University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Energy Transport Research Lab


Nenad Miljkovic

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, MIT, 2013
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, MIT, 2011
BASc in Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo, 2009

Phone: (617) 981-9247

Email: nmiljkov@illinois.edu

Address: 105 South Mathews Avenue, MEL 2136, Urbana, IL 61801

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Soumyadip Sett

Soumyadip "Deep" Sett received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2016 where he worked under the guidance of Dr. Alexander Yarin. His doctoral thesis focused on dynamics of thin surfactant films and aqueous foam. He also worked on fabricating nonwoven nanomaterials from biopolymers and their applications as self-healing composites, filtration membranes, and scaffolds. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Power Engineering from Jadavpur University, India where he worked on thermodynamic stability of IC engine. In the ETRL, Deep is working on enhanced condensation heat transfer of low surface tension fluids.

Email: ssett3@illinois.edu

Address: 105 South Mathews Avenue, MEL 2139, Urbana, IL 61801


Longnan Li

Longnan Li received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Sogang University in South Korea in 2017 where he worked under the guidance of Dr. Daejoong Kim. His doctoral thesis focused on the performance of oscillating heat pipes (OHPs) for low grade energy harvesting. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Water Supply and Sewerage Engineering from the Northeast Petroleum University, China. In the ETRL, Longnan is studying the enhanced anti-icing performance of superhydrophobic coatings for air-source heat pump applications.

Email: longnan@illinois.edu

Address: 105 South Mathews Avenue, MEL 1324, Urbana, IL 61801


Donald Docimo

Donald Docimo received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2017 under Dr. Hosam Fathy. His doctoral thesis focused on the modeling and control of battery packs and building energy systems. He is working in collaboration with the Alleyne Research Group on control of electro-thermal energy systems and our group on advanced thermal management.

Email: ddocimo@illinois.edu

Address: 105 South Mathews Avenue, MEL 2226, Urbana, IL 61801


Yina Yao

Yina is a one year visiting PhD student sponsored by the China Scholarship Council. She is a PhD student from Department of Engineering Physics, Tsinghua University, China. Her doctoral thesis focuses on wetting phenomena and phase change heat transfer on micro/nano-structured surfaces. In the ETRL, she is working on the freezing heat transfer on superhydrophobic surfaces.

Email: yinayao@illinois.edu

Address: 105 South Mathews Avenue, MEL 2226, Urbana, IL 61801


Ji-Xiang Wang

Ji is a one year visiting PhD student sponsored by the China Scholarship Council. He is a PhD student at Beihang University, China. His doctoral thesis focuses on spray cooling for onboard electronics. At the ETRL, he is working on the quantification of hydrophobic functional surface durability.

Email: j.x.wang.buaa@hotmail.com

Address: 105 South Mathews Avenue, MEL 2226, Urbana, IL 61801


Hang Li

Hang is a joint PhD student participating in the government-sponsored Joint-training Doctoral Program from the China Scholarship Council. He comes from the Institute of Turbomachinery in Xi’an Jiaotong University. He received his B.E. in Thermal Energy and Power Engineering from Zhengzhou University in 2014. His doctoral thesis focuses on the power generation and heat transfer utilizing renewable energy. At the ETRL, he devotes himself to conducting research on the condensation of low surface tension fluids.

Email: hnaylihang@stu.xjtu.edu.cn

Address: 105 South Mathews Avenue, MEL 2228, Urbana, IL 61801


Jiaqi Li

Jiaqi is a visiting PhD student sponsored by the China Scholarship Council. He is from the institute of Thermal Science and Power Systems, School of Energy Engineering, Zhejiang University, China. He received his B.E. in College of Metrology and Measurement Engineering from China Jiliang University. His doctoral thesis focuses on the pool boiling heat transfer on micro/nano-structured surfaces during quenching. In the ETRL, he is currently working on the evaporation and boiling heat transfer enhancement on superhydrophilic surfaces.

Email: lijiaqi0217@zju.edu.cn

Address: 105 South Mathews Avenue, MEL 2226, Urbana, IL 61801


Wei Su

Wei is a visiting PhD student from the School of Energy and Environment, Southeast University, China. He is sponsored by the China Scholarship Council. His doctoral thesis focuses on condensation and freezing heat transfer on micro/nano-structured surfaces for anti-frosting heat pump applications. In the ETRL, he is currently working on flash condensation.

Email: ilysuwei@hotmail.com

Address: 105 South Mathews Avenue, MEL 2409, Urbana, IL 61801



Patrick Birbarah

Patrick received his B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the American University of Beirut (Lebanon) in 2014 with High Honors, and his M.S. in Mechanical Science and Engineering from UIUC in 2016. His current research focuses on improving condensation heat transfer on nanomanufactured superhydrophobic surfaces.

Email: birbara2@illinois.edu

Address: 1304 W Springfield Avenue, DCL 2270, Urbana, IL 61801


Shreyas Chavan

Shreyas received his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B), India, and his M.S. in Mechanical Science and Engineering from UIUC in 2016. His current research focuses on development and characterization of micro/nanostructured surfaces for anti-frosting. Apart from research, he likes to spend time trekking and other adventurous activities.

Email: schavan2@illinois.edu

Address: 105 South Mathews Avenue, MEL 2424, Urbana, IL 61801


Alperen Gunay

Alp received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey) in 2014 with High Honors, and his M.S. in Mechanical Science and Engineering from UIUC in 2016. He is interested in sustainable energy solutions, heat transfer and thermodynamics. He is currently working on solar systems with aerogels.

Email: agunay2@illinois.edu

Address: 105 South Mathews Avenue, MEL 2424, Urbana, IL 61801


Moonkyung Kim

Moonkyung received his B.S. with summa cum laude honors in Mechanical Engineering from Hanyang University in 2014, and his M.S. in Mechanical Science and Engineering from UIUC in 2016. His research interests lie in understanding micro and nano scale phase change heat transfer. He is working on fabrication of superhydrophobic surfaces using various techniques and materials.

Email: mkim194@illinois.edu

Address: 105 South Mathews Avenue, MEL 2139, Urbana, IL 61801


Hyeongyun Cha

Hyeongyun received his B.S. in Mechanical Science and Engineering from UIUC in 2014, and his M.S. in Mechanical Science and Engineering from UIUC in 2016. Hyeongyun's current research focuses on the study of functional coating degradation using scanning probe microscopy techniques.

Email: cha10@illinois.edu

Address: 105 South Mathews Avenue, MEL 2424, Urbana, IL 61801


Junho Oh

Junho received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2013, and M.S. in 2015, both from Sungkyunkwan University (Seoul, Korea). He is interested in wetting phenomena and phase change heat transfer. Junho’s research currently focuses on nature-inspired wetting phenomena and electronics cooling.

Email: junhooh2@illinois.edu

Address: 1304 W Springfield Avenue, DCL 2270, Urbana, IL 61801


Hanmesh Gunnam

Hanmesh received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from College of Engineering, Guindy(CEG) in 2015. He is currently working on enhanced brazing using structured surfaces.

Email: gunnam2@illinois.edu

Address: 105 South Mathews Avenue, MEL 2139, Urbana, IL 61801


Kalyan Boyina

Kalyan received his B.S in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University-Stillwater in 2014, and his M.S. in Mechanical Science and Engineering from UIUC in 2016. He is working on fabricating and testing large scale (> 20 cm) superhydrophobic heat exchangers to study their anti-icing and frosting performance.

Email: boyina2@illinois.edu

Address: 105 South Mathews Avenue, MEL 2139, Urbana, IL 61801


James Carpenter

James received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri-St.Louis/Washington University in Saint Louis (joint degree) in 2015. His research interests include sustainable energy solutions, thermal efficiency enhancements of engineering systems, and the application of nano-scale heat transfer concepts to achieve both. Currently, his research focuses on ice-bridge formation on superhydrophobic surfaces. He enjoys reading, exercise, and mindfulness practices.

Email: jscarpe2@illinois.edu

Address: 105 South Mathews Avenue, MEL 2422, Urbana, IL 61801


Alex Wu

Alex received his B.S. in Mechanical Science and Engineering from UIUC in 2016. His research focuses on studying the fundamental degradation mechanisms of hydrophobic coatings using novel scanning probe microscopy techniques.

Email: alexwu2@illinois.edu

Address: 105 South Mathews Avenue, MEL 2422, Urbana, IL 61801


Keith Coulson

Keith received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rolla, MO) in 2016. He is interested in two-phase cooling and is currently working on flexible heat pipes and nano engineered surfaces intended to improve condensation. Keith is co-advised by Professor Sanjiv Sinha.

Email: kcoulso2@illinois.edu

Address: 1304 W Springfield Avenue, DCL 2270, Urbana, IL 61801


Tianyu Yang

Tianyu received her B.S. in Engineering Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering from Tsinghua University in 2016. She is interested in Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences, especially at the micro/nano scale. Her current work focuses on the development of efficient thermal switches and buffers. Tianyu is co-advised by Professor William P. King.

Email: tianyuy2@illinois.edu

Address: 1304 W Springfield Avenue, DCL 2270, Urbana, IL 61801


Thomas Foulkes

Tom received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Applied Mathematics from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 2015 and his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017. As a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, his research examines advanced cooling techniques and multilevel switched-capacitor topologies in order to increase the power density of converters for electric vehicle applications. Thomas is co-advised by Professor Robert Pilawa.

Email: foulkes2@illinois.edu

Address: 4038 Electrical and Computer Engineering Building, 306 N. Wright St. Urbana, IL 61801


Kazi Fazle Rabbi

Kazi received his B.S. (summa cum laude) in Mechanical Engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET) in 2016. He is currently pursuing his MS in the Mechanical Science and Engineering Department at UIUC. His research interests focus on phase change heat transfer at the micro/nano scale. In the ETRL, Kazi is studying superhydrophobic surfaces and anti-icing coatings for heat transfer enhancement. Apart from research, in his spare time he enjoys playing cricket, tennis, and badminton.

Email: kazif2@illinois.edu

Address: 105 South Mathews Avenue, MEL 1324, Urbana, IL 61801


Muhammad Jahidul Hoque

Jahid received his B.Sc in 2013 and M.Sc in 2016, both in Mechanical Engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh. His research interests focus on micro/nano scale phase change heat transfer, and thermal-system performance enhancement. Presently he is working on thermo-physical property measurement of ultra-thin layer material and heat transfer enhancement & durability of superhydrophobic surfaces. Besides research, he likes to play tennis, badminton and enjoys to read & travel a lot. Above all, he believes “Life is not perfect, but it’s meant to be perfect ; it just needs to shape that way.

Email: mjhoque2@illinois.edu

Address: 105 South Mathews Avenue, MEL 1324, Urbana, IL 61801


Hanyang Zhao

Hanyang received his B.S. in Physics from Harbin Institute of Technology and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014 and 2015, respectively. He then received his M.S. in Mechanical Science and Engineering at UIUC in 2016. His current research focuses on coatings development for anti-fouling, anti-corrosion, and reduced pressure drop in HVAC&R applications.

Email: hzhao27@illinois.edu

Address: 105 South Mathews Avenue, MEL 1324, Urbana, IL 61801


Jingcheng Ma

Jingcheng received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. He is currently working on optical pump-probe techniques for thermal conductivity measurements of thin polymer films as well as the analysis of water droplet impact on functional surfaces. Jingcheng is co-advised by Professor David Cahill of MatSE.

Email: jcma36@illinois.edu

Address: 105 South Mathews Avenue, MEL 1324, Urbana, IL 61801


Nithin Upot

Nithin received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University, India (2014) and a M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from UIUC (2016). He is currently working on elctro-thermal design of smart FPGAs for power electronics applications.

Email: upot2@illinois.edu

Address: 105 South Mathews Avenue, MEL 1324, Urbana, IL 61801


Tarek Gebrael

Tarek received his B.E. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Applied Mathematics from the American University of Beirut in 2017 with High Honors. Prior to joining the ETRL, he worked on several research projects in the fields of MEMS, energy harvesting and uncertainty quantification. In the ETRL, Tarek is working on pool boiling.

Email: gebrael2@illinois.edu

Address: 105 South Mathews Avenue, MEL 1324, Urbana, IL 61801


Ho Chan Chang

Ho Chan received his B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Seoul National University in 2017. In the ETRL, Ho Chan is working on thermal characterization and development of ultra-thin high thermal conductivity hydrophobic surfaces.

Email: hochanc2@illinois.edu

Address: 105 South Mathews Avenue, MEL 1324, Urbana, IL 61801


Alvin Tanasta

Alvin is currently a junior in Chemical Engineering at UIUC. He is currently working with a senior graduate student on cloaking of SLIPS and LIS. In his spare time, he likes travelling and playing basketball.


Yein Kim

Yein is currently a sophomore majoring in Mechanical Engineering at UIUC. She is currently interested in new transportation system such as hyperloop or self-driving vehicles. At the ETRL, she is working with a senior graduate student on aerogel fabrication.


Zhuo Chen

Zhuo is currently a junior Engineering Mechanics student at UIUC. He likes thinking about the world in a different way and trying to find some convenient methods to solve daily problems. At the ETRL, he is woking with a postdoc on enhanced anti-icing performance of superhydrophobic coatings.


Young Seong Kim

Young is currently a junior in Mechanical Science and Engineering at UIUC. He is passionate about learning, especially in sustainable energy. He is working with a senior graduate student on sintering-based nanomaterial research. In his spare time, he enjoys watching basketball.


Jiashuo Tong

Jiashuo is currently a senior in Mechanical Science and Engineering at UIUC. He is currently working with a senior graduate student to study condensation on hydrophobic surfaces. He likes playing piano in his free timer.


Luwen (Lucy) Sun

Lucy is currently a junior in engineering mechanics and applied math at UIUC. She is currently working with a senior graduate student to study condensation on hydrophobic surfaces. She enjoys making all kinds of models and drawing.


Adam Castaneda

Adam is currently a senior in mechanical engineering at UIUC. He likes rock climbing and building his own computers. He is very interested in learning more about heat transfer, as he knows firsthand how important it is with regard to high power computers and electronics. Adam is working on jumping droplet electronics cooling.


Aakash Patel

Aakash is currently a sophomore pursuing a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He enjoys watching and playing football and basketball, exploring new things, and eating good food. He is currently working as an undergraduate researcher under Hanmesh Gunnam.


Diego Gundersen

Diego is currently a senior in the Mechanical Science and Engineering Department at UIUC. He is interested in fluid mechanics and heat transfer. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis.


Joseph Mayer

Mike is currently a senior in the Mechanical Science and Engineering Department at UIUC. He recently spent the spring in Stockholm, Sweden studying renewable energy technology and thermal power systems. He is working with a graduate student to study superhydrophobic heat exchangers.


Eui Chel Kim

Eui is an undergraduate student pursuing a BS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently working with a senior graduate student on biphilic surfaces.


Yangxue (Sherry) Yu

Yangxue (Sherry) is currently a sophomore majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Electrical Engineering. She is interested in thermal sciences and energy efficiency. She is currently conducting research in the HVAC icing mitigation strategies.


Sabrina Yin

Sabrina is currently a junior in the Mechanical Science and Engineering Department. She is developing jumping-droplet vapor chambers for high power density electronics thermal management as part of the POETS NSF center. She enjoys playing cello in her free time.


Sean Ebihara

Sean is currently a senior in the Chemistry/Chemical Engineering Department at UIUC. He is working on industrial applications of graphene, as well as, the improvement of large scale graphene synthesis methods.


Deokgeun "Daniel" Park

Deokgeun is currently a junior in the Mechanical Science and Engineering Department at UIUC. He is studying droplet growth on superhydrophobic surfaces in the presence of non-condensables.


Juo-Yun Chen

Juo-Yun is currently a junior in the Mechanical Science and Engineering Department at UIUC. She is studying the condensation behavior of low-surface tension fluids in collaboration with a graduate student. She enjoys playing tennis and baking in her free time.


Carter Wood

Carter is currently a sophomore in the Mechanical Science and Engineering Department at UIUC. He is currently studying the effects of surface inclination and droplet size on droplet departure dynamics for different surfaces. He is interested in renewable energy and plays volleyball in his free time.


Yujin Chang

Yujin is currently a senior in the Mechanical Science and Engineering Department at UIUC. She is working with a graduate student to study droplet impact on flexible superhydrophobic surfaces.


Derek Dai

Derek is currently a junior in the Mechanical Science and Engineering Department at UIUC. He is working with a graduate student to study icing performance on superhydrophobic evaporators.


Marisa Gnadt

Marisa is a junior in the Mechanical Engineering department at UIUC. She is studying the effect of droplet size, temperature and surface material on evaporation rate.


Peter Sokalski

Peter is currently a junior in the Mechanical Science and Engineering Department at UIUC. He is working with a graduate student to study biphilic surface defrosting performance.


Patricia B. Weisensee

Patty completed her PhD in the ETRL in December of 2016 while being co-advised by Professor William P. King, working on micro- and nanostructured omniphobic surfaces for droplet-based heat transfer applications. She is currently an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Washington University in Saint Louis.

Email: p.weisensee@wustl.edu

Address: Green Hall, Office 3156, 1 Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899


Jesus Sotelo

Jesus completed his M.S. in the ETRL in June of 2017 working on the development of nanoengineered surfaces to study nucleation-mediated flooding delay during condensation. He is currently a thermal engineer at Boeing in Washington State.

Email: sotelojesus2@gmail.com


Yukihiro Yokoyama

Yukihiro was a visiting scholar in the ETRL from the Japanese Patent Office during July 2015 - June 2016. While at the ETRL, he studied hydrocarbon adsorption based wettability change of rare earth oxide surfaces using XPS and TOF-SIMS techniques. Hiro is now back at the JPO in Japan.

Email: yokoyama-yukihiro@jpo.go.jp


Aihua Liu

Aihua was a visiting scholar from China during September 2016 - December 2017. Dr. Liu received her B.E in Mechanical Engineering from Wuhan University of Technology in 2005 and her PhD from Wuhan University of Technology in 2013. She is currently an associate professor in Wuhan University of Technology. At the ETRL, she studied droplet impact on ultra-supercooled surfaces.

Email: lisaflyi@illinois.edu

Address: 105 South Mathews Avenue, MEL 2226, Urbana, IL 61801


Xiao Yan

Xiao was a visiting PhD student sponsored by the China Scholarship Council from September 2016 - December 2017. He is from the Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology (INET), Tsinghua University, China. He received his B.E. in nuclear science and technology from Harbin Engineering University in 2013. His doctoral thesis focuses on the condensation heat transfer on micro/nano-structured surfaces under circumstances relating to power plants. In the ETRL, he worked on condensation heat transfer of low-surface-tension fluids.

Email: yanx16@illinois.edu

Address: 105 South Mathews Avenue, MEL 2426, Urbana, IL 61801


Baojin Qi

Baojin was a visiting scholar from China during January 2017 - January 2017. Dr. Qi received his B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the Zhejiang University (ZJU) in 2005, and later obtained his PhD from the State Key Laboratory of Chemical Engineering at East China University of Science and Technology in 2011. Currently, he is an associate professor in Xi'an Jiaotong University.

Email: bjqi@xjtu.edu.cn


Seyed Mohammad Reza Razavi

Mohammad was a visiting scholar from Iran. He obtained his PhD at the School of Polymer Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology (IUT). He received his M.S. in Polymer Engineering from Arak University (AU) in 2013. His research at the ETRL focused on preparation and investigation of anti-biofouling polymeric coatings by creating natural plant-based superhydrophobic surfaces.

Email: smrazavi@illinois.edu


Dong Niu

Dong was a visiting PhD student (January -July 2017) sponsored by the China Scholarship Council. He is a PhD student at Xi'an Jiaotong University, China. He did research at the ETRL on the simulation of micro/nanoscale heat transfer during dropwise condensation using molecular dynamics.

Email: dongniu@illinois.edu


William Moy

William graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Science and Engineering at UIUC. He worked in the ETRL during his senior year (2014-2015) studying fabrication of scalable metal oxide nanostructured surfaces for phase change heat transfer applications. He is now an Operational Engineer for the Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company.

Email: WMoy@Watlow.com


Maneesh Nallapaneni

Maneesh was a summer undergraduate researcher from the Mechanical Engineering Department at National Institute of Technology Warangal (NITW) India. He worked in the ETRL in 2015. His research involved anti-icing techniques using superhydrophobicity. He is currently a graduate student in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Northwestern University.


Leicheng Zhang

Leicheng was a summer undergraduate researcher from the Department of Thermal Engineering at Tsinghua University. He worked in the ETRL in 2017. His research involved droplet jumping studies with a graduate student.


Lezhou Feng

Lezhou was a summer undergraduate researcher from the School of Energy and Power Engineering, Beihang University, China. He worked in the ETRL in 2017. His research involved hydrophobic plants and jumping droplets.


Xiaochen Ma

Xiaochen was a visiting undergraduate researcher from the Department of Nano-Materials, School of Material Science and Engineering, Beihang University, China. She worked in the ETRL in 2017. Her research involved the study of icing dynamics on nanoengineered surfaces.


Irene Andsager

Irene was an undergraduate researcher from the Liberal Arts and Sciences Physics Department at UIUC. She worked in the ETRL from 2016 to 2017 on bi-philic and bi-conductive surfaces.


Anand Thamban

Anand was a visiting summer undergraduate researcher from the Mechanical Engineering Department of the National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal, India. He worked in the ETRL in 2016 on closed loop wing tunnel design and fabrication.


Junyoung Ahn

Jun was an undergraduate researcher from the Mechanical Science and Engineering Department at UIUC. He worked in the ETRL in 2017 with senior graduate student on bi-philic surface research.


Eojin Kim

Eojin was an undergraduate researcher from the Mechanical Science and Engineering Department at UIUC. He worked in the ETRL during 2017. He conducted research with a graduate student on high speed imaging and microscopy. In 2017, he transferred to UC Berkeley.


Naveen Nagarajan

Naveen was an undergraduate researcher from the Mechanical Science and Engineering Department at UIUC. He worked in the ETRL from 2015 to 2017. He conducted research with a graduate student on aerogel-based solar-thermal energy systems.


Mateusz Lopez

Mateusz was an undergraduate researcher from the Mechanical Science and Engineering Department at UIUC. He worked in the ETRL from 2016 to 2017. He conducted research with a graduate student on doped aerogels for controllable radiative properties for solar thermal applications.


Saketh Undurty

Saketh was an undergraduate researcher in the ETRL during the fall of 2014 and spring of 2015. He conducted research with a graduate student on scalable fabrication of metal oxide nanostructured surfaces for phase change heat transfer applications.


Michael Atten

Michael was an undergraduate researcher in the ETRL during the winter, summer, and fall of 2015. He conducted research with a graduate student on synthesis of aerogels for solar-thermal energy systems. He is now a full time Graduate Student in the MechSE department at UIUC.


Alexander Pauls

Alexander was an undergraduate researcher in the ETRL from fall 2014 to summer 2016. He conducted research with a graduate student on improving condensation heat transfer on nanomanufactured superhydrophobic surfaces.


Micheal Ye

Michael was an undergraduate researcher in the ETRL during the summer of 2015. He worked with a graduate student to develop a novel optical method to measure the in-situ velocity of moving droplets and bubbles.


Hannah Xu

Hannah was an undergraduate researcher in the ETRL during September 2014 to December 2015. She studied jumping droplet dynamics on nanostructured superhydrophobic surfaces in collaboration with a graduate student.


Steven Yeung

Steven was an undergraduate researcher in the ETRL during September 2014 to December 2015. He studied condensation heat transfer through individual droplets on hydrophobic and superhydrophobic surfaces. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at MIT.


Chen Zhong

Chen was an undergraduate researcher in the ETRL during September 2014 to December 2015. She studied jumping droplet dynamics on superhydrophobic surfaces. He is currently a graduate student in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Stanford University.


Qian Wang

Qian was an undergraduate researcher in the ETRL during September 2014 to June 2016. He studied droplet nucleation dynamics during condensation. He is currently a graduate student in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Stanford University.


Jeffrey Jun

Jeffrey was an undergraduate researcher in the ETRL during January 2016 to June 2016. He helped build and instrument a box vacuum chamber for phase change heat transfer measurements in collaboration with a graduate student.


Shreyas Hegde

Shreyas was a summer (2016) undergraduate researcher from the Mechanical Engineering Department at National Institute of Technology - Suratkal, India. His research involved experimentally studying the frost/defrost performance of hybrid wetting surfaces. He is curently pursuing his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Duke University.


Kishan Kumar

Kishan was a summer (2016) undergraduate researcher from the Mechanical Engineering Department at National Institute of Technology - Suratkal, India. His research involved experimentally studying the frost/defrost performance of large scale superhydrophobic evaporators for HVAC heat pump applications.


Jingcheng Ma

Jingcheng was a visiting (2016) undergraduate researcher from the Mechanical Engineering Department in Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. He worked on the analysis of water droplet impact on vibrating elastic superhydrophobic surfaces. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at UIUC.


Yunbo Wang

Yunbo was a visiting (2016) undergraduate researcher from the Mechanical Engineering Department in Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China. He experimentally measured the droplet distribution during condensation on liquid infused surfaces.


Junjiao Tian

Junjiao was an undergraduate researcher in the ETRL during January 2015 to June 2016. He worked on droplet impact experiments on flexible superhydrophobic surfaces.


Nitish Singla

Nitish was an undergraduate researcher in the ETRL during January 2015 to June 2016. He worked on experimentally measuring the individual droplet freezing time during condensation frosting. He is currently working at AIG.


Ryan O'Sullivan

Ryan was an undergraduate researcher in the ETRL during the summer of 2016. He worked with a graduate student to help build an experimental vacuum chamber. Ryan has graduated with his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and is currently working as a Technology Analyst at Accenture.


Dong Hoon Kang

Dong Hoon was an undergraduate researcher in the ETRL during January 2015 to June 2016. He worked with a graduate student to collect and analyze data for jumping droplet dynamics on nanostructured superhydrophobic surfaces.


So Hyeon 'Leah' Youn

Leah was an undergraduate researcher in the ETRL during January 2015 to June 2016. She worked with a graduate student to develop spin-coat based nanoengineered surfaces.


Jorge Anaya

Jorge was an undergraduate researcher in the ETRL during the summer of 2016. He worked with a graduate student to help build an experimental vacuum chamber.


Nealay Kalita

Nealay was an undergraduate researcher in the ETRL during the summer and fall of 2016. He worked with a graduate student to develop transparent aerogel solar thermal absorbers.


Jacky Tam

Jacky was an undergraduate researcher in the ETRL during the summer of 2016. He worked with a graduate student on condensation heat transfer measurements.


Chengpu Li

Chengpu was an undergraduate researcher in the ETRL in 2016. He is currently working as a Mechanical Engineer at EnCore Aerospace in Los Angeles, CA.


Jae Min Chun

Jae Min was an undergraduate researcher in the ETRL in 2015 and 2016. He received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Science and Engineering in 2016 and is continuing on to his doctoral degree at UIUC.


Zhaoer Li

Zhaoer was an undergraduate researcher in the ETRL in 2015 and 2016. He received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Science and Engineering in 2017 and is continuing on to his doctoral degree at the University of Michigan.


Jonah Nguyen

Jonah was an undergraduate researcher in the ETRL in from May 2016 to January 2017. He received his B.S. degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering in June 2017. At the ETRL, he studied the antimicrobial properties of insect wings in collaboration with a graduate student.


Jason Yang

Jason was an undergraduate researcher in the ETRL from May 2016 to June 2017. He received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Science and Engineering in June 2017. At the ETRL, he investigated durability of a variety of hydrophobic coatings to understand nano-engineered surface degradation in collaboration with a graduate student.


Sang A. Lee

Sang A. was an undergraduate researcher in the ETRL from May 2016 to June 2017. She received her B.S. degree in Mechanical Science and Engineering in June 2017. At the ETRL, she studied condensation nucleation dynamics on smooth and structured surfaces.


Matthew Steinlauf

Matt is an undergraduate student with a major in mechanical engineering and hopefully a minor in computer engineering. He worked at the ETRL during the summer of 2017 on fabrication of superhydrophobic surfaces and droplet tracking MATLAB software.