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Energy Systems Laboratory


Principle Investigator

Darshan G Pahinkar

Darshan is the principal investigator of The Energy Systems Laboratory and an Assistant Professor in Mechanical and Civil Engineering Department at Florida Tech. Prior to joining Florida Tech, he was a post-doctoral fellow in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and led research in the area of interface materials for electronic packaging and materials of neuromorphic computing. He received his PhD from Georgia Tech in Fall 2016 specializing in gas separation systems. He received his B.E. in Mechanical Engineering, from Government College of Engineering, Pune India in 2006 and his M.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India in 2009 with focus on Thermal and Fluids. He was a manager (Development) in Tata Motors Engineering Research Center, Pune between 2009 and 2011.

PhD Students 

Chidinma Imediegwu

Chidinma Imediegwu is pursuing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta and is co-advised by Dr. Samuel Graham. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2013, and a Master’s degree in 2015 from Southern University, Baton Rouge. Her NASA funded master’s research explored Shape Memory Polymer Composites and Carbon Nanotechnology designed for Aerospace Systems. Her doctoral research examines bonding various power electronic substrates including Aluminum Nitride (AlN) and Direct Bonded Copper (DBC) to Aluminum Silicon Carbide (AlSiC) heat sinks through transient liquid phase bonding using a Copper-Aluminum binary system. This research addresses the thermal and reliability issues of power electronic devices by eliminating interface layers with low thermo-mechanical performance, reducing the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) mismatch between materials, and introducing cooling enhancement features closer to the heat source. She is the current president of the Georgia Tech Student Chapter of SMTA, former Engineering Council Representative for NSBE, Golden Oaks Award winner, Charles Hutchins Educational Grant winner and two-time recipient of the UIU International Scholar Award.

Faraz Ege

Faraz received his Bachelor’s degree from Urmia University of Iran and his Master’s degree from The Gazi University of Turkey, both in mechanical engineering. During his MSc program, he conducted research on simulation of heat transfer in microchannels by using nanofluids. He also has more than 7 years of experience as an HVAC systems design engineer in the industrial projects in Turkey. He will begin his PhD at Florida Tech in Spring 2021 and his research will focus on the enhancement of performance of adsorption based HVAC systems through microchannel technology. 


Visiting Researchers

Nitish Chauhan

Nitish graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida in May 2020. He in proficient in Engineering design, 3-D modeling and simulations and project management. He was the Propulsion Engineer for the Peregrine 2 Project, where he developed and designed the fuel tank and fuel line set up for the smooth flow of jet fuel. He was also invovled in the the design and construction of engine test stand and experiments to determine the aerodynamics forces. Previously he worked as Junior Project Engineer at a Stone Crusher in India where his work was setting up and maintaing jaw crushers machines. At the Energy Systems Lab, his work involves modeling and simulation of direct air capture of carbon dioxide. More information about his work and portfolio can be found here