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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Current Ph.D. Students

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

 

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

Program: Mechanical Engineering, University of Idaho

Research: Sustainability assessment of rare earth elements extraction from e-wastes

 

Rebecca Brown, Ph.D. Student (2021-present), exp. Spring 2025

Program: Environmental Science, University of Idaho

Research: Rare earth elements recovery from urban wastes and e-wastes

 

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Current M.Sc. Students

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

Program: Environmental Science, University of Idaho

Research: Economic and environmental sustainability

 

Jonathan Gibson-Cromer, M.Sc. Student (2021-present), exp. Spring 2023

Program: Environmental Science, University of Idaho

Research: Sustainable agriculture and soil-plant health improvement

 

Tanjina Tabassum, M.Sc. Student (2021-present), exp. Spring 2023

Program: Technology Management, University of Idaho

Research: Sustainable supply chain and advanced design and manufacturing

 

Elizabeth Bush, M.Sc. Student (2021-present), exp. Fall 2023

Program: Mechanical Engineering, University of Idaho

Research: Sustainable Building Design

 

Gordon D. Hinckley, M.Sc. Student (2022-present), exp. Spring 2025

Program: Environmental Science, University of Idaho

Research: Economic and environmental sustainability

 

Lisa Hawkins, M.Sc. Student (2022-present), exp. Fall 2023

Program: Technology Management, University of Idaho

Research: Social life cycle assessment of teleworking

 

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Visiting Scholars and Postdoctoral Researchers

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

Research: Sustainable design and manufacturing and techno-economic modeling.

Current Position: Research Associate at Roseman University of Health Sciences

 

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Undergraduate Researchers

Michael Glaser, B.S. Student in Industrial Technology (Summer 2022-present): Gold bioleaching

Jill Randall, B.S. Student in Environmental Science (Summer 2022-present): Gold agromining and phytomining

Taylor Hill, B.S. Student in Industrial Technology (Summer 2021-present): Ultrasonic pyrolysis process

Jonathan Alvarez, B.S. Student in Industrial Technology (Summer 2021-Spring 2022): Plastic wastes recycling and rare earth elements recovery

Timothy Adelizzi, B.S. Student in Industrial Technology (Spring 2020-Fall 2020): Automation and smart manufacturing

Nathaniel Marlin, B.S. Student in Environmental Science (Fall 2019-Spring 2020): Sustainability assessment across food-water systems

Meesha Frye, B.S. Student in Industrial Technology (Fall 2019-Spring 2020): Social life cycle assessment

 

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Graduate Alumni

Justin Walters (M.S. in Technology Management, 2021)

Thesis: "Social Impact Assessment Across Manufacturing Facilities."

Current Position: MFC Drafting Manager at Idaho National Lab

 

Matthew Thompson (M.S. in Technology Management, 2020)

Thesis: "Nitrogen Trifluoride and Furfural Supply Chains: Life Cycle Assessment and Techno Economic Analysis."

Current Position: Senior Technician-Dry Etch Equipment at Micron Technology

 

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."

Current Position: Researcher at U.S. Department of Energy

 

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."

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

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

Current Position: Mechanical Engineer at Premier Technology Inc.

 

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

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

Current Position: Architectural Products Representative at Integrated Marketing Concepts, Inc.

 

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Former Lab Researchers

Rudolph Lauth (M.S. Student in Mechanical Engineering, Spring/Summer 2021): Sustainable Design and Manufacturing

Brian Donovan (Ph.D. Student in Biological Engineering, Fall 2019 and Spring 2020): Bioelectrochemical technologies for water-energy production

Meesha Frye (B.S. Student in Industrial Technology, Fall 2019 and Spring 2020): Social life cycle assessment

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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