Amy Marconnet

ME 2151
585 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47906

Phone: 765-494-5212


Birck Nanotechnology Center: Office # 2272


Amy Marconnet is an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. She received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2007, and an M.S. and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University in 2009 and 2012, respectively. Her dissertation focused on thermal phenomena in nanostructured materials. She then worked briefly as a postdoctoral associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, before joining the faculty at Purdue University in August 2013.


Graduate Students:

Thesis MS and PhD Students

Collier Miers


Collier Miers

Collier received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 2012. His undergraduate and post-baccalaureate research focused on optimization of heat pipe wicking geometries for thermal management and thermal storage batteries for climate control applications in electric vehicles. His current research focusses on improving metrology techniques for characterization of thermoelectric materials and development of high-temperature thermoelectric devices to be used for waste heat recovery.


Yuqiang Zeng

Yuqiang obtained his B.S. degree from the School of Energy and Power Engineering at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2013. His undergraduate research focused on numerical studies of crystal purification processes. He is currently involved with research on phonon transport phenomena in nanostructured material and its application to thermoelectrics.

Yash Ganatra

Yash Ganatra

Yash is a masters student at Purdue University since August 2014. He graduated from Vellore Institute of Technology, India majoring in Mechanical Engineering. As an undergraduate, he did research in the simulation of Phase change materials and in Electromagnetic Stirring of Liquid metals by implementing User Defined function (UDF) in FLUENT. His current research is on dry phase change materials for thermal management under the CTRC program.

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Aalok Gaitonde

Aalok is a masters student at Purdue University.


Jaesik Hahn

Jaesik is a PhD at Purdue University.

Non-Thesis M.S. Students

Jiahong Fu

Jiahong Fu

Denny Hu

Tsujeng Denny Hu received his B.S. degree from National Cheng Kung University. His research project focuses on measuring temperature map using Infrared microscopes and processing data to obtain thermal conductivity of different materials


Undergraduate Assistants:

Qianru (Sally) Jia

Quianru Jia (Sally)

Jia is a sophomore major in Mechanical Engineering in Purdue University. She is now involving in doing the calibration of infrared microscope in angstrom method. The further experiment is using the IR spectrum machine to test the heat transfer coefficient and the thermal appearance of the soft material. She plans to attend the graduate school right after the graduation in 2017.
Perry Undergradaute Research Fellow - Spring 2015
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow - Summer 2015


Kunal Thaker

Kunal is a junior in mechanical engineering at Purdue University. He is involved in research focusing on CAD modelling, simulation, obtaining and processing data from IR microscopes to determine some thermal properties of various samples. He is also involved in building a bipedal robot at Purdue.



Non-Thesis M.S. Students

Soon Kyu Lee

Soon Kyu Lee (Summer 2014 - Spring 2015) 

Soon is a masters student at Purdue University. Soon received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. As an undergraduate researcher and as part of his MS independent study project, Soon focused on electrodeposition of Bismuth Telluride for thermoelectrics.
Soon is currently completing his MS ME.
Anurag Das

Anurag Das (Summer 2014 - Spring 2015)

Anurag completed his Masters degree in the Mechanical Engineering department at Purdue University. He received his B.Tech degree from The Vellore Institute of Technology in Mechanical (Specialization in Energy) Engineering in 2013. His undergraduate research involved studying the properties of torrefied biomass. His MS research focused on the thermo-mechanical characterization of carbon-fiber composites.
Anurag graduated with his MS ME in May 2015.

Undergraduate Researchers

Yu Han

Yu Han (Summer 2014 - Summer 2015)

Yu is passionate about auto racing and heat transfer research area. He spent two years working with Formula SAE team at Purdue to build racing cars. The pedal box design was the main project he accomplished with SAE. All the designs were built in Creo 2 and went through Finite Elements Analyses using Ansys 14.5 workbench. Yu conducted heat transfer related research with Professor Marconnet using the Three Omega method to measure the thermal properties of soft materials. He also assisted several graduate students with other related proejcts.

Yu is on internship for Fall 2015 and will graduate with an BS ME in Spring 2016.

Rajath Kantharaj (Summer 2015)

Rajath is a B.E. (Hons.) Mechanical Engineering at BITS Pilani, India. He has completed several reasearch internships during his studies. At Purdue, he worked jointly between Professor Tim Fisher's group and the MTEC lab on projects related to thermal transport in packed beds of nano/micro particles. He plans to continue to graduate school after completing his undergraduate degree. 
S.N. Bose Scholars - Summer 2015
Rajath is completing is BE ME at BITS Pilani.
Liang Yuchi

Liang Yuchi (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)

Liang completed her BS Mechanical Engineering in Spring 2015.  She collaborated with Collier Miers on 2D simulation for thermoelectric and electric transverse transport.  She was also involved in the CATIA automation research with CGT department.
Liang graduated from the ME program in Spring 2015.
Kevin Lin

Kevin Lin (Fall 2015 - Spring 2015)

Kevin graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and minor in Management at Purdue University. His research was on thermal transport in particulate samples and composites. He collaborated  with Prof. Fisher and Ishan on measuring thermal transport in packed particle beds, designing experiments and testing samples. 
Kevin graduated from the ME program in Spring 2015.

Michael Woodworth (Spring 2015; CTRC Fellow)

Michasel is a senior in Mechanical Engineering with minors in Mathematics and Chinese. He will be graduating in December of 2015 and plans to attend graduate school directly after graduation. He has worked at Cummins Inc. over two summer internships in a thermal and fluid sciences role and interested in various forms of heat and energy transfer. In Spring 2015, Michael assisted Yash Ganatra and Professor Marconnet in their study of phase change materials from a thermal perspective. He is excited to apply his knowledge in a research capacity for the first time.
Michael is currently completing his BS in ME and Mathmatics

Jan Sunaryanto

Jan Sunaryanto (Spring 2014 - Fall 2014)

Jan was a senior undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. His research is concentrated on the CAD modelling, measurement technique, simulation and assembly of heat flux measurement fixtures for nanomaterials, as well as a Matlab GUI optimization for PIV processing.

Jan graduated from the ME program in Fall 2015.
Claire Lang

Claire Lang (Fall 2014; SRC Undergraduate Researcher)

Claire is a junior in Mechanical Engineering with an interest in energy and system efficiency. She interned for Remy International and Consumers Energy working in natural gas pipeline integrity. Both internships taught her an immense amount, but she is very excited to be diving into a different area to learn something new. She is currently doing research into a phase change polymers, with nano particles added, to allow for higher heat transfer in semiconductor packages. This is her first research opportunity and she loves learning more about nanotechnology and material properties.

Claire is working towards her BS ME.

Meng Pan  (Spring 2014 - Fall 2014, SURF student)

Meng is a Junior undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. His research covers CAD(Solid works) modelling, simulation data acquisition, and assembly of a thermal conductivity measurement fixture for nanomaterials. 

Meng is working towards his BS ME.

Xing Ge


Xing Ge (Spring 2014)

Xing Ge was an undergraduate at Purdue University majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Global Engineering. Her research involved designing experimental device for measuring the thermal conductivity of nanofluids. She worked on manufacturing device based on transient hot-wire method.

Xing is currently a graduate student at University of Michigan

Chad Snyder (Spring 2014)

While in the MTEC lab, Chad worked on a project related to thermal transport measurements using infrared microscopy techniques.