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Principal Investigator

Jackson Crane, PhD

SB, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MSc, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

Dr. Jackson Crane is interested in low-carbon combustion, electrocatalysis, and renewable energy conversion technologies. His current research focuses on detonation fundamentals with application to high-efficiency engines. He is also active in the area of alternative fuel synthesis via CO2-reduction electrocatalysis.

Dr. Crane did his postdoctoral work at Queen’s University in electrocatalysis with Dr. Cao-Thang Dinh. He received his PhD and MSc from Stanford University with Prof. Hai Wang where he studied detonation kinetics and was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and a Stanford Graduate Fellow. Dr. Crane also worked as an Associate at the sustainability-focused non-profit Rocky Mountain Institute, and as an engineering consultant in the nuclear power industry.

Graduate Students


Reza Paknahad, PhD Student


Anna Foreman-Willms, MASc Student


Rajan Punna, MASc Student


Sam Williamson, MASc Student

Undergraduate Students

Abby Lee, Charles A Thompson Fellow

Abby is interested in how to reconstruct detonation datasets from limited samples.

Justin Sandrasagra, NSERC USRA Fellow

Drew Crix, NSERC USRA Fellow


Noah Gaffran, Undergraduate NSERC USRA 

Tye Dougherty, ENPH455 Thesis Student