Dr. Michael Barako
PhD Graduate - Companies & National Labs
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.