Dr. Bladimir Ramos-Alvarado is the principal investigator of the Interfacial Phenomena Lab (IPHEL) at Penn State University. 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 and Nuclear 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 18 archival Journals, 15 Conference Proceedings, and has been cited over 200 times.
C. Ulises Gonzalez-Valle (Graduate Research Assistant) is a PhD Student in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear 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.
Shitiz Sehgal is a Masters student in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Penn State University. He received his undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering from SRM University –India where he developed his interest in scientific research. Shitiz has presented his research in conferences in India & USA. Apart from this, he has worked in various mechanical engineering settings as student intern. His research interests include Study of Jet Flows, Solar Energy, thermal management of electronics, and numerical modeling of heat transfer and fluid dynamics in general.