NOTE TO APPLICANTS: We receive many email inquiries about open positions from prospective students and researchers, but unfortunately cannot always answer such messages promptly. To streamline the process, interested applicants should complete the short questionnaire here
48-121D Engr IV
Office Hours:
F2019, Tu+Th, 4-5pm
Mailing Address: 
420 Westwood Plaza 48-121D Eng IV
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1597
ph: 310-206-8113


Thermal Energy at the Nanoscale

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Thermal Effects in Supercapacitors
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Some fun


Welcome to our group's home page. We work on a broad range of problems, primarily involving transport processes by electrons, phonons, photons, and fluids. We seek to solve problems with high importance to applications in energy transport, conversion, and storage, that are relevant to major industrial segments (aerospace, micro/nanoelectronics, sensors).Some topics and methods of our research are summarized in the following graphic. 

  Professor and Department Chair of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
John P. and Claudia H. Schauerman Endowed Chair in Engineering

Research & News

  • PhD student Yuan Hu ... won the 2nd place prize in the student poster competition at the 2019 ASME Micro-Nano Heat and Mass Transfer Conference, in Dalian, China for his work entitled, "Accurate Thermal ...
    Posted Sep 26, 2019, 11:18 AM by Tim Fisher
  • PhD Student Ujash Shah ... was awarded the Outstanding Student Poster Award at the 51st International Symposium on Microelectronics for his poster (in collaboration with Prof. Subu Iyer's group) entitled, "Dynamically Controlled Flow Loop ...
    Posted Nov 17, 2018, 9:01 PM by TIMOTHY FISHER
  • PhD graduate Dr. Nick Glavin ... won the Charles J. Cleary Scientific Award from the US Air Force Research Laboratory for his pioneering work on flexible gallium nitride electronics. Congratulations Nick!
    Posted Mar 1, 2018, 8:20 PM by TIMOTHY FISHER
  • PhD graduates Drs. Guoping Xiong and Pingge He ... published a paper on bio-inspired carbon nanotube - graphene micro conduits that enhance supercapacitor performance, as covered by UCLA's news service and others. I only wish that it would ...
    Posted Feb 24, 2018, 2:11 PM by TIMOTHY FISHER
  • My UCLA Engineering '3Qs’ interview ... has been posted here. 
    Posted Jan 7, 2018, 12:29 PM by TIMOTHY FISHER
  • PhD student Arpan Kundu ... was selected as a Lambert Teaching Fellow in Purdue's School of Mechanical Engineering. He will be mentored by one of the best -- Prof. Xiulin Ruan. 
    Posted Mar 2, 2018, 11:32 AM by Tim Fisher
  • PhD graduate Dr. Jun (Richard) Xu's paper ... on carbon nanotube thermal interfaces (Xu and Fisher, Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer, 49 (9) 1658-1666, 2006) was named a Classic Paper by Google Scholar in the Thermal Sciences ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2017, 11:04 AM by TIMOTHY FISHER
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Life at UCLA

  • This series of posts describes life at UCLA, both on and off campus -- it is a wonderful place!
  • On cycling in and around LA (Dec 2018 post) First, I apologize for the infrequency of updates -- my ‘free’ time to write has been curtailed significantly by a host of new professional duties. From here forward, I expect/hope ...
    Posted Jan 2, 2019, 8:32 PM by Tim Fisher
  • On Inclusion (Aug 2018 Post) Los Angeles is a rich melting pot of cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives about life and liberty. Coming from experiences lived mostly in the middle of the country, I’ve been ...
    Posted Aug 1, 2018, 5:31 PM by TIMOTHY FISHER
  • Undergraduate research at UCLA (Apr 2018 post) A big change in university research over the past few decades has been the growth of undergraduate research. Historically, engineering undergraduates' time was consumed with a heavy course load of ...
    Posted May 1, 2018, 4:48 PM by TIMOTHY FISHER
  • Volunteerism on LA's Westside (Feb 2018 post) This bi-monthly entry focuses on the many opportunities for volunteerism at and around UCLA. One of the most significant changes in moving from a rural university town to an ...
    Posted Feb 20, 2018, 6:00 PM by Tim Fisher
  • Graduate student life in LA (Dec 2017 post) In this December 2017 entry, I provide some insights into living in LA for graduate students (and prospective ones who are in the midst of searching for a graduate program ...
    Posted Dec 31, 2017, 3:26 PM by Tim Fisher
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Online Courses, Lectures, and Tools

Lectures on nanoHUB 

 Tools on nanoHUB

Information for Prospective Students

Our research group is characterized by a passion for discovering, explaining, and developing new knowledge through persistent effort intelligently applied. Students seeking a research position with us are encouraged to review the admission guidelines provided by UCLA's Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Graduate Program. Qualified students should then review the other pages of this website to identify specific research topics of mutual interest. These topics should be highlighted in any correspondence and in application materials. Interested students would also benefit from studying the materials contained in the online nanoHUB-U course, Thermal Energy at the Nanoscale, which can be taken in self-paced mode without a registration fee (i.e., free). Prospective students interested in more general information about life at UCLA and its surroundings might benefit from this series of posts

I receive far more email inquiries from prospective group members than I can manage. Consequently, I have created an online form that interested researchers of all types (undergrad, grad, postdoc) should complete here. The form is intentionally short and should require only about 15 minutes to complete. 

India-US Joint Networked Centre

I also serve as an Adjunct Professor at the International Centre for Materials Science (ICMS), a companion organization to the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) in Bangalore, India. The Joint Networked Centre on Nanomaterials for Energy was established among partners JNCASR, Purdue, and GE Global Research (Bangalore) to foster ongoing collaborative research and exchanges of students and postdocs. The Joint Centre is sponsored by the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum and has now expanded to include participants from IISc, CeNS, Northwestern, Notre Dame, and UCLA under the auspices of the Joint Centre on Nanomaterials for Clean Energy and Environmental Sensors. This effort seeks to harness the promising potential ofnanomaterials to address global energy challenges. For examples of the types of activities involved, please refer to a review paper, a workshop report posted on nanoHUB, and an "Energy Focus" article in ACS Energy Letters