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Prof_Shakouri_pic2.jpg Ali Shakouri is Mary Jo and Robert L. Kirk Director of the Birck Nanotechnology Center and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. He received his engineering degree from Telecom Paris in 1990 and Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1995. His current research is on nanoscale heat and current transport in semiconductor devices, high resolution thermal imaging, micro refrigerators on a chip, and waste heat recovery. He is also working on a new sustainability curriculum in collaboration with colleagues in engineering and social sciences. He received the Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering in 1999, the NSF Career award in 2000, and the Semitherm THERMI award in 2014.

kaz-yazawa_pic.jpg Kazuaki Yazawa is a Research Associate Professor of Birck Nanotechnology Center at Purdue University and an Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at University of California Santa Cruz. He holds a Ph.D. degree from Toyama Prefectural University in Japan. He is a thermal and thermo-energy engineer worked as a Distinguished Engineer for Sony Corporation experienced nearly 30 years on electronics products. The area of interest includes the thermoelectric power generation and the thermoelectric refrigeration in applications ranging from a microelectronics chip all the way up to the scale of various buildings and power grids. Recent work on the use of thermoelectric co-generation with solar energy extensively explores a new era of the renewable energy technologies. His recent work also includes time domain analysis on the optimization of tri-generation (electricity, heating, and refrigeration) for maximum use of intermittent natural energy sources and unsteady energy loads, as well as on the quantum scale non-equilibrium heat transfer for energy applications. Dr. Yazawa is actively serving as a member of numerous international societies and conference committees in heat transfer, thermal management, and electronics packaging across Japan, the United States, and Europe.


Post Doctoral

bjorn-vermeersch.jpg Bjorn Vermeersch received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electronic Engineering from Ghent University, Belgium, in 2003, 2005 and 2009 respectively. He is currently associated with UCSC’s Quantum Electronics Group as a postdoc researcher, with his work focusing on the ultrafast characterization of thermoelectric and microelectronic devices. Femtosecond pump-probe laser techniques are employed to resolve high-speed thermal transients and carrier dynamics. During an earlier short-term scholarship at the Group in 2008, Bjorn developed a novel heterodyne lock-in scheme for high-resolution AC thermoreflectance imaging.

Je-Hyeong_Bahk.jpg Je-Hyeong Bahk received his B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from Seoul National University, Korea, and Ph.D in electrical engineering from Univ. of California, Santa Barbara in 2010. During his Ph.D work, his research focused on the electron transport in nano-structured III-V semiconductors for thermoelectric power generation. His research interest includes solid state physics, thermoelectric energy conversion, electron and thermal transport in semiconductors, and micro-device processing. He is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University.


Graduate Students

kerry-maize.jpg Kerry Maize received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley in 2002. He came to UCSC in 2005 to pursue graduate study in the areas of quantum electronics and nanoscience. His current work is focused on optical coherence tomography and thermal device characterization. Prior to engineering, Kerry worked in journalism.

tel-favaloro.jpg Tela Favaloro received her B.S. degree in physics with an emphasis in astrophysics from UC Santa Cruz in 2005. She joined the Quantum Electronics Group in 2007 and is currently working on the high temperature characterization of nanostructured thermoelectric materials. She intends to pursue research in thermoelectric material design for waste heat recovery and renewable energy.

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amir-ziabari.jpg Amirkoushyar Ziabari received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electronic Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic) and Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, respectively. Previously, he was working on quantum computation and designing of switching systems Using Quantum-dot Cellular Automatas(QCAs). Amirkoushyar joined Quantum Electronic Group in fall 2009, and started to work on analysis of strain in semiconductor materials using micro-Raman spectroscopy. He is currently working on a self-consistent and fast temperature computation technique (Adaptive Power Blurring) for VLSI ICs in packages.

AmrQuest.jpg Amr Mohammed received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University , Egypt in 2008. Then , He received his M.Sc. in Engineering Physics from Cairo University in 2011. He Joined the QUEST for pursuing his PhD in 2012. He is working on high temperature characterization of nanostructured thermoelectric materials. In addition , He is working on Ballistic Heat Transport in Thin films.
Yeerui_quest.JPG Yee Rui Koh received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University Technology Malaysia in 2010. He joined the Quantum Electronics Group in fall 2011 to pursue his PhD degree under the supervision of Prof. Shakouri. His current research involves femtosecond pump-probe laser techniques on the measurement of nano-scale heat conductivity.


TravisQuest.jpg Travis Duerstock is an undergraduate in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology. After taking any “Introduction to Nanotechnology” class taught by Prof. Helen McNally, he was introduced to Dr. Shakouri and Thermo Reflectance Imaging. He started working for Dr. Shakouri May 2012 assisting the move from UCSC to Purdue and setting up the thermo reflectance imaging lab. Currently, he is working on improving the FFT CTH Calibration system.
Headshot.png Megan Youngs is currently an undergraduate at Purdue University and will receive her B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering in Spring 2013. She will then continue on to pursue a Master’s degree in the same field. She became a part of this group through the work on an online simulator, hosted by nanoHUB, to analyze thermoelectric devices used for cooling and power generation. This project is still under development.

Contact Information

Prof. Ali Shakouri

Birck Nanotechnology Center
1205 West State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2057

Phone: 765-496-6105
Fax: 765-496-8383

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