Dr. Samuel Graham IMG_1529-2

Dr. Graham is a Professor  and the Rae S. and Frank H. Neely Chair in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering.   He is also the Associate Chair for Research and Innovation.  He holds a courtesy appointment with the School of Materials Science and Engineering and a joint appointment with the Energy and Transportation Science Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, he was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California.  He is a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.

Post Doctoral Fellow

Brian Foley

Brian received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2016 where his focus was on the use of thermoreflectance-based metrology techniques to investigate phonon transport in a variety of material systems.  Prior to his PhD, he worked for two and a half years at Virginia Diodes, Inc. making vector network analyzer (VNA) extension modules for calibrated S-parameter measurements from 75-1100GHz of various electrical devices and materials.  Brian also has a background in electrical engineering having received M.S. and B.E. degrees from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2009 and 2007, respectively. See more about Brian’s publications here.

He joined EMRL in November 2016 and is focusing on developing new photothermal and electrical characterization techniques to expand current capabilities.

Darshan Pahinkar
Darshan received his B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the Government College of Engineering, Pune, India in 2006 and his M.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India in 2009 with focus on Thermal and Fluids. For next two years, he worked as a Manager (Development) in Tata Motors Engineering Research Center, Pune, and his work involved thermal management of automobiles using CFD techniques. Darshan graduated with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in Fall 2016. At the Sustainable Thermal Systems Laboratory, his doctoral research entailed investigation of novel thermal systems for gas separation and cooling applications. His current work at EMRL as a Post-Doctoral Fellow is focused on developing thermally-efficient and durable power electronics modules.

See more about Darshan’s publications here.

Graduate Students

lukeLuke Yates

Luke received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico in Dec. 2012. He joined the group in the Fall of 2013 as a Ph.D. candidate, receiving a NSF fellowship through the Georgia Tech IGERT  program. His research involves using optical techniques such as Raman Spectroscopy and TDTR to characterized thermal interface resistances in GaN nano structures.

GeorgesGeorges Pavlidis

Georges joined EMRL as a graduate student in August 2013 after receiving his M.Eng degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London. Currently a Ph.D candidate, his research involves investigating different optical and electrical methods for thermal characterizing GaN based electronics including Raman Spectroscopy, Transient Thermoreflectance and Gate Resistance Thermometry. Other research interests include using Electroluminescence to characterize the defects in GaN HEMTs and developing thermo-electrical models for a deeper understanding of GaN device physics.

Minseok Ha

Minseok received his B.S. from Korea University and his M.S. from Georgia Tech. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering. His research work is a study of pool boiling heat transfer on microporous surfaces.

Anne Marie Mallow

Anne received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University in May 2010. After participating in two internships at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), she joined the Mechanical Engineering department at Georgia Tech in August 2011. In collaboration with the Building Technologies Research and Integration Center at ORNL, she is working on the integration of phase change materials in cyclic latent heat thermal storage systems as a method of low-grade waste heat capture in residential buildings. This project is directed by Georgia Tech and ORNL and made possible in part by the NSF IGERT Fellowship program.

WaleWale Odukomaiya

Wale received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in May 2013. Previous research includes experimental investigations of heat transfer and pressure drop in gas condenser heat exchangers. As part of the GEM fellowship program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) he worked on characterizing the performance of variable-capacity heat pump systems in residential buildings. Wale joined the group in the Fall of 2013; his current work is focused on developing dynamic, whole-building simulation modules for energy efficient building energy/mechanical systems, in collaboration with the Building Technologies Research and Integration Center at ORNL.

AnkitAnkit K. Singh

Ankit received his B.Tech in Ceramic Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu Univeristy), Varanasi in 2010 and MS in Materials Science & Engineering from University of Texas at Arlington in Spring 2013. He joined the group in Fall 2013 as a PhD candidate and is working developing ultra barrier films for flexible electronics including thin film solar cells and biological implants.    His focus is on understanding the mechanical and corrosion reliability issues for these applications.

Zhe Cheng
Zhe Cheng graduated from Huazhong University of Science and Technology with highest honor in 2013. After finishing his Master degree in Iowa State University, he came to Gatech to pursue his PhD. His research focuses on thermal metrology and tunable thermal conduction.

Kyungjin Kim

Kyungjin joined the group in 2015 as a Ph.D. candidate after finishing her B.S. from – Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology in 2014. Currently she is working on mechanics of thin films to improve the mechanical reliability of flexible electronics.

EMRL Alumni

  • Hyungchul Kim (PhD)
  • John Harold Taphouse (PhD)
  • Anuradha Bulusu (Post Doc)
  • Anusha Venkatachalam (PhD)
  • Bobby Watkins (PhD)
  • Jimmy Granstrom (PhD)
  • Adam Christensen (PhD)
  • Abraham Greenstein (PhD)
  • Yeny Hudiono (PhD)
  • Roderick Jackson (PhD)
  • Namsu Kim (PhD)
  • Yongjin Kim (PhD)
  • Hossein Sojoudi (PhD)
  • Sukwon Choi (PhD)
  • Fatma Nazli Donmezer (PhD)
  • Shweta Natarajan (PhD)
  • Yishak TekleabHabtemichael  (PhD)
  • Parisa Pourshahid Saeed Abadi (PhD)
  • Thomas Beechem (PhD)
  • Yvette Chen (Master’s)
  • Jason Jones (Master’s)
  • Samuel Haidong Kim (Master’s)
  • Mark Abel (Master’s)
  • Ashante’ Allen (Master’s)
  • Erik Sunden (Master’s)
  • Robert Cross (Master’s)
  • Mark Gleva (Master’s)
  • Premkumar Nagarathnam (Master’s)
  • William James (Master’s)
  • Shweta Natarajan (Master’s)
  • Yishak Habtemichael (Master’s)
  • Kenechi Agbim (Master’s)
  • Kirkland Malcolm (Master’s)

George Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering