People (Old)

Principal Investigator

Robert Wang 

Robert Wang is an associate professor in mechanical engineering and graduate faculty member in materials science engineering and chemical engineering at Arizona State University. He received his B.S. from UCLA and earned his M.S. and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. Afterwards he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Molecular Foundry in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research focuses on thermal management, thermal energy storage, thermal interface materials, thermochemical processes, thermoelectricity, colloidal nanocrystal synthesis, and nanocomposite synthesis. His work has been recognized by a Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. 

Curriculum Vitae (updated July 2021)

Email: Robert.Wang [at]
Office: ERC 307, Lab: ERC 226, 430
Hometown: San Jose, California


Ph.D. Students

Ashish Rana

Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. Student
Mechanical Engineering, M.S., Arizona State University, 2019
Mechanical Engineering, B.Tech., National Institute of Technology, Karnataka, 2017

Email: arana7 [at]
Office: ERC 433, Lab: ERC 430
Hometown: Dehradun, India


Shreyas Kanetkar

Chemical Engineering Ph.D. Student (Co-Advised w/ K. Rykaczewski)
Chemical Engineering, M.S., North Carolina State University, Raleigh, 2021
Chemical Engineering, B.Tech., SRM University, Chennai, 2019

Email: skanetka [at]
Office: ERC 433, Lab: ERC 430
Hometown: Nagpur, India



M.S. Students

Rohit Gandhi

Mechanical Engineering M.S. Student
Mechanical Engineering, B.E., Savitribai Phule Pune University, 2022

Email: [email protected]
Office: ERC 433, Lab: ERC 430
Hometown: Pune, India




Ph.D. Alumni

Najam Ul Hassan Shah, Ph.D. in ME, 2023 (Co-Advised w/ K. Rykaczewski) – Faculty at University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila

Yanan Zhang, Ph.D. in ME, 2022 – Harbin Boiler Company Ltd.

Aastha Uppal,Ph.D. in ME, 2022 (Co-Advised w/ K. Rykaczewski) – Intel

Wilson Kong, Ph.D. in MSE, 2021 ((Co-Advised w/ K. Rykaczewski) – Postdoc at Air Force Research Laboratory

Zhongyong Wang, Ph.D. in MSE, 2021 – Postdoc at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Prathamesh Vartak, Ph.D. in MSE, 2020 – Intel

Seid Sadat, Ph.D. in ME, 2020 – AV Lab Inc.

Matt Ralphs, Ph.D. in ME, 2019 (Co-Advised w/ K. Rykaczewski) – Space Dynamics Laboratory

Yuanyu Ma, Ph.D. in MSE, 2016 – CG Max Design Corp

Minglu Liu, Ph.D. in ME, 2015 – Intel


M.S. Alumni 

Ming-Hsien Sun, M.S. in ME, 2022 – Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company

Nathan Casey, M.S. in ChemE, 2022 – (Co-Advised w/ K. Rykaczewski) – ASM America

Ashish Rana, M.S. in ME, 2019 – Ph.D. student at Arizona State University

Jordan Kocher, M.S. in ME, 2019 – Ph.D. student at Georgia Tech

Sanuj Jain, M.S. in ME, 2018 – SunTree Snack Foods

Ninad Sonje, M.S. in ME, 2018 – ASM International N.V. 

Shrinil Shah, M.S. in ME, 2017  – GlobalFoundries

Prajwal Nagaraj, M.S. in ME, 2017  – ASM International N.V.

Sujal Tipnis, M.S. in ME, 2017 (Co-Advised w/ K. Rykaczewski) – ANSYS Fluent

Nicholas Kemme, M.S. in ME, 2017 (Co-Advised w/ K. Rykaczewski) – General Atomics

Manish Nayini, M.S. in ME, 2016 – GlobalFoundries

Kunal Parikh, M.S. in ME, 2015 – ASM International N.V.

Abbas Jaber, M.S. in ME, 2014 – Arizona Public Service

Leah Haling, M.S. in ME, 2014 – Department of Energy

Benjamin Duong, M.S. in ChemE, 2014 – Intel

Norm Fish, M.S. in ME, 2013 – Intel


B.S. Alumni

Matthew Hart, B.S. in ME, 2019 (Co-Advised w/ K. Rykaczewski) – Apple Inc.

Chandler Scheitlin, B.S. in ME, 2018 (Co-Advised w/ K. Rykaczewski) – Ping Golf

Jordan Kocher, B.S. in ME, 2017 – M.S. student at Arizona State University

Samuel Mokdad, B.S. in ME, 2017 – M.S. student at Arizona State University

William Lee, B.S. in ME, 2015 – Intel

Kyle Ness, B.S. in ME, 2014 – Ford Motor Company

Jason Trevithick, B.S. in ChemE, 2014 – Ph.D. student at Colorado School of Mines

Abbas Jaber, B.S. in ME, 2013 – M.S. student at Arizona State University

Andre Fuentes, B.S. in ChemE, 2013 – Frito Lay

Xiying Chen, B.S. in MSE, 2012 – Ph.D. student at Arizona State University


Visiting Researchers

Emil Joseph, 2017-2018, GlobalFoundries