Dr. Bladimir Ramos-Alvarado is the principal investigator of the Interfacial Phenomena Lab (IPHEL) at Penn State University, he is a member of the Materials Computation Center at Penn State, and an Associate of the Institute for CyberScience (ICS) at Penn State. Dr. Ramos obtained a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree, both in Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Guanajuato, Mexico, in 2009 and 2011, respectively. Later on, he continued his education at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) where he obtained a PhD and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2016. After brief Postdoctoral and Instructor appointments at Georgia Tech, Dr. Ramos joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State University as an Assistant Professor in May of 2017. Dr. Ramos research interests are strongly focused on the modeling of transport processes at different length scales and multiphysics modeling. Dr. Ramos has conducted research on numerical and experimental characterization of PEM fuel cells operation, water transport/management in PEM fuel cells, design and numerical analysis of active liquid cooling devices for electronics, thermal characterization of electronics, nanoscale analysis of thermal and momentum transport in solid-liquid interfaces and surface chemistry. The wide span of Dr. Ramos’ research interests at this early stage of his career is contained in the archival records of Journals such as the Journal of Power Sources, Applied Thermal Engineering, The Journal of Chemical Physics, Physical Review E, among others. Dr. Ramos’ research has been published in 21 archival Journals, 16 Conference Proceedings, and has been cited over 400 times.
C. Ulises Gonzalez-Valle (Graduate Research Assistant) is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State University. Ulises received his BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Guanajuato, Mexico. He has been a research intern at the University of Arizona and Georgia Institute of Technology. He has conducted research on PEM fuel cells simulation and optimization, thermal management of high-power electronics, and nanoscale thermal and momentum transport in solid-liquid interfaces. His research interests are focused on transport phenomena and electrochemistry in different types of fuel cells, alternative energy sources, liquid cooling of high-power electronics, and nanoscale interfacial phenomena.
Luis Enrique Paniagua-Guerra (Graduate Research Assistant) is a PhD Student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State University. He received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Guanajuato, Mexico. He has conducted research on heat transfer of biological systems, liquid cooling of high-power electronics, structural joints in composite materials and nanoscale thermal and momentum transport in solid-liquid interfaces. His research interests are focused on thermal management of high-power electronics, energy storage devices and nanoscale interfacial phenomena.
Daniela Rocca-Bejar (Graduate Research Fellow) is a Masters student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State University. She received her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Florida International University (FIU) where she gained experience in robotics while working for the Discovery Lab. Additionally, Daniela was part of the FIU’s Formula SAE and IEEE Rocketry teams. Daniela was an intern at Stanford’s Xlab Extreme Environment Lab where she developed her interest in scientific research. Her research interests include electric rocket propulsion and combustion. Her hobbies are building model rockets and swimming.
Jonathan Veli (Undergraduate Researcher) is in his junior year of studying Mechanical Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. He is a Schreyer Scholar and a participant in the MNE Scholars program. He completed a co-op with the Timken Company over the past summer and this is his first research experience. Outside of class he enjoys running, playing volleyball, and fundraising for THON through Tetra.
Online (World Campus) Students
Michael Faucett is an online Masters student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Pennsylvania State University. He received his BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. He works as a Design Release Engineer in the automotive field.
Shitiz Sehgal, August 2018, “Numerical insights of fluid-thermal characteristics in a hybrid microjet liquid cooled heat sink”.
Currently: PhD Student in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University.
Renrui Lin, August 2018, “Thermal optimization of liquid-cooled heat sinks for power converters using micro channels”.
Currently: IT specialist in China.