Director

Prof. Tim Fisher

Timothy S. Fisher (PhD 1998, Cornell) was born in Aurora, IL USA. He joined UCLA's Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering in 2017 after spending 15 years at Purdue’s School of Mechanical Engineering, and several years previously at Vanderbilt University. He is the founding Director of the Center for Integrated Thermal Management of Aerospace Vehicles, supported by the US Air Force Research Laboratory and leading industrial members: Boeing, Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Rolls-Royce. He is an Adjunct Professor in the International Centre for Materials Science at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) and he co-directs the Joint Centre on Nanomaterials for Clean Energy and Environmental Sensors. From 2009 to 2012, he served as a Research Scientist at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s newly formed Thermal Sciences and Materials Branch of the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate. In 2013 he became the James G. Dwyer Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue, and in the same year he founded a start-up company to commercialize inventions from his laboratory. Prior to his graduate studies, he was employed from 1991 to 1993 as a design engineer in Motorola's Automotive and Industrial Electronics Group. His research has included studies of nanoscale heat transfer, carbon nanomaterial synthesis, coupled electro-thermal effects in semiconductor and electron emission devices, energy conversion and storage materials and devices, microfluidic devices, biosensing, and related computational methods ranging from atomistic to continuum scales.

Members


Dr. Kaiyuan Jin Kaiyuan is a postdoc researcher who joined the NTRG in 2020. He received his B.S. from Tsinghua University in 2015 and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA's Wirz Research Group in 2019. His Ph.D. research focused on thermal energy storage technologies with sulfur as a storage medium. In NTRG, Kaiyuan is working on the project titled Superalloy Heat Exchangers Optimized for Temperature Extremes and Advanced Manufacturability (SHOTEAM), under an ARPA-E grant. He co-leads the computational model development and experimental studies for heat transfer and hydraulic behavior in superalloy heat exchangers. (LinkedInGoogle Scholar)
Prof. Yanguang Zhou
Yanguang is an Assistant Professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2020). He received his Ph.D. (2017) from RWTH-Aachen University (Germany). Before that, he finished his Bachelors (2011) and Masters (2014) studies at China University of Geoscience and Beihang University (China), respectively. His research interests are mainly in developing new computational frameworks for nanoscale heat transport considering high-order scattering and interactions between magnons, electrons, and phonons, as well as nanostructuring to improve thermal and electrical transport properties. Apart from research, he is a crazy fan of basketball. (LinkedInGoogle ScholarResearchGate)
Yijun Ge
Yijun joined the group in Fall 2015 as a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering. She received the M.S. degree from Purdue University and Bachelors degree from HUST, China. She is working on oxide interface thermal transport, using Density Functional Theory in combination with an atomistic Green's Function approach. She is also interested in thermal transport and electron-phonon coupling mechanisms in metals and 2D material interfaces. (LinkedIn)
Ujash Shah
Ujash joined the group in Fall 2016 as a Direct Ph.D. student. He graduated with a Bachelors (Honors) degree in Mechanical Engineering from BITS-Pilani, India with a joint thesis in association with UBC, Canada. His undergraduate research involved experimental and computational studies on Fluidized Bed systems for both energy generation and chemical processes. His current research involves theoretical, computational and experimental studies for nano-confined fluids with the goal of development of small-scale nano-fluid devices and subsequent scale-up. He loves to hike and is a fan of strategic multiplayer e-sports. (LinkedInGoogle Scholar)

Yuan Hu

Yuan finished his M.S. with Professor Fisher at Purdue (Shanghai Jiao Tong-Purdue 3+2 program) and after two years at Eli Lilly as a process engineer he returned in Spring 2016 to continue as a Ph.D. student. His research interests are in metrology, customized instrumentation, and Bayesian statistics. Currently he works on thermophysics property characterization at high temperatures, as well as development of Bayesian statistical frameworks for uncertainty quantification in inverse problems. He is also specialized for electrochemical characterization and instrumentation, especially rapid impedance analysis for supercapacitors and gas sensors. Outside research, Yuan plays table tennis for UCLA's varsity team. (LinkedIn, Google Scholar)

Shenghao Wu

Shenghao joined the group in Fall 2019 as a visiting Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering. He earned his B.S. degree (2016) from Zhejiang University, China, and is currently a Ph.D. student in New Energy Science and Engineering at Zhejiang University. Under the co-supervision of Prof. Fisher and Prof. Zheng Bo, his research involves solar-thermal energy technology, plasma nanofabrication, and graphene applications. Now, he is working on rapid glucose diagnosis by graphene-based electrochemical biosensing. Outside of research, he likes playing sports and outdoor activities (e.g. basketball, hip-hop, table tennis, and hiking). (Google Scholar)

Akshay Krishna

Akshay joined NTRG in Winter 2019 as a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering. He received his B.Tech. from Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), where he worked on the evaluation of elastic properties of glass fiber reinforced graphene-epoxy composites by vibrational testing. In NTRG, Akshay is a co-lead on the project titled Superalloy Heat Exchangers Optimized for Temperature Extremes and Advanced Manufacturability (SHOTEAM), funded by ARPA-E. He spearheads the numerical modeling of the heat exchanger to predict the heat transfer and fluid flow. His work focuses on employing optimization techniques to discover an optimal design for the high temperature heat exchanger with supercritical CO2. Apart from research, Akshay enjoys playing cricket and has represented the national team of Bahrain in multiple international tournaments. (LinkedIn)

Mostafa Abuseada

Mostafa joined the research group in Fall 2019 as a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering. He earned his M.Sc. (thesis-based) from University of Minnesota Duluth (May 2019) and his B.Sc. from Texas A&M University at Qatar (May 2015). During his M.Sc., he focused his research on concentrated solar power applications, completing his thesis titled “An experimental and numerical study on the heat transfer driven dynamics and control of transient variations in a solar reactor”. His current research interest is in the production of hydrogen and other commodities through solar thermal and thermochemical applications. Apart from research, he enjoys playing squash. (LinkedInGoogle ScholarResearchGate)

Bryce Boyer

Bryce joined the group in Fall 2018 as a Ph.D. student in Mechanical engineering. After completing his B.S. in 2016 at Kansas State University, he worked for two years in the flare combustion industry as a project engineer. His current research focuses on aerospace thermal protection systems, particularly ablation at hypersonic leading edges. Bryce's other interests include spacecraft thermal management and mission design, propulsion systems, and high-temperature materials. In his free time, he enjoys learning languages, scuba diving, and watching Kansas City sports teams win championships.

Matthew Ma

Matthew joined the group in Fall 2018 as a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering with thermal sciences as his major field. He earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in Spring 2018 and had prior internship experiences at Northrop Grumman and Nordson Corp. before coming to UCLA. Currently, his research is on flash cooling, with approaches from both experimental and theoretical studies to better understand this rapid, dynamic, cooling phenomena. Besides research, Matthew likes to hike the outdoors and explore more of the world through music, discovering old and new melodies on the piano. (Website)

Indronil Ghosh
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Indronil joined NTRG in Spring 2019 as a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering. He earned his B.S. in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he completed research on the optimization of Raman cooling of photonic crystals, under Prof. Gaurav Bahl. Currently, he is collaborating with the Aerospace Corporation to computationally model the heat transfer and fluid mechanics in ball bearings. You can also find him helping his colleagues develop techniques to measure thermal interface resistance, and model the transient flash cooling process. Outside research, Indronil enjoys using machine learning APIs like Google Cloud AI and Keras to automate his home and to predict the stock market, respectively. (LinkedIn, Google Scholar)

Nadia Alvarez

Nadia joined the team at the end of Fall 2018. She earned her B.S. in Aerospace Engineering at UCLA in 2016 and went on to work as a design engineer for The Boeing Company in Renton, WA. After nearly two years in industry she decided to return to school for her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. In Summer 2019, she interned with the thermal control department at Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, CA. Her current research is in developing a multi-species model that is capable of simulating real gas effects in hypersonic environments. Outside of research, she enjoys watching baseball (GO DODGERS!), learning about various cultures and traditions, and spending time with loved ones. (LinkedIn)

Zachary Wong

Zachary joined NTRG in Fall 2019 and is an undergraduate student pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Zachary is currently involved in the ARPA-E SHOTEAM project, where his work centers around computational methods of optimization and fluid-flow simulation. Some of his other interests beyond research are long-distance running, cooking, and playing music. (LinkedIn)

Alex Pagano

Alex joined the group in Summer 2019 and is currently an undergraduate student pursuing a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. Alex’s research in NTRG focuses on high temperature testing of materials for the design of hypersonic vehicles and flash cooling of silicon wafers. He is also involved in Rocket Project at UCLA, with a focus on the vehicle engineering subteam. Outside of research, he enjoys hiking and scuba diving.

Peter Worton

Peter joined NTRG in Summer 2019 and is currently pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Peter's research focuses on the design of experiments and the flash cooling of silicon wafers. He is also involved in Engineering Ambassadors, Caribbean Culture Club, and Bruin Racing at UCLA. In his free time, he enjoys sports and traveling. (LinkedIn)

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