Matthew Branham

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Matthew received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford in 2006 and M.S. from MIT in 2008 for research on energy and materials use in semiconductor manufacturing. During the 2008-2009 academic year, he took a leave of absence to do equipment design and process engineering for a start-up CIGS PV manufacturing company in Palo Alto, CA. He also did a three-month stint at electric sportscar manufacturer Tesla Motors. Now back at MIT, his research will focus on thermophotovoltaics and photon trapping in thin-film solar cells. Outside of lab, Matthew is an assistant coach of MIT's ultimate frisbee team.

Vazrik Chiloyan

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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.

Kimberlee Collins

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Kimberlee graduated with B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Physics (2008) and a M.S degree in Mechanical Engineering (2010) from MIT. Her current research involves optical pump and probe, transient thermoreflectance measurements of nanomaterials, and the study of ballistic and interface phonon transport phenomena.

Wei-Chun Hsu

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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 Huang

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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 Huberman

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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 Kraemer

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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.

Sangyeop Lee

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Sangyeop Lee received B.S. (2003) and M.S. (2005) from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. He worked for the fuel cell research center at Korea Institute of Science and Technology from March 2005 to July 2009. He worked on PEMFC durability, fabrication of electrodes, and PEMFC system design and fabrication. He is a recipient of the Samsung Scholarship. His research at MIT is focused on thermoelectrics.

Bolin Liao

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Bolin graduated from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 2010 with a B.E. degree in microelectronics. His undergraduate research focused on microfabrication and characterization techniques of superconductive devices. He is currently involved with research on electronic transport phenomena in low-dimensional structures and their indications on material innovation.

Maria Luckyanova

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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.

Kenneth McEnaney

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Ken graduated from Cornell University in 2002 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He spent the next four years working as a teacher and a field ornithologist. From 2006 until 2008 he worked at Boston Flight Sciences as an engineering consultant. He earned his S.M. degree from MIT in 2010. Ken's research at MIT focuses on systems design with thermoelectrics, especially solar thermoelectric generators.

Jonathan Mendoza

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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.

George Ni

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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.

Poetro Lebdo Sambegoro

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Poetro earned his Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia, in 2006. He is a recipient of the International Fulbright Science and Technology Award. Poetro's research at MIT is focused on photovoltaic devices.

Jonathan Tong

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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.

James (Jianjian) Wang

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James earned his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2008. Currently his research at MIT is focused on molecular dynamics simulations.

Jenny Wang

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Jenny graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech in 2011. She has been interested in renewable energy technologies since high school and worked on hydrogen storage and lithium ion battery projects as an undergraduate. Her current research focuses on heat conduction in soft materials.

Lee Weinstein

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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 Zeng

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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

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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.