PhD GRADUATES - University Faculty

Prof. Amy Marconnet (Purdue)
PhD ME 2012. Amy joined the Purdue Mechanical Engineering faculty effective August 2013. Amy's dissertation focused on thermal phenomena in nanostructured materials including carbon nanotubes and silicon based nanostructures. She authored a number of high profile papers including our recent contribution to Reviews of Modern Physics on CNT thermal phenomena.

Prof. Eric Pop (Stanford)
Ph.D. EE 2005. Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University. Eric studies electrical and thermal transport of leading edge nanoscale electronic devices. Eric's thesis was co-advised with Prof. Bob Dutton, Electrical Engineering Department, Stanford. Eric pursued a large variety of leading-edge nano electrical and thermal transport research as a faculty member at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign before his appointment to the Stanford faculty.

Prof. Saniya LeBlanc (George Washington)
Ph.D. ME 2012. Saniya Leblanc will join the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering faculty at George Washington University during the 2013/2014 academic year. Saniya earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with highest honors from Georgia Institute of Technology and studied as a Churchill Scholar at Cambridge before coming to Stanford. Her Stanford thesis work involved the characterization of novel thermoelectric energy conversion materials as well as developing a new set of metrics, including materials and fabrication cost, for their assessment. Saniya pursued a variety of teaching activities during her doctoral work including at Canada college, and spent a year after her doctorate with Alphabet Energy.

Dr. Jungwan Cho
Jungwan Cho received his B.S. (2008) in mechanical engineering from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, and completed his M.S. (2010) and Ph.D. (2014) in mechanical engineering at Stanford University. He is currently a postdoctoral scholar with Prof. Goodson. His research interests are in the area of nanoscale thermal transport in a variety of nanostructured materials, using ultrafast photothermal methods. As a PhD candidate, Jungwan was the recipient of a Samsung Scholarship.

Prof. Dan Fletcher (UC Berkeley)
Ph.D. ME 2001. Professor, Bioengineering Department, University of California at Berkeley. Dan Fletcher joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 2002. His laboratory studies the mechanics and dynamics of cell movements on the purified protein, single cell, and tissue levels. Dan's former student Ovijit Chaudhuri has recently joined the Stanford ME faculty. Welcome Ovijit!

Prof. Evelyn Wang (MIT)
Ph.D. ME 2006. Now Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prof. Wang's laboratory is among those leading in the development of nanostructures and engineered surfaces for improved heat convection heat transfer. Evelyn's Stanford thesis was co-advised with Prof. Tom Kenny, Stanford ME Department.

Prof. Sanjiv Sinha (U. Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
Ph.D. ME 2005. Assistant Professor, Mechanical Science and Engineering Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prof. Sinha's group studies phonon dynamics in nanostructures as well as heat transport in novel interfacial systems involving organic layers. Areas of interest and applications include thermal energy storage, transfer printing, and percolation-based thermal conduction.

Prof. Xuejiao "Jack" Hu (Wuhan University)
Ph.D. ME 2005. Professor, School of Power and Mechanical Engineering, Wuhan University. Prof. Hu joined Wuhan after a productive period as a staff engineer with Intel ATD and is now working on advanced thermal management technologies including nanostructured materials.

Prof. Ankur Jain (UT Arlington)
Ph.D. ME 2006. Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas, Arlington, Texas. Prof. Jain's research focusses on microscale heat transfer, microscale energy conversion, and microfluidics. He is interested in controlling and manipulating biological microsystems such as cells, DNA, etc.

Prof. Y. Sungtaek Ju (UCLA)
Ph.D. ME 1999. Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, University of California at Los Angeles. Sungtaek works on the thermal characterization and engineering of micro- and nanoscale devices for information processing, storage, and communication applications. His thesis work on silicon conduction physics here at Stanford has received very extensive recognition over the years.

Prof. William P. King (U. Illinois Urbana Champaign)
Ph.D. ME 2002, Ralph A. Andersen Endowed Chair, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor King's nanoengineering Laboratory works across the technical areas of nanotechnology, materials, and manufacturing.

Prof. Katsuo Kurabayashi (University of Michigan)
Ph.D. MSE 1998, Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Michigan. Professor Kurabayashi's laboratory research includes: Microelectromechanical systems; microscale thermal engineering and design; heat transfer in micro/nano structures; semiconductor processing for micromechanical structure fabrication; microfluidic device; sensors and actuators.

Prof. Sarah Parikh (Foothill College)
Ph.D. ME 2011. Assistant Professor, Physical Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Division, Engineering and Physics Departments, Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA. Sarah's Ph.D. research was co-advised by Professor Sheri Sheppard, Stanford Mechanical Engineering, and focused on the methodologies for engineering learning and involved much interaction with our undergraduate heat transfer instruction. At Foothill she is teaching a variety of introductory engineering classes ranging from project based classes to laboratory science classes. Sarah also teaches physics courses, with and without calculus. She is currently developing a course on Climate Change that explores the physics of heat transfer and the earth and is co-taught with a Biology instructor covering the effects of temperature on ecosystems.

Prof. Jaeho Lee (UC Irvine)
Ph.D. ME 2012. Jaeho's thesis focused on developing electrothermal metrology for thin film materials and understanding thermal and thermoelectric phenomena in nanoelectronic devices such as phase change memory. He worked as a postdoc in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with Peidong Yang Group from 2012 to 2015. He is now a professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at UC Irvine (

Prof. Eon Soo Lee (New Jersey Institute of Technology)
Ph.D. ME 2007 (Eon Soo's primary advisor was Prof. John Eaton, Stanford Mechanical Engineering). Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, New Jersey Institute of Technology. Eon Soo spent four years as a Member of the Technical Staff with Samsung Electro Mechanics. His thesis work at Stanford involved flow regime and pressure drop characterization for two-phase transport in fuel cell microchannels.

Consulting Prof. Mehdi Asheghi (Stanford)
Ph.D. ME 1999. Consulting Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, Stanford University. Prof. Asheghi teaches and performs research as a member of the consulting faculty in the thermosciences group. He is distinguished by breakthrough measurements of phonon transport in silicon layers and thermal phenomena in nano memory devices. His service to the heat transfer community includes technical program chair for ITHERM 2012.

Prof. Yoonjin Won (UC Irvine)
Yoonjin Won received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.B.A (2005) from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, and completed her M.S. (2007) and Ph.D. (2011) in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Goodson studying the mechanical properties of nanostructured films, including carbon nanotubes, nanowire, and GST films. Her interests are in the area of fundamental investigation and application of nanomaterials.

PhD GRADUATES - Companies & National Labs

Dr. Michael Barako
Michael is now a Research Scientist at NG Next, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. Michael received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with University Honors from Carnegie Mellon University in 2010. He completed his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University in 2012 and is continuing at Stanford toward a Ph.D. Michael's thesis work centered around the synthesis and thermal characterization of nanostructured metals for applications in thermoelectric waste heat recovery, surface-enhanced convective cooling, and advanced thermal interfaces. He has developed a template-assisted electrodeposition setup to enable the growth of metal inverse opals and metal nanowires, and he has integrated this process to work with microfabricated 3-omega devices to perform thermal characterization of these highly conductive nanostructured materials. Michael was the recipient of a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship.

Dr. Elah Bozorg-Grayeli
PhD ME 2012. Senior Process Engineer, Intel Corporation, Assembly Test and Technology Division, Chandler, Arizona. Elah's thesis included measurements of thermal properties of materials used in phase change memory, high electron mobility transistors, and extreme UV mirrors, using nanosecond and picosecond thermoreflectance. Elah is currently working with the Intel Corporation in Chandler, AZ, developing novel electronics packaging techniques.

Dr. Saurabh Chandorkar
Ph.D. ME 2008. Now with Intel Corporation, Advanced Equipment Engineering Group. Saurabh's thesis work on thermoelastic dissipation in microcantilevers and resonators was co-advised with Professor Tom Kenny, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford. At Intel, Saurabh is working on the design and implementation of specialized equipment for production in Intel Mask Operations from scientific/engineering to complete systems.

Dr. Milnes David
Ph.D. 2010, Advanced Thermal Laboratory, Systems and Technology Group, IBM Corporation. Milnes is making a big splash at big blue, working at the leading edge of server and mainframe cooling with one of the very best teams in the industry.

Dr. Marc Dunham
Marc is now a Thermal Management R&D Engineer at Analog Devices. Marc Dunham received his B.S. in Physics and B.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in 2010. He completed his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering also at the University of Minnesota in 2012, with thesis research in Concentrated Solar Power systems. His thesis work focused on thermoelectric generators for small-scale heat recovery and energy conversion. Marc was the recipient of a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship.

Dr. Chen Fang
Ph.D. ME 2009, Senior Research Engineer, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company, Houston, Texas. Chen's thesis dealt with microchannel condensation phenomena and involved both simulations and experiments. At ExxonMobile he is studying the conversion of solid oil shale thousands of feet underground into recoverable oil and gas using coupled electrical-thermal-hydro-mechanical transport simulations.

Dr. David Fogg
Ph.D. ME 2007, Creare Engineering Research and Development. David's thesis work explored pressure waves invoked during two-phase convective boiling in microchannels, as well as visualization methodologies for liquid and vapor phase fractions.

Dr. Yuan Gao
PhD ME 2012. Now with Oracle's Thermal Managment team. Yuan's PhD thesis involved thermal and mechanical characterization of aligned carbon nanotube films for application as thermal interfaces.

Dr. Patricia Gharagozloo
Ph.D. 2010, Senior Member of Technical Staff. Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA. Dr. Gharagozloo is a member of the Engineering Sciences R&D Group in the Thermal/Fluid Sciences and Engineering Division.

Dr. Sungjun Im

Ph.D. MSE 2006, now with Qualcomm. Sungjun's thesis involved heat conduction phenomena in multilayer interconnect stacks for advanced integrated circuits, and included some of the first projections of the critical thermal bottleneck associated with interconnect scaling. He now works with the top-notch packaging team at Qualcomm on portable electronics.

Dr. Joo Hyun Lee

Ph.D. 2009 (Joo-Hyun's primary advisor was Prof. John Eaton, Stanford Mechanical Engineering). Now with Samsung Microelectronics. Joo-Hyun Lee's thesis involved detailed measurements of convection by fluids laden with nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes, otherwise known as nanofluids.

Dr. Zijian Li
PhD ME 2012. Now with The Boston Consulting Group, Greater China. Zijian received his B.S. in precision instruments with a concentration in microelectromechanical systems from Tsinghua University (2008), and M.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford University (2010). His PhD thesis involved nanoscale thermal and electronic transport in phase change memory, high electron mobility transistors, and extreme ultraviolet mirror technology.

Dr. Joe Miler
PhD 2012. Now with ARPA-E. Joe's thesis involved advanced methods for hotspot detection and prediction in microprocessors for applications in Dynamic Thermal Management (DTM). He also conducted research on two-phase microfluidic heat exchangers.

Dr. Kevin Ness
Ph.D. ME 2007, Member of Technical Staff, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. Kevin's thesis involved microfabrication based methodologies to achieve PCR in compact geometries, in particular a buoyancy drive PCR approach.

Dr. Matt Panzer
Ph.D. ME 2010, Now senior Staff Member, KLA-Tencor. Matt's thesis involved ultra-fast optical characterization of the thermal properties in nanostructured materials including carbon nanotube arrays.

Dr. John P. Reifenberg
Ph.D. ME 2010. John's thesis involved thermal transport measurements for chalcogenide glasses as needed for phase change memory technology. John spent a couple of years with the Intel as a process technology development engineer, and now he is working with Alphabet Energy in Hayward, CA.

Dr. Jeremy Rowlette
Ph.D. EE 2010. Senior Electro-Optics Engineer, Daylight Solutions, San Diego, CA. Jeremy's thesis involved parallel electron-phonon monte carlo simulations for nanotransistors, as well as radiation absorption by silicon nanocrystals in oxide films. At Daylight, he has been working on the development, packaging, and commercialization of quantum cascade lasers for near IR applications in defense and research.

Dr. Shilpi Roy
Shilpi received her B.S. with honors in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Arizona in 2007, and her M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2010. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University and is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Her current research focuses on developing thermal metrology techniques to analyze bio-fluid thermal phenomena, such as DNA melting reaction thermodynamics and kinetics.

Dr. Julie Steinbrenner

Ph.D. 2011. Julie studied flow regimes in fuel cell microchannels during her thesis work at Stanford. She has been working with Xerox Parc in Palo Alto.

Dr. Per G. Sverdrup

Ph.D. ME 2000, Member Technical Staff, Intel, Santa Clara. Per's thesis was the first of several tackling the problem of subcontinuum phonon transport in nanotransistors, and he also lead an innovative experiment on phonon emission from hotspots in silicon.

Dr. Maxat N. Touzelbaev
Ph.D. ME 2000. Max's thesis involved subcontinuum simulations of phonon transport in diamond films and near diamond interfaces. He spent several years at AMD culiminating in his role as Manager of Packaging Engineering. He now works as a consultant with Glew Engineering in Mountain View.

Dr. Peng Zhou
Ph.D. ME. 2002. Peng spent time as the Directorof Research and Development, Tesla Motors, and now works in an energy startup in China. Peng's thesis involved experimental characterization of thermomechanical deflections in electronic packaging structures, in particular using an innovative speckled-correlation based methodology.

PhD GRADUATES - Other or unknown (pls check in!)

Dr. Jae-Mo Koo

Ph.D. ME 2005. Jae-Mo developed compact simulation methodologies for two phase flow in microchannel convection. His groundbreaking Journal of Heat Transfer paper on the application of microchannel cooling to 3D circuits is now highly cited. Where are you Jae-Mo? Hope all is well. You were always a quiet guy, but this is getting to be absurd...

Dr. Yue Liang

Ph.D. ME 2006. Yue Liang's primary dissertation advisor was Professor Jim Plummer, Electrical Engineering Department, Stanford. Her thesis dealt with lattice-mismatched SiGe film growth and the development of innovative memory devices.

Dr. Angela McConnell
Ph.D. ME 2005. Epson. Angie's thesis work involved the first detailed studies of the impacts of impurities and grain boundaries on the thermal conductivities in polysilicon films. She also made some of the first measurements of the thermal conductivities along single walled carbon nanotubes. She spent time with Epson in the UK and we are not sure where she is just now, please do check in.


Prof. Damena Agonafer
Damena joined the faculty at Washingon University in St. Louis in 2016. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012. His research interest include the areas of Nanofluidics and Nanoscale Interfacial Transport Phenomena, which have several applications including chemical sensing and two-phase cooling technology. Damena Agonafer is currently working on phase separation for low surface energy liquids utilizing engineered porous media for extreme heat transfer applications. In addition to his main focus in nanoscale-interfacial transport, he has also worked in the design of efficient micro-total analysis systems (μTAS). As a PhD candidate, Damena was the recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan fellowship award.

Prof. Kaustav Banerjee
1999-2001, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of California, Santa Barbara

Prof. Ching-Hsiang Cheng
2004-2005, Assistant Professor, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Prof. Carlos Hidrovo
2003-2007, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Farzad Houshmand
Farzad received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2012. His research interests include the area of microscale heat transfer and flow visualization with focus on two-phase flows. He joined Stanford in 2013, and is currently working on developing high-performance micro heat exchangers for thermal management of extreme heat flux conditions.

Prof. Linan Jiang
2000-2003, Assistant Research Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, University of Arizona

Dr. Olaf Kaeding

1995-1997, Interim Manufacturing Manager, SPX Corporation

Dr. Takashi Kodama
Dr. Takashi Kodama completed the Ph.D. in Biomolecular Engineering at Tokyo Institute of Technology in March 2006. He received the B.S. (2001) and M.S. (2003) degrees in Biomolecular Engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology. He worked on developing new scanning probe microscopes for several scientific applications. Currently he is a research associate with Prof. Kenneth Goodson studying electro-thermal transport in nanomaterials.

Dr. Theresa Kramer

2003-2004, Member Technical Staff, Applied Materials

Prof. Hyoungsoon Lee
Hyoungsoon joined the faculty at Chung-Ang University in 2016. He received his B.S.(2006) in Mechanical Engineering from Korea University, Seoul, Korea, and completed his M.S.(2011) and Ph.D.(2014) in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. His research interest the experimental, theoretical and numerical study of heat transfer mechanisms at mini/micro scales. He joined the group in 2014 and currently working on Extreme Heat Flux Microfluidics with Phase Separation.

Dr. Tanmoy Maitra
Tanmoy Maitra receives his B.S from University of Calcutta, and M.S from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India. In his master thesis, he investigated the catalytic activity of carbon nanotubes on the graphitic content to enhance the electrical conductivity of CNT-polymer derived carbon composite suspended fibers. Thereafter, he earned his PhD in Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich under the direction of Prof. Dimos Poulikakos. The aim of his PhD thesis was to understand the physics of textured-surface/droplet interaction at conditions conducive to icing to address the surface icing issue. He currently holds a Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) fellowship, working as a postdoctoral research scholar with Prof. Ken Goodson. In his current research, he will investigate the role of heterogeneous wettability of porous matrices at micro and nano-scale on two-phase electronics cooling.

Dr. Seyed Mohammad Rezaei Niya
Seyed received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia in Canada (2015) on analytical modeling of fuel cells. He completed his M.Sc. (2005) and B.Sc. (2002) in Tehran Polytechnic and Sharif Universities in Iran. Seyed is currently studying the new modeling approaches for multiphase heat and mass transport and boiling in porous media. He is the recipient of the postdoctoral fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Dr. Uma Srinivasan

1998-1999, Senior Member of Technical Staff, Xerox Parc

Masters Alumni

Tom Dusseault
M.S. Chemical Engineering 2014. Currently at Hyperloop One in Los Angeles, CA. In the NanoHeat group, Tom developed the fabrication, characterization, and computational modeling of nanoporous metal foams with applications in transistor-level thermal management. Tom was supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Matt Hoffman
Matt Hoffman received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2011, and is currently pursuing his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. His research interests include thermal-fluid systems design and electronics thermal management. He is currently working on a two-phase microfluidic heat exchanger to address extreme heat flux conditions in HEMT-based microelectronics. Matt is supported by a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship

Ken Lopez
Ken Lopez received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012 with undergraduate thesis in Superhydrophobic Microstructured Surfaces for the Enhancement of Condensation and is currently pursuing his M.S. and Ph.D at Stanford University. His research interest are in the application of micro-nano patterned surfaces for boiling and condensation heat transfer and microfluidic cooling. Currently he is working on the characterization of porous membranes for implementation on a microfluidic cooling system for high energy density dissipation. He is the recipient of the Stanford School of Engineering Fellowship and the Gates Millennium Scholarship.

Undergraduate Alumni

Jena Barnes
Jena is an undergraduate at Stanford studying Materials Science and Engineering with a concentration in electronics and photonics. She is currently working on a nanostructure energy conversion project involving ZnO nanowires for thermoelectric applications. Her research includes the measurement of the Seebeck coefficient and thermal transport properties of ZnO nanowire thin films using infrared thermometry, as well as characterization of thin films through the use of electron microscopy.

Conor Coyan
Conor Coyan is an undergraduate at Stanford majoring in Chemical Engineering and minoring in Materials Science. His research involves designing thermal interface materials for applications in thermal management and thermoelectric generators. Currently these materials consist of a nanowire-polymer composite that optimizes thermal conductivity and mechanical compliance, so the device can efficiently transfer heat yet not break under the stresses of thermal expansion. He is currently working on characterizing the effective elastic modulus of these composites via nanoindentation.

Maneeshika Madduri
Maneeshika is an undergraduate at Stanford University majoring in Electrical Engineering with a focus in Energy. She is currently working on an energy conversion project involving Zinc Oxide nanowire films. Her research focuses on determining the thermal characteristics of Zinc Oxide nanowire films using the 3ω technique.

PhD GRADUATES - Other or unknown (pls check in!)

Jose Juarez
Jose Juarez is an undergraduate at Stanford University majoring in Mechanical Engineering (‘15) with a focus in heat transfer and controls. His research includes designing an isothermal incubator for in vitro thermal characterization in mice in collaboration with Falk Cardiovascular Research Center. He is currently working on designing a heat generation measurement of in vitro cells using RTD thermometry and control design and implementation under the mentorship of Shilpi Roy.


Sung Ki Kim
2007-2009 Senior researcher, Visual Display Division, Samsung Electronics