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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 experiments on the RPI Heat Pipe Test Facility that I designed and constructed. I am also working on the design of a thermal power dispatch system for BWRs for integrated hydrogen production. 


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.



Drew Voli
BS-PhD Program Student
nsselaer Polytechnic Institute


Nicholas March
Master's Student
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 

During my undergraduate studies, I worked on the design of a chemical plant which produced hydrogen via the sulfur-iodine process using heat from a small modular gas-cooled nuclear reactor, which also featured a Brayton Cycle to produce power. My research interests involve modeling of multiphase flows, particularly the annular regime for applications in accident conditions in light water reactors, as well as investigating novel imaging techniques for fluid flows in pipes using methods like X-ray spectroscopy.

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Matt Buckley
Undergraduate Research Assistant 



Jordan Crist
Master's Student
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Tierney Dugan
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Rensselear Polytechnic Institute

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

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