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


Visiting Scholars

Lin Chen

Ph.D., Associate Professor, North China Electric Power University (NCEPU)
Ph.D. in Engineering Thermophysics, Tsinghua University, 2009
B.E. in Energy and Power Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, 2004

Dr. Lin Chen works on thermally conductive polymer composites and hybrid air cooling for power plant in NCEPU. He is now a visiting scholar in Chen group. During his one-year visiting time, he will work on polymer-based desiccant and nanoscale thermal properties measurement.

Office: Room 362, EBU-II
Email: chenlin@ncepu.edu.cn


Postdoctoral Researchers

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

Jeongmin Kim

Postdoctoral Researcher
Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, Yonsei University, 2016
B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering, Yonsei University, 2008

Jeongmin is a Postdoctral Researcher working on thermal management for energy devices and systems. He joined UC San Diego in Summer 2017. During his PhD work, he studied nanostructured thermoelectric materials.

Office: Room 268, EBU-II
Email: jek147@eng.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

Sunmi 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: qingyangwang@eng.ucsd.edu

Eunjeong Kim

Visiting 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

Jian Zeng

PhD Student
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UCSD
Jian obtained both his BS and MS from the School of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering in South China University of Technology,China before joining the group in Fall 2017

Office: Room 263, EBU-II
Email:j9zeng@eng.ucsd.edu

Yang Shi

Visiting PhD Student
Mechanical Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology (Shenzhen)
Yang joined the group in Fall 2017. She obtained her MS degrees in Thermal Engineering at Harbin Insititute of Technology (China) in 2016, and she continued her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the same school. She will stay for two years in the group working on nanoscale heat transfer.

Office: Room 262, EBU-II
Email:shiyanghitchina@outlook.com


Undergraduate Students

Yiming Chen

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

Evan Mueller

Nano-Engineering
Evan joined the group in Spring 2016 and is working on hydrogel material and thermoelectric devices.
Email: emueller@ucsd.edu


Alumni

Yun Zhou

Sarah Schlossberg

Soonshin Kwon

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

Staff Research Assistant (16-17)

Undergrad student (15-17)

Postdoc (15-17)

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)
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MS student (2010-11)
MS student (2010-11)

Grad Student at UCSD

Grad Student at Northwestern

Intel Corp. (Portland, OR)

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)