People

Andres Clarens : Associate Professor

Andres Clarens

Associate Professor


I am an environmental engineer interested broadly in the connections between energy and the environment. Our group is particularly interested in exploring the ways in which we can reduce and/or reverse those man-made processes that are contributing to climate change. I'm also a dad to three kids, the son of Cuban immigrants, and enthusiastic about being outdoors (hiking, fly fishing, backpacking, or skiing).


Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, 2008
M.S.E., Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, 2004
B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Virginia, 1999

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andres@virginia.edu
Dan Plattenberger : PhD Candidate

Dan Plattenberger

PhD Candidate


I am an experimentalist, focusing broadly on carbon sequestration techniques both deep underground and on Earth's surface. In my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors and building...pretty much anything.


M.E., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia, 2017
B.S., Environmental Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014
B.A., Physics and Astronomy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014
dap2mu@virginia.edu
Fangwei Cheng : PhD Candidate

Fangwei Cheng

PhD Candidate


I am interested in using data mining approaches coupled with life cycle assessment to evaluate the energy, environmental, and economic impacts of engineering systems. I also like traveling, playing PC games, and eating good food!


MS, Chemical Engineering, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2016
BS,  Chemical Engineering,  Wuhan Institute of Technology, 2015

fc4uk@virginia.edu
Jeff Bennett : PhD Candidate

Jeff Bennett

PhD Candidate


I use both experimental and modeling tools to identify opportunities to reduce the environmental impact of emerging energy technologies with a particular focus on natural gas and renewable sources.


M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), 2017
M.Sc., Turbomachinery Aeromechanics University Training, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden In partnership with University of Liège (ULg), Liège, Belgium, 2012
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), 2010

jab6ft@virginia.edu
Jay Fuhrman : PhD Candidate

Jay Fuhrman

PhD Candidate

Super Hoo, integrated modeler, lover of AI, explorer

jgf5fz@virginia.edu
Jasmin Melara : PhD Candidate

Jasmin Melara

PhD Candidate


My research broadly focuses on bio-energy systems and carbon sequestration strategies. I am particularly interested in aquatic bio-energy crops and use both modeling and experimental tools to analyze these systems. When I’m not researching, I am out eating something new, finding my next travel destination, or visiting my Salvadoran family in Georgia and Boston!


B.S., University of Georgia, 2016


ajm6vu@virginia.edu