About Us

We are a multidisciplinary research group headed by Professor Carlos F. M. Coimbra, who received his PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of California Irvine (UCI) after graduating in both Mechanical Engineering and Physics from the University of Brasilia, and receiving a Masters of Science degree in Applied Thermodynamics/Energy from the IST/University of Lisbon. Prof. Coimbra is associated with and acts as an Associate Director of the Center for Energy Research (CER), which is one of the largest Organized Research Units (ORUs) at UCSD. He has been the Vice-Chairman of the MAE department and the Chairman of the MAE Graduate Affairs Committee at UCSD for the academic years 2014-2016. Prof. Coimbra currently is the Associate Editor for Solar Integration of the ASME Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, as well as the Associate Editor for Stochastic Solar Forecasting of Elsevier’s Solar Energy journal (the official research journal of the International Solar Energy Society), and is a member of the Editorial Board of Elsevier’s Renewable Energy (the official journal of the World Renewable Energy Network, affiliated with UNESCO) for the general area of Energy Meteorology. He was also a member of the Editorial Board of Elsevier’s Progress in Energy and Combustion Science from 2012 to 2015. Prof. Coimbra has published more than 130 peer-reviewed journal (70+) and conference (60+) papers on various topics related to solar energy, heat and mass transfer, stochastic forecasting methods, unsteady multiphase flows, and nonlinear dynamics. He is the co-author (with Prof. Anthony F. Mills from UCLA) of a popular series of textbooks on Heat and Mass Transfer, and is an active member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and a life member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Project Scientists

  • Hugo T. C. Pedro, Ph.D.

Graduate Students


  • Lorenzo Page
  • Mai Nong
  • Stuart Sapia

Recent Group Alumni


  • Athanassios Zagouras, Ph.D.
  • Edwin Lim, Ph.D.
  • Raphael Nunes, Ph.D.
  • Yinghao “Charlie” Chu, Ph.D.

Ph.D. Students

  • Amanpreet Kaur (PhD 2015, UC San Diego)
  • Ana Carolina Veloso (PhD 2017, UFMG/UC San Diego)
  • Lukas Nonnenmacher (PhD 2015, UC San Diego)
  • Yinghao “Charlie” Chu (PhD 2015, UC San Diego)
  • Matheus Porto (PhD 2013, UFMG/UC San Diego)
  • Ricardo Marquez (PhD 2012, UC Merced)

M.S. Students

  • Renn Darawali (MS 2016, UC San Diego)
  • Yuanjie Jiang (MS 2016, UC San Diego)
  • Evan Greer (MS 2015, UC San Diego)
  • Khari Rockward (MS 2015, UC San Diego)
  • Benjamin Queener (MS Thesis 2012, UC San Diego)
  • Richard Inman (MS Thesis 2012, UC San Diego)
  • Bron Davis (MS Thesis 2012, UC Merced)


  • Renn Darawali (BS Environmental Engineering 2015, UC San Diego)
  • Jessica Mart (BS Chemical Engineering 2015, UC San Diego)
  • Marina Fernandez (BS Mechanical Engineering 2014, UC San Diego)
  • James Edson (BS Environmental Engineering 2014, UC San Diego)
  • Jocelyn Lu (BS Environmental Engineering 2014, UC San Diego)
  • Zhouyi Liao (BS Environmental Engineering 2014, UC San Diego)
  • Elaine Wu (BS Environmental Engineering 2014, UC San Diego)
  • Alex Corliss (BS Mechanical Engineering 2013, UC San Diego)