Michele Rosso


2016 Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Irvine, USA

2009 MSc. in Aerospace Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

2007 BSc. in Aerospace Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Italy


Originally from Italy, I moved to California in 2010 to pursue a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering.

My Ph.D. research focused on direct numerical simulation of turbulent dispersed two-phase flows. After completing my Ph.D., I joined the CCSE group at the Lab as a postdoc under the supervision of Ann Almgren. I am currently working on the development of a high-fidelity computational tool, called MFIX-Exa, for efficiently simulating large-scale Chemical Looping Reactors (CLR). I have been with the Lab since Jan. 2017.

Three Questions

1. How does your work contribute to the Lab’s mission?

I work on modeling fluid/particles systems commonly found in energy production devices, with the goal of aiding in the design of the next-generation carbon-neutral chemical looping reactors.

2. What is your biggest scientific challenge?

The system of fluid and particles I mentioned above are very challenging to model, particularly in complex devices such as the chemical looping reactors mentioned above.

3. Who has been the biggest professional influence in your life, and why?

Ever since I was in elementary school and all the way to university, I had very charismatic math and science teachers and professors who managed to foster my interest in science. Many people made an impact on me over the years. To these people, I am very grateful. Definitely, sci-fi, particularly Star Trek, played a role as well.