Current faculty at the College of Engineering and Applied Science have recieved a total of 52 NSF Career Awards as of 2019. One in five of our faculty have received this prestigious recognition.

 

Professor Kristi Anseth of the University of Colorado Boulder's Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

Kristi Anseth

Tony Tisone Endowed Chair • National Academies: American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2019), National Academy of Sciences (2013), National Academy of Engineering (2009), National Academy of Medicine (2009) • Frontiers of Engineering: U.S. Chair (2012-2014), U.S. Organizing Committee (2004), U.S. Participant (1998) • NSF CAREER Award (1998)
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Taylor Barton

Assistant Professor in Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering
Taylor Barton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she holds the Lockheed Martin Faculty Fellowship for outstanding junior faculty. Prior to joining CU Boulder in 2016, she was an Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Dallas for two years, and a post-doctoral associate in the Microsystems Technology Laboratories at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology...
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John Black

Associate Professor in Computer Science
John Black, Jr. is a cryptologist, programmer and associate professor of computer science focusing on computer security. He graduated with a BA in computer science from California State University East Bay in 1988 and completed his PhD in cryptography at the University of California Davis with Phillip Rogaway in 2000. He has taught at CU Boulder since 2002. Black has been involved in the invention of several cryptographic algorithms including...
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Mark Andrew Borden

Professor in Mechanical Engineering
Mark Borden is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Fellow of Materials Science Engineering and Affiliate Member of Bioengineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. He received a BS from the University of Arizona and PhD from the University of California Davis, both in chemical engineering. Prior to joining CU Boulder in 2010, he was an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Columbia University. Borden’s research interests are in the...
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Stephanie J. Bryant

Associate Professor in Chemical & Biological Engineering
Stephanie Bryant is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering whose research focuses on tissue engineering, photopolymerization and biomaterials. Bryant is a recipient of the D.I.C. Wang Award for Excellence in Biochemical Engineering and was named CU Boulder New Inventor of the Year in 2007. Bryant earned the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award in 2009. She received her PhD in chemical engineering from CU...
Jennifer Cha

Jennifer Cha

David Clough Endowed Professor
Jennifer Cha is a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Cha’s research focuses on the design, synthesis and integration of biomolecular materials for nanoscience and earned her the Provost’s Faculty Achievement Award in 2015. She serves as co-PI of the NSF Soft Materials Research Center at CU Boulder. A 2010 participant in the NAE’s Frontiers of Engineering symposium, Cha serves as associate department chair and is also...
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Bor-Yuh Evan Chang

Assistant Professor in Computer Science
Bor-Yuh Evan Chang is an assistant professor in Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is interested in tools and techniques for building, understanding, and ensuring reliable computational systems. His techniques target using novel ways of interacting with the programmer to design more precise and practical program analyses. He is a recipient of an NSF CAREER award. He received his MS and PhD from the University of California...
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Xinzhao Chu

Professor in Aerospace Engineering Sciences
Xinzhao Chu is a Professor of Aerospace Engineering Sciences. She earned her PhD and BS in physics and electrical engineering at Peking University, Beijing, China. Chu has been at the University of Colorado Boulder since 2005. She became a full professor in 2013. She was a visiting scientist at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany; a research scientist at the University of Illinois and a visiting scientist at Arecibo Observatory, Puerto...
Aaron Clauset

Aaron Clauset

Associate Professor in Computer Science
Aaron Clauset is an internationally recognized expert on complex networks, complex systems, the statistics of rare events, global patterns in terrorism and war. His work has appeared in prestigious scientific venues like Nature, Science, JACM, STOC, AAAI, SIAM Review, Physical Review Letters, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution, and has been covered in the popular press by the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Discover Magazine, New Scientist, Miller-McCune, the Boston...
Nikolaus Correll

Nikolaus Correll

Associate Professor in Computer Science
Nikolaus Correll is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science. He has courtesy appointments in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering and the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences. He received his PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanneand a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. Correll also studied electrical engineering at the Technical University of Munich from 1998 to...
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John Crimaldi

Professor in Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering
John Crimaldi is a professor of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering. He is interested in interactions between fluid physics and ecological systems. In particular, his work focuses on understanding how complex fluid flows transport and mix chemicals, odors, and ecological entities in natural environments. He received a BSE in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University, and MS and PhD degrees from Stanford University, specializing in Environmental Fluid Mechanics.
Shideh Dashti

Shideh Dashti

Assistant Professor in Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering
Shideh Dashti is an Assistant Professor in Geotechnical Engineering and Geomechanics at the University of Colorado Boulder. She obtained her undergraduate degree at Cornell University and graduate degrees at the University of California, Berkeley. She has worked on a range of projects previously but her overarching academic goals are first, to examine technical topics relating to Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and second, to promote multidisciplinary and global approaches to engineering using...
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Alireza Doostan

Smead Endowed Faculty Fellow
Alireza Doostan is currently an associate professor in the Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department as well as an affiliated faculty with the Applied Mathematics Department. Prior to joining CU Boulder in 2010, he was an engineering research associate and a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Turbulence Research at Stanford University. He received his PhD in Structural Engineering and M.A. in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from the Johns Hopkins University both...
Virginia Ferguson

Virginia Ferguson

Hudson Moore Endowed Professor in Engineering
Virginia Ferguson's research studies problems deeply rooted in mechanical behavior of materials with applications that extend from understanding causes of functional tissue failure, developing new solutions for tissue regeneration, novel biomaterials, and studying emerging and complex materials (e.g., for energy-based applications – batteries and photovoltaics). She earned her BS, MS, and PhD in mechanical engineering from CU Boulder and conducted post-doctoral research at the University of London. She joined the...
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Eric Frew

Eric Frew is an associate professor and H. Joseph Smead Faculty Fellow in the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences and Director of the Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles (RECUV) at the University of Colorado Boulder. He received his BS in mechanical engineering from Cornell University in 1995 and his MS and PhD in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University in 1996 and 2003, respectively. Frew has been designing...
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Douglas L. Gin

Chemical & Biological Engineering
Douglas Gin is a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. His research focuses on functional polymer materials based on liquid crystals and new iconic materials based on room-temperature ionic liquids. Gin is a recipient of the CU Boulder Inventor of the Year Award and is a fellow of the American Chemical Society’s Industrial & Engineering Chemistry and Polymeric Materials...
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Juliet Gopinath

Alfred T. and Betty E. Look Endowed Professor
Juliet Gopinath is an assistant professor in the Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering and Physics departments. She holds a BS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota and SM and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). For several years, she was a member of technical staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
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Matt Hallowell

Beavers Heavy Construction Engineering Endowed Professor
Matthew Hallowell is an associate professor in Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering. He also holds an appointment in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at CU Anchutz Medical Campus. He is the faculty director of civil engineering and the director of the President’s Teaching and Learning Collaborative at CU Boulder. He earned his PhD from Oregon State University, with a dual focus in construction engineering & management and occupational...
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Peter Hamlington

Vogel Faculty Fellow
Peter Hamlington has been a faculty member in CU Boulder’s Department of Mechanical Engineering since 2012. He received a BS in Physics from University of Chicago and an MS and PhD in Aerospace Science from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is the group leader of TESLa and works in several areas of research on turbulence, energy systems and computational fluid dynamics. His research is focused on understanding and modeling...
Richard Han

Richard Han

Associate Professor in Computer Science
Richard Han is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science. He has received an NSF CAREER Award, an IBM Faculty Award, a best paper award at ACM MobiSys, and the Frank Moyes Award for catalyzing entrepreneurship at CU. His research interests include communication networks, operating systems, context-aware mobile computing, wireless sensor networks, cybersafety and cyberphysical systems, including drones. He has served as general co-chair of ACM MobiSys, as...
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Hendrick Heinz

Chemical & Biological Engineering
Hendrik Heinz is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and recent recipient of the Swiss Chemical Society’s Sandmeyer Award for outstanding work in industrial or applied chemistry. Heinz earned his PhD in materials science and engineering from ETH Zurich, Switzerland and joined the faculty in 2015 after nine years at the University of Akron. His research interests include computer simulation of inorganic-organic interfaces, development of...
Mark Hernandez

Mark Hernandez

S. J. Archuleta Endowed Professor
Mark Hernandez attained all of his degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated cum laude in civil engineering. After several years of professional practice, he joined the University of Colorado faculty in 1996. He is a registered professional engineer, and an expert on the characterization and control of aerobiology. Hernandez has more than 100 archival publications describing a generation of research that extends genetics and biochemistry...
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Mahmoud I. Hussein

Alvah and Harriet Hovlid Professor
Mahmoud Hussein is a professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences. A member of the Aerospace Mechanics Research Center, Hussein’s research interests include material dynamics and structures, periodic and disordered systems, and phononics, including phononic crystals and metamaterials. Hussein is a recipient of the NSF Faculty Early CAREER Award and winner of the department’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Award for 2014. He holds three master’s degrees – in mechanical engineering,...
Joel Kaar

Joel Kaar

Chemical & Biological Engineering
Joel Kaar is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering whose research focuses on the development of novel functional materials and material synthesis approaches using proteins. He is a recipient of the U.S. Army Research Office Young Investigator Award and the Dean’s Faculty Fellowship from the College of Engineering and Applied Science. He earned his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh and worked as a postdoctoral...
Shaun Kane

Shaun Kane

Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Shaun Kane is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and, by courtesy, in the Department of Information Science. He is also a CU ATLAS Faculty Fellow and director of the CU Superhuman Computing Lab. His research explores ways to make computing devices easier to use, especially for people with disabilities and people in distracting environments. His research has been supported by a Google Lime Scholarship, a UMBC...
Eric Keller

Eric Keller

Assistant Professor of Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering
Eric Keller is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering and co-founder and CTO of Stateless . His research interests are in networking, security and programmable infrastructure. Keller received his PhD in 2011 from Princeton University, advised by Jennifer Rexford in the Computer Science department. He was supported by an Intel Ph.D. Fellowship. After Princeton, he spent a year as a post-doc in the Computer...
Abbie Liel

Abbie Liel

Clark Endowed Faculty Fellow
Abbie Liel is an associate professor of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering. She earned undergraduate degrees in civil engineering and public policy at Princeton University. She started her graduate studies in the United Kingdom on a Marshall Scholarship, where she received a MSc in civil engineering and a MSc in building and urban design and development. Liel did her PhD at Stanford University, under the guidance of Professor Gregory Deierlein,...
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Dragan Maksimovic

Charles Victor Schelke Endowed Professor
Dragan Maksimovic received his BS and MS degrees from the University of Belgrade (Serbia, Yugoslavia), and his PhD degree from the California Institute of Technology. In 1992, he joined the Department of Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering, where he is currently a Charles V. Schelke Endowed Professor. In 1998, he co-founded the Colorado Power Electronics Center (CoPEC), and has since served as the CoPEC co-director. Maksimovic is also affiliated with...
Tomoko Matsuo

Tomoko Matsuo

Assistant Professor
After completing training in Physics and Atmospheric Sciences in 2003, Tomoko Matsuo invested time to build expertise in statistics and data assimilation. She has received unique training in statistics as part of an NSF program to build collaborative research and training between statistics and the geosciences at NCAR's Institute of Mathematics Applied to Geosciences through 2007. Matsuo joined Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences as a faculty member in 2017 and earned...
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Robert McLeod

Richard and Joy Dorf Endowed Professor
Robert McLeod is the Richard & Joy Dorf Endowed Professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering. He received his BS Summa Cum Laude in 1984 and MS in 1985 from Montana State University in Bozeman and his PhD in 1995 from the University of Colorado Boulder, specializing in optical switching and computing. He has held research and management positions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Siros Technologies (an...
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Will Medlin

Denver Business Challenge Endowed Professor
Will Medlin is the Denver Business Challenge Endowed Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Site Director of the Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels. Medlin’s lab investigates reactions at solid surfaces for renewable and sustainable energy applications, including the chemistry involved in the conversion of biomass. A fellow of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute, Medlin is a recipient of the Dean’s Outstanding Research Award and shared the David...
Todd Murray

Todd Murray

Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering
Todd W. Murray received a PhD degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University. Following this, he joined the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Boston University, where he remained for 8 years. He joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. He also...
Prashant Nagpal

Prashant Nagpal

Chemical & Biological Engineering
Prashant Nagpal is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Nagpal received his PhD from the University of Minnesota and served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Advanced Solar Photophysics at Los Alamos National Laboratory before joining the faculty in 2012. Nagpal’s research focuses on the development of novel materials systems and processes for development of functional nanomaterials. He has served as topical chair...
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Corey Neu

Donnelly Family Endowed Professor
Corey Neu is the Donnelly Family Endowed Associate Professor in mechanical engineering. His research focuses on multiscale biomechanics and mechanobiology of soft tissues with a special emphasis on connective and cardiac tissues, making use of advanced magnetic resonance imaging and optical/atomic force microscopy-based techniques, to understand development, disease and regeneration in tissues and cells. Neu earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Brown University and a PhD in biomedical engineering from...
Roseanna Neupauer

Roseanna M. Neupauer

Professor in Environmental & Architectural Engineering
Roseanna M. Neupauer is an associate professor in Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, specializing in hydrology, water resources and environmental fluid mechanics. Neupauer received her doctorate from New Mexico Tech in 2000. She received an NSF Young Researcher Award in 2006, an ExCEEd New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2006, and a Teaching Award from CU Boulder in 2007. Her interests are...
Leysia Palen

Leysia Palen

Professor in Computer Science
Leysia Palen is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and chair of the Department of Information Science in the College of Media, Communication and Information. She is also a faculty fellow with ATLAS and the Institute of Cognitive Science . Palen is a graduate of one of the earliest information studies-related programs, earning a PhD from the University of California Irvine in Information and Computer Science in 1998...
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Scott Palo

Charles Victor Schelke Endowed Professor
Scott Palo is the Charles Victor Schelke Endowed Professor and former associate dean for research in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. A professor in the Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, Palo's research focuses on the design, construction, and deployment of small satellites. He also interested in atmospheric and climate research, with an emphasis on the Arctic and Antarctic regions. He has...
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Lucy Y Pao

Palmer Endowed Chair in Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering
Lucy Pao is a Professor of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering and a professor (by courtesy) in the aerospace engineering sciences department at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is currently (2015-2016) also a Fellow of the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Institute for Advanced Study in Delmenhorst and a Visiting Scholar at the ForWind Center for Wind Energy Research at Oldenburg University, Germany. She earned BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering...
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Melinda Piket-May

Associate Professor in Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering
Melinda Piket-May, Ph.D., an associate professor of electrical, computer and energy engineering, teaches undergraduate engineering design focused on teamwork and real-world experiences with clients. She has long been involved in K-12 STEM education. Her undergraduate and graduate research and teaching programs include engineering education, assistive technology design, computational electromagnetics and signal integrity. University of Colorado Timmerhaus Teaching Ambassador, 2019.
Hari Rajaram

Hari Rajaram

Harihar Rajaram is a CU President’s Teaching Scholar, Clark Faculty Fellow and a professor in Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering. He received his BS from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India, his MS from the University of Iowa, and his ScD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University before joining CU Boulder in 1993. He received the NSF CAREER Award in...
Greg Rieker

Greg Rieker

Vogel Family Faculty Fellow
Greg Rieker is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and principle investigator of the Precision Laser Diagnostics Laboratory. Rieker earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He earned MS and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, where he focused on laser-based sensing in combustion environments. He co-founded a company that developed tabletop particle accelerators. He then spent one year as an...
Fernando Rosario-Ortiz

Fernando Rosario-Ortiz

Fernando Rosario-Ortiz is an associate professor of Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architecture Engineering and the Shay Family Faculty Fellow. He earned his doctoral degree from the Environmental Science and Engineering Program at UCLA and BS and MS in Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico and the California Institute of Technology, respectively. His research focuses on the study of watershed perturbations on water quality, environmental...
Sriram Sankaranarayanan

Sriram Sankaranarayanan

S. J. Archuleta Endowed Professor
Sriram Sankaranarayanan is an associate professor of computer science. His research interests include automatic techniques for reasoning about the behavior of computer and cyber-physical systems. Sriram obtained a PhD in 2005 from Stanford University where he was advised by Zohar Manna and Henny Sipma. Subsequently he worked as a research staff member at NEC research labs in Princeton. He has been on the faculty at CU Boulder since 2009.
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Dan Schwartz

Glenn Murphy Endowed Chair
Dan Schwartz is the Glenn Murphy Endowed Chair and former department chair in Chemical and Biological Engineering. Schwartz is senior editor of Langmuir , a fellow of the American Chemical Society and American Physical Society, and was founding director of the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Site Program in Functional Materials. A two-time recipient of the Dean’s Performance Award for Outstanding Research, Schwartz’s research interests include biomolecules at interfaces, surface...
Li Shang

Li Shang

Associate Professor in Electrical, Computer & Energy Engineering
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Ben Shapiro

Assistant Professor in The Alliance for Technology, Learning & Society (ATLAS)
Michael Shirt

Michael Shirts

Chemical & Biological Engineering
Michael Shirts is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. His lab uses computational approaches to design and improve materials at the molecular scale and works on computer-aided drug design. Shirts joined the faculty in 2015 after several years at the University of Virginia. He is a recipient of the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award and the American Chemical Society COMP OpenEye Outstanding Junior...
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Pei Hsiu Tom Yeh

Assistant Professor in Computer Science
Tom Yeh received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for studying vision-based user interfaces. In 2012, he joined the Department of Computer Science as an assistant professor in the. Prior to joining CU, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS). Yeh’s research interests include 3D printing, big data, citizen science and mobile security. He has published more than 30...
Franck Vernerey

Franck Vernerey

Franck Vernerey is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Vernerey’s research interests lies in the theoretical and computational mechanics of functional soft matter with particular emphasis on polymer, hydrogels, lipid vesicles and soft-shells for use in nano-medicine. Vernerey is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the NSF Faculty Early CAREER Award and is the winner of the department’s Junior Researcher Award...
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Tam Vu

Assistant Professor in Computer Science
Tam Vu founded and directs the Mobile and Networked Systems (MNS) Lab, where his team works to build systems to improve pediatric healthcare practices. The team designs and implements novel and practical cyber-physical systems to make physiological sensing less intrusive and expensive. They have partnered with patients at Colorado's Children Hospital and CU School of Medicine to test their systems in the real world. Vu’s research also touches on securing...
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Ronggui Yang

S.P. Chip and Lori Johnson Faculty Fellow
Ronggui Yang is the S.P. Chip and Lori Johnson Faculty Fellow and a professor of mechanical engineering directing the Nano-enabled Energy Conversion, Storage, and Thermal Management Systems group at the University of Colorado Boulder. He received his PhD in mechanical engineering with a focus on nanoscale heat transfer from MIT in 2006. He holds a master’s degree in microelectromechanical systems from UCLA and a master’s degree in engineering thermophysics from...