Principal Investigator

Donald Docimo, Ph.D.

Donald Docimo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas Tech University. He received a B.S. degree from the College of New Jersey in 2012, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, in 2015 and 2017, respectively. From 2017 to 2019, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on model reduction, optimal control, and design optimization of energy systems.


Graduate Students

Preston Abadie

Preston received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics from Texas Tech University in 2020. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Controls and Dynamics. His research includes control and analysis of lithium-ion battery packs and sustainable design of computing systems. 

Tania Rifat Jahan

Tania received her B.Sc. in Aeronautical Engineering(Aerospace) from Military Institute of Science and Technology(MIST) affiliated to Bangladesh University Of Professionals (BUP), Dhaka, Bangladesh in March, 2019. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Texas Tech University. Her research focuses on energy and power systems.

Asmaou Sougri-Nooma Ouedraogo

Asmaou received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Prairie View University in 2020. She is a PhD candidate in the Mechanical Department at Texas Tech University. She is interested in energy systems, energy storage and powers systems.

Undergraduate Students

Muhammad Ali Ahsan


Jessica Holliday


Andrew Smith


Roshini Yuvarajan


Graduate Degree Alumni

Jihoon Moon

Jihoon received a B.S. in Mechanical System Design Engineering from Seoul National University of Science and Technology (Korea) in 2020. His research focused on energy storage system modeling and optimization. 

Jihoon graduated with a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University in May 2022. He then began his Ph.D. studies at the Pennsylvania State University. 

Mehmet Fatih Ozkan

Mehmet received his B.E. degree in Mechatronics Engineering from Mevlana (Selcuk) University, Konya, Turkey in 2016, and his M.S. degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX in 2019. His research interests include connected and automated vehicles, driver behavior modeling, and electrified propulsion systems.

Mehmet graduated with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University in August 2023, with Dr. Yao Ma as his primary advisor. After graduation, he started working as the Research Associate 2-Engineer at the Center for Automotive Research at the Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. 

Undergraduate Degree Alumni

Mosopeoluwa Alofe

Graduation Date: 05/2022

Worked in the DOC Lab: 08/2021-05/2022

Employer after Graduation: Cummins Inc.

Gian Cardiello

Graduation Date: 05/2022

Worked in the DOC Lab: 01/2021-05/2022

Employer after Graduation: Schlumberger