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.

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. William P. King (U. Illinois Urbana Champaign)
Ph.D. ME 2002, Abel Bliss Professor and Willet Faculty Scholar, Mechanical Science and Engineering Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor King's nanoengineering Laboratory works across the technical areas of nanotechnology, instrumentation, materials science, thermal transport, and micro- and nano-manufacturing.

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. 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. 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.

PhD GRADUATES - Companies & National Labs

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. 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. 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. Jaeho Lee
PhD 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 is now working as a postdoc in the group of Peidong Yang at UC Berkeley.

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. 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

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. Theresa Kramer

2003-2004, Member Technical Staff, Applied Materials

Dr. Uma Srinivasan

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


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