Fellowship Awardees 2018

Chinmay C. Khandekar

Chinmay C. Khandekar

Chinmay C. Khandekar received PhD and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and earned a BTech in Engineering Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India.  His research interests include nanophotonics, nonlinear dynamics, heat transfer and thermal devices.  Dr. Khandekar will be conducting interdisciplinary work at nanoscale with co-advisors, Dr. Zubin Jacob, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Dr. Adrian Buganza Tepole, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, in the areas of nonlinear thermal radiation, nanoscale heat transport and quantum nanophotonics.


Jeffrey S. Lowe

Jeffrey S. Lowe is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan, graduating in December 2018, where he also received an MSE degree in Chemical Engineering.  He earned his BS in Chemical Engineering at Michigan Technological University. Jeff’s research is focused on the atomistic modeling of renewable energy technologies. He will be working with his co-advisors, Dr. Jeff Greeley, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Dr. Christina Li, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, on research to develop a combined computational/experimental approach to develop structure-property relationships for electrocatalysts.

Jeffrey S. Lowe

Caitlin R. Proctor

Caitlin R. Proctor

Caitlin R. Proctor is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology at Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland, where she also completed her PhD in Life Sciences through the MERMAID (Microbial Resource Management for Closing the Urban Water Cycle) fellowship awarded by the Marie Curie Initial Training Network. She received her BS and MS degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, both in Civil Engineering. Dr. Proctor’s experience in the area of microbiology, drinking water quality and building plumbing will positively impact the work of her co-advisors, Dr. John Howarter, Associate Professor of Materials Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering, Dr. Paul Robinson, the SVM Professor Cytomics & Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Dr. Andrew Whelton, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering, and their drinking water and materials research project.


Kimberley A. Stevens

Kimberley A. Stevens will complete her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Brigham Young University during the summer of 2018, having also earned her BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering there. Her research is focused in the areas of phase-change heat transfer and superhydrophobic surfaces. Although her degrees are in Mechanical Engineering, Kim has significant experience in Biomedical Engineering and plans to work with co-advisors Dr. Ivan Christov, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Dr. Vitaliy Rayz, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, researching fluid-structure interactions for modeling blood vessels and biomedical devices.

Kimberley A. Stevens

Hai-Tian Zhang

Hai-Tian Zhang

Hai-Tian Zhang received his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University and a BS in Materials Science and Engineering at Yan Shan University. Although it is early in Dr. Zhang’s academic career, he has already published in several leading journals, including Nature Commutations and Nature Materials.  He will be working with co-advisors, Dr. Shriram Ramanathan, Professor of Materials Engineering, and Dr. Kaushik Roy, Edward G. Tiedemann, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, to bridge the frontiers of quantum materials and brain-inspired computing and machine intelligence.