Eli is a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Duke University. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2009 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with distinction. After graduation, he spent two years working as a mechanical engineer at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Niskayuna, New York. In 2013, he earned his M.S. from Duke University.
Eli conducts research on the aerodynamic performance of helicopters. Specifically, his work focuses on developing computational models to determine the optimal rotor design of conventional and compound helicopters. He is advised by Dr. Kenneth C. Hall.
In 2013, Eli was awarded the Charles H. Kaman scholarship from the Vertical Flight Foundation. Also in 2013, he was awarded the National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowship (NDSEG), which fully funds his studies for 3 years.
In his free time, Eli enjoys playing soccer, tennis, running, and when he gets the chance, skiing.
Eli's Master's thesis discussed the optimal design of compound helicopter rotors using conventional and higher harmonic control.