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:

PhD Students

Jaesik Hahn

Jaesik received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. Co-advised by Dr. Tahira Reid at the REID lab, he is studying the effects of heat on human hair. The scope of the study ranges across thermal characterization of hair fibers under various humidity levels, heat transfer modeling between flat irons and hair bundles, and  predictive modeling of styling efficacy and heat damage of hair induced by using flat irons.

Rajath Kantharaj

Rajath Kantharaj 

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

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.

Thesis MS Students

Albraa Alsaati

Albraa Alsaati

Albraa obtained his B.S degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2012. Prior joining Purdue, his research was focused on Solar Water Desalination using Humidification-Dehumidification process.  Albraa also worked for three years for Shell J.V. During his time at Shell J.V, he has been involved in various projects optimizing energy efficiency for Petrochemical processes. Albraa Joined MTEC group in Spring 2016 as MS student. His research is focused on developing and improving material characterization techniques for energy applications.

Non-Thesis M.S. Students

Bhagyashree Ganore

Bhagyashree joined Purdue University as a master's student in Fall 2015. She has obtained a B. Tech. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Vishwakarma Institute of Technology, India in 2012. Her undergraduate research focused on thermal modeling and optimization of solar paraboloidal dish cooker and the study of its viable industry applications. Bhagyashree has worked for 3 years in the thermal engineering industry and has been a part of diverse projects ranging from fired equipment, waste heat recovery modules to air package products like compressors, heat exchangers, filtration technology and dryers. Presently she is interested in pursuing research in the field of measurement and modeling of thermal transport/storage mechanisms in micro/nano scale devices. 

Prachi Kale

Prachi Kale

Prachi Kale joined as a graduate student at Purdue University in Spring 2017. She received her Bachelors’ degree from University of Pune, India 2014. As part of her undergraduate thesis, she worked on designing and developing a high efficiency sub-cooled condenser for automobile HVAC systems. Prachi has worked in the thermal engineering industry for 2 years and has been a part of diverse projects ranging from reciprocating air and gas compressors, heat exchangers, filtration technology and dryers. Prior to joining Purdue, she was working as Project Research Assistant in the microfluidics lab on flow over multiple cylinders at low Reynolds number at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Presently she is pursuing research in the field of modeling and measurement of thermal transport/storage mechanisms for passive thermal management in electronics cooling.   

Prahlad Kulkarni

Prahlad Kulkarni is a master’s student at Purdue University. He graduated from R V College of Engineering, Bangalore in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. As a part of his undergraduate research, he analytically modelled a Sinusoidal forced convective system to enhance surface heat transfer and worked on Fin geometry optimization to maximize efficiency. He is currently working with Dr Amy Marconnet on passive thermal management using phase change materials.

Amulya Nimmagadda

Amulya Nimmagadda

Amulya is graduate student at Purdue University. She joined MTEC in Spring 2016. She received her Bachelors’ degree from Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India. As part of her undergraduate thesis, she worked on developing a mathematical model for obtaining temperature excess in electronic chip cooling. She has also worked for two years in the new model development of leading two wheeler manufacturer in India. She was instrumental in developing a new design for the engine resulting in the increase in fuel efficiency of the vehicle. Her current research focuses on obtaining thermal properties of various components of Li ion battery. 

Kunal Thaker

Kunal is a MS student 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. 


Undergraduate Assistants:

Qianru (Sally) Jia

Quianru Jia (Sally)

Jia is a junior 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

Javeradrian Ruiz

Adrian is a junior in Chemical Engineering at Purdue University. His research focuses on cooling cellphone processors with phase change materials (PCMs) via passive thermal management. He is interested in attending graduate school in the future and also has an internship next semester. Adrian is also involved with AIChE and the Minority Engineering Program here at Purdue.



Thesis M.S. Students

Jiahong Fu  (Spring 2015 - Fall 2016)

Jiahong completed his Masters degree in the Mechanical Engineering department at Purdue University in Fall 2016. Jiahong attained his B.S in Material Engineering from School of Power and Mechanical Engineering at Wuhan University in 2014. His undergraduate research ranges from Reheat Cracking Sensitivity Analysis of Low-Alloy Steel in Welding Application, to Fabrication of Nickel-based Capillary Wick by Powder Metallurgy for Novel Loop Heat Pipe.

His work in the MTEC lab included Uncertainty Analysis in High Pressure Die Casting Heat Transfer Model in collaboration wtih Prof. Matt Krane.

Jiahong graduated with his MS ME in December 2016.


Aalok Gaitonde

Aalok Gaitonde (Summer 2015 - Fall 2016)

Aalok completed his Masters degree in the Mechanical Engineering department at Purdue University in Fall 2016. Aalok started working with Dr. Marconnet in the MTEC Laboratory in the Summer of 2015. After receiving his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pune in 2012, he worked at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, as a Research Assistant, developing experimental techniques to investigate void formations during the solidification of metals and their alloys.
His work in the MTEC lab included the measurement of thermal conductivity of packed granular beds under the effect of shear and interrogation of the thermal properties of lithium ion batteries using infrared thermography.

Aalok graduated with his MS ME in December 2016 and currently works for 3D Systems.


Yash Ganatra

Yash Ganatra (Fall 2014 - Fall 2016)

Yash completed his Masters degree in the Mechanical Engineering department at Purdue University in Fall 2016. 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 work in the MTEC lab included investigation of phase change materials for thermal management under the CTRC program.

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Yash graduated with his MS ME in December 2016.


Non-Thesis M.S. Students

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 and currently works for Faurecia.


Tsujeng Denny Hu (Fall 2014 - Spring 2016)

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

Denny completed his MSME in Spring 2016.


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 completed his MSME in Fall 2015.


Zhenhuan Xu  (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016) 

Zhenhuan was a master student at Purdue University. He obtained his B.S. in ME from University of Minnesota. His conducted research on phase change materials in thermal management using COMSOL simulations.

Zhenhuan completed his MSME in Spring 2015. 


Undergraduate Researchers

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 Durability test engineer at FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.


Yu Han

Yu Han (Summer 2014 - Summer 2016)

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.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow - Summer 2014

Bottomly Undergraduate Research Fellow- Spring 2016

Yu is currently a graduate student at University of Michigan.


Claire Lang

Claire Lang (Fall 2014)

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.

SRC Undergraduate Researcher - Fall 2014

Claire received her BSME in Spring 2016.


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. He currently works as a Quality Assurance Engineer at Acro Biotech, Inc.


Meng Pan (Spring 2014 - Spring 2016)

Meng is a senior 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

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow - Summer 2014

Meng graduated with his BSME in Spring 2016.


Chad Snyder (Spring 2014)

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


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 and is currently working at Engineering INnovation.

Michael Woodworth (Spring 2015)

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.

CTRC Fellow - Spring 2015

Michael is currently completing his BS in ME and Mathmatics.


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 and is currently a graduate student at Penn State.


Zihao Zhang (Spring 2016 - Fall 2016)

Zihao Zhang is an undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. He transferred to Purdue from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. He spent two years working with the SAE team at SJTU working on the suspension system of the racing cars. At Purdue, his research focused on temperature mapping of infrared transparent material. 

Zihao is finishing his degree in ME in Spring 2017.