Current People

Name Research Focus Degree Program Brief Bio
Y. Jim Kuo Thermofluids, optimization, engineering education Principle Investigator Dr. Kuo is an Assistant Professor of mechanical engineering. He completed his BASc and MASc degrees in mechanical engineering at the University of Waterloo, and his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto. As a teacher-scholar, he is committed to fostering an inclusive environment which stimulates collaborative learning through teaching, research, and service activities. He is also interested in evidence-based engineering educational practices, and am currently focused on instructional innovations.
Levon Ghabuzyan Cooling of solar PV modules ME MS Candidate Levon is a mechanical engineering graduate student. He completed his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering at California State University, Los Angeles. He is currently studying aerodynamics of PV modules. He has previously worked on wind energy projects such as energy harvesting via vortex-induced vibration and design of a Venus wind turbine.
Gabriella Shibata Wind turbine wake modelling ME MS Candidate Gabriella is a mechanical engineering graduate student. She completed her B.S. degree in environmental geoscience at Boston College. She is currently studying wakes of vertical axis wind turbines.
Maria Munguia Flow over urban structures ME MS Candidate Maria is a mechanical engineering graduate student. She is currently studying flow over urban structures. Prior to graduate school, she designed, implemented, and oversaw the expansion of academic programs for foster youth, teenage mothers, and students on academic probation. Maria earned a B.A. in comparative literature from the University of California, Los Angeles. In her free time she likes to play with her cats, weightlift and, hike.
Kevin Pan Wind turbine wake modelling and experimentation, wind farm yaw optimization ME BS Candidate Kevin is currently an undergraduate student majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Over the past year, he has worked alongside Dr. Kuo in wind farm yaw optimization to increase the production of power by simulating the behavior of the wake effects. In addition, He is assisting Levon with modeling and simulating aerodynamic flows of solar panels. His hobbies are designing and testing remote-controlled planes and rockets, seeing how far and high he can fly them.

Alumni

Name Research Focus Degree Completed First Job After Graduation
Daniel Lopez Wind turbine wake modelling and experimentation ME MS Engineer @ Boeing
Levon Ghabuzyan Wind energy harvesting via vortex-induced vibration ME BS MS Student @ Cal State LA
Christopher Luengas Wind energy harvesting via vortex-induced vibration ME BS Intern @ City of Los Angeles
Ruby Resendez Cooling of solar PV modules ME BS Engineer @ HATCI
Oliver Jimenez Cooling of solar PV modules ME BS Engineer @ Aerojet Rocketdyne
Matthew Hoffer Design of a solar still ME BS Engineer
Luis Fernandez Wind energy harvesting via vortex-induced vibration ME BS Engineer @ Cummins
Jennifer Holcomb Wind turbine wake modelling ME MS Intern @ Aerojet Rocketdyne

Contact Information

Department of Mechanical Engineering
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Email: jkuo7 (at) calstatela.edu