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 Physical Chemistry Letters, Physical Review E, among others. Dr. Ramos’ research has been published in 23 archival Journal papers, 16 papers in 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.
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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.
|Vincenzo Freschi is a Junior, currently pursuing a bachelor’s of science degree in Nuclear Engineering. He is also a midshipman in the Navy ROTC Battalion, concurrently completing the requirements for a commission as a US Naval Officer.|
|Benjamin Harris is a senior pursuing a double major in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering. He currently serves as the operations officer for the Navy ROTC Battalion as he pursues a commission as a naval officer. Benjamin also investigates uncertainty reduction in the modeling of the Penn State Breazeale Reactor|
Online (World Campus) Students
Timothy Deley is an online Masters student in the department of Mechanical Engineering at Penn State University. He received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University. He has worked for 2 years as a mechanical engineer for a defense contractor designing electronics packaging for the research and development of next generation radar. He also supported an effort to simulate, produce, and characterize a salt hydrate phase change material heat exchanger for high-energy laser applications. His interests include thermal management of high-power electronics.
Michael Faucett Jr, July 2019, “Optimization of microjet liquid-cooling systems for CPUs”.
Currently: General Motors, Detroit, Michigan.
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.
Saurabh Samir (Visiting Student), May – July, 2019 – “Experimental investigation of the performance of resin-made liquid-cooled heat sinks”.
Currently: Indian Institute of Technology.
Jean Carlos Cortés Rivera (Visiting Student), June – August, 2019 – NSF REU: Scalable Nanomanufacturing of Complex Materials.
Currently: University of Puerto Rico on Cayey (UPR Cayey)
Hunter C Maholic, January – May, 2019.
Jonathan Veli, August – December, 2018 – “Design and fabrication of liquid-cooled heat sinks using additive manufacturing”
Currently: Intern at Timken
Matthew Shultz, May – August, 2018 – “Analysis and optimization of liquid-cooled cold plates using pin fins”
Currently: Product development engineer, Advanced Cooling Technologies.