Ph.D. STUDENTS AND STAFF
CURRENT Ph.D. STUDENTS
Sevket obtained his BSc in Mechanical Engineering in 2015 from Ozyegin University – Turkey, with his thesis focusing on optothermal characterization of LEDs. He was then admitted to University of Maryland as a graduate research assistant and completed his MSc in 2017 focusing on thermoelectric cooling of high heat flux hotspots. After working as a thermal engineer at a private aerospace company in Turkey, he joined SSTS in 2018 to pursue his PhD in Mechanical Engineering. His current research topic is modeling and experimental characterization of manifold microchannel systems for cooling of high power electronics.
Zhengda Yao joined S2TS lab as a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering in 2019 after completing his B.S. in Harbin Engineering University. In the fourth year of his Undergraduate degree, he conducted simulations based on turbulent flow. In University of Maryland, his field is about computational fluid dynamics and experiments about additive manufacturing. Currently, he is working on topology optimizations of heart exchangers with CFD Software.
Gargi Kailkhura is currently pursuing Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering as a Graduate Research Assistant at S2ST, since Spring 2018. She works on the Design, Testing and Analysis of Composite Polymer Heat Exchangers (HX) with varied applications like for electronics and power plants cooling. Her research includes optimization of HX, performing its CFD simulations and conducting experimental testing of the HX. She is also a student member of ASME and ASHRAE. She completed her MS from Arizona State University and B.Tech. from National Institute of Technology Surat, India.
Veeresh received his Bachelors degree from SVNIT, Surat India in 2015. He worked at Larsen & Toubro, Mumbai for 2 years as a Mechanical Design Engineer. He joined University of Maryland in 2017 to pursue a masters in mechanical engineering. His master’s thesis was focused on the design of Atmospheric Water Harvesters. Veeresh joined S2TS as a Graduate Research Assistant in spring 2021 to pursue a Phd in Mechanical Engineering. At S2TS he will be working on Thermal energy storage systems and Additive manufacturing of Composite Polymer Heat Exchangers.
GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS
Thirumalesha Adarsh Gudluru
Adarsh is currently pursuing M.Eng in Energy Systems Engineering from UMD. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Pune University. He is working as a Graduate Research Assistant for the Project of Energy Audit of the Data Centers of UMD. In the project, his work involves the Energy analysis, modeling on the simulation software & proposing Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) alongside their implementation.
Soumya is currently pursuing M.Eng in Mechanical Engineering from UMD. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from RGPV University. He is working as a Graduate Research Assistant for the Project of Energy Audit on Maryland Government Buildings. His work involved Energy Utility analysis, modeling using eQuest software and proposing Energy conservation measures (ECMs).
Ji ‘Joe’ Bae
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS
Alexander Dessiatoun, also known as Sasha, is an undergraduate research assistant for the S2TS lab. He is currently an undergraduate student in the mechanical engineering field. His work focuses on helping graduate students with experimental test setups, research, and design implementation.
WEBSITE DEVELOPER AND ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Akash has been working as a Website and Developer and Administrative Assistant with the ST2S lab since June 2020. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Advanced Engineering in Cybersecurity. He has over 3 years of work experience as an Application Security Analyst and a Systems Engineer. He is an alumni of Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi, India where he graduated from in 2016 as a Computer Science Engineer.