Graduate Students

Xiaoling Chen

My name is Xiaoling Chen and I am a PhD candidate in Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State. Before joining Dr. O’Connor’s group, I earned my Bachelor’s Degree of Thermal Energy and Power Engineering from Southeast University in 2012 and Master’s Degree of Mechanical Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong Univeristy in 2015. I am doing research in combustion dynamics especially the transient behavior of combustion instabilities and control of the attenuation of pressure oscillations in combustion systems.  I am interested in music and soccer.

Wyatt Culler

Wyatt Culler is a Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Penn State. A  Pennsylvania native, Wyatt completed his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA and his Master’s degree at Penn State. His current research focus is on understanding the impact of transients in fuel staging on combustion instability by using dynamic pressure measurements, high-speed images, and laser diagnostics. When Wyatt isn’t in the lab he enjoys hiking, biking, photography, and tinkering with his 3-D printer.

Dan Doleiden

Anand Makwana

Anand Makwana has been a graduate research assistant in the Reacting Flow Dynamics Lab since June 2014. He is pursuing Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Penn State. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Surat, India and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State. He has worked as a mechanical engineer at Indian Oil Corporation Limited, India for three years. His current research involves investigating the effect of fuel molecular structure and volatility on emissions in jet flames and in a high-pressure model gas turbine combustor. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with friends, watching movies and following chess.

Ankit Tyagi

Ankit Tyagi has been a graduate research assistant in the Reacting Flow Dynamics Lab since Spring 2015. He is currently pursuing his PhD. in Mechanical Engineering at Penn State. He graduated in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Stony Brook University, NY. His research project involves studying interacting turbulent flames using high-speed laser diagnostics. His other research interests include, turbulence, digital image processing, discrete differential geometry, and pattern recognition. Besides these, Ankit also enjoys coffee brewing, soccer, progressive music and cooking.