Originally from South Florida, I graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a BA in Applied Mathematics in May 2012. I received my PhD in Oceanographic and Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as part of the Joint Program between MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. My PhD work focused on the design and prototyping of a symbiotic system to harvest uranium from seawater. My research encompassed product design, failure analysis, prototyping, and bench-testing of components.
I am currently a joint researcher in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell and the Engineering Systems Laboratory at MIT. I will be joining the faculty at Cornell as an Assistant Professor starting in July 2021, where my research will focus on designing offshore systems to sustainably extract resources from the ocean such as power, water, and food, as well as mineral resources key to the progress of clean energy.
For more information, please feel free to view my CV or email me at mhaji [at] mit.edu.
Outside of academics, I enjoy being in the outdoors. My favorite hobbies include backpacking, surfing, sailing, and scuba diving. I also enjoy traveling and playing bass guitar. Take a look at some of my photos below!