Graduate Students

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. 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 is currently working on a receiver design for optimal conversion of solar energy to thermal energy.
Jeremy Cho
Jeremy graduated from the University of Michigan in 2009 with a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering. He is interested in interfacial phenomena, as well as sustainable energy solutions. Currently, his research is focused on surfactant enhanced boiling.
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.
Heena Mutha
Heena graduated from Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in 2010 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. She is interested in water desalination, fluid dynamics, sustainable energy, and STEM education. Her current research is in 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. Currently, his research is focused on condensation on superhydrophobic surfaces and, more specifically, on the removal of droplets from these surfaces by the coalescence mechanism, or "jumping."
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 micro/nano-scale heat and mass transport phenomena, and is currently working on the development of structured surfaces for boiling heat transfer enhancement.
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.
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.
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 is currently working on microchannel cooling systems for high performance electronic devices.