School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences


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  • Michael Lindley Machala

    Michael Lindley Machala

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Energy Resources Engineering

    BioMichael is a postdoctoral fellow whose interests encompass international development projects requiring productive energy use and how to increase their success through transdisciplinary approaches. He has a dual appointment in the Precourt Institute for Energy and the Department of Energy Resources Engineering. His current work focuses on understanding and reducing produce supply chain inefficiency in India from a systems perspective, while identifying and testing scalable interventions with on-the-ground partners and end-users. Michael completed a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow at Stanford. His thesis focused on using fundamental research to develop design descriptors for improving solar-to-fuel and fuel-to-electricity conversion using electrochemistry.

    Michael’s interest in social and environmental impact work began in high school as the president of the region’s youth-led tobacco free coalition. The coalition was runner-up for National Youth Advocates of the Year given by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids when Idaho (his home state) went tobacco-free. At Kenyon College, he self-designed a major in Chemical Physics to understand how related disciplines approach challenges in renewable energy technology development while co-captaining the men’s NCAA National Champion swim team.

    After graduating in 2009, Michael moved to Germany as a Transatlantic Renewable Energy Fellow to research low-cost solar cells while learning about the sociopolitical environment that placed Germany as a global leader in renewable energy integration. While there, he attended the UNFCCC COP15 climate summit with two other fellows. Leading up to and during the highly anticipated event, they wrote and published an educational blog for the public. After leaving Germany, Michael lived in Southeast Asia as a Henry Luce Scholar to gain first-hand experience with renewable energy integration in unelectrified regions of Laos and Cambodia. This experience informed his desire to continue work on energy inequality and development around the world.

  • Elisa Mantelli

    Elisa Mantelli

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Geophysics

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsI am a glaciologist with a deep interest for the physical processes that shape large ice sheets like Greenland and Antarctica. Currently the main focus of my research is on fast ice flow phenomena, in particular ice streams. These narrow corridors of fast flowing ice display a variety of complex behaviours, partly driven by external forcings - like climate -, and partly internally driven. The more theoretical side of my work seeks to understand the physical processes that govern these behaviours, in particular the spontaneous formation of ice streams out of an otherwise uniform flow, as well as the effects of climatic forcing on the internal dynamics of ice streams. I am also interested in placing observational constraints on the onset of fast ice flow, in particular through the interpretation of englacial layers. Previous lines of inquire include glacier surface hydrology, and the transition to turbulence in open channel flows over permeable beds.

  • Yashar Mehmani

    Yashar Mehmani

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Energy Resources Engineering

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsI study fluid flow and transport in porous materials. My work focuses on:

    - Multiscale characterization of porous media via microscopy, spectroscopy, optics
    - Algorithmic advances for rapid computational fluid dynamics at microscopic scales
    - Hybrid multiscale modeling for linking microscale and macroscale physics

  • Seyed Mostafa Mousavi

    Seyed Mostafa Mousavi

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Geophysics

    BioI am an earthquake seismologist with an engineering background. My work includes developing new methods and algorithms through interdisciplinary approaches and applying them to challenging problems in observational seismology. My research areas are: (1) microseismic monitoring and induced seismicity, (2) signal processing, (3) machine learning, (4) wave attenuation and propagation, (5) seismicity analyses, (6) seismic hazard and risk analyses, and (7) geomechanical modeling.