Group Members

Researchers

Dr. Dave Amidei
Affiliate Research Scholar
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Past Degrees: PhD Engineering-Chemical Engineering, NMSU, Class of 2021

BS, Chemical Engineering, UC-San Diego
Research Project: Economics of Removal of NDMA from Groundwater Using Adsorption on Biomass Carbons
Interesting Facts: Dave retired from full time work at NASA in 2017.
Email: damidei@nmsu.edu

Graduate Students

Ms. Hengameh BayatHengameh Bayat
PhD student, Chemical Engineering, Spring 2018-Spring 2022
Hometown: Tehran, Iran
Past Degrees: MSc, Renewable Energy Engineering, University of Tehran, BSc, Chemical Engineering-Polymer Engineering, Arak University
Research Project: HTL of Food Waste
Interesting Fact: Hengameh is also working on the sociology research project for the NSF HSI Social Mobility grant.
Email: hbayat@nmsu.edu

Mr. Mostafa Dehghanizadeh
PhD student, Chemical Engineering, Spring 2019-Spring 2022
Hometown: Tehran, Iran
Past Degrees: MS, Chemical Engineering
Research Project: Extraction and Separation of Guayule Resin for Value-Added Chemicals
Interesting Fact: Mostafa plays midfield in soccer.
Email: mdhz@nmsu.edu

Mr. Daniel Ellis
MS student, Chemical Engineering, Summer 2018-Fall 2021
Hometown: Farmington, NM
Research Project: Adsorption of Uranium onto Biomass Carbons
Past Degrees: BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, NMSU Class of 2018
Interesting Fact: Daniel works full time for the NNSA in nuclear criticality safety.
Email: dellis11@nmsu.edu

Mr. Shermal Fernando
PhD student, Spring 2021-Spring 2025
Hometown: Kandy, Sri Lanka
Past Degee: BS Chemical Engineering, University of Peradeniya
Research Project: SBAR Fellow; Wastewater Treatment
Interesting Fact: Shermal used to play lock in rugby.
Email: shermal@nmsu.edu

Mr. Jacob Koranten-Amoako
MS student, Summer 2019-Spring 2022
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, Class of 2019
Hometown: Accra, Ghana
Research Project: Adsorption of Hydrogen Sulfide by Wood Waste-Derived Chars
Interesting Fact: Jacob was captain of his high school soccer team.
Email: jamoako@nmsu.edu

Mr. Cesar Martinez Bejarano
MS student, Chemical Engineering, Fall 2020-Spring 2022
Hometown: El Paso, TX/Chihuahua, Mexico
Research Project: Extraction of rare earth elements from coal fly ash.
Past Degrees: BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, NMSU Class of 2020
Interesting Fact: Cesar did three internships in 2019.
Email: c1@nmsu.edu

Ms. Hanah Rheay
PhD student, Chemical Engineering, Fall 2019-Spring 2023
Hometown: Las Cruces, NM
Research Project: Co-Products and Applications of Hemp
Past Degrees: MS, Plant and Environmental Science, NMSU Class of 2019

BSCHE, Chemical Engineering and Horticulture, NMSU Class of 2017
Interesting Fact: Hanah has been learning about hemp since high school.
Email: handsr@nmsu.edu

Mr. Jacob Usrey
MECPI student, Chemical Engineering, Summer 2019-Spring 2022
Hometown: Broken Arrow, OK
Research Project: Value-Added Products from Hops
Past Degrees: BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, NMSU Class of 2019
Interesting Fact: Jacob worked at El Paso Brewing.
Email: jusrey33@nmsu.edu

Undergraduate Students

Ms. Justice Armijo
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, Class of 2022
Hometown: Villanueva, NM
Research Project: Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions
Interesting Fact: Justice played catcher on her high school softball team.
Email: jarmijo1@nmsu.edu

Mr. Nicolas Carrera-Little
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, Class of 2022
Hometown:
Research Project: Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions
Interesting Fact: Nico did an internship Fall 2019-Summer 2020 at Beaumont.
Email: clnico49@nmsu.edu

Ms. Emily FenskeEmily Fenske
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, Class of 2022
Hometown: Bellingham, WA
Research Project: Set Up of Seidel Brew Lab
Interesting Fact: Emily studied brewing for one semester at IT-Carlow in Ireland and interned at Kulshan Brewing.
Email: fenskeea@nmsu.edu

Ms. Yasaman Ghanbari
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, Class of 2022
Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
Research Project: Phytoremediation of U and Ra-Contaminated Soils
Interesting Fact: Yasaman is fluent in 3.5 languages.
Email: yasamang@nmsu.edu

Ms. Andrea Loya Lujan
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, Class of 2024
Hometown: La Cruz, Chihuahua, Mexico
Research Project: Composting of HTL Aqueous Phase Products
Interesting Fact: After chemical engineering, Andrea would also like to study Astronomy.
Email: loyaandr@nmsu.edu

Mr. Jamey Palomares
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, Class of 2023
Hometown: Las Cruces, NM
Research Project: Adsorption of NDMA and Uranium on Biochars
Interesting Fact: Jamey has managed a bowling alley.
Email: jameyboy@nmsu.edu

Ms. Maya Ramirez
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, Class of 2023
Hometown:
Research Project: Adsorption of Copper and Lead on HTL Chars
Interesting Fact:
Email: mrami22@nmsu.edu

Mr. Nicolas Soliz
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, Class of 2023
Hometown: Las Cruces, NM
Research Project: Characterization of Products from Algae, Guar and Guayule
Interesting Fact: Nick is planning to pursue medical school after graduation.
Email: nsoliz14@nmsu.edu

Ms. April Wright
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, Class of 2022
Hometown: Alamogordo, NM
Research Project: Characterization of Products from Algae, Hops, and Guayule
Interesting Fact: April once went skydiving in Hawaii.
Email: awright4@nmsu.edu

Alumni

Mr. Matthew Armijo
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2021 (now a surface process engineer at The Mosaic Company)

Mr. Malachai Dehler-Egan
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2021 (now an engineer at Molten Salts)

Mr. Ahmed Kailany
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2021 (now an MS student at San Jose State University)

Ms. Kailey Garland
MS, Chemical Engineering, 2020
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2017

Mr. Rodrigo Rosalez
MS, Chemical Engineering, 2020
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2017

Dr. Zheng Cui
PhD, Chemical Engineering, 2020
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2015

Mr. Shane Prugh
BS, Engineering Physics-Chemical Engineering, Class of 2022

Mr. William Hooper
BS, Aerospace Engineering, Class of 2021

Mr. Jackson Nickolenko
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2020 (now a process engineer at Morrow Renewables)

Ms. Alexandra Alvarez
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2020 (now a process engineer at SolAero Tech Corporation)

Mr. Homero Garcia
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2020 (now a nuclear engineer at Puget Sound Navel Shipyard)

Mr. Esai Lopez
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2020 (now a PhD student at Worcester Polytechnic University)

Ms. Karen Sanchez
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2020 (now a chemical engineer at Exxon)

Mr. Armando Villanueva
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2020 (now a nuclear engineer at Puget Sound Navel Shipyard)

Mr. Kwabena Sarpong
MS, Industrial Engineering, 2019; MS, Water Science & Management, 2017 (now a PhD student at Washington State University)

Ms. Cor Le Blanc
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2019

Ms. Sarah Phillips
BS, Nursing, 2019 (now a nurse at Memorial Medical Center)

Mr. CJ Bianconi
MS, Chemical Engineering, 2019 (now an engineer at Raytheon)

Mr. Jose Rodriguez
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2019 (now an engineer at Raytheon)

Mr. Gustavo Hernandez
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2019 (now a process engineer at HollyFrontier Corporation)

Mr. Lucion Derry
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2019 (now a process engineer at Orion Engineered Carbons)

Mr. Meshack Audu
MS, Chemical Engineering, 2019 (now a PhD student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2016

Mr. Zachary Montoya
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, UNM, 2021 (now an engineer at Jabil Healthcare)

Dr. Feng Cheng
PhD Engineering-Chemical Engineering, 2018 (now a postdoc at University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Mr. Tristan Rheay
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2020 (now an engineer at HollyFrontier)

Ms. Sarah Fox
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2020 (now a systems engineer at Raytheon)

Mr. Tianbai Tang
MS, Chemical Engineering, 2018

Mr. Kwonit Mallick
MS, Water Science & Management, 2018 (now quality control manager at Eagle Moon Hemp)

Dr. Ali Amiri
PhD, Engineering-Chemical Engineering, 2018 (now at Niekab Desal)

Mr. Brian Treftz
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2018 (now at Virent, Inc.)

Mr. Scott Woolf
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, Class of 2021 (now serving in the U.S. Air Force)

Ms. Alyssa Hendren
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2018 (now a site project manager at Nuclear Waste Partnership)

Mr. Travis Le-Doux
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2018

Ms. Andrea Salazar
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2018 (now at Vermont Law School)

Ms. Sicilee Macklin
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2018 (now at Oak Ridge National Lab)

Mr. Sterling Ellis
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2018 (now in NMSU MBA program)

Ms. Huilin Wang
MS, Chemical Engineering, 2018 (now at Saint Gobain)

Mr. Brent Carrillo
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2018 (now a PhD student in Pharmacology at the University of Denver)

Ms. Jacey Payne
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2017

Mr. Graham Hoffman
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2017 (now the QA/QC lab technician at Athletic Brewing)

Mr. Michael Smith
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2017 (now an engineer at Raytheon)

Mr. Nayan Bhakta
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2017

Mr. Adam Navarro
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2017 (now a nuclear engineer at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard)

Ms. Maribel Dominguez
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2015 (now at the National Nuclear Security Administration)

Ms. Carolina Herrera
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2015 (now a water treatment engineer at Intel)

Mr. Brandon Easterday
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2015 (now a veterinary technician at Advanced Veterinary Care of San Elijo)

Mr. Isaac Ewing
BS Visiting Summer Research, Chemical Engineering, Texas Tech, 2017

Ms. Sarah Lyons
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2016 (now a hydrologist at Freeport McMoRan)

Mr. Jose Peña
BSCHE, Chemical Engineering, 2016 (now an engineer at Raytheon)

Ms. Jere Freeh
MS, Chemical Engineering, 2016 (now at the National Nuclear Security Administration)

Mr. Willian Do Prado
Brazilian Science Mobility Program Exchange Student (NMSU) 2015, Chemical Engineering

Ms. Flavia Mitsue Yamashita
Brazilian Science Mobility Program Exchange Student (U. of Maine) 2015, Chemical Engineering

Mr. Yunhe Zhang
MS, Chemical Engineering, 2015 (now a technologist with the China National Petroleum Corporation)

Ms. Carla Christina Martinez-Chavez
MS Visiting Scholar, Summer 2014, University of Guadalajara