Kevin Robert Bagnall

Kevin Robert Bagnall

Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT


Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Major concentration: Micro/Nano Engineering

Minor concentration: Applied Mathematics

Thesis advisor: Evelyn N. Wang

Jul. 2013 to Present

Cambridge, MA

GPA 5.0/5.0

GPA 4.67/5.0

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sept. 2011 to Jun. 2013

Cambridge, MA

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

The University of Oklahoma

Summa cum Laude

Aug. 2006 to May 2009

Norman, OK

GPA 4.0/4.0

Industry Experience

R&D Intern, Advanced Development Group, Analog Devices, Inc.
Wilmington, MA

June to August 2014

During my internship, I supported the development of a new product for which high device temperatures due to self-heating were a serious concern. Using a combination of analytical and numerical thermal modeling tools, I developed a framework for efficiently predicting the device temperature. Then, I implemented a combination of electrical and optical techniques to measure the device temperature and showed a good agreement between models and measurements. Finally, I explored different options for optimizing the thermal performance of these devices and demonstrated that this product could be competititve with those currently on the market. This work provided the group with insight on the current status of their technology and the best path forward for improvement.

R&D Intern, Sustainability Technology Group, ConocoPhillips, Inc.
Bartlesville, OK

June to August 2009

As part of the Sustainability Technology Group in the R&D center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, I characterized gas sorption in polymers for membrane-based gas separation processes in natural gas applications. Due to the continual rise in the importance of natrual gas resources, it is often economically feasible to develop natural gas wells with high concentrations of hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide. However, it is also important to separate natural gas (methane) from undesirable and toxic gases before transport, storage, and processing. Although gas separation technologies are currently available, higher performance membrane-based processes with novel materials are needed. I used a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) to study the sorption and solubility of carbon dioxide in commercially available polyimide films to demonstrate the feasibility of measuring gas sorption in very small samples of novel materials. This work eventually contributed to a publication and U.S. patent by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and ConocopPhillips.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  1. 2nd Place, Best Student Poster, Emerging Technologies Track, 14th IEEE ITherm Conference, May 2014.
  2. Co-author, Best Paper, Thermal Track, 14th IEEE ITherm Conference, May 2014.
  3. National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship, U.S. Department of Defense, 2011-2013.
  4. Keck Conference Travel Award in Thermal Sciences, MIT, Mar. 2013.
  5. Rohsenow Mechanical Engineering Departmental Fellowship, MIT, 2011-2012.

University of Oklahoma

  1. Outstanding Senior in Mechanical Engineering, OU, 2008-2009.
  2. Outstanding Junior in Mechanical Engineering, OU, 2007-2008.
  3. E. Wayne Kay Scholarship, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, 2007-2009.
  4. ASME Foundation Scholarship, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2008-2009.
  5. Frank Chuck Mechanical Engineering Scholarship, OU, 2008-2009.
  6. ChevronTexaco Scholarship, OU, 2007-2008.
  7. 9th Place Team Finish, Division II National Competition, National Academic Quiz Tournament, 2007.
  8. Rita H. Lottinville Prize for Freshmen Students, OU, 2006-2007.
  9. PACE (Participation, Achievement, Community, and Excellence) and Ann Balch Awards for Outstanding Freshmen Students, OU, 2006-2007.
  10. Engineering Dean's Honor Roll, OU, 2006-2009.
  11. President's Honor Roll, OU, 2006-2009.
  12. Spirit Scholar, ConocoPhillips Inc., 2006-2009.
  13. MOPH Scholarship, Military Order of the Purple Heart, 2006-2007.
  14. USAA Golden Eagle Club Scholarship, USAA Inc., 2006-2007.
  15. National Merit Scholar, National Merit Scholarship Program, May 2006.

Professional Activities

  • Student member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

  • Student member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

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