Principal Investigator

Myeongsub (Mike) Kim, Ph.D.        (E-mail:

kim_mMyeongsub (Mike) Kim is an assistant professor in Ocean and Mechanical Engineering at Florida Atlantic University.   He received his Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011 on development of nonintrusive measurement techniques for fluid and wall surface temperatures at microscale using fluorescence thermometry. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Austin from 2012-2014 and in the Department of Industrial and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto, Canada, from 2011 to 2012.  His research interests reside in mainly studying thermal-fluid sciences at various spatial scales, specifically including opto-micro-fluidics for sensors and diagnosis, particle manufacturing for drug delivery, thermal management strategies for small electronic devices and electric vehicles, diagnostic techniques, characterizations of multiphase flow in oil and gas applications.


Research Associate

Stephanie Lewkowitz  (E-mail:


Currently, Stephanie Lewkowitz is staff researcher at Harbor Branch, working with Dr. Bing Ouyang on Compressed Line Sensing with laser patterns for underwater turbulent imaging. Compressed Sensing is a new data acquisition and recovery technique that samples at a rate significantly lower than the Shannon-Nyquist limit, the traditional standard for the number of measurements required for signal reconstruction. Stephanie graduated with Professional Science Masters in Medical Physics at Florida Atlantic University in 2016. In her thesis work, she built a Sparse Coding computational algorithm for multi-modal patient identification. The algorithm has broad applications. For example, in medical imaging these include image denoising, shortening image acquisition time, texture recognition for automatic contouring, and feature recognition for event detection. She obtained an M.S. in Physics from FAU in 2013 and a B.A. in Astronomy from the University of Florida in 2009. She is looking forward to participating in Dr. Kim’s research group and applying her algorithm work to imaging applications.



Ph.D. Students

Mohammad Mastiani  (E-mail:


  B.S.  Tehran Azad University, Tehran, 2007

  M.S.  Urmia University of Technology, Iran, 2011

I received my M.Sc. in Thermo-Fluid at Urmia University of Technology (2011) and my B.Sc. in Solid Mechanics at Tehran Azad University (Science and Research Branch) (2007) in Iran. My research is focused on CFD, Micro- and Nanoscale Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer, Phase Change Heat Transfer, Multiphase Flows, Rarefied Gas Dynamic, DSMC and Lattice Boltzmann Method.


Seokju Seo  (E-mail:

  seokjuB.S.  Hanyang University, South Korea,  2010

  M.S.  Hanyang University, South Korea, 2015

Seokju, Seo is now a Ph.D. student in the department of Ocean & Mechanical Engineering and a graduate research assistant advised by Dr. Kim in Microfluidics and Energy Laboratory. He received his B.S. and M.S in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Hanyang University in Korea, 2010 and 2015. During his master’s course, he had participated in research projects of a renewable energy project using the microbial fuel cell and the development of enhancing the mobility of total petroleum hydrocarbon in porous media. His current research is involving with carbon sequestration and storage using a microfluidic approach.


MS Students

Gabriel Navarrete (E-mail:

Gabe NavarreteB.S.  Florida Atlantic University

I was born in Chile and lived there for seven years. Afterwards, my family and I moved to the US, where I have lived for more than fifteen years. I received my B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Florida Atlantic University (2016). My research interests are focused on CSS (Carbon Storage and Capture), microfluidics, and renewable energy.



Undergraduate Students

Nick Petrozzi (E-mail:

nikc-petrozziIn his first year of college, Nick studied Petroleum Engineering at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio while also playing soccer. Nick then transferred to Florida Atlantic University to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering.






Danielle Stepien (E-mail:

Danielle Stepien

B.S.  (Expected) Florida Atlantic University







Minh Nyguen (E-mail:
Minh Nyguen

B.S.  (Expected) Florida Atlantic University








Anwar Khalid (E-mail: )

B.S.  (Expected) Florida Atlantic University


Natalia Linares (E-mail: )

B.S.  (Expected) Florida Atlantic University


Sofia Jimenez (E-mail: )

B.S.  (Expected) Florida Atlantic University




Graduate Students

Xinghang Ma (E-mail:

Xinghang Ma

M.S. Florida Atlantic University

Current Position: Illinois Institute of Technology









Undergraduate Students

Dawit Dereje (E-mail:

Dawit DejereB.S.  Florida Atlantic University

My name is Dawit Dereje, born in Ethiopia and have in south Florida for over 20 years. I’m a senior student at Florida Atlantic University graduating this fall, majoring in Mechanical Engineer.






Joshua Richey (E-mail:

Joshy RichyB.S.  Florida Atlantic University


Stephan Hoo-Fatt (E-mail:

Stephan Hoo-Fatt

B.S.  Florida Atlantic University

Stephan Hoo-Fatt is graduating in August 2016 with a degree in Mechanical Engieering. He is the team leader of the heat pipe research group for data centers under Dr. Kim. Stephan Is interested in the aerospace and the renewable energy engineering industries, other research interests include fluids and heat transfer. Stephan also enjoys traveling, photography and trying new foods.

Current Position: Intel Corp., Oregon


Amine Rochd (E-mail:

Amine Rochd

B.S. Florida Atlantic University

Interests: compressible fluids, heat transfer, solar collection and efficiency, aeronautics/aerospace.

Current Position: Belcan Corp., FL



Guillermo Rangel (E-mail:

Guillermo RangelB.S.  Florida Atlantic University

Guillermo Rangel, 23 years old. I am an international student from Caracas, Venezuela. Currently seeking to finish my bachelors degree from Florida Atlantic university in mechanical engineering. Passionate about sports, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, as well as learning everything I can that is somehow related to engineering.


Ahmed Ashfaq (E-mail:

Ahmed Ashfaq

B.S.  Florida Atlantic University

Brief Description:
  – Senior year BSME
Field of Interests:
  – Automotive Engineering
  – Manufacturing Engineering


Alexandre Giry (E-mail:

Alex_GiryB.S. 2015 Universite de Bretagne, Lorient, France






Charles Nighswonger

B.S.  Florida Atlantic University



Alessandro Rinaldi dos Reis  (E-mail:

AlessandroB.S.  Automotive Engineering at Federal University of Santa Catarina in Brazil.

Research Interests                                                                                        I would like to research about something with flow, heat transfer analysis, simulations, because I want to work with engine design and power train. So I think this could be very useful for my career.



Gustavo Oliveria Rodrigues  (E-mail:

GustavoB.S. Mechanical Engineering at Universidade Federal do Vale do Sao Francisco, Brazil

My name is Gustavo. I am 23, and I am from Brazil. Actually, I am living in USA since March 2014. The Brazil Scientific Mobility Program that I am part of has duration of 18 months. I have received this opportunity to improve my professional life here in USA by taking this scholarship and I wish I could spend my time gathering knowledge as much as I can.
Mechanical engineering first appeared in my life when I was eleven. Then, I went to my uncle`s company to see how was the day by day of a mechanical engineer in a company. Since that day I decided that I would like to be an engineer. I am really interested in the fields of Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics as my research interest. Also, I am really interested in work on HVAC Design. I like sports, listen to music and learn new languages as well.


We are hiring students now.  Please see the “opening” section.