MIT Kavli Institute Directory

Brandon D. Chalifoux

Graduate Student, Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student

I grew up in Storrs, CT, moved to Texas for my undergraduate degree at Rice University, then returned to New England immediately afterward. The snow and ice have too strong a pull! After graduation, I worked for four years at a Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) startup company, Solaflect Energy, where I helped develop a novel, extremely material-efficient heliostat design for tower-based CSP plants. I am now a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering, working with the Space Nanotechnology Laboratory.

Research interests: 

I am interested in methods of fabricating and shaping highly accurate and lightweight optics.

Honors and awards: 

U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship, Turkish; Gilman Scholarship

Contact Information

t: 617-253-3130

Research Areas


B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rice University, 2008.