Visiting Faculty

TieJun Zhang
Prof. TieJun (TJ) Zhang visited the DRL for collaborative solar cogeneration research from 2011 to 2012. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.

Postdocs

Banafsheh Barabadi
Banafsheh joined the DRL in January 2014 after receiving her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. Banafsheh’s research at the DRL involved thermal characterization and management of high-power Gallium Nitride (GaN) electronic devices and developing cooling mechanisms for ultra-high heat fluxes.
Martin Cleary
Dr. Martin Cleary was a part of the DRL from 2011 to 2012 as a Postdoctoral Associate. He contributed to the DARPA-funded development of a higher performance air-cooled heat exchanger (PHUMP). He is now an engineer at a local startup in Boston, GMZ.
Ryan Enright
Dr. Ryan Enright was a part of the DRL from 2009 to 2011 as a Postdoctoral Fellow through an INSPIRE: IRCSET-Marie Curie International Mobility Fellowship in Science, Engineering and Technology. He contributed to many aspects of the DRL, including work on wetting and phase-change heat transfer. He is now a staff researcher at Bell Labs, Ireland.
Jiansheng Feng
Jiansheng joined the DRL in October 2012 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate after receiving his Ph.D. in Phsyics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012. For his Ph.D. dissertation he studied capillarity, wetting, and wicking on micro/nano-structured surfaces. At the Device Research Lab, he focused on understanding flow boiling in structured microchannels.
Xiansen Li
Dr. Xiansen Li worked as a Postdoctoral Associate in the DRL from May 2012 to July 2015. He received his PhD degree in Advanced Materials from Yamaguchi University (YU) in Japan in 2005. He was a VBL Lecturer, and then Research Fellow at YU from 2005 to 2007. He then moved to the University of Kentucky, Center for Applied Energy Research working first as Postdoctoral Scholar, and then as Scientist II from 2008 to 2011. From 2011 to 2012, he was an Associate Professor at Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research area mainly includes zeolites, membrane-based separations, CO2 capture and thermo-adsorptive battery.
Qian Liang
Qian LIANG was working with Dr. Evelyn Wang as a postdoctoral associate from 2012-2014 after receiving his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nanyang Technological University. His Ph.D. research involved fundamentals and applications of Electrokinetic transport phenomena in microfluidics. His postdoctoral studies focused on design and development of advanced thermal management solutions for integrated microelectronics and MEMS devices. His is currently a staff engineer at Bio-Rad Laboratories, Singapore.
Shalabh Maroo
Prof. Shalabh Maroo was a part of the DRL from 2010-2011 as a Postdoctoral Associate. He contributed to understanding modeling thin film evaporation and water transport in nanoporous materials. He is now an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering Department and Director of the Multiscale Research and Engineering Laboratory at Syracuse University.
Matt McCarthy
Prof. McCarthy was a part of the DRL from 2009-2010 as a Postdoctoral Associate. He contributed to the DARPA-funded development of a higher performance air-cooled heat exchanger (PHUMP) and investigating droplet impact on superhydrophobic surfaces. He is now an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Drexel University.
Youngsuk Nam
Prof. Youngsuk Nam was a part of the DRL from 2010-2012 as a Postdoctoral Associate. He contributed to the development solar thermophotovoltaic devices. He is now an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Kyung Hee University, Korea.
Shankar Narayanan
Dr. Narayanan joined the DRL in December 2011 after receiving his doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. His PhD research involved a fundamental study of interfacial transport phenomenon during evaporation of thin liquid films confined within nanostructured surfaces. His postdoctoral research at the DRL involved the development of an advanced thermal energy storage system for application in automotive HVAC systems. In August 2015 he became Assistant Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering.
Teresa Peters
Dr. Teresa Peters was a part of the DRL from 2009-2012 as a Postdoctoral Associate. She contributed to the DARPA-funded development of a higher performance air-cooled heat exchanger (PHUMP). She is currently raising a family beginning with Ms. Elena Teresa Peters.
Rishi Raj
Rishi joined the DRL in August 2011 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate through the Battelle/MIT Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. He received his B.Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati in 2006 and his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland in 2010. He then continued as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Maryland for one year. His research at Maryland was focused on understanding microgravity boiling by performing experiments on parabolic flights and the International Space Station. His research at the DRL focused on fundamental understanding of Graphene for potential applications in thermal management problems. He is also interested in the areas of thin film evaporation, surface wettability, and micro-scale transport. In 2013 he became a Assistant Professor and Coordinator for Energy and Environment at IIT Patna.
Scott Schiffres
Scott graduated with a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in 2013 focusing on thermal energy transport in carbon nanotube and graphene composite materials. Scott joined the Device Research Laboratory in February 2014, focusing on renewable-powered refrigeration and heating technology. He also worked as a post doctoral associate in the Mechanosynthesis group at MIT. He is now an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at SUNY Binghamton.
Nitin Shukla
Dr. Nitin Shukla was a part of the DRL from 2009-2011 as a Postdoctoral Associate. He contributed to understanding liquid-vapor interfaces with thermoreflectance methods. He is currently a researcher in Building Technologies at the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems.
Anand Veeraragavan
Dr. Anand Veeraragavan was a part of the DRL from 2009-2010 as a Postdoctoral Associate. He contributed to modeling solar thermal receivers. He is currently a lecturer at The University of Queensland in Australia.
Zhenyuan Xu

Research Scientists

Dion Antao
Dion Antaojoined the Device Research Laboratory in July 2013 after earning his Ph.D. from Drexel University in 2013. His Ph.D. research involved fundamental studies (experimental and computational) of the thermoacoustic phenomenon for applications in cryogenic refrigeration. In the past he has worked in the area of plasma physics with applications in high pressure thin film deposition. His research interests are in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, thermoacoustics and plasma physics. His current research involves the fundamental investigation of phase change phenomena for advanced heat exchanger design. Dion is now Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Texas A&M University
Sungwoo Yang
Dr. Sungwoo Yang (Harry) joined the DRL in January 2012 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. He earned his bachelor of science (BS) in Chemistry from Illinois Institute of Technology in 2006 and his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Duke University. The title of his dissertation is Photoluminescence from Inner Walls in Double-Walled Carbon Nanotubes and Hybrid Carbon/Titanium Dioxide Gels for Energy Conversion and Storage Applications. His current research interests are in the areas of electrical and thermal energy storage based on 3 dimensional nanostructured materials utilizing carbon nanotubes, graphene, carbon aerogel and transition metal oxides. Sungwoo is now Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Chemical Engineering at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.

Students

PhD Students

Solomon Adera
Solomon graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2010. He obtained his MS in 2012 and PhD in 2016 from MIT. Currently, he is a postdoc at Harvard University. His research interests are heat transfer, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics.
Kevin Bagnall
Kevin graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 2009 an a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 2013. Kevin defended his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at MIT in 2017 and is currently working at Lincoln Laboratory. He is interested in micro/nano-scale heat transfer, microelectronics, and device physics. His current work is focused on understanding the challenges associated with thermal management of high-power Gallium Nitride (GaN) electronics through multiphysics modeling and micro-scale temperature measurements.
David Bierman
David graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2012, where he focused his studies on energy systems. He is interested in alternative methods of power generation for larger scale applications, as well as heat transfer and thermodynamics. David defended his PhD in June 2017 and is currently working at Marigold Power, which he founded. Marigold Power seeks to develop clean, reliable power through thermophotovoltaic energy conversion.
Jeremy Cho
Jeremy graduated from the University of Michigan in 2009 with a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering. He defended his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at MIT in 2016. He is interested in interfacial phenomena, as well as sustainable energy solutions. During his PhD, Jeremy focused his research on surfactant enhanced boiling.
Kuang-Han (Hank) Chu
Dr. Hank (Kuang-Han) Chu was a part of the DRL from 2007-2013. His PhD thesis focused on nanostructures to manipulate fluid behavior and boiling phenomena. Hank is currently a research engineer at Intel.
Daniel Hanks
Daniel joined the DRL in 2010, earning his M.S. in 2012 and Ph.D. in 2016. His Master's thesis was on the development of a parallel plate loop heat pipe with multiple condensers. His Ph.D. research was focused on a membrane based evaporation device for ultra high heat flux cooling. He is currently working for Tesla Motors in R&D for HVAC and powertrain thermal systems.
Tom Humplik
Dr. Tom Humplik earned his PhD from the DRL in 2014. His research focused on the ion transport and rejection mechanisms across zeolite thin films. Tom obtained his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Lehigh University (2008). He is currently working at Sandia National Labs in Albuquerque, NM.
Arthur Kariya
Dr. Arthur Kariya was a member of the DRL for his doctoral work (2009-2012). His doctoral work focused on the development of a loop-type heat pipe with multiple condensers, funded by DARPA. Previous to DRL, Arthur was a part of the Sloan Automotive Laboratory at MIT, where he completed his master’s work. Currently, he is Senior Member of Technical Staff at the Energy Innovation Department at Sandia National Laboratories.
Andrej Lenert
Dr. Andrej Lenert earned his PhD in 2014 with a focus on efficient solar thermophotovoltaics using nanophotonic materials. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 2008 with a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering, and a focus in Energy and Utilization. He is interested in concentrated solar thermal power, and current issues with efficient light capture and energy storage. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan where his research focuses on addressing global challenges at the energy-water nexus by bridging the gap between system level design and mesoscale materials science.
Nenad Miljkovic
Nenad earned his PhD from the Device Research Laboratory in April 2013. He graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2009 with a BASc in Mechanical Engineering. He is interested in heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and energy technologies. Currently, his research is focused on condensation and nucleation at the micro-nano scale and its impact on macro-scale heat transfer. In the Fall of 2014, he will join the Mechanical Science and Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an Assistant Professor.
Heena Mutha
Heena graduated from Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in 2010 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Heena defended her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at MIT in 2017. She is interested in water desalination, fluid dynamics, sustainable energy, and STEM education. During her PhD she focused on capacitive deionization (CDI) for water desalination and ion transport across porous electrodes.
Dan Preston
Dan graduated from The University of Alabama in 2012 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He is interested in heat transfer, fluid mechanics, energy efficiency, and sustainability. Dan defended his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at MIT in 2017. During his PhD, he focused on condensation on superhydrophobic surfaces and, more specifically, on the removal of droplets from these surfaces by the coalescence mechanism, or "jumping."
Rong Xiao
Dr. Rong Xiao was a part fo the DRL from 2007-2013. His PhD thesis focused on wetting on nanostructures and enhanced thin film evaporation and condensation. Rong is currently a research engineer at Exxon Mobile.
Yangying Zhu
Yangying graduated from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China with a B. Eng. in Building Technology in 2011. She is interested in engineered surfaces and advanced thermal management solutions for energy systems. Her master's work focused on developing dynamically tunable materials for fluidic, optical and thermal systems. She defended her PhD in 2017. During her PhD, Yangying worked on microchannel cooling systems for high performance electronic devices.

Masters Students

Brentan Alexander
Dr. Brentan Alexander was a part of the DRL from 2007-2008. He received his PhD at Stanford University, and is currently working at Exponent.
Jon Allison
Jon Allison was a part of the DRL from 2008 to 2009. He is currently working at Boeing.
Siyu Chen
Siyu Chen was a part of the DRL from 2011-2013. He is currently working at Oracle.
Batya Fellman
Batya Fellman was a part of the DRL from 2008-2010. She is currently working at Tesla Motors.
Catherine Koveal
Catherine Koveal was a part of the DRL from 2008-2010. She is currently working at Raytheon.
Ian McKay
Ian received his M.S. from the DRL in 2014 and his B.S. from MIT in 2012. His research projects included a thermal battery for electric vehicle climate control and a submersible aluminum-water fuel cell. He is currently CTO of OpenWater Power, a startup developing aluminum-based power systems for undersea industries.
Jean Sack
Jean graduated from MIT in 2013 with a double B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and in Music. Her interests are in making renewable energy more efficient and affordable. Her M.S. research focused on robustness testing of nanostructures and superhydrophobic coatings for condensation heat transfer. She began working at Lincoln Laboratories in July 2015.
Karl Suabedissen
Karl Suabedissen was a part of the DRL from 2008-2010. He is now piloting F/A-18 Super Hornets in the Navy.
Matthew Thoms
Matthew Thoms was a part of the DRL from 2010-2012 where he investigated the thermal properties of nanofluids for concentrated solar power applications. He worked as an associate consultant at OC&C Strategy Consultants from 2012 to 2014. He began working at Allied Minds, a capital investment firm for startup technologies, in 2014.
Ari Umans
Ari received an S.B. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in the spring of 2013 and joined the DRL in the fall 2013. His S.M. research included mechanical design and prototyping of absorptive thermal battery technology for integration into electric vehicles. He is currently working for LiquidGlide.

Staff

Thea Szatkowski Strodel
Thea was a part of the DRL as an administrative assistant 2008-2012. She retired in 2012 in order to raise her family, beginning with twins Miles and Silas.
Theresa Werth