|Adjunct Assistant Prof. Zhixi Bian received his B.S. degree in electronics from Nankai University in 1993, M.S. degree in electronics from Beijing University in 1996, and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2004, respectively. He taught in the physics department of Beijing University and worked for Vishay Siliconix as a Senior Engineer. Now, he is an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the Electrical Engineering Department at UC Santa Cruz. His research interests include tunable semiconductor lasers, optoelectronic and photonic integrated circuits, carrier and heat transport in micro and nano scales, thermoelectrics, renewable energy, and electronics cooling.
James Christofferson received his B.S. in physics from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1995. After spending a few years working in the ndustry for Applied Materials and Cadence, James returned to UCSC to receive a M.S. in computer engineering 2001, and a PhD in electrical engineering in 2004. Under Ali Shakouri, James’s thesis work primarily focused on the development of high resolution thermal imaging of micro-devices, including the design and build of a thermoreflectance camera system. Returning to the Quantum Electronics team in 2005 as a post-doc researcher, James now works with the femtosecond laser to obtain imaging results in picosecond acoustics, Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and high resolution interferometry. Primarily an experimentalist, James enjoys working with analog/digital circuits, adaptive optics, and lasers.
|Gehong Zeng received his B.S. degree from the South China Institute of Technology, Guangzhou, China, in 1982, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Shaanxi Microelectronics Research Institute, Xian, China, in 1987, and 1992, respectively. His research interests include the design, fabrication and testing of semiconductor devices for thermal management and energy conversion.
|Shila Alavi Received her B.S.’s in Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (major in Food Industry) form the Azad University, Tehran, Iran in 1995. After a few years working as an R&D Engineer in the food and soft drink Industries she continued her studies to receive a M.S. in Chemical Engineering (Process/Environment) in 2001, and a PhD in Process/Materials Engineering in 2004 from the National Polytechnique Institute in Toulouse, France. She is currently a researcher at the Quantum Electronics team in UCSC. Her current research is on experimental thermal characterization of semiconductors for long-term reliability tests.
|Gilles Pernot earned a B.S. in Physics and a M.S. in Laser, Materials and Nanosciences from the University of Bordeaux1 (France) in 2002 and 2005, respectively. During his Ph.D. he studied heat transfer and THz spectroscopy of nanostructures using an optical heterodyne pump-probe technique. He joined the Quantum Electronics Group in 2010 and is currently working on acoustical and thermal properties of SiGe superlattices using femtosecond pump-probe technique and parameters identification.
|Ramin Banan-Sadeghian received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees both in Electronics Engineering from Sharif University of Technology (Tehran, 1998) and K.N. Toosi University of Technology (Tehran, 2002), respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Concordia University (Montreal, 2007). During 1997–2000 he was with the Faragir-Fan Rayaneh Inc. as an Electronics Engineer; in 2000, he joined the R&D center of Iran Khodro Industrial Group. His current research interests include fabrication and characterization of nanoscale electron devices, micro-concentration dialytic cells, Monte Carlo simulation of thermoelectric cooling effects, and chemical sensors based on micro-discharges and field-ionization.
|Mona Zebarjadi received her B.S. and M.S in physics from the Sharif University of Technology, Iran in 2002 and 2004 respectively. Her M.S thesis title was “Analyzing heterostructure thermionic coolers by the Monte Carlo simulation method” where she developed a Monte Carlo code including electron-phonon as well as electron-electron interactions in a non-parabolic multivalley formalism. She joined Dr. Shakouri’s group in Fall 2005 and is going to continue her work on this topic as well as low temperature measurements of the thermoelectric properties of multilayer heterostructures.
|Takehiro Onishi received his B.S. and M.S. in physics from Ritsumeikan University in 1992 and 1994 on thermodynamics of type II superconductor respectively. He worked for RENESAS Technology Co. (former semiconductor devision of HITACHI Co. Ltd.) in Japan for 12 years. He joined Quantum Electronics group and started MOCVD nanowire growth and characterization for photovoltaic and thermoelectrics in 2008 in Prof. Nobuhiko Kobayashi’s group, NECTAR (Nanostructured Energy Conversion Technology and Research). His current research topic is MOCVD thermoelectrics material growth and characterization of nanoparticles embedded thin films in NECTAR. Since p type material MOCVD growth completion is in sight catching up at identical level of MBE growth materials (2010 spring), he is going to embark on n type MOCVD material growth and characterization.
|Oxana Pantchenko received her B.S. degree and M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2006 and 2008 respectively. She is currently pursuing her PhD degree under the supervision of Prof. Isaacson and Prof. Shakouri. Her interests include bioelectronics. She is currently working on the Cascaded Micro Concentration Cells project.
|Philip Jackson received his B.S. in Physics from California State University, Sacramento in 2008. In the summer of that year, he began his research at the Quantum Electronics Group under supervision of Prof. Shakouri as a masters student of Electrical Engineering at UCSC. For research, he characterizes the material parameters of engineered thermoelectric materials using thermoreflectance, 4-wire measurements, and other transient methods. In addition, he is working on a solar-thermal power generation project, which uses a solar concentrator to heat a thermoelectric element and generate power.
|Carolina Carmo is currently pursuing her M.S. degree in Thermal Energy and Process Engineering from Aalborg University (2010/2012). Previously, she received her M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Technical University of Lisbon. She is currently working on thermal battery with CO2 compression heat pump, an energy storage system supporting higher penetration of large-scale intermittent renewable power sources. This project is supported by Aalborg university in collaboration with UC Santa Cruz and UC Davis.|
|Alireza Rezaniakolaei received B.Sc and M.Sc degrees in mechanical engineering from University of Mazandaran, Iran. Since May 2009, he has been employed at Department of Energy Technology (ET), Aalborg University, Denmark as a PhD student. His PhD project which is entitled to design, modeling and optimization of thermoelectrical power generation devices, has been designed and developed using some modeling approaches including CFD-based techniques. Furthermore, a prototype of TEG system, which is used to comparison the system design and special parameters of the heat sink, is studied through the project. One of the main targets of his work in UC Santa Cruz is to mathematically describe the thermoelectric generator modules integrated into the heat exchanger configuration and its thermal characteristics. His current research interests include fluid mechanics, thermal energy technology, thermoelectric power generators (TEG) and heat exchangers, including simulation, analytical modeling and experimental validating with focus on optimized thermal efficiency.
|No Image||Daniel Hernandez is a senior Electrical Engineering student at the Jack Baskin School of Engineering at UCSC. He will be earning his B.S. degree in June 2012. In 2010, Daniel performed research in Joel Kubby’s Renewable Energy Microgrid Testbed at NASA AMES in Mountain View, CA. There he installed first class meteorological instruments to monitor, measure, and store solar radiation. He also built a circuit to allow for a photovoltaic array to be controlled remotely by a computer off site. In 2011, Daniel began conducting research in Ali Shakouri’s Quantum Electronics research lab. There he has been performing thermal imaging on high power transistors and Lumileds LEDs. After taking the Myers Briggs test, Daniel has been classified as “ESFJ” or “Hosts and Hostesses of the world”.
|Carol Owens is an undergraduate Electrical Engineering major at UC Santa Cruz. She is currently doing research with the Micro-Concentration Cells project under graduate student Oxana Pantchenko. Her interests include alternative energy and sustainable engineering. Carol plans on pursuing a M.S. in Electrical Engineering.
|George Weickhardt is an Electrical Engineering undergraduate at UC Santa Cruz. He is currently doing research on the automation of a thermal characterization experiment which uses the Van der Pauw method to measure electrical resistivity. His interests include analog and digital circuit design. He plans on pursuing a M.S. in Electrical Engineering.
|Salvador Vazquez is an Electrical Engineering undergraduate. He is currently doing research in thermal characterization using thermoreflectance microscopy. In addition to thermal characterization he is doing some research on cascaded micro-concentration cells. His interests include micro-electronic devices and circuit design.
|Danny Tate is an undergraduate Biomolecular Engineer at the University of California, Santa Cruz currently researching biomedical devices via the Cascaded Micro-Concentration Cells project under graduate student Oxana Pantchenko. His interests include renewable energy/alternative fuel, stem cell research, and gene therapy. He plans on pursuing a career in law as a patent attorney.
|Vernon Wong is pursuing his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering at UC Santa Cruz and is currently constructing a concentrated solar thermoelectric system under supervision of Dr. Kazuaki Yazawa. His interests include solar and nanoscience technologies. Vernon plans to pursue a doctorate’s in Materials Science and Engineering.
|Kahlil Morse is completing a B.A. degree in Global Economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Currently, he is working closely with Professor Ali Shakouri and Dr. Kazuaki Yazawa to conduct economic feasibility studies on commercial applications of Thermoelectric Power Generator Systems (TEGS). Analysis is focused on energy payback optimization and efficiency of thermoelectric generator systems at maximum output power. Morse has been working with the academic communities of both the U.S. and China in order to create pathways for collaboration around the deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies. In 2008, Morse worked at the University of California Office of the President in the International Strategic Development (ISD) office to organize the first annual U.S. – China Green Tech Summit in Shanghai, China. Afterwards, Morse served as China Director for the Marley Association – lead organizer of the 2009 Green Tech Summit – from 2009-2010 while studying Economics and Mandarin at Peking University in Beijing, China. Morse was awarded a full Chinese Government Scholarship by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China for his outstanding academic achievement. In addition, Morse is the founder and chairman of the Santa Cruz Energy & Resources Collaborative (SCERC), a student led organization based out of the University of California, Santa Cruz.
|Ruben Chavez is currently performing a summer internship at the Quantum Electronics Group. He is a senior year Electrical Engineering student working with Dr. Yazawa and Kerry Maize on transient thermal analysis of high speed CMOS devices using thermoreflectance. Ruben’s areas of interest are microelectronic design for CPU based systems and RF communication systems.
|Paul Abu mov has completed his M.S. in Electrical Engineering with Quantum Electronics Group at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2011. He has been working under the supervision of Prof. Ali Shakouri. Paul has received his previous education at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada where he has studied the topic of quantum transport in superlattices and has improved existing numerical algorithms to successfully tackle the chosen problem. At the QEG, Paul has been involved in examining thermal resistance of materials at short space and time scales, using a combination of femtosecond laser pump-and-probe technique and numerical simulations. His research interests have also included topics in energy conversion, in particular high efficiency solar cell design.
|Ekaterina Selezneva received her B.S. in Engineering and Technology with an emphasis in Microelectronics from Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University “LETI”, Russia in 2005. She received her M.S. degree from University of Aveiro, Portugal within the Joint European Masters Program in Materials Science (EMMS) in 2008. She is pursuing her PhD in Materials Science at the University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy and has performed a 6-months internship at the Quantum Electronics Group working on characterization of thermal and electrical properties of nanostructured thermoelectric materials.|
|Xi Wang received her B.S. degree in Optics from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Ph. D degree on Nano to Microscale Heat Transport in Solid State Devices from University of California Santa Cruz in 2004, 2007 and 2010 respectively. She performed post-doctoral research at Optoelectronics group, in conjunction with the Center for Energy Efficient Materials from Fall 2010 to Spring 2011. She is currently a Sr. Packaging Engineer in Intersil Corporation headquarters. Her recent research interests cover the role and control of heat and temperature in integrated photonics, energy efficient microelectronic cooling/packaging solutions, wafer level packaging, and efficient thermoelectric energy generation.
|Helene Michel received her B.S. in physics sciences, M.S. in laser proceeding and PhD in physics and engineering from the University of Bordeaux, France in 2001, 2003 and 2008 respectively. She is currently a post doc researcher in Quantum Electronics team in UCSC. Her current research is on experimental characterization of thermal and electrical properties of thin-film thermoelectric materials. Characterization is performed using a pump-probe femtosecond set-up, and custom experimental setups previously built in Quantum Electronics team.
|Dustin Kendig received his B.S. with honors in Electrical Engineering from UC Santa Cruz in spring 2009. He was awarded the Huffman Prize along with the Dean’s and Chancellor’s award. His research focused on device characterization using thermoreflectance imaging where he studied microscopic defects in photovoltaics, heating in power transistor arrays, and thermoelectric materials. Since July 2010, he is working as a CIGS Process Engineer at Solyndra.
|Je-Hyoung Park received his B.E. degree in electronic and electrical engineering from Kyungpook National University in 2001, M.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2004, and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2009. He studied electro-thermal analysis of VLSI ICs along with micro-coolers and fast temperature computation technique (Power Blurring) for VLSI ICs in packages. He is currently working as a senior engineer for Samsung Electronics, Korea. He is in charge of thermal engineering of memory modules.
|Younes Ezzahri received his B.S. degree in fundamental physics from University Chouaib Doukkali at El Jadida, Morocco in 2001. He continued his high degrees education at the University of Bordeaux in France, where he obtained his Master degree in condensed matter physics and lasers and his PhD in physics in 2002 and 2005, respectively. From 2006 through 2009, he was a post doc at the University of California Santa Cruz in the QEG group under the supervision of Prof Ali Shakouri.
Younes Ezzahri is currently an assistant professor at the department of mechanical engineering at the University of Poitiers in France. His research interest includes both theory and experiment in solid-state energy conversion in the linear and nonlinear regimes, and in thermal, electrical and optical transport in low dimensional structures.
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|Rajeev Singh is a graduate student working on deposition and experimental characterization of thin-film thermoelectric materials for applications in power generation and active cooling of optoelectronic devices. Deposition is accomplished using the molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) technique with a mature Riber 2300 solid-source III-V system. Characterization is performed mainly using custom built experimental setups. Rajeev especially enjoys designing and building experiment setting by hand.
|Howard Young||Howard Young is an undergraduate student in the Electrical Engineering department at UCSC. His current project is on biological energy conversion.|
|Weikun Jimmy He received his B.S. degrees in both electrical and computer engineering departments in University of California, Santa Cruz in 2006. He received the Chancellor’s Award in 2006 award for his research entitled “Demonstration of a Wavelength-tunable Passive Ring Resonator Coupled Laser.” He has also received and Dean’s award in the same year for his outstanding research performance as an undergraduate student. His current work is focused on characterization of semiconductor microcooler. His other research interests include semiconductor properties, circuit design, and power conversion.
|Virginia Heriz is a visiting student from Spain . She will receive her M.S. in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Madrid (Spain) and her Diplome d’Ingenieur from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications, Paris (France) in February, 2007. As a member of the Quantum Electronics Group, Virginia worked on a fast algorithm for calculating temperature distributions on ASICs and characterized integrated photonics components. Her interests go from optoelectronics to general relativity and she particuarly enjoys to fiddle with electronics and computers, specially if that involves travelling around the world.|
|Alberto Fitting is an undergraduate pursuing his B.S.E.E. with an emphasis on electronics, which he will receive in June 2001. Alberto is currently working on characterizing the transient response of superlattice HIT coolers using an optical measurement technique based on the thermoreflectance coefficient. Alberto’s interests include analog electronics and particularly audio applications.|
|Angik Sarkar||International Intern (IIT Kharagpur) Ph.D. student at Purdue Universiy
|Arthur Carpenter graduated with his B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a focus on Electronics and Optics. His research focused on characterizing the Seebeck coefficient of thin film superlattice devices using optical methods. Arthur’s interests include optical electronics, device electronics, and thermoelectric energy generation. He is now pursuing his Masters in ECE at UC Davis.
|Daryoosh Vashaee received his B.S. in electrical engineering (electronics) from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran , Iran in 1993 and his M.S. in electrical egineering (communications) from Amirkabir University of Technology in 1995. After three years of experience working on RF Engineering, Daryoosh joined Arizona State University and worked on electronic transport in semiconductors. He went to UCSB in 1999 and worked on the fabrication/processing of InGaAs/InGaAsP based micro-coolers. He returned to UCSC in 2000, and his current work is focused on quantum transport theory, experimental characterization of Heterostructure Thermionic/ Thermoelecric Coolers, theoretical study/modeling of superlattice micro-coolers, and Molecular Beam Epitaxy.
|Dawn Hettelsater was an undergraduate student majoring in physics at UCSC. She graduated in June 2002. She developed a new laboratory on solar cells for the class: Properties of Materials (EE145). She prepared a detailed overview of recent advances in photovoltaic energy conversion. She also studied various factors affecting solar cell efficiencies at high temperatures.|
|Eugene Meydbray received his B.S. with high honors from UC Santa Cruz in spring 2004 and his M.S. from Boston University in winter 2005. His undergraduate research was on thermoelectric power generation and his graduate thesis is entitled “Novel Approach to Subsurface Imaging and Microlens Manipulation”. He started as an intern at SunPower Corp. in Jan 2006.|
|Javad Shabani received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Physics simultaneously from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran , IRAN in 2004. He has a multidisciplinary background in Electrical Engineering and Physics. Javed has been involved in image processing, optical communication, quantum computation and solid state projects. Javad joined Quantum Electronics Group at UCSC to continue his education toward his PhD in 2004. His current work is the study of surface plasmons, coupling and light interaction at the metal/semiconductor surface and active control of the phenomena.|
|Jessica Masters received a double undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Computer Science in 2000 from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York . Jessica then came to the University of California, Santa Cruz. She received her M.S. in Computer Science in March, 2002, and her Ph.D. in Computer Science in September, 2005. Her research involved creating and evaluating software to support the learning process. Jessica is currently a Research Associate at Boston College in Massachusetts.|
|Kazuhiko Fukutani||International Visitor (Canon, Japan) Engineer at Canon Research Labs
|Million Negassi is a senior transfer student from Santa Rosa Junior College . His major is Electrical Engineering and he is anticipating his B.S by the end of next year. He will be working on his M.S., following his graduation. Million’s first year research includes: Cryogenic semiconductor experiments, taking measurements, data analysis for various devices, and data plotting in order to analyze how semiconductors behave at low temperatures. Million is a UC LEADS and the National Science Foundation(NSF) scholar. He is an active member of the MEP MESA program at UCSC. His area of interest includes, circuit analysis, fiber optics, semiconductors, Energy Storage, and micro-coolers. Million’s long term career plan is to work as a research engineer in industries.|
|Mehrdad M. Zarandi was born in 1963 in Kerman, Iran. From an early age, he had a keen interest in science and mathematics, which resulted in his taking a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Isfahan University of Technology. He earned a Master of Science and a Doctroral degree in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, where he continued to work as a research scientist in aeronautics. In addition to his technical research and publications, he has enjoyed a wide range of teaching experiences with undergraduates in Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and the History and Philosophy of Science. His interest in the correspondences between metaphysical principles and their expression within cosmology and science led to his collecting the essays for his anthology, Science and the Myth of Progress. At the University of California at Santa Cruz he started a new research in the field of renewable or sustainable energy resources using salt concentration gradients via an electrochemical path. With the supervision of Professor Shakouri this research aims at following the nature’s path in sensing organs of animals and electric organs of electric fish in order to make practical sustainable energy resources.
|Phuong Nguyen||Phuong Nguyen is a senior undergraduate at University of California Santa Cruz . He is pursuing his B.S. degree in Computer Engeineering, specialized in networking. Phuong participated in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Internship Program as a Web developer. He worked as an undergraduate research assistant under Professor Shakouri and Madhyastha developing educational applets demonstrating electron transport properties. He has also worked on the thermal imaging of micro coolers. Phuong’s other interests are wireless networking, embedded software and robotics.|
|Shobit Gupta was an International Intern (IIT Kharagpur) MS student at IIT Kharagpur.
|Tammy Humphrey has been a visiting scholar for the Quantum Electronics Group since 2005. Her current research interests are thermodynamics of thermionic, thermoelectric and thermophotovoltaic heat engines, Brownian heat engines and quantum ratchets, and quantum heat engines.
|Tam Nguyen is a recent graduate student working on his Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering. Before graduating in 2002, he was a UC LEADS scholar and received the Dean’s Award for his undergraduate research in ’3D Photonic Simulations: Multi-to-Single Mode Optical Fiber Tapering.’ He has also conducted research in fiber optic systems at UC Santa Barbara with Professor D. Blumenthal. Additionally, Tam was involved in setting up an Optics undergraduate teaching laboratory. Continuing on two years, he supports the Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP) at UCSC by tutoring students on their undergraduate Electrical Engineering courses. Tam is currently pursuing research on TE power generation and Thermophotovoltaics (TPV) and intends to receive his Masters Degree by 2004.
|Timothee Lecomte was a visiting student in the Quantum Electronics Group. He received a Bachelor of Science in Fundamental Physics in 2006 at the “Ecole Normale Supérieure”, in Paris, France, with a focus on condensed matter physics. He also studied some other domains of physics, including soft matter, general relatavity and quantum computing, and he has done some experimental work on quantum optics in semiconductors microcavities. Timothee worked on transient heat transport in nanostructures as a visiting student.
|Travis Kemper earned his B.S. in Applied Physics from UC Santa Cruz in 2004. He did his senior thesis with the Quantum Electronics Group on a faster method of calculating temperature maps from power maps, for IC’s. Upon graduation he worked for Daimler Chrysler for two months. Then he returned for a year to continue his thesis work, while developing a UV thermal imaging set-up. After which, he will be attending a Material Science graduate program.|
|Yan Zhang received her Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of California Santa Cruz in 2005. Prior to attending UCSC, she received her undergraduate degree from Shanghai University, China and M.Sc. from National University of Singapore in 1997 and 2000, respectively. She studied nano-scale heat and current transport in semiconductor devices, microrefrigerators for microprocessor/optoelectronics on-chip thermal management cooling solutions, chip temperature fast calculation algorithm, temperature-aware design and thermionic energy conversion for waste heat recovery in her graduate research work. In 2006, she joined Flomerics Inc. Santa Clara office (now acquired by Mentor Graphics) to set up their first thermal testing lab, mainly focusing on the thermal analysis of different IC packages and modules using transient thermal testing methodology. Her clients included Intel, Lumileds, GE, and Vishay etc. among other major IC/LED manufactures. Currently she is working as a lead engineer for Tessera Inc., an IP company focusing on developing miniaturized packaging solutions.
|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.|
|Megan Youngs received her B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Purdue University, in Spring 2013, and currently pursuing a Master’s degree in the same university. 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 published on nanoHUB.org.|
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