Principal Investigator

Nick Roberts is an assistant professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at Utah State University. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Vanderbilt University in 2010, following a BS in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech in 2006. He spent 3 years as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 2010-2013.

Graduate Students

ChangJin Choi recently completed his PhD in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at USU studying thermal transport at interfaces. ChangJin uses multiple molecular dynamics techniques to understand the overall impact and the frequency dependent behavior of transport at interfaces.

Amir Behbahanian is currently a PhD Student in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at USU.

Praveen Medisetti is currently an MS student in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at USU and is studying the role of dispersion and functionalization on the mechanical properties of carbon nanomaterial enhanced polymers, including structural and elastomers. Praveen's work is primarily experimental and includes fabrication and characterization of the enhanced specimens.

Daxi Zhang is currently an MS student in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at USU and is studying thermal transport in thin films and across interfaces using the 3-omega technique. Daxi will also be using molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo techniques to complement his experimental measurements.

Tanner Yorgason is currently working on his MS in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at USU. Tanner is studying phonon heat transfer in carbon nanotubes, polymeric materials, carbon nanotube/polymer composites, Magnesium based intermetallics with nanoparticle inclusions, and in ceramic nuclear fuel using non-equilibrium molecular dynamics and phonon spectral dynamics.

Preston Ford is currently working on his MS in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at USU. Preston is building a StarCCM model to simulate laser-solid interactions on the subnanosecond and nanometer scale.

Jacob Walker is currently working on his MS in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at USU while also working full time in industry.

Undergraduate Students

McCay Stoker is currently working on his BS in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at USU. McCay is helping populate a data base for thermal properties of carbon nanomaterial enhanced polymers.

Alumni

Matt Ralphs (Graduate: 2014-2016) completed an MS degree in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at USU. He studied the role of functionalization and strain on the thermal transport properties of carbon nanomaterial enhanced polymers. Matt's work was primarily experimental. Matt was also awarded a 2015 Summer Student Fellowship at Idaho National Lab to work on a NASA funded project for Radioisotope Power Generators. Matt is now pursuing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Arizona State University.

Ben White (Graduate: 2014-2016) completed his MS degree in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at USU. He studied a handful of unrelated things including directed assembly of catalyst particles on a substrate for controlling particle size and spacing distributions, investigating intermetallics as catalyst particles for carbon nanotube growth, and how he could maximize his time rock climbing while still getting a graduate degree. Ben also set up the lab's 3-omega system and helped out with those measurements. Ben is now pursuing a PhD in Economics at the University of Wyoming.

Aarthi Ramesh (Graduate: 2014-2016) completed her MS in 2016 from the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at USU. Aarthi used Monte Carlo simulations to study thermal transport behavior in materials with high interface density. Aarthi was also the recipient of a 2014 Presidential Doctoral Research Fellowship at USU.

Tyson Kesler (Undergraduate: 2013-2014) is currently working at Rio Tinto Kennecott and has plans to pursue an MBA. At USU Tyson designed and built the lab's stepped-bar apparatus for measuring thermal conductivity and resistance of small, but bulk specimens.

Bailey Swanson (Undergraduate: 2013-2014) is currently working at Garmen. At USU Bailey designed and built a system for measuring the transient behavior of near room temperature phase change materials for thermal energy storage.

Alyssa John (Undergraduate: 2013-2015) is currently a PhD student at Texas A&M. At USU she studied the impact of conductive nanomaterials on the thermal conductivity of paraffins as well as supporting other research in the lab. Alyssa was a recipient of a Nuclear Regulatory Commission Scholarship.

Mitch Onkes (Undergraduate: 2013-2015) is currently working in the Oil and Gas Industry. Mitch was a recipient of a Nuclear Regulatory Commission Scholarship.

Anson Wing (Undergraduate: 2015) is currently working on his BS in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at USU. Anson helped populate a data base for thermal properties of carbon nanomaterial enhanced polymers. Anson is also helps out with other material processing and measurements in the lab and is interested in applying his recent experiences to developing new precursor materials for 3-D printing.

Albert Latham (Undergraduate: 2014-2015) is not at the University of Wisconsin. Albert was awarded a USU Summer Undergraduate Research and Creative Opportunities (SURCO) grant to study new technologies for 3-D printing. Albert liked to tinker with printers, computers, and other electronics.

David Wood (Undergraduate: 2014-2016) is currently pursuing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at BYU. David was awarded a USU Summer Undergraduate Research and Creative Opportunities (SURCO) grant to study the thermal properties of thin PDMS films with embedded, vertically aligned carbon nanofibers and the applications in a health monitoring system for people during recreational activities in remote areas in extreme conditions. David was also the recipient of a 2015 Engineering Undergraduate Research Program (EURP) award.

Emma Davis (Undergraduate: 2014-2016) is currently interning at Northrup Grumman and working on her MS in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at USU. Emma developed a process to produce powders of funtionalized carbon nanotubes and graphene from substrate grown carbon nanotubes and graphite, respectively. Emma was also the recipient of at 2015 Engineering Undergraduate Research Program (EURP) award.

Sam Driggs (Undergraduate: 2015-2016) is currently at Inovar in Ogden, UT. Sam worked on the Monte Carlo code, developing some simulation rules for uncertainty based on simulation time and number of phonons.