majoring in Mathematics and Physics, Class of 2025

Ian Rivera
MIT Summer Research Program, 06/2022-08/2022
Majoring in Mechanical Engineering, Penn State University, Class of 2024

Visiting Alumni

Bowen Ge
Undergraduate Visiting Student
Department of Mechanical Engineering, 08/2019
Department of Physics, Peking University, Class of 2020