Maher Damak / Mechanical Engineering

Maher is a PhD candidate in the Mechanical Engineering department. He graduated from École Polytechnique (France) with a Master’s degree in 2013. He is particularly interested in fluid mechanics and interfacial phenomena, and his research is focused on enhancing the efficiency of pesticide application. More precisely, he is developing a product to make pesticide droplets stick and spread better on hydrophobic plants. His personal interests are traveling, horseback riding, and table tennis.

+ Awards

2016: $100k Pitch competition – 2nd prize

2016: Technology Awards in Los Angeles, CA – Environment category winner

2017: MIT Clean Energy Prize, $60,000 prize – 2nd place

2017: Graduate Science Award Admiral Luis de Florez (’11) Award competition – 3rd place

2017: Cleantech University Prize national competition hosted by the US Department of Energy – 1st place

2017: Forbes 30 under 30 in the Energy Category

2018: Startup Disruptor Award at the World Open Innovation Conference

2018: the Silver Graduate Student Award given by the Materials Research Society

2018: Lemelson- MIT Student prize in the “Eat It” category

2018: Grand Prize at the Rice Business Plan competition

2018: Grand Prize at the MIT$100K Launch competition

+ More about Maher

MIT News: Reducing runoff pollution by making spray droplets less bouncy

Damak wins World Technology Award for work on pesticide runoff