Our People

Principal Investigator

Professor Robert P. Lucht, Ph.D.professor lucht
Ralph and Bettye Bailey Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering

B.S. Nuclear Engineering, Purdue University, 1977
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 1979
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 1981

Email: lucht@purdue.edu
Phone: +1 765-494-5623


Dr. Aman Satija, Ph.D. aman satija
Research Engineer
Dr. Satija’s research is focused on developing laser based techniques and tools for performing measurements in reacting flows and plasmas. He has applied several linear and non-linear spectroscopic and imaging techniques towards studying laminar and turbulent flame combustion at atmospheric pressure. These techniques are used to measure scalar and vector quantities such as temperature, species concentration and velocity. A deeper understanding of combustion can lead to a more efficient design of engines, furnaces while simultaneously reducing emissions injurious to health and environment.

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Army Institute of Technology, Pune University, 2002
M.S. Aerospace Engineering, Auburn University, 2007
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 2013
Email: asatija@purdue.edu

Graduate Students

Tobi Busaritobi busari
Graduate Research Assistant
Tobi is a PhD student in the school of aeronautics and astronautics with a focus in propulsion science. He is a graduate of University at Buffalo class of ’12 where he earned two degrees in aerospace engineering and physics. He has exposure to some laser diagnostic techniques for high pressure combustion in experimental rigs at engine relevant conditions. 

B.S. Aerospace Engineering and Physics, University at Buffalo, 2012

Email: tbusari@purdue.edu

Ziqiao Changziqiao chang2
Graduate Research Assistant
Ziqiao started working under Professor Lucht as undergraduate research assistant in 2016. He received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University in 2018 and continued working under Professor Lucht for his graduate degree. His current research focuses on polarization spectroscopy and femtosecond coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering.  

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 2018
Email: zchang@purdue.edu

Mark Frederick
Graduate Research Assistant

Email: mfrederick@purdue.edu

Colin Mcdonald
Graduate Research Assistant

Email: colinmcdonald@purdue.edu

Will Seniorwill senior
Graduate Research Assistant
Will completed his bachelor’s degree at Purdue University as a Mechanical Engineering student. At the end his 3rd year, he started working in Professor Lucht’s research group at Zucrow Laboratories as an undergraduate research assistant. This hands-on engineering experience sparked his interest in combustion and propulsion and pushed him to continue to work under Professor Lucht as a Master’s Student at Purdue.

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 2018
Email: wsenior@purdue.edu

Dongyun ShinDongyun Shin
Graduate Research Assistant
Dongyun Shin received his bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at Virginia Tech in 2015. He focused on developing a technique to reduce a significant amount of the surface laser flare during the boundary layer measurements using Particle Image Velocimetry and Doppler Global Velocimetry. He received his Master’s degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering at Purdue University in 2017. His study was focused on the spray characteristics of alternative fuels at lean blowout conditions using a hybrid airblast pressure-swirl atomizer.

B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2015
M.S. Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Purdue University, 2017
Email: shin206@purdue.edu


Undergraduate students

Ajay NachiappanAjay_Nachiappan
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Ajay is currently a 4th year undergraduate student in the ME department, and started working in Professor Lucht’s group in the beginning of his 4th year. His current research focuses on the use of digital in-line holography for high repetition rate measurements of reacting flows.

Email: anachiap@purdue.edu


Michael Arendt
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 2019
Email: marendt@purdue.edu

Neil Rodrigues
Ph.D Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 2020
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 2014
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Fairfield University, 2012
Email: neil.s.rodrigues@nasa.gov
First position: Post-Doctoral Fellow, NASA Langley (Hampton, Virginia)

Mingming Gumingming gu 2

Ph.D Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 2020
B.S. Energy Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, 2015
Email: minggu163@sjtu.edu.cn
First position: Post-Doctoral Fellow, SJTU (Shanghai, China)