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.
Wei-Chun Hsu joined the NanoEngineering Group in the department of mechanical engineering at MIT in 2010. He received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from National Taiwan University, Taiwan (2005-2009). He is interested in the photovoltaic phenomena, and his current research involves improving an Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) measurement system in order to measure the absorptance of very small materials.
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.
Daniel received his diploma in process engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Frankfurt/Main, Germany in 2003. In 2005 he received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH), Switzerland, where he graduated with a M.S. program in mechnical engineering in the Laboratory of Thermodynamics in Emerging Technologies. Presently, he is a graduate student in the NanoEngineering Group doing research on the solar application of thermoelectric generators.
Maria received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 2008. She is currently involved in pump and probe laser experiments used to gain insight into nanoscale heat transport.
Jonathan earned his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from MIT in 2011. His current research involves the investigation of phonon transport and scattering at impurities for the application of thermoelectric materials.
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.
Jonathan graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2009. His research focuses on the thermal characterization of nanomaterials, such as nanospheres and polymer nanofibers, using a bimorph AFM cantilever as a thermal sensor.
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.
Lee graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2011 and earned an S.M. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 2013. His research at MIT is focused on solar energy conversion.
Lingping obtained his B.S. degree in the School of Energy and Power Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2010. Currently his research is focused on phonon transport in nanostructured dielectric materials with applications for thermoelectric energy conversion technology.
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.