Graduate Students

Alina Dale LaPotin
Alina graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 2016, where her research was focused on thermal energy storage modeling. She is interested in heat transfer and fluid mechanics, particularly for applications pertaining to energy and water sustainability. Her current research focuses on the design of a device for harvesting water in arid climates.
Colin Kelsall
Colin received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2016, with a Thermal, Fluids, and Energy concentration. He is interested in thermal energy systems, specifically applications in the renewable energy industry. Colin is currently focusing his research on solar thermophotovoltaic systems and their applications in the concentrated solar power industry.
Hyunho Kim
Hyunho graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He is interested in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, as well as energy systems. Currently, his research is focused on designing and testing Advanced Thermo-Adsorptive Battery Climate Control System for electric vehicles.
Arny Leroy
Arny graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Polytechnique Montreal in 2015. He is interested in heat transfer, energy systems, energy efficiency and sustainability. Arny is currently focusing his research on the integration of nanophotonic filters with incandescent light sources.
Zhengmao Lu
Zhengmao received his bachelor degree from Tsinghua University in Beijing in 2012. He is interested in phase change phenomena at the micro/nano scale. His current research is focused on thin film evaporation.
Wei Mengyao
Mengyao obtained her B.Eng. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Nanyang Technological University in 2013. Her current research focuses on thermal management for integrated electronic systems utilizing advanced vapor chambers.
Jay Sircar
Jay graduated from MIT in 2013 with a S.B. in Mechanical Engineering, where he did his undergraduate thesis on improving the manufacturability of welded plate loop-heat pipes. He is currently working on the fabrication and characterization of an intra-chip device for high heat flux cooling utilizing phase change. His interests are in thermal fluids, specifically pertaining to energy generation, storage, and usage.
Youngsup Song
Youngsup received his B.S and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Yonsei University in 2010 and 2012, respectively. Prior to joining the DRL in the fall of 2016, he worked at Korea Institute of Materials Science (KIMS) in Electrochemistry Department. He is interested in phase change heat transfer in micro-nano scale, and is currently focusing on fundamentals of pool boiling heat transfer on structured surfaces.
Elise Strobach
Elise graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering in 2014. Her interests include renewable energy and energy efficiency through research in heat transfer and thermodynamics. Elise is currently working on a hybrid solar thermal and photovoltaic receiver to increase the efficiency of solar energy harvesting.
Geoffrey Vaartstra
Geoffrey graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University in 2017. He is interested in heat and mass transfer, interfacial phenomena, and nanoscale transport, specifically with applications related to renewable energy and water purification. Geoffrey’s current research focus is on fundamentals of interfacial transport in nanostructured devices.
Stephen Walsh
Stephen graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He is interested in heat transfer and thermal management for electronics. His current research is focused on thermal management while working with the RF technology group at Lincoln Lab.
Kyle Wilke
Kyle received his B.S in Mechanical Engineering and a certificate in International Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2013. He is interested in energy systems and is currently collaborating with the Masdar Institute to develop competitive solar thermal systems for cooling and power generation.
Lenan Zhang
Lenan graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2016. He is interested in the fundamental physics of nanoscale energy transport process. His current work focuses on developing the advance thermal management strategy for high power Gallium Nitride (GaN) based electronics using modeling tools and experimental techniques.
Lin Zhao
Lin received his B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from Tsinghua University in 2012 and his M.S.E. in Nanotechnology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014. He is interested in micro/nano fabrication, heat transfer and sustainable energy solutions. Currently he is working on developing a solar energy system that utilize the full solar spectrum.
Yajing Zhao
Yajing graduated from Xi’an Jiaotong University in China with a bachelor’s degree in Energy and Power Engineering in 2016 where she focused her research on renewable energy systems. She is interested in thermal management, clean energy and sustainability. Currently, she is working on enhancing condensation heat transfer for low surface tension fluids with novel superhydrophobic surface designs.