Educating the future leaders of our country is the primary mission of a university. My personal mission is to advance the sustainability agenda through students well-trained in fundamental science. Strong quantitative and programming skills are beneficial and will be acquired during the PhD. A Master's degree is not required for applying for a PhD. University subsidized housing is available. Join a growing, dynamic team, where mentoring of the students is of foremost importance. Courses

My graduate students usually take the following courses:

and a selection of the following courses depending on research topic:
Applying for Graduate School

While I do read prospective student's emails and their cvs, it is not possible to answer all requests. Please read the following for suggestions on how to successfully apply for a Graduate Research Assistantships in Mechanical or Environmental Engineering at UCSD.

If you believe that my research area may be of interest to you, please look carefully at my web page to learn more specifics. My work centers on fluids, turbulence, and heat transfer in the urban atmospheric boundary layer. The methods are computational fluid mechanics (Large Eddy Simulation) and heat transfer, sensors, and sensor networks. Primarily applications are urban energy efficiency, urban heat island mitigation, and building energy use. Solar energy meteorology is another research thrust. Solar resource assessment and solar forecasting are conducted to facilitate the integration of solar energy into the electric grid.

In general, I am more likely to reply to a student who has taken the time to research my work, especially if they can provide a statement of interest to motivate their decision to work with me. While graduate student salaries are low, the tuition causes a graduate student to be more expensive than a postdoc. Thus, if you come with your own funding (e.g. through NSF, NASA, DOE, or EPA fellowships) it will simplify things a lot. For outstanding students, the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UCSD offer financial support through fellowships (US citizenship or permanent residency typically required). However, most students are supported through teaching and research assistantships.


In principle, you can be admitted anytime. However, it is easiest to compare students during the graduate admissions period (January through March). This means that you should contact me in the fall or winter. If i indicate interest, you should submit your application by January 3 and send the documents also to me directly via email. If you would like to apply, you should follow the procedure outlined on the Admissions webpage. Your application will appeal to me if you mention my research and name in your statement of interest.