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Maha Haji joined the Cornell University faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and a Systems Engineering field member in 2021. She leads the newly formed Symbiotic Engineering and Analysis (SEA) Lab, which develops interdisciplinary symbiotic solutions to advance sustainable offshore technologies vital to the growth of the Blue Economy and the mitigation of climate change. In particular, the SEA Lab develop designs for offshore systems to sustainably harvest resources from the ocean such as power, water, and food, as well as mineral resources key to the progress of clean energy.
Previously, Maha was an MAE Faculty Fellow at Cornell and a Postdoctoral Associate in the Engineering Systems Laboratory in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT where her research focused on utilizing multidisciplinary design optimization to develop a floating platform, known as PEARL, to provide recharging and data offloading capacity for autonomous underwater vehicles. She received her Ph.D. in Mechanical and Oceanographic Engineering in 2017 from the Joint Program between MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where she focused on the design and prototyping of a symbiotic system to harvest uranium from seawater. Prof. Haji has worked in industry as an engineering consultant at ATA Engineering, where she used analysis-driven design to solve problems ranging from aircraft and rockets to robotics and rollercoasters. She holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.A. in Applied Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Design, Systems Engineering, Design Optimization, Renewable Energy, Aquaculture, Mineral Extraction, Desalination, Wave Energy, Offshore Wind, Offshore Structures, Ocean Engineering
- M. N. Haji, and A. H. Slocum, “An offshore solution to cobalt shortages via adsorption-based harvesting from seawater,” Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 105, 301-309, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2019.01.058
- M. N. Haji, J. Drysdale, K. Buesseler, and A. H. Slocum, “Results of an Ocean Trial of the Symbiotic Machine for Ocean uRanium Extraction,” Environmental Science & Technology, 53 (4), 2229-2237, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.8b05100
- M. N. Haji, J. Gonzalez, J. Drysdale, K. Buesseler, and A. H. Slocum, “Effects of Protective Shell Enclosures on Uranium Adsorbing Polymers” Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 57 (45), 15534–15541, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.8b03583
- M. N. Haji, J. M. Kluger, T. P. Sapsis, and A. H. Slocum, “A Symbiotic Approach to the Design of Offshore Wind Turbines with Other Energy Harvesting Systems,” Ocean Engineering, 169, 673-681, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oceaneng.2018.07.026
- M. E. Flicker Byers, M. N. Haji, A. H. Slocum, and E. Schneider, “Cost Optimization of a Symbiotic System to Harvest Uranium from Seawater via an Offshore Wind Turbine,” Ocean Engineering, 169, 227-241, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oceaneng.2018.09.002
- M. N. Haji, J. M. Kluger, J. W. Carrus, T. P. Sapsis, and A. H. Slocum, “Experimental Investigation of Hydrodynamic Response of a Symbiotic Machine for Ocean Uranium Extraction combined with a Floating Wind Turbine,” International Journal of Offshore and Polar Engineering, 28(3), 225-231, 2018. https://doi.org/10.17736/ijope.2018.jc735
- A. H. Slocum, M. N. Haji, A. Z. Trimble, M. Ferrera, and S. J. Ghaemsaidi, “Integrated Pumped Hydro Reverse Osmosis Systems,” Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, 18, 80-99, 2016. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.seta.2016.09.003
B.S. (Mechanical Engineering), University of California, Berkeley, 2012
B.A. (Applied Math), University of California, Berkeley, 2012
M.S. (Oceanographic Engineering), Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2015
Ph.D. (Mechanical and Oceanographic Engineering), Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 2017