Alumni

Paul Abel – was an undergraduate researcher in the Green Group working in the laser lab. He subsequently earned his PhD at the University of Texas and is now working at NovaCentrix.

Andrew Adamczyk – worked as a postdoc in the Green Group co-advised by Profs. Paul Barton and Youssef Marzouk from 2011-2012. He now works for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. in Allentown, PA.

Ashish Agarwal – was a researcher in Green Group before moving on to do his PhD at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a founder of Solvuu, a software company for genomics.

Preeti Aghalayam – Born and raised in India, Preeti went to the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, India, for a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering before heading off to Rochester, NY for her Masters in Chemical Engineering. She received her PhD. from UMass Amherst before joining the Green Group as a post-doctoral student. Preeti then became a Professor of Chemical Engineering at IIT in Mumbai, India. She is now a professor at IIT Madras.

Jorge Aguilera Iparraguirre – Jorge was a postdoc in the Green Group for 3 years ending in 2013. He grew up in Zaragoza in northeast Spain. He obtained a degree in Chemistry at the University of Zaragoza, specializing in Organic Chemistry. He worked as a computational chemist under the supervision of Dr. Jose Ignacio Garcia Laureiro. Jorge moved to Karlsruhe in southwest Germany to obtain his PhD in Quantum Chemistry under Prof. Wim Klopper. His work there concentrated on the application of the explicitly-correlated methodologies (R12, F12) that are being developed for combustion reactions. Jorge is now a post-doc at Harvard University.

Phillip Ai – Former undergraduate student who worked on graphical user interfaces for PrognoChem and RMG.

Ionut John Alecu – Romanian by birth, John Alecu grew up in Texas, and did his PhD at the Univ. of North Texas with Paul Marshall. John received a Combustion Energy Research Fellowship to work with Don Truhlar (U. Minn.) and Prof. Green on computing reaction rate coefficients. He is now a technology leader at a small company in the Dallas area.

Joshua Allen – did his PhD in the Green Group graduating in 2013. He was the first developer of RMG-Py, with Richard West, and developed the pressure dependence module in RMG. He now works for ExxonMobil in New Jersey.

Bharthwaj Anantharaman – Received his undergraduate degree from IIT in India. While doing his PhD at MIT, Bharthwaj was co-advised by both Prof. Green and Prof. McRae. He now works for Baker Hughes.

John Angelos – successfully defended his ChemE PhD thesis on August 31, 2007, for the research portion of his degree. Directly afterward he took on additional coursework in business and management for a dual degree, which he received in June, 2009. John works for ExxonMobil in Texas. He is a financial analyst in the Affiliate Finance group, which is part of the Treasurer’s organization within ExxonMobil that manages how ExxonMobil funds its many affiliates around the world.

Robert W. Ashcraft – Rob worked for Exponent for a few years then did postdoctoral research at the University of Ghent in Belgium. Rob recently returned to Cambridge, MA, where he keeps tabs on research opportunities for Samsung.

Ayten Ates – is on the faculty at Cumhuriyet University. She was a sabbatical visitor at MIT during the 2011-2012 academic year.

Dr. Gregory Beran – Greg was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Green Group from 2005 – 2007. Greg is now on the Chemistry faculty at the University of California, Riverside.

Marc Bernat i Rolla – Was a visiting student at MIT completing his masters degree from Institut Quimic De Sarria in Barcelona. While at MIT, he modeled HCCI engines.

Binita Bhattacharjee – did her PhD at MIT co-advised by Prof. Green and Prof. Barton. After MIT, she started her career at BP and then worked for the biofuels company Amyris. She is currently living in China, but expects to return to the San Francisco area in 2016.

D. Wayne Blaylock – Wayne grew up in Tennessee, did his undergrad degree at Tennessee Tech, worked at Oak Ridge National Lab, and then came to MIT to do his PhD. He did a joint project with NTNU, Norway’s technical university in Trondheim, developing models (and doing some experiments) on steam-methane reforming to make H2 over nickel and doped-nickel catalysts. He now works for Dow Chemical in Midland, MI.

Charles Boatin – Was from Ghana and was an undergraduate researcher in the Green Group. He worked for several years at Applied Materials, then earned his MBA at Harvard University. He now works for Adenia Partners.

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John Brown – Former undergraduate student who worked on graphical user interfaces for the RMG website.

Beat Buesser – Beat Buesser was a postdoctoral fellow and associate in the Green Group from 2012 to 2014. He had received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF). He was working on introducing nitrogen chemistry to RMG and studying the calculation of thermochemistry using quantum chemistry, focussing on explicitly correlated methodologies (F12). He has joined IBM Research as a Research Staff Member at the Smarter Cities Technology Center at the IBM Research Laboratory in Dublin, Ireland. (LinkedIn)

Adam Carr – Adam was a postdoc working on Supercritical Water experiments in the Green Group. He worked at Aerodyne Research for some time before returning to his home, Australia, at the end of 2015.

Hans-Heinrich Carstensen – Originally from Germany, is a former post-doc. He was a research Professor at Colorado School of Mines, and now works at the University of Ghent.

Jose Luis Chesa – was a visiting student completing his masters degree from Institut Quimic De Sarria in Barcelona who worked on HCCI simulations.

Caleb Class – completed a PhD in the Green Group focusing on modeling of Sulfur and working on supercritical water desulfurization of crude oil with Saudi Aramco. He now works as a postdoc at University of Texas Houston.

Anthony Concepcion – a former undergraduate researcher in the Green Group working on supercritical water desulfurization. He graduated from MIT in June 2015. He is currently a process engineer at Valero Energy.

Andrew Cooksy – from San Diego State University, did laser experiments and hindered rotor calculations during his sabbatical at MIT.

David J. Couling– David did his undergraduate degree at Notre Dame and his PhD at MIT on cleaning up the syngas stream in IGCC coal plants. He now works for Dow Chemical in Midland, MI.

Enoch Dames – did his PhD with Hai Wang at USC, and then did postdoctoral work at Stanford before joining the Green group. At MIT he did several different projects including modeling propane/DME fuel mixtures and experimentally measuring the conversion of natural gas to syngas in an engine reformer. He moved to the Bay Area to work with a start-up company at the end of 2015.

Brian D’Andrade – From Trinidad, Brian finished his junior year at Penn State when he worked with us in the summer of 1998. Unlike the rest of the group, Brian is an EE, and his research was sponsored by the Materials Processing Center. Brian worked on the development of more accurate density functionals. Brian is now Senior Managing Engineer at Exponent, Inc.

Ujjal Das – did his PhD with Krishnan Raghavachari at Indiana University. As a postdoc at MIT he did quantum calculations on the thermochemistry of alloys and surface adsorbed species relevant to capture of CO2 and Hg emissions. He worked at an industrial lab in India and then at Argonne National Laboratory. He now works for Johnson Matthey in Pennsylvania.

Jaimee Lee Dong – earned her M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering measuring partition coefficients relevant to ultra-low-sulfur fuel production, and received her PhD. in Industrial Ecology at Yale. She is now working at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Gerhard Ehlker – Was a visiting graduate student in the Green Group from Aachen, Germany. For several years he was a consultant, then a director for Siemens. He now lives in Munich, where he is a principal of TWS Partners.

Rehab Elsamra – worked in the Green Group laser lab on a Fulbright fellowship. She is now on the faculty of the University of Alexandria, Egypt.

Connie Gao – finished a PhD in the Green Group working as the lead developer of the python version of RMG.  She now works at the Boston Consulting Group.

Devika Gupta – Born in India and raised in New Jersey, Devika worked as an undergraduate researcher in the Green Group for several years before graduating with a BS in Chemical Engineering in Spring 2000. She set up amine oxidation experiments and worked out the complexities of the necessary chemical analysis. Devika was also the Associate Advisor for Prof. Green’s 10.200 seminar in Fall 98. Devika started working at Applied Materials in 2000. After earning her MBA, she worked in the pharmaceutical industry. She is now Director of Global Market Access for Pfizer.

C. Franklin Goldsmith – Franklin grew up in North Carolina and earned undergrad degrees at both UNC and NC State. At MIT he worked primarily on rate calculations, but also did some kinetic modeling and designed a new experimental apparatus. He also did an internship at Argonne National Lab. After completing his PhD, Franklin became a von Humboldt Fellow and worked at the Fritz Haber Institute. Franklin is now an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Brown University.

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Michael Harper – Michael grew up in southern California and did his undergrad work at UC Berkeley. As a PhD student at MIT, Michael was a major developer of RMG and an important leader in the Combustion Energy Frontier Research Center. He used RMG to build models for the butanol isomers. He now works for ExxonMobil in New Jersey.

Peter Hlavaty – Peter came to MIT by way of Slovakia, Wales, Woods Hole and Lafayette College, and graduated with his MSCEP in June 1999. He did experimental work and and some modeling of amine oxidation in the Green Group in 1998. He now works on Wall Street.

Huzeifa Ismail successfully defended his thesis and is now residing in Houston, Texas, with his wife, Hani, and their daughter, Sakina. He has worked for Baker Hughes and Maxoil.

Amrit Jalan – Former graduate student working on solvation in RMG and the korcek reaction. He now works at Exxon Mobil.

Murat Keceli – A former postdoc now working at Argonne National Laboratory.

Yuko Kida – Former graduate student working on supercritical water desulfurization of crude oil. She now works at Dow Chemical.

Young Seok Kim – worked as a postdoc in the Green Group in 2010-2011 constructing a flash photolysis time-of-flight MS system with Josh Middaugh. He now works for Dow Chemical in Marlborough, MA.

Wendi Kong – Former undergraduate student who worked on quantum chemistry of reactions.

Tom Lada – From Toledo, Ohio, Tom was an undergraduate researcher in the lab who worked with David Matheu on methods for computing pressure-dependent reaction rates. After completing his bachelor’s degree, Tom stayed on at MIT for his M.S. in Chemical Engineering Practice. He is now Director of Fullerene Operations at Nano-C.

Panayiotis Lemonidis – Earned his PhD CEP co-supervised by Prof. Barton and Prof. Green. He stayed on at MIT to earn his MBA as well. He now works on Wall Street.

Juanqin Li – is on the faculty of Sichuan University. She visited MIT on her sabbatical in 2014-2015, and did quantum chemistry calculations on reactions occurring on the C7H7 surface related to the pyrolysis intermediate fulvenallene.

Qianqian Li –  was a visiting student in the Green Group and has returned to China.

Yonghong Li – Professor Li is an expert in phase behavior and has returned to her university in China after visiting the Green Group.

Guozhu Liu – is on the faculty of Tianjin University. He visited MIT on his sabbatical in 2014-2015, and did experimental work using the laser/MS system, focusing on reactions of unsaturated radicals.

Zan Liu – Former graduate student working on CO2 sequestration, Zan now works for CBI in Texas.

Pisi Lu – Pisi was a visiting graduate student from the University of Lisbon. He continued on in the group as a postdoctoral associate working on Adaptive Chemistry Reacting Flow Simulations. He led a research and design group at RMT Alliance in Madison, Wisconsin, which he took private as SmartBurn.

Dennis Lun – Dennis hails from Hong Kong and Toronto and had finished his junior year at the University of Michigan when he worked with us in the summer of 1998. Dennis did a mix of computational thermochemistry and experiments on amine oxidation kinetics. He later earned an MBA and is now an Associate Director of AIA in Hong Kong.

Gregory Magoon – Greg got his undergraduate degree at the University of Connecticut and a PhD at MIT studying JP-10 chemistry. He now works for Aerodyne Research in Billerica, MA.

Mickael Matrat was a visiting student from France, using the laser/mass-spec apparatus to measure reactions of vinyl radical. He is now working for IFP in France.

Ugo Martin – came to MIT as a visiting graduate student, working on engine combustion. Dr. Martin now lives in his native Italy.

David Matheu – David was Prof. Green’s first Ph.D. student – he developed the algorithm for automatically constructing chemically-activated reaction networks. After MIT, David received an NRC postdoctoral fellowship to work at NIST, and his paper received the ACS Glenn Award in Fuel Chemistry in 2004. Now he works for Cabot Corp., based in Billerica, MA.

Oleg Mazyar – Born in the Ukraine and educated in Moscow and North Carolina, Oleg was a postdoc in the Green Group from 1999 to 2001. He then worked with Prof. Trout at MIT. His career has included research positions at Wayne State, Texas Tech, and Vanderbilt University. He is now working for Baker Hughes in Texas.

Federico M. San Martini – From Italy and Germany via Brown U. and Cambridge U., Federico did experimental work on amine oxidation in the summer of 1998, before beginning graduate school at MIT in Fall 1998. After earning his PhD with Prof. Greg McRae, Federico did postdoctoral research with Mario Molina, and joined the staff of the National Academies.

Shamel Merchant – obtained his PhD in the Green Group working on butanol and low temperature oxidation chemistry. He now works for ExxonMobil in New Jersey.

Josh Middaugh – Former graduate student working in the laser lab. He now works at Air Products.

Geoff Moeser – Geoff did his PhD co-supervised by Prof. Green and Prof. Hatton. He now works for the Cabot Corporation.

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Teppei Ogura – Teppei was a postdoctoral associate with the Green Group from July 2007 until March 2009. Her returned to Japan to accept a position at Kyushu University, INAMORI Frontier Research Center, Energy Science and Technologies Laboratory, where he is now an associate professor.

Oluwayemisi Oluwole – Luwi received his PhD from MIT within the Green Group and then worked at Aerodyne, Corp. in Billerica, MA. He recently moved to work at ANSYS in New Hampshire.

Geoffrey Oxberry – did his PhD co-supervised by Prof. Green and Prof. Barton and works at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Pushkaraj Padwardhan – Raj did postdoctoral work at MIT on desulfurization. He now works at BASF in New Jersey researching catalytic converters.

Sally Petway – Completed her Masters degree and is now an actuary working in Georgia.

Jose Antonio Perez Pimienta – was a visiting scientist during the summer of 2008 working with the Green Group on cleaning up gas streams, removing mercury from syngas, and oxidizing hydrocarbons in diesel engine exhaust, through a combination of experiments and computer models. His stay with us was paid for by a grant from the Autonomous University of Nayarit in Mexico where Prof. Pimienta is on the faculty.

Isabel Plana – A former undergraduate researcher in the Green Group working in the laser lab slated to graduate in 2016.

Kshitij Prakash – received his Masters degree through the Center for Computation and Design Optimization having worked with the Green Group. He is now working as research analyst at Quantitative Research in CT.

Marcel Puignou – Marcel was a visiting student from Spain.

Sumathy Raman (aka R. Sumathi) was a postdoc in the Green Group for several years around the turn of the century, and played a key role in developing the rate and thermo estimation databases used in RMG. After a stint on the faculty of a small college in Alabama, she took a Principal Investigator position at ExxonMobil’s Corporate Research Laboratory in Clinton, NJ.

Andrew Rosen – did research in the Green group while he was an undergraduate at Tufts University and then a graduate student in Nuclear Engineering at MIT. His research was focused on understanding the chemistry of fuel blends, in particular propane + DME.

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Matthias Schnellmann – Matthias was a visiting student from Selwyn College in the UK.

Douglas Schwer – Received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Penn State. Doug worked as a Postdoctoral Associate under William Green and Paul Barton. He is now on the research staff of the Naval Research Laboratory.

Seyed-Abdulreza Seyed-Reihani – did his PhD in Mechanical Engineering with Greg Jackson at the University of Maryland. As a postdoc in the Green group he worked on several projects, including modeling exhaust catalysts. He worked for Numerica and ran a small consulting company, before joining the University of Illinois as a Research Scientist.

Sandeep Sharma – successfully defended his thesis on September 2, 2009. He is now working as a Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart.

Yu Shi – Shi did his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin working with Rolf Reitz. He was a postdoc in Green Group, working primarily on using GPUs to speed reacting flow simulations. He now works for Phillips 66 in Oklahoma.

Michael Singer – Dr. Singer received his PhD in Applied Mathematics from Cornell University. As a Postdoctoral Associate in the Green Group, he worked on model reduction for reacting flows and on developing a simulator for HCCI engines. He worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and then did R&D at Heart Flow, Inc. in California. He is the founder of Landrew Enterprises and Stenomics, Inc.

Simcha Singer – Former postdoc in the Green Group working on smoldering combustion, Simcha is now on the faculty at Marquette University.

Kelvin Smith – Former undergraduate student who worked on kinetic mechanisms for combustion

Jing Song – Dr. Song received her PhD from MIT in 2004 and continued to work as a Postdoctoral Associate with the Green Group until the fall of 2005. She was co-supervised by Prof. Green and Prof. George Stephanopoulos. She wrote the original version of RMG, in Java. Dr. Song gave birth to a beautiful and healthy baby girl, April, on September 10, 2005 weighing in at 10 lbs. 8 oz.

Ray Speth – was a postdoc in the Green Group until 2014.  He now holds a staff position in the MIT Aero/Astro Department.

Yee San Su – Dr. Su got his undergraduate degree at Stanford and did his PhD at MIT co-supervised by Prof. Jackie Ying and Prof. Green. He worked for Exponents then was a fellow working for the federal government. He now lives in Northern Virginia and works for a think tank.

Yury Suleymanov – Former postdoc in the Green Group who worked on RPMDrate and PrognoChem. He is now a faculty member in University of Cyprus.

James Taylor – Dr. Taylor did his PhD at MIT studying C6H7 + O2. He was a postdoc at Washington University in St. Louis. James was a graduate of NC State. He now works for Monsanto.

Aaron Vandeputte– visited MIT as an graduate visiting student and as a postdoc with the CEFRC. He worked on sulfur chemistry within RMG, JP-10, and aromatics formation pathways. He now works for SABIC in the Netherlands.

Nick Vandewiele– visited MIT while a PhD student at the University of Ghent and then returned to the Green Group as a postdoc.

AJ Vasiliou – did a postdoc in the Green Group and is now on the Chemistry faculty at Middlebury College in Vermont.

Dr. John Z. Wen – Dr. Wen did his PhD in Canada and was a postdoc in the Green Group. He is now a professor at the University of Waterloo, Canada.

Dr. Richard West – West was an exchange student from Cambridge University in UK, where he earned his PhD, before becoming a postdoc of the Green Group. He worked on some very complicated systems, including formation of TiO2 particles in flames, and formation of deposits in diesel fuel injectors, and was a leader in the development of RMG, especially the Python version. He is now an assistant professor at Northeastern University.

Markus Wolf – Is a former Postdoctoral Associate who earned his doctorate from the University of Heidelberg. He now works for Alstom Power.

Caterina Wijaya – Dr. Wijaya came to MIT from Indonesia with a stop in Toyko for her undergraduate degree. While at MIT, Caterina obtained both her PhD in chemical engineering and her MBA from the Sloan School. Dr. Wijaya was part of the first class to be eligible to obtain the joint degree, and finished the second year at the Sloan school to receive a full MBA. While at MIT Dr. Wijaya expanded her very busy and demanding schedule by adding a new member to her family, Queena, a little girl was born at the end of her first year as a PhD candidate. After working on Wall Street, Dr. Wijaya is now a manager for General Motors in Michigan.

Andy Wong – Andy was a visiting undergraduate from Cambridge University and upon completing his undergraduate studies returned to MIT in the fall of 2004 as part of the master’s exchange program. In the Green Group he worked on RMG software tools.

Hsi-Wu Wong – Dr. Wong joined the group as a Postdoctoral Associate in 2003 from Northwestern University. He received his undergraduate degree from the National Taiwan University. Dr. Wong worked for several years at for Aerodyne Corp. in Billerica, and is now on the faculty at UMass Lowell.

Dr. Mark Mba Wright – Mark did a postdoc at MIT co-supervised by Prof. Green and Prof. Roman. He is now a professor at Iowa State University and focuses on biofuels.

Paul Yelvington – Dr. Yelvington came to MIT from NC State. He worked previously with Aerodyne Corp. in Billerica, and he now works at Mainstream Engineering Corporation in Rockledge, Florida.

Joanna Yu – Dr. Yu received a joint degree, PhD/CEP from the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Sloan School. She was the second class to enter this program. Joanna received her undergraduate degree in Brazil and is now working for BASF in Germany.

Everton Zanoelo – is a professor from Brazil who spent his sabbatical 2011-2012 in the Green Group.