Fabien joined Cornell in January 2023 as an assistant professor in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Prior to that he was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Fabien obtained his MSc and PhD in Space Engineering from Caltech, as well as his Diplôme d’Ingénieur from ISAE-SUPAERO (French national institute for Aeronautics and Space). At Caltech, Fabien worked in Prof. Pellegrino's Space Structures Laboratory where his research focused on ultra-lightweight shell structures, their instabilities, and their application to very large space solar power spacecraft. He also worked on the AAReST (Autonomous Assembly of a Reconfigurable Space Telescope) small satellite mission for which he led part of the spacecraft software and hardware development. In addition to his research, Fabien co-chaired the Caltech Space Challenge 2019, an international student space mission design competition. Fabien was awarded the William F. Ballhaus Prize for outstanding doctoral dissertation by the Caltech Aerospace Department (GALCIT), as well as the Ernest E. Sechler Memorial Award for most significant contribution to the department’s teaching and research effort. In addition, he received the Shirley Thomas Academic Scholarship from the Aerospace Historical Society, and he is a Fellow of the Keck Institute for Space Studies.
Muthu is a Mechanical Engineering MS Student in the Sibley School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (Class of 2022-2024). He has completed his Bachelor of Technology degree from the National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli, India (NIT, Trichy) with a Production Engineering major and a minor in Mechanical Engineering (Class of 2018-2022). As a result of his outstanding academic performance during his bachelor's, he was a Gold Medal recipient (Department Topper), an Institute day awardee, and an Alumni awardee. Muthu was also a Summer Research Fellow at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT, Madras) under the Summer Research Fellowship Programme (SRFP-2021). His research interest lies in CAD, finite element methods, and Design Optimization of products and structures. His former notable projects include: "Convertible wheelchair to bed transfer device," which got nominated for funding from the Siemens Center of Excellence at NITT, and "Structural Integrity Analysis of Additively Manufactured Light Weight Structures" carried out at IIT, Madras.
Neel is a Mechanical Engineering MS Student in the Sibley School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (Class of 2022-2024). He has completed his Bachelor of Technology degree from the Pandit Deendayal Energy University (PDEU-Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India) in Mechanical Engineering (Class of 2018-2022). The American Society for Metal (ASM) recently honored him with the “Student Research Recognition Award”, for his research in mechanical structures. Neel has done a Summer Research Internship at the “Indian Space and Research Organization (ISRO) - Space Applications Center (SAC).” His research interest lies in CAD, CAM, finite element methods and New Product Development. His former notable projects include: "Investigation of Triply Periodic Minimal Surfaces” which he pursed at ISRO under the guidance of Shri. Jigish M Patel, Shri. Vinit J. Bhatt and Prof. Vishvesh J. Badheka. Moreover, he presented a paper titled A Study on Triply Periodic Minimal Surfaces: A Case Study at the International Conference on Additive Manufacturing and Advanced Materials – 2021. He has three design patents.
Jabez is a Mechanical Engineering BS Student in the Sibley School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (Class of 2021-2025). For his outstanding academic performance and community involvement during high school, he was selected as the College of Engineering's John McMullen Dean's Scholar. His research interest lies in CAD and Design Optimization of products and structures. He will be working as an EMTEC Process Engineering Intern at ExxonMobil in the summer of 2023.
Nikita is a Mechanical Engineering BS student in the Sibley School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (Class of 2021-2025). Besides being a member of the Cornell Space Structures lab, Nikita is an active member of the Cornell Hyperloop Project Team and has earned a Dean's Honor List award for every semester at Cornell. Nikita is particularly interested in space systems and their mass optimization.
Lee is an Engineering Physics BS Student in the School of Applied and Engineering Physics (Class of 2021 - 2025) and also plans to complete a Math minor. He is an active member of CUSP and NSBE, which are some diversity and community organizations at Cornell. He has been a Physics LSC tutor since the Fall of 2022 and genuinely enjoys working through problems and assisting others. As a member of the Cornell Space Structures lab, Lee works on electrostatically actuated thin-shell space structures, doing finite element simulations and analytical modeling.