Vazrik graduated from MIT in 2011 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and in Physics with a minor in Math. He is currently an MIT Energy Initiative Fellow (b-TEC). His current research focuses on improving the theoretical understanding of energy transport between surfaces separated by extremely small gaps in order to better bridge the theories of conduction and radiation.
Zhiwei graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor's degree in Engineering Science in 2014. Currently, his research is focused on the computational study of transport properties.
Yi graduated from University of California, Los Angeles in 2012 with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and in Applied Math. She developed her interest in nano-scale heat transfer as an undergrad researcher, while working on thermal characterization of zeolite thin films and biomimetic heat sinks.
Sam graduated from the University of Waterloo with a B.A.Sc in Mechanical Engineering in 2011. For his Masters in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto, he used a combination of molecular dynamics simulations and lattice dynamics calculations to predict phonon properties in superlattices. His current work will use both computational and experimental approaches to gain further insight into nanoscale thermal transport.
Laureen graduated from the University of Florida receiving two bachelor's degrees in 2014, in Mechanical engineering and Civil engineering. Her first half of undergraduate research was performed in the Applied Physics Research Group working with plasma discharge. After, she worked on solar thermochemical energy storage, resulting in a publication on the work. Laureen will be working on solar energy storage methods along with fundamental photon analysis.
George is a currently a Mechanical Engineering Master's student with the NanoEngineering group. His research field is in thermoelectrics. Specifically he studies skutterudite materials and electron transport, with a goal to develop a better understanding of materials and their electronic properties. A Michigan native, George graduated with a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.S.E. in Materials Science from the University of Michigan.
Qichen graduated from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology with a B.S. degree in Thermal Energy and Power Engineering in 2015. Currently, his research is focused on phonon-phonon interrelations in semiconductors by first-principle computation.
Yoichiro received his B.E. and M.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Tohoku University in 2012 and 2015, respectively and earned an M.E. in Energy and Environmental Engineering from INSA de Lyon in 2014.
Qian graduated from Zhejiang University in 2016 with a bachelor degree in Materials Science and Engineering. Her undergraduate research involved thermal properties of topological insulators and thermoelectric nanomaterials with phase change behavior, in-situ investigation of mechanical properties of Cu–Al alloys and molecular dynamics study of glass. She is interested in energy materials and biomedical materials. She will start her research at MIT with DFT simulations.
Jiawei Zhou received his B.S. in Engineering Mechanics from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (2013). His interests include fundamental energy transport and their broader applications (thermoelectrics, energy storage, etc). He is currently involved in first principle calculations for the thermal conductivity of single-crystal/alloyed bulk material.