Former Doctoral Students

 

                                   

 

Dr. Adam Wilson worked on scanning thermoelectric microscopy and scanning laser based thermal characterization of thin-films for thermoelectric applications. He graduated with a PhD in May 2017 and joined the Army Research Laboratory.

 

 

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Dr. Devender. His research interest focused on Low Thermal and Electrical Contact Parasitics Between Metal Electrodes and Thermoelectric Materials. He was co-advised by Prof. T. Borca-Tasciuc and Prof. G. Ramanath (major advisor). He graduated with a PhD from the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in December 2015. He currently works for Global Foundries.

 

 

 

Dr. Indira Seshadri Her research focused on Nanowire-filled thermal interface composites for device packaging. She was co-advised by Prof. T. Borca-Tasciuc and Prof. G. Ramanath (major advisor). She graduated with a PhD in May 2015 and currently works for Global Foundries.

 

 

 

Dr. Samuel Moran received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tulsa. His research focused on Thin films thermoelectrics metrology, fabrication and characterization. He was co-advised by Prof. T. Borca-Tasciuc and Prof. D. Borca-Tasciuc (major advisor). He graduated with a PhD in December 2014 and is currently working for Sandia National Laboratories.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Hafez Raeisi Fard received his B.S degree in Mechanical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology. He received his M. S. in Mechanical Engineering in fluid mechanics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His PhD research included novel thermal interface technologies and micro/nanoscale heat transfer in nanostructured bulk composites and thin-films. He graduated with a PhD in December 2014 and is currently working for Rheem Manufacturing Company.

 

 

Dr. Liang Han received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in Summer 2014. His research included non-contact scanning probe temperature sensing and thermoelectric transport in nanostructured thermoelectric alloys.

 

Dr. Kamyar Pashayi received his B.S and M.S degree in Material Science and Engineering from Sharif University of Technology and University of Tehran respectively. His PhD research focused on novel high thermal conductivity polymer nanocomposites based on self-constructed metallic networks. He graduated with a PhD in December 2012 and is worhed as an instructor in Mechanical Engineering, Science, Engineering, and Technology, at Pennsylvania State University, in Middletown, PA. (pashak@alum.rpi.edu).

        

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Dr. Eduardo Castillo received his undergraduate degree from Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla-Colombia, in 1993 and his masters degree in mechanical engineering from University of Puerto Rico in 1998.  His master research was focused on turbulent simulation of a stirred vessel.  After his graduation; he worked as instructor of Mechanical Engineering in two different universities in Puerto Rico.  In 2006, he joined RPI for his Ph.D. His PhD research included thermoelectrics, and micro/nanoscale heat transfer. He graduated with a PhD in December 2012 and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Universidad del Turabo in Puerto Rico.

 

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Dr. Yanliang Zhang received his B.S. and M.S degrees in mechanical engineering from Southeast University, Nanjing, China. He obtained his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering at RPI in December 2011. His PhD research focused on thermoelectric transport investigations in novel nanostructured bulk materials and development of scanning thermoelectric microscopy.

Since July 2017 Dr. Yanliang Zhang is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at University of Notre Dame.

 

 


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Dr. Monalisa Mazumder graduated with a PhD in Chemical Engineering in December 2009. She received her B.Sc (Bachelor of Science) in Chemistry and B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from University of Calcutta, Calcutta , India. She completed her Masters in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), New York. Her research included Monte Carlo simulation of synthesis of nanoparticles. Her PhD work focused on Atomic Force Microscopy study of magnetic nanoparticles and thermal characterization of nano-structured materials. Dr. Mazumder is currently with Intel Corporation.

 

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Dr. Youngsuk Son graduated with a PhD in October 2008. He has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea in Feb., 1996 and Feb., 1998 respectively.  After earning the M.S. degree, he worked at oil refining and chemical companies for five and a half years.  In 2003, he returned to academia to pursue the Ph.D degree.  He joined Prof. Borca-Tasciuc’s group to study Micro/Nanoscale heat transfer in Aug., 2005. He is currently with Intel Corporation.

 

 

 

Dr. Seongyul Kim graduated with a PhD in August 2008. He received a BS degree from the department of Mechanical Engineering of Handong University, Pohang, Korea in 2002. In 2003, he came to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as Masters student of Mechanical engineering (degree awarded 2005). He pursued a Ph.D degree in the MEMS Characterization Laboratory in the Mechanical Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His research area included: Hydrogen generation from water electrolysis and Miniaturized gas ionization sensors using carbon nanotubes. He is currently with Samsung Corporation.

 

 

 

Dr. Abhishek Jain graduated with a PhD in May 2008. He received his B.E. (Bachelor of Engineering) from Bhilai Institute of Technology (B.I.T), Durg, INDIA. He has completed his Masters in Mechanical Engineering with specialization in ‘Solid Mechanics and Design’ from Indian Institute of Technology (I.I.T), Kanpur, INDIA. He has developed a Parallel Computing Code in his Masters to solve Multi-Objective problems.Currently. He was focusing on the fabrication/testing and critical heat flux investigations using instrumented glass microchannel devices. He worked at Intel Corporation and is currently with Apple Corporation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Sunil K. Pal has a BS in Metallurgical Engineering from Institute of Technology-Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India (2002) and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge (2004). He graduated in 2007 with a PhD from Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, New York. Area of research is “Transport properties of novel carbon Nanotubes-metal interface systems". He was jointly advised by Prof. P.M. Ajayan and Prof. T. Borca-Tasciuc. He worked for Intel Corporation after graduation and since 2011 he is with Samsung.

 

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Dr. Claudiu Hapenciuc received his B.S. degree from the Faculty of Physics, University of Bucharest, Romania in 1995. After graduation he worked as Research Scientist in the National Institute of Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics, Bucharest, Romania joining the Solid State Quantum Electronics group. His area of research included: VIS,V-UV spectroscopy of rare earth doped crystals(Er:YAG,YLF), numerical studies of laser emission at 3µm for Er:YAG laser - pulsed and CW, up-conversion processes in Er:YAG crystals leading to V-UV emission .

         He graduated with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Fall 2007. His thesis focused on “Scanning Hot probe technique for thin film thermoelectric properties characterization”.

Dr. Hapenciuc currently works as a researcher for the National Institute for Lasers Plasma and Radiation Physics, Magurele, Bucharest Romania.

 

 

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Dr. Raj Dash has worked on fabrication, design & characterization of Micro-fluidic MEMS devices, and nanofluid actuation and has received a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from RPI in December 2006 for the thesis: Microfluidic Lens Actuation via Enhanced Electrowetting on Dielectric (EWOD).

Prior to joining RPI he received an M.S. degree in Physics from the SUNY at Albany and an M.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from RPI. His research areas during MS studies include characterization of amorphous materials with close collaboration with NEC, Princeton, NJ. One of his papers on study of medium range order in amorphous materials was selected as top paper of the year 2003 by JPCM, IOP, UK.

Dr. Dash is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering Sciences & Technology, at University of Hyderabad.

 

 

 

Dr. Wootaek Hwang has worked on adaptive microfluidic lens devices using MEMS technology and has received a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from RPI in December 2006 for the thesis: Micro-scale Electrochemically Actuated Capillary Lens.

He received his BS degree from the department of Mechanical Engineering of Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea in 1998 and a Masters degree from RPI in 2002. His research topic for Masters degree was Design of an Inexpensive Reconfigurable Fixturing Device for Compliant Parts.  He is currently with Samsung Corporation.

 

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