Daniel Delghandi


Undergraduate Researcher

Contact Information

Email: ddelgh@seas.upenn.edu

Mail Address: 229 Towne Building, 220 S. 33rd St., Philadelphia, PA, USA, 19104-6315


Fall 2023 Incoming PhD Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics (2023), University of Pennsylvania


The end goal of my research is improved efficiency and sustainability. The project I am currently working on focuses on anti-wear tribofilms formed by the addition of nanocrystals in gear lubricants. Through a macro and micro scale characterization of traction, tribofilm growth and morphology, we can improve our understanding of these systems and what makes for better performing lubricants. A greater insight into the growth kinetics of nanocrystal tribofilms can also be garnered, with the potential of expanding lubricant formulation possibilities.

As an undergraduate, I am excited and highly motivated to continue expanding my work and understanding of the field.



Awards and Honors

Hugo Otto Wolf Memorial Prize, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, University of Pennsylvania

2022 Booser Scholarship, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers

2021 Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers Philadelphia Section

2023 Rachleff Scholar, University of Pennsylvania