Shanbin Shi
THL Director
Assistant Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Research Focus
Multiphase Flow Experiments and Modeling, Phase Change Heat Transfer, Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics, Integrated Energy System, Thermal and Fluids Engineering, Cryogenic Propellant Storage
Dr. Shanbin Shi joined the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) as an Assistant Professor in 2018. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Thermal Engineering from the Southeast University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University respectively, and a Ph.D. degree in Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University.​




Eymon Lan
Graduate Research Assistant
B.S. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

My research includes leveraging nodal code's computational speed and the accuracy of high fidelity CFD code for the modeling of  cryogenic propellant storage in micro-gravity.


Ilyas Yilgor
Graduate Research Assistant
B.S. Purdue University

My work involves experimental, analytical and numerical investigations of heat pipes and wick structures as they apply to nuclear microreactors. I am currently working on the construction of the RPI Low Temperature Heat Pipe Test Facility (LTHPF). 


Avinash Moharana
Graduate Research Assistant
B.Tech. National Institute of Technology, Rourkela
M.Tech. Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

My field of study includes modeling and simulation of multi-phase flows. I am currently working on developing a computational framework to simulate the fuel dispersal behavior in LWRs. Also, I am working on the MOOSE framework to extend its capabilities to simulate fluid flows.


Muiz Adekunle Agbaje
Graduate Research Assistant
M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering (Energy), Yildiz Technical University, 2021
B.Eng Mechanical Engineering, University of Ilorin, 2015

I have 3 years of working experience in the oil and energy industry as a piping/mechanical design engineer. My research interests include the design and analysis of heat transfer methods in high-temperature energy conversion and storage systems. Also interested in exploring the design and development of novel technologies related to thermal systems for safe and efficient energy conversion.



Tierney Dugan
Undergraduate Research Assistant 

My research involves investigating the technical challenges of developing small High-Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactors with helium as the coolant.


Jordan Crist
Master's Student



Harrison Bass
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Rensselear Polytechnic Institute

Eric Lowden
Master's Student
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Junwoo Park
Exchange Student Intern
Seoul National University, South Korea

Minjee Cho
Exchange Student Intern
Chung-Ang University, South Korea