Graduate Students

Samuel Cruz
Samuel completed a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2015 and a S.M. from MIT in 2017. He is interested in energy systems and their efficiency. Currently, he is working on condensation heat transfer enhancement for low surface tension fluids via surface design.
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.
Cody Jacobucci
Cody graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 2017. Cody's current research focus is on the development of adsorption based systems for waste heat driven cooling and atmospheric water harvesting. He is passionate about combining his interests in heat transfer, energy conversion, and global development to develop technology to address the challenges of resource-constrained communities- in particular to improve decentralized water and energy production.
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.
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.
Adela Chenyang Li
Adela graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 2020, where she experienced research on high energy physics and computational mechanics. She is interested in heat transfer and fluid mechanics across multiple energy levels and length scales. Her current research focuses on adsorption based atmospheric water harvesting.
Carlos Marin
Carlos graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.S in Physics from the University of Costa Rica in 2018. He is interested in energy conversion, storage, and transport through research in heat and mass transfer and thermodynamics. Carlos's current research focus is on the development and analysis of nanostructured interfaces that can lead to enhanced passive heat transfer and over prolonged distances.
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.
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 working on the design of micro/nanostrucutres to modify and enhance surfaces used for phase change processes.
Chad Wilson
Chad graduated with a B.S in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Michigan in 2019. He is interested in heat transfer and energy systems, with applications focused on renewable energy, efficiency, and sustainability. Currently, Chad is working on developing a multiscale porous high-temperature heat exchanger using ceramic co-extrusion techniques.
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.
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.
Yang Zhong
Yang received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Purdue University in 2018. He is interested in nanoscale energy transport, interfacial phenomena, and Artificial Intelligence. Currently, he is working on developing atmospheric water harvesting devices and understanding fundamental energy transport at the nanoscale.