People

Professor

Dr. Azer Yalin

Email: ayalin@engr.colostate.edu
Phone: (970)-491-2813
Fax: (970)-491-3827

Offices: A103 Engineering, 215 Powerhouse

Dr. Yalin joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University (CSU) in 2002 and is currently a Full Professor. He received his undergraduate degree in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University in 1995, and Masters and PhD degrees from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University in 1997 and 2000 respectively. From 2000 to 2002, he held a post-doctoral position at Stanford University in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry. His current research focuses on laser-based diagnostics and non-intrusive measurements of gases and plasmas. The diagnostics are used for studies of atmospheric plasmas, low-pressure plasmas, and plasma sputtering, with application towards plasma science, plasma-processing, and electric propulsion. Other interests include applications of lasers and plasmas to combustion, especially laser ignition of engines, and laser sensing for atmospheric science. Dr. Yalin has more than 40 journal publications, 70 conference proceedings and presentations, and 4 patents in these research areas. His awards include George T. Abell Outstanding Teaching & Service Faculty Award (2012) from CSU’s College of Engineering, Oliver R. Pennock Service Award (2011) from CSU, Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award (Aerospace area – 2009) from SAE, and the Abell Outstanding Early-Career Faculty Award (2007) from CSU’s College of Engineering. He also serves as Director of CSU’s NASA Space Grant Program. From 2002-2008 he served as the Vice-Chair and then Chair of the Applied Spectroscopy and Environmental Sensing Technical Group of the Optical Society of America. He is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA and currently serves as secretary of the AIAA Plasmadynamics and Laser (PD&L) Technical Committee.

Graduate Students

James Sipich, M.S. Student – Mechanical Engineering

Email: jsipich100@gmail.com
Office: Powerhouse Energy Institute

James joined the CLSD in the Fall of 2018 for his final year of undergraduate study. His research, under the advisement of Dr. Yalin and Dr. John Volckens, is focused on the applications of Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) to the characterization of inhalable aerosol particles. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in May 2019, James will continue this research in the M.S. program at Colorado State University.

Tad Wegner, M.S. Student – Mechanical Engineering

Email: tad.wegner@colostate.edu
Office: Powerhouse Energy Institute

Tad joined CLSD in August of 2018 as a Master’s student in Mechanical Engineering. He received B.S. degrees in Engineering Physics and Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering (NPRE) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May of 2018. As an undergraduate, he worked at the Center for Plasma-Material Interactions helping graduate students with their semiconductor manufacturing plasma research projects. Currently, Tad is working on using Two-Photon Absorption Laser Induced Fluorescence (TALIF) to measure the density of neutral xenon in electrostatic thruster plumes.

AJ Puga, M.S. Student – Mechanical Engineering

Email: ajpuga@rams.colostate.edu
Office: Powerhouse Energy Institute

AJ joined the CLSD in the Spring of 2019. He currently is working on cavity enhanced absorption spectroscopy for measurement of atmospheric species. Part of his current research focuses on a mobile cavity ring-down spectroscopy sensor measuring methane. 

Parneeth Lokini, Ph.D Student – Mechanical Engineering

Email: P.Lokini@colostate.edu
Office: Powerhouse Energy Institute

Parneeth joined CLSD in Fall 2019 as a PhD student in Mechanical engineering. He completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Aerospace engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) in 2018. In his master’s he worked at the Combustion and flame dynamics lab at IITK to study and investigate the exhaust emissions from a gas turbine engine. Currently, Parneeth is working on developing a Filtered Rayleigh Scattering diagnostics to study the laser-plasma ignition.

Malcolm Roux, M.S. Student – Mechanical Engineering

Email: Malcolm.Roux@colostate.edu
Office: Powerhouse Energy Institute

Malcolm Roux joined CLSD in the Fall of 2020 in his second year of Master’s Study after working for one year in Dr. John William’s Center for Electric Propulsion & Plasma Engineering. His research is using laser diagnostics and spectroscopy to determine the plasma parameters in high-voltage laser triggered switches. The goal of this research is to accurately determine the conductivity of this plasma throughout the ignition process and compare these results to experiments conducted at Sandia National Laboratory. Malcolm received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Portland in 2019.

Undergraduate Students