Will received the B.S. in Physics from Yale University. From 2006 until entering MIT he worked as a Project Engineer at Giner Electrochemical Systems, a research and development firm specializing in proton exchange membrane based electrochemical technologies. Will was in charge of implementation tests for characterizing experimental proton exchange membranes in collaboration with the General Motors Fuel Cell Activities Center. Will also developed a water permeable bipolar plate for a unitized regenerative fuel cell for NASA's Glenn Research Center.
Soon Ju Choi
Soon Ju joined LEMI after completing the B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Seoul National University in 2010. As a student at SNU he investigated manufacturing techniques for proton exchange membrane fuel cells. He's a recipient of the Kwanjeong Foundation scholarship and his ultimate educational goal is to obtain a Ph.D. Soon Ju enjoys swimming, basketball, and painting.
Naga Neehar Dingari, M. Tech.
Naga received his B.Tech and M.Tech (Dual degree) in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur. As a part of his Bachelors' thesis Naga worked on modeling electroosmotic flows in narrow fluidic confinements with simultaneous spatio-temporal perturbations in zeta potential. In his Masters' thesis he worked on modeling the effect of random surface inhomogeneities on capillary flows in microfluidic confinements. Naga joined LEMI in the fall 2012 and works on the modeling non-linear electrokinetic phenomena.
Bruno Figliuzzi, Ph.D. (Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellow)
Bruno received a M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the Ecole des Mines de Paris in 2008. In 2011, he obtained a Ph.D in Applied Mathematics at the Center of Mathematical Morphology of the Ecole des Mines de Paris under the supervision of Professor Dominique Jeulin. During his Ph.D, he was collaborating with the steel company ArcelorMittal to develop a predictive model for the appearance of painted steel sheets used in the automotive industry. He joined LEMI as Shapiro Postdoctoral Fellow in April 2012 to work on theoretical issues in fluid mechanics and to teach recitation sections of undergraduate thermal-fluids engineering courses.
Prior to joining LEMI, Zhifei obtained his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. As an undergraduate Zhifei joined a 3D MEMS laboratory to study energy harvesting with a focus on mechanical dynamics analysis. Through statistically designed experiments, Zhifei studied key factors governing ZnO nanowire growth prepared via Vapor-Liquid-Solid mechanism in the Nanomaterial Synthesis and Manipulation Group. With combined experiences in micro and nano technology, he spent his final undergraduate year studying an inorganic proton exchange membrane based micro fuel cell.
Andrew Jones III
Andrew received both an S.B. in Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering from MIT. As an undergraduate, Andrew worked in a group that was part of the Center for Solider Nanotechnologies on Alternating Current Electro-Osmotic pumps. As part of that group, he manufactured pumps and tested the pumps dependence on electrolyte size and concentration. Andrew wrote his undergraduate thesis developing a numerical model of the transport mechanisms in a single wafer Atomic Layer Deposition Process. Andrew is currently pursuing a Masters in Mechanical Engineering on the road to a PhD in Mechanical Engineering.
Youngsoo Joung, M.S.
Youngsoo received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Yonsei University and his M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Seoul National University. Prior to joining MIT Youngsoo spent five years at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT). As a member of the research staff at SAIT, Youngsoo developed direct methanol fuel cells for portable power applications.
Alisha Schor, M.S.
Alisha received both her B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 2007 and 2010, respectively. Prior to beginning graduate school Alisha worked as an R&D engineer in the plastics division of Dow Chemical in Tarragona, Spain. There she helped develop a non-woven fabric for use in household anti-microbial wipes. Her master's work focused on controlling inputs to an in vitro assay for studying angiogenesis (the development of new blood vessels from pre-existing ones); in particular, by modeling the dynamics of the concentration and gradient of a chemical in a one-dimensional, diffusive system. Away from engineering, Alisha enjoys outdoor activities, including running, ultimate frisbee, hiking and snowboarding.
Qianru received her B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong Univerisity. As an undergraduate student, Qianru joined the Institute of Robotics, and focused on solving human-centered mechanical design problems. She designed a low-cost prosthetic myoelectric elbow joint for an artificial limp factory to help disabled users who lose their lower arms regain independence. Qianru joined LEMI in Fall 2012.