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Principal Investigator

Luna Lu
Associate Professor of Civil Engineering with courtesy appointment in Materials Science and Engineering.
Dr. Na (Luna) Lu is an associate professor of college of engineering and Brick nanotechnology center at Purdue University. She leads an interdisciplinary research group that works on novel nanostructured materials and devices enabling renewable energy technologies, particularly, thermoelectric, piezoelectric and solar cells.

Graduate Students

Aline Elquist
Graduate Research Assistant
Aline is a new PhD student from Materials Engineering. Her research interests are in renewable energy and devices, specifically thermoelectrics.

B.S. Materials Science and Engineering, Boise State University
Yining Feng
Graduate Research Assistant
Yining is currently working on oxides thermometric materials and flexible thermometric devices design. Her main focus is the fabrication and characterization of TE devices at the SMART Lab.

Yining attended NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) 2017 Bay Area Cohort. She is the Entrepreneur Lead for Team-Eta Energy.

M.Sc. Civil Engineering, Purdue University

B.Sc. Environmental Engineering, Dalian Maritime University, China
Ehsan Ghafari
Graduate Research Assistant
Ehsan is currently working on fabrication of electrospun Zinc oxide nanofiber for health monitoring application.
Romika R. Kotian
Graduate Assistant
Romika is a graduate student pursuing her Master’s degree in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Structural Engineering. She has worked with Dr. Amit H. Varma, Professor, School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University, and his research group on projects related to steel composite structures and structures subjected to accidental thermal and mechanical loading. She is currently working with Dr. Amit H. Varma and Dr. Luna Lu on exploring the applications of piezoelectric materials in energy harvesting and structural health monitoring.
Yen-Fang Su
Graduate Research Assistant
Yen-Fang is a Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering. Before he joins SMART Lab at Purdue University, he was a Structural Engineer of Ship and Ocean Industries R&D Center (SOIC), the largest ship building design firm in Taiwan. His current research interest is toward developing high performance piezoelectric materials and devices.

M.Sc. Civil Engineering, National Central University, Taiwan
B.Sc. Marine Environment and Engineering, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan
Yang Wang
Graduate Research Assistant
Yang is a Phd student form Materials Engineering. His research interests are in MOCVD growth of semiconducting materials and their applications, especially ZnO.
Evan Witkoske
Graduate Research Assistant (Co-advise with Prof. Mark S. Lundstrom at ECE)
Evan is a PhD student from Electrical Engineering under instruction of Professor Mark S. Lundstrom and Professor Luna Lu at Purdue University. His current research interests include characterization and simulation of nanoscale Thermoelectrics both experimentally and theoretically. His previous research included the development and review of compact models to be implemented as part of the NEEDS program, and simulation of nanoscale Heterojunction Bipolar Transistors(HBTs).

M.Sc. Electrical Engineering, Purdue University

B.Sc. major in Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, Purdue University
minor in Electrical Engineering, Economics, Purdue University
Ying Yuan
Visiting Graduate Student
Ying has been working on the heat-reflective coating for asphalt pavement. Currently, she is focusing on the characterization of the interfacial transition zone (ITZ) of asphalt mixture by nano-scale metrology techniques, and the effect of ITZ on the mechanical behavior of asphalt mixture by numerical simulation.

Ph.D. Candidate, Civil Engineering, Tongji University, China
M.E., Civil Engineering, Chongqing Jiaotong University, China
B.E., Civil Engineering, Chongqing Jiaotong University, China


Zamaan Bagban
DURI Intern, Summer 2017
Romita Biswas
Undergrad student, Fall 2017
Luisa Estefania Catano Echavarria
UREP-C Program Visiting Scientist
Bahadir Kucukgok
Post Doc Research Scientist
Eu Jin Lee
Summer Intern Student
Yao Liu
Visiting Scientist
Marek Mroziewski
NSF REU Research Project
Christine Neudeck
DURI Intern, Summer 2017