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Daniel T. Banuti

Daniel Banuti heads the tfx lab, with a focus on thermo-fluids under extreme conditions, such as supercritical fluids, for applications in propulsion, power, and natural flows.



Graduate Students

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Graham Monroe

Graham is a master's student in mechanical engineering at UNM and studies CFD modeling and aerodynamics.

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Leena Aggad

Leena (B.S.M.E. UNM 2020) works on the thermodynamic analysis of combustion instabilities.

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Nelson Longmire

Nelson works on thermodynamic modeling for CFD and heat transfer to supercritical fluids.

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Justin Begay

Justin is an M.S. student in Mechanical Engineering and studies thermodynamic power cycles through the optimization of its operating fluid.

Undergraduate Students and Visitors

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Angela Patterson

Angela is a ME major and works on modelling the spread of wildfires using computational tools.

Former Lab Members

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Joe Pomo

Joe defended his M.S. thesis on fluid flow measurement for spacecraft applications. Congratulations, and all the best!

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Steven Showalter

Steven finished his B.S. in Nuclear Engineering, and worked on modeling and analysis of high-pressure heat transfer and interfaces. He's now at Sandia National Labs - all the best!

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Giuseppe Indelicato

Giuseppe is a PhD student at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in Sapienza, University of Rome. His main research fields are turbulent combustion modelling in LRE, wall heat transfer and supercritical fluids.

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Sara D'Angelico

Sara worked on compressible flow in aeronautical engines at extreme conditions, and plans to move to Florida to start graduate studies. All the best!

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Isaiah Sanchez

Isaiah is an ME Major and Aerodynamics Lead for the UNM FSAE 2021 Team. He works on shock physics CFD and is developing a Machine Learning model for the fluid dynamics of rocket engines.

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Bethany Peña

Bethany worked on the intersection of machine learning and fluid mechanics, especially reinforcement learning, and is now pursuing a graduate education in statistics. All the best, Bethany, it was a great pleasure to work with you!

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Chad Walde

Chad (B.Sc. ME UNM 2018) studied Space Systems Engineering and now works at Los Alamos National Lab.

Visiting students and researchers

Students interested in working towards an 'Abschlussarbeit' (Diplom, Bachelor, Master - Germany), a 'projet de fin d’étude' (France), or an internship are strongly encouraged to get in touch.

Likewise, if you are a researcher and interested in visiting us, I'd be happy to hear from you!



Land of enchantment

Albuquerque and New Mexico are beautiful places with lots to see and to do, between deserts, mountains, and forests. Here is an overview of some informative sites:

Lobolife - UNM

Official New Mexico

Official Albuquerque

Lonely Planet New Mexico