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  • Maria Sakovsky

    Maria Sakovsky

    Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    BioMaria Sakovsky's work focuses on the use of shape adaptation to realize space structures with reconfigurable geometry, stiffness, and even non-mechanical performance (ex. electromagnetic, optical). Particular focus is placed on the mechanics of thin fiber reinforced composite structures, the interplay between composite material properties and structural geometry, as well as embedded functionality and actuation of lightweight structures. The work has led to applications in deployable space structures, reconfigurable antennas, and soft robotics.

    Maria Sakovsky received her BSc in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto. Following this, she completed her MSc and PhD in Space Engineering at Caltech, where she developed a deployable satellite antenna based on origami concepts utilizing elastomer composites. She concurrently worked with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on developing cryogenically rated thin-​ply composite antennas for deep space missions. For her ongoing research on physically reconfigurable antennas, she was awarded the ETH Zürich postdoctoral fellowship as well as the Innovation Starting Grant.

  • Steven Salah-Eddine

    Steven Salah-Eddine

    Masters Student in Aeronautics and Astronautics, admitted Autumn 2022

    BioSteven Salah-Eddine is a Master of Science student in the department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Steven is a research assistant in the Structures and Composites Laboratory at Stanford University, where he works under the guidance of his principal investigator, Professor Fu-Kuo Chang.

    Steven is engaged in cutting-edge projects involving the development and optimization of multifunctional energy storage composite (MESC). His primary focus is on creating a scalable, integrable structural battery with built-in sensing capabilities. This innovative MESC battery is designed to replace single-purpose structural members, potentially reducing vehicle weight and increasing energy capacity for enhanced range performance. Such advancements are particularly crucial in developing robust Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (EVTOL) vehicle structures, where traditional EV systems often rely on redundant support systems to protect battery cells from heat, impact, and moisture.

    Steven's research project targets the EVTOL market, exploring the application of MESC in commercial EVTOL body structures and determining the energy capacity needed for standard flights. His second initiative involves optimizing MESC specifications for a previously fabricated I-Beam, using MATLAB programing language for intricate design calculations and failure mode analysis. Beyond the lab, Steven's experience as an iPhone Product Design Engineering Intern at Apple has honed his skills in product design, adding to his expertise in design for manufacturability, finite element analysis, and materials science.

    Steven balances his life with personal interests that include golfing, weight training, and running during his free time.

  • Debbie Senesky

    Debbie Senesky

    Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, of Electrical Engineering and Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy

    BioDebbie G. Senesky is an Associate Professor at Stanford University in the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department and the Electrical Engineering Department. In addition, she is the Principal Investigator of the EXtreme Environment Microsystems Laboratory (XLab). Her research interests include the development of nanomaterials for extreme harsh environments, high-temperature electronics for Venus exploration, and microgravity synthesis of nanomaterials. In the past, she has held positions at GE Sensing (formerly known as NovaSensor), GE Global Research Center, and Hewlett Packard. She received the B.S. degree (2001) in mechanical engineering from the University of Southern California. She received the M.S. degree (2004) and Ph.D. degree (2007) in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Prof. Senesky is the Site Director of nano@stanford. She is currently the co-editor of two technical journals: IEEE Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems and Sensors. In recognition of her research, she received the Emerging Leader Abie Award from in 2018, Early Faculty Career Award from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 2012, Gabilan Faculty Fellowship Award in 2012, and Sloan Ph.D. Fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in 2004.

    Prof. Senesky's career path and research has been featured by Scientific American, Seeker, People Behind the Science podcast, The Future of Everything radio show,, and NPR's Tell Me More program. More information about Prof. Senesky can be found at and on Instagram (@astrodebs).