People

Neera Jain, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Neera Jain is an Assistant Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering and a faculty member in the Ray W. Herrick Laboratories at Purdue University. She directs the Jain Research Laboratory whose vision is to advance technologies that will have a lasting impact on society through a systems-based approach grounded in dynamic modeling and control theory. Dr. Jain earned her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009 and 2013, respectively. She earned her S.B. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006. She is a recipient of the Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Fellowship (2010-2013) and the ASME Graduate Teaching Fellowship (2011-2012). Upon completing her Ph.D., Dr. Jain was a visiting member of the research staff in the Mechatronics Group at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories in Cambridge, MA where she designed model predictive control algorithms for HVAC systems. In 2015 she was a visiting summer researcher at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Dr. Jain and her research have been featured on NPR and Axios. As a contributor for Forbes.com, she writes on the topic of human interaction with automation and its importance in society. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Air Force Research Laboratory, Office of Naval Research, as well as private industry.


Graduate Students


Trevor Bird

  • bird6 purdue.edu
  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering - Purdue University (expected 2022)
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering – Purdue University 2020
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering - Utah State University 2017
  • Research Project: Dynamic Modeling and Control of micro-CHP Systems
  • Recipient of: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Herrick Assistantship 2018, and Purdue University Ingersoll-Rand Fellowship 2017
  • Curriculum Vitae

Marcin Glebocki

  • mglebock purdue.edu
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering – Purdue University (expected 2022)
  • B.S Mechanical Engineering – Missouri University of Science and Technology 2020
  • Research Project: Exergy-Based Design and Control for Thermal Energy Management
  • Recipient of: Purdue University Ingersoll-Rand Fellowship 2020

Matthew Konishi

  • mkonish purdue.edu
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering – Purdue University (expected 2021)
  • B.S.E Mechanical Engineering – University of Michigan-Dearborn 2018
  • Research Project: Multi-timescale Modeling of Human Trust in Automation

Jianqi Ruan

  • ruan27 purdue.edu
  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering - Purdue University (expected 2023)
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering – Penn State University 2019
  • Research Project: Automation of Twin Roll Strip Casting

Katie Williams

  • will1360 purdue.edu
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering - Purdue University 2020
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering - Purdue University (expected 2021)
  • Research Project: Cognitive-based Learning Algorithms for Human CPS

Madeleine Yuh

  • myuh purdue.edu
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering - University of Illinois at Chicago 2020
  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering - Purdue University (expected 2024)
  • Research Project: Cognitive-based Control for Human CPS
  • Recipient of: Purdue University Frederick N. Andrews Fellowship 2020

Michael Shanks

  • shanks5 purdue.edu
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering - Purdue University 2020
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering - Purdue University (expected 2022)
  • Research Project: Transient Thermal Management with Integrated Storage

Reynolds Manion

  • manion0 purdue.edu
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering - Kettering University 2020
  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering - Purdue University (expected 2025)
  • Research Project: Control Co-design for Transient Thermal Management

Current Undergraduate Students


Brendan Gillis

  • gillisb purdue.edu
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering - Purdue University (expected 2022)
  • Research Project: Modeling of Thermal Management Systems with Integrated Storage

Recent Alumni

Florian (Rian) Browne

  • Current Position: Carrier Graduate Hire Program - MBD Dynamic Modeling, Carrier
  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering - Purdue University 2020
  • Dissertation: Robust Iterative Learning Control for Linear Parameter Systems with Time Delay
  • Recipient of: Laura Winkelman Davidson Fellowship 2015

Kumar Akash

  • Current Position: Scientist - Honda Research Institute USA, Inc.
  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering - Purdue University 2020
  • Dissertation: Reimagining Human-Machine Interactions through Trust-Based Feedback
  • Recipient of: Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship 2019

Karan Gohil

  • Current Position: XR Thermal Engineer, Qualcomm
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering - Purdue University 2020
  • Thesis: Reduced-Order Modeling and Design Optimization of Metal-PMC Composit Heat Exchangers

Ana Isabel Guerrero de la Peña

  • Current Position: Technical Specialist - Systems Performance Analysis Engineer, Cummins Inc.
  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering - Purdue University 2019
  • Dissertation: Development of a Framework for Projecting Line-Haul Truck Technology Adoption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the U.S. using a System-of-Systems Methodology

Austin Nash

  • Current Position: Assistant Professor, Kettering University
  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering - Purdue University 2019
  • Dissertation: Hierarchical Combined Plant and Control Design for Thermal Management Systems
  • Recipient of: Purdue University Ingersoll-Rand Fellowship 2015 and Lambert Teaching Fellowship 2018

Aaron Tam

  • Current Position: Engineering Scientist, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering – Purdue University 2018
  • Thesis: Optimal Design and Control of Residential Air-Conditioning Equipment with Integrated Thermal Storage

Yeshaswi Menghmalani

  • Current Position: Engineering Development Program - Senior IoT Systems Engineer, Cummins Inc.
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering - Purdue University 2017
  • Thesis: Right Fidelity Dynamic Engine Modeling and Validation
  • Recipient of Cummins-Purdue Fellowship 2015

Past Undergraduate Students

  • Mohammed Matar
  • Fall 2019 - Spring 2020

  • Griffon McMahon
  • Fall 2018 - Spring 2020

  • Hayden Schennum
  • Spring 2020

  • Judy Park
  • Fall 2019

  • Anay Shembekar
  • Summer 2019

  • Catherine Weaver
  • Summer 2017 - Spring 2019

  • Katelyn Polson
  • Fall 2017 - Spring 2018

  • Woo June (Andrew) Jung
  • Spring 2017

  • William Senior
  • Summer 2016

  • Apurva Badithela
  • Summer 2016


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