People


Principal Investigator

Renkun Chen

Associate Professor, UC San Diego
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering Program
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley, 2008
B.S. in Engineering Thermo-Physics, Tsinghua University, China, 2004

Prof. Renkun Chen joined the UCSD faculty in November 2009. Prior to joining UCSD, Chen did his doctoral work in Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley from 2004-2008 and was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Lawrence Berkeley Lab, both working with Prof. Arun Majumdar

Office: Room 261, EBU-II
Tel: 858-822-7980 (O)
Email:rkchen@ucsd.edu


Postdoctoral Researchers

Soonshin Kwon

Postdoctoral Researcher
Soonshin joined the group in Fall 2015. He obtained his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at UCSD and his M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering at Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in Korea. Soonshin is working on projects involving wearable thermoelectric and heat transport in nanoscale materials.

Office: Room 268, EBU-II
Email:sok026@ucsd.edu

Calvin Gardner

Postdoctoral Researcher
Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences, (Engineering Physics), UC San Diego, 2015
M.S. in Engineering Sciences (Engineering Physics), UC San Diego, 2011
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering & Applied Physics, BYU, 2010

Calvin has been developing smart textiles based on passively responsive temperature adaptations as a Postdoctoral researcher in the group since 2015. He joined UC San Diego in 2010 as a member of Prof. Sungho Jin's research team and contributed to advanced materials research while completing his M.S. and Ph.D. Prior to enrolling at UC San Diego, Calvin worked with Prof. Brent Adams on high resolution orientation imaging microscopy techniques.

Office: Room 375, EBU-II
Email: c2gardne@ucsd.edu


Graduate Students

Jianlin Zheng

PhD Student
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UCSD
Jianlin joined the group in fall 2012. He obtained his BS from the School of Energy and Power Engineering at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China in 2012.

Office: Room 268, EBU-II
Email: jiz103@ucsd.edu

Shuang Cui

PhD Student
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UCSD
Shuang joined the group in Fall 2013. She obtained her MS and BS degrees from the School of Power and Mechanical Engineering at Wuhan University (China) in 2013 and 2011 respectively.

Office: Room 263, EBU-II
Email: s1cui@eng.ucsd.edu

Sahngki Hong

PhD Student
Materials Science & Engineering Program, UCSD
Sahngki joined the group in Fall 2013. He obtained his MS and BS degrees in Chemical and Biological Engineering at the Korea University, and then worked for Samsung Display prior to joining UCSD.

Office: Room 263, EBU-II
Email: sah039@eng.ucsd.edu

Sun-mi Shin

PhD Student
Materials Science & Engineering Program, UCSD
Sunmi joined the group in Fall 2014. She obtained her MS and BS degrees in Chemical Engineering at Hanyang University (Korea) in 2014 and 2011, respectively.

Office: Room 262, EBU-II
Email: sus025@eng.ucsd.edu

Lizzie Caldwell

PhD Student
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UCSD
Lizzie joined the group in Fall 2015. She graduated from UCSD with a B.S. in Environmental Chemistry in 2010.

Office: Room 376, EBU-II
Email: ebcaldwe@ucsd.edu

Qingyang Wang

PhD Student
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UCSD
Qingyang joined the group in Fall 2015. He obtained a B.S. in Thermal Engineering at Tsinghua University (China) in 2015. Qingyang is working on evaporative cooling.

Office: Room 262, EBU-II
Email: qiw093@ucsd.edu

Eunjeong Kim

PhD Student
Materials Science & Engineering, Hanyang University
Eunjeong joined the group in Fall 2016. She obtained her BS degrees in Materials Science & Engineering at Hanyang University (Korea) in 2013, and is a PhD student in the same department. Eunjeong is a visiting student at UCSD and is working on a project investigating the magnetocaloric effect.

Office: Room 263, EBU-II
Email: ouee22@hanyang.ac.kr


Undergraduate Students

Sarah Schlossberg

Chemical Engineering
Sarah joined the group in Fall 2014 and is working on flexible thermoelectric devices.
Email: sdukessc@ucsd.edu

Yiming Chen

Chemical Engineering
Yiming joined the group in April 2016 and is working on solar-thermal material.
Email: yic111@ucsd.edu

Rentian Dong

Environmental Engineering
Rentian joined the group in April 2016 and is working on hydrogel material.
Email: r2dong@ucsd.edu


Alumni

Patrick Charles

Kristine McGrath

Edward dechaumphai

David Leung

Matthew Wingert

Ms. Jaeyun Moon

Taylor S. Yuen

Brian McKenna

Tyler Tucker

Cheng-Kai Li

Ms. Jongok Choi

MS Student (15-16)

MS Student (15-16)

PhD Student (10-16)
Undergrad student (14-16)
PhD Student (10-16)
PhD Student (09-14)
MS Student (12-13)
Undergrad student (11-12)
Undergrad student (11-12)
MS student (2010-11)
MS student (2010-11)

Working in industry
Working in industry
Intel Corp. (Portland, OR)
Grad Student at UCLA
Postdoc at UCSD
Assistant Prof., UNLV
Raytheon (Plano, TX)
Boeing
Teaching in Georgia
Intel Corp. (Portland, OR)
Samsung Electronics (Korea)