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.

Students

PhD Students

Solomon Adera
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.
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.

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