Innovative Design and Manufacturing Laboratory

PI: Dr. Amin Mirkouei

Lab Members

 

 

Amin Mirkouei, Lab Director

Programs: Industrial Technology, Technology Management, Mechanical Engineering, Biological Engineering, and Environmental Science

Affiliated Professor, Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES)

 

 

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Collaborators

Yaqi You (Ph.D., Assistant Professor), Collaborator (2019-present)

Program: Environmental Resources Engineering, State University of New York

Research: Soil fertility and water treatment

Funded projects: Manure-to-biochar for agriculture and aquaculture

Website: Environmental Microbiome Research (EMR) Lab

 

Kavita Sharma (Ph.D., Assistant Professor), Collaborator (2019-present)

Program: Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering, Idaho State University

Research: Biochar, bio-oil, and biofuel characterization

Funded projects: Manure-based biochar and bio-oil characterization

 

Sanaz Shafian (Ph.D., Assistant Professor), Collaborator (2020-present)

Program: Soil and Water Systems, University of Idaho

Research: Precision agriculture, using remote sensing

Funded projects: Engineered biochar for removing phosphorus in water

 

 

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Visiting Scholars and Postdoctoral Researchers

Amir Mohajeri (Ph.D.), Visiting Scholar (2019-2020)

Programs: Industrial Technology and Mechanical Engineering, University of Idaho

Research: Sustainable design and manufacturing

 

 

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Current Ph.D. Students

Emmanuel Opare, Ph.D. Student (2019-present), exp. Spring 2023

Program: Mechanical Engineering, University of Idaho

Research: Sustainability assessment of rare earth elements extraction

 

 

Rance Bare, Ph.D. Student (2019-present), exp. Fall 2023

Program: Biological Engineering, University of Idaho

Research: Wastewater recycling and nutrient-recycling, using biochar-based products

 

 

Ethan Struhs, Ph.D. Student (2019-present), exp. Fall 2023

Program: Mechanical Engineering, University of Idaho

Research: Biomass conversion and upgrading to value-added products

 

 

Brian Donovan, Ph.D. Student (2019-present), exp. Spring 2024

Program: Biological Engineering, University of Idaho

Research: Bioelectrochemical technologies for water-energy production

 

 

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Current M.Sc. Students

Matthew Thompson, M.Sc. student (2018-present), exp. Summer 2020

Program: Technology Management, University of Idaho

Research: Sustainable design and manufacturing

 

 

Justin Walters, M.Sc. Student (2018-present), exp. Fall 2020

Program: Technology Management, University of Idaho

Research: Sustainable design and manufacturing

 

 

Galo Albor, M.Sc. Student (2020-present), exp. Fall 2022

Program: Environmental Science, University of Idaho

Research: Economic and environmental sustainability

 

 

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Current Undergraduate Students

Meesha Frye, B.S. Student (Fall 2019-present)

Program: Industrial Technology, University of Idaho

Research: Sustainable design and manufacturing

 

 

Timothy Adelizzi, B.S. Student (Spring 2020-present)

Program: Industrial Technology, University of Idaho

Research: Automation and smart manufacturing

 

 

 

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Graduate Alumni

Benjamin Hersh (M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, 2019)

Thesis: "Biochar Production, Applications, and Waste Management for Enhancing Sustainability Benefits across Food-Energy-Water Systems."

Position: Project Engineer/Manager at Curtiss-Wright

 

 

Samuel Hansen (M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, 2019)

Thesis: "Synthesis of Biofuels and Blended Fuels from Biomass Feedstocks: Strategies for Upgrading Bio-oil."

Position: Project Engineer at Premier Technology

 

 

Alby Joe George (M.Sc. non-thesis in Technology Management, 2020)

Project Title: "Fast pyrolysis of Biomass to Bio-oil and Upgrading it by Electrochemical Hydrogenation and Ultrasound Cavitation: Design and Analysis."

Position: -

 

 

Sergio Hernandez (M.Sc. non-thesis in Environmental Science, 2020)

Project Title: "Lignocellulosic Biomass as a Renewable Energy Source and Wear Contributions on Biomass Preprocessing Systems."

Position: Researcher at Idaho National Laboratory

 

 

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Former Lab Researchers

Nathaniel Marlin (B.S. Student in Environmental Science, Fall 2019): Sustainability assessment across food-water systems

John Chadron Ryan (M.S. Student in Mechanical Engineering, Spring/Summer/Fall 2018): Bio-oil and biochar production

Darpan Mukesh Shah (Ph.D. Student in Computer Science, Summer 2018): Cyber-physical bioenergy systems

Scott Ashby (Researcher, Summer 2018): Automizing biomass-based fuel production, using a programmable logic controller

 

 

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