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Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

People

 

Photo of Melanie DerbyDr. Melanie Derby graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, NY, with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in May 2008.

She joined an Office of Naval Research-sponsored MURI project at RPI for graduate study, under the direction of Profs. Michael Jensen and Yoav Peles. At RPI, she studied condensation heat transfer and received her M.S. in 2010 and Ph.D. in May 2013. In August 2013, she joined the faculty at Kansas State University and is interested in multi-phase flows, the Food, Energy, and Water Nexus, and buildings.

Melanie is an enthusiastic researcher, teacher, and tuba player.


Graduate Students

Photo of Brandon BultongezKevin Bultongez joined the team in summer of 2014 as a research assistant and graduated with his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in May of 2015. He is currently an M.S. student in the CHIL lab. Originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, he received his H.S diploma from Plano East Senior High in Dallas, Texas. Thermo Sciences are his favorite school subjects and he is interested in the power industry. Kevin revels in drawing, playing sports, and learning new things.
Photo of Xi ChenXi Chen graduated with his B.S. in Process Equipment and Controlling Engineering in 2010 from Wuhan Institute of Technology. He obtained his M.S. in 2012 from Wichita State University under the direction of Dr. Lankarani, where he researched multi-body dynamics and was a research assistant in the Crash Dynamics Lab at the National Institute for Aviation Research. Currently, he is pursuing his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University in thermal fluids.
Photo of Ryan Huber

Ryan Huber graduated from Kansas State University in May 2016 and joined the CHIL lab as a graduate student.


Undergraduate Students

NicoleNicole Doughramaji is a sophomore undergraduate from Topeka, KS. She joined the lab in Summer 2016, working with Xi Chen studying how a flapping motion affects water droplet coalescence and departure on flexible films. She plans to graduate with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in May 2019.
Photo of Brandon HuletBrandon Hulet is a sophomore in Mechanical Engineering from Olathe, KS.  He is working on condensation rates on a flexible surface.  He also works in the Multiphase Microfluidics lab under the direction of Dr. Amy Betz.  Brandon enjoys being a part of the KSU Baja team and loved marching snare drum on the drumline.
Photo of Jordan MorrowJordan Morrow is a senior undergraduate student from Valley Falls, KS. He plans on graduating in May 2017 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a Minor in Mathematics. He is working with Xi Chen studying condensation heat transfer, and plans to pursue a graduate degree following graduation.
Photo of Glen Riley

Glen Riley is a senior pursuing both a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University and a B.S. in Physics from Washburn University, with an anticipated graduation date of Spring 2017. In addition to performing research at KSU, he is a member of the McNair Scholars Society and plans to attend graduate school with the intention of earning a PhD. Glen is fromSilver Lake, Kansas and is a first generation college student.

Alumni

Photo of Jacob DunsheeJacob Dunshee graduated in December of 2015 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He joined the lab in Summer 2015 and worked with Kevin Bultongez studying oil and water flows.
CalebCaleb Garten hails from Salina, KS. He graduated from Kansas State University in May 2008 with his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and was a M.S. student in the CHIL lab from 2013-2014.
Photo of Maryam HamehkhasiMaryam Hamehkasi received her B.S. in Agricultural Engineering in 2006 in Iran from Bu-Ali sina University. She was an M.S. student from 2014-2015.
Photo of Eric Kerschen

Eric Kerschen worked in the CHIL lab from 2014-2015. He graduated in May 2015 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a Minor in Mathematics.

Photo of Devon Vogts

Devon Vogts worked in the CHIL lab from 2014-2015. He graduated with his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in May 2015.