Research Faculty

Dr. Javishk Shah

Javishk graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (Gujarat, India) in 2015. Soon after, he joined graduate school at the University of Tulsa where he got a chance to work on plasma-catalysis for ammonia synthesis. His research interests include synthesis of tailored materials and reactor design for renewable energy applications. Upon completing his PhD in summer 2019 he joined the Wolden group as a postdoctoral fellow working on scale-up, design and instrumentation of catalytic membrane reactor. Outside of work, you would usually find him as a shutterbug, in an adventure park or throttling around Colorado.


Graduate Students

Deborah McGott

Deborah is a PhD candidate in Materials Science who completed her undergdaduate degree at UCSB. She is working on developing novel lift off techniques to create high specific power solar cells using standard thin film technologies such as CdTe and CIGS. She was recently married, and in addition Deborah enjoys all that Colorado has to offer, even on the few days that it rains. She is incredibly passionate about all things Simpsons, particularly Lisa.





Kevin Prince

I am originally from Omaha, Nebraska with an undergraduate degree from Iowa State University, and now pursing a PhD in Chemical Engineering at Colorado School of Mines. For research, I will be working to develop materials and processes for back contact perovskite photovoltaic (PV) cells to be used in a switchable PV window. I conduct much of my research at the nearby National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Outside of school/lab, I enjoy exploring the great outdoors through rock climbing, hiking, and biking.



Will Smith

Will is from Wichita, KS and graduated from Kansas State University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 2018. As a Ph.D. candidate in the Mines Chemical & Biological Engineering department he is working on scalable manufacturing of nanomaterials for next generation batteries. In his spare time he enjoys reading and being active.




Gavin Yeung

Gavin was born in Los Angeles and raised in Hong Kong. He graduated with a BS degree in Chemical Technology in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He recently completed his BS degree in Chemical Engineering, being named Outstanding Graduation Senior at the Decemeber 2019 commencement. He is continuing in the Wolden group as an MS candiate developing combinatorial sputtering techniques to synthesize multicomponent oxides for applications as the window layer for CdTe solar cells. Outside of school, he enjoys sailing, hiking and camping.





Saeed Ahmadi Vaselabadi

I was born and raised in Shiraz, Iran. I completed My BS in Chemical Engineering at Sharif University of Technology, Iran. I have moved to the US in 2012 when I joined the University of Houston to earn my MSc. degree in Chemical Engineering as well. I have recently joined Dr. Wolden’s group to work with Will on solid-state electrolytes for next-generation battery applications. Outside work, I enjoy spending time with friends, playing volleyball and occasional cooking.




Rok Sitar

Rok was born and raised in Maribor, Slovenia. He received his BS in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University in 2019. During his undergraduate studies he played NCAA Division I College Tennis and was the Captain of the MSU tennis team during his Junior and Senior year. He started his PhD studies at the Colorado School of Mines in the Fall of 2019 and joined Dr. Wolden research group in January 2020 working on distributed ammonia synthesis and conversion. Outside his time at Mines, Rok likes to ski during the Winter months and play soccer and tennis in the Summer.







Adam Job

Adam was born in Missoula, Montana. He graduated from Montana State University with a BS in Chemical Engineering. He is currently a PhD student working in Dr. Wolden's group on developing highly permeable and stable membranes for efficient hydrogen separation for applications in efficient tritium extraction and purification in fusion technology. During the summer, Adam enjoys taking out the side-by-side, climbing, and making beer. During the winter months, Adam enjoys skiing and drinking beer.








Undergraduate Researchers

Hope Wikoff

Hope Wikoff is a Junior in Chemical Engineering, raised in a military family living across the United States and even in Europe. She loves to spent time outdoors and loves to read. Her favorite books include 1984 by George Orwell and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. In the lab she performs research on ammonia production and decomposition for fuel cell applications. Hope wields a big wrench and knows how to use it.





Arthur Harris

Arthur is from Louisville, Colorado and is pursuing his BS in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. He is involved in innovating ammonia production, decomposition, and absorption through catalytic membrane reactors. In his free time he loves to play ultimate frisbee and climb mountains. He has climbed all 58 Colorado 14ers and has reached the highest point of 49 states. In the future, Arthur hopes to lead the Mines ultimate frisbee team to the national championship as well as reach the elusive summit of Denali. Arthur prefers the small wrench, and isn't ashamed to admit it.




Jerry Birnbaum

Jerry is from Colorado Springs and is currently pursuing a BS in Chemical Engineering. He is working on the scalable synthesis of next generation batteries. He is a member of the Mines swim team and also likes to read and hike around Colorado.