Bio: Erik received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Brigham Young University in 2021. He conducted research in the Temperature, Energy and Material Properties (TEMP) Lab, where he developed a sensor to measure the thermal conductivity of molten salts using the transient hot wire method. Erik also did a summer research internship at Los Alamos National Lab, where he used multi-sensor collaborative sampling schemes to reconstruct mechanical system signals. Currently, he is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech, where his research is focused on developing thermochemical energy storage to decarbonize heat for building applications. Outside of research, Erik enjoys outdoor activities and playing video games.
Email: Erik Barbosa
Bio: Walter received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Davis in 2018 and his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in 2020. At CMU, Walter worked in The Malen Laboratory where he designed and modeled a dynamic insulation that leverages the external environment to reach desired temperatures. In summer 2021, Walter was a GEM Fellow at the National Renewable Energy Lab, where he developed thermal models for building applications. Currently, he is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech, with a research focus on thermally driven desalination systems for clean water production. Walter’s hobbies include cooking and dancing (Salsa and Bachata).
Email: Walter Parker
Bio: Mahfouz received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMU-Q) in 2022. Mahfouz conducted research at the Micro Scale Thermo-Fluids (MSTF) Laboratory at TAMU-Q, where he worked on developing a blood-mimicking fluid for microchannel applications for medical instruments. He also conducted research on the fabrication of stainless-steel sintered parts via 3D printing using Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF). Mahfouz also studied the impact of urban construction parameters on annual cooling load profiles of residential buildings through a sensitivity study based on the microclimate of Doha’s Marina district. Currently, he is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech, with a research focus on desalination using thermally responsive ionic liquids.
Email: Ahmed Mahfouz
Bio: Jordan received his B.S. (2017) and M.S. (2019) in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University, where he conducted research on thermal energy storage and thermo-responsive dehumidification cycles under Dr. Robert Wang. Jordan also interned at NASA, where he performed computational fluid dynamics simulations on the Orion spacecraft. Currently, Jordan’s research deals with a novel dehumidification and cooling cycle that uses lower critical solution temperature (LCST) mixtures. This work is in collaboration with the Scalable Thermal Engineering Lab (STEEL), with Dr. Shannon Yee as a co-advisor. When not reading through thermodynamics textbooks, Jordan can be found weight training, watching football, hiking, fishing, or taking a road trip in his 1965 Mustang.
Email: Jordan Kocher
Bio: Preston Bohm received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2020 and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2022, both from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His Masters research was focused on machine-learning optimization techniques for selective emitters in the Nanoscale Thermal Radiation Laboratory. Prior to that, Preston worked at the Advanced Technology division of Lockheed Martin’s space division, where he developed laser additive manufacturing technology as well as thermal and cryogenic testing strategies. Preston’s PhD research is focused on light-matter interactions, where he is investigating the photo-molecular effects associated with water evaporation with Dr. Zhuomin Zhang as a co-advisor. In his spare time, Preston enjoys mountaineering, caving, and chess.
Email: Preston Bohm
Bio: Madeline received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Certificate in International Engineering, and Certificate in Engineering for Energy Sustainability from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2023. She worked at the Solar Energy Lab (SEL) researching the effects of various nozzle geometries in multiphase flow applications. Madeline also worked at the Energy Transport & Conversion Laboratory where she assisted in designing a modular testing facility for thermophotovoltaics. As a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech, she currently researches thermochemical energy storage systems with the hope of assisting in the decarbonization of heating for building applications. When not in the lab or classroom, Madeline enjoys baking, dancing, and traveling.
Email: Madeline Morrel
Bio: Elyssa received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in 2020. She conducted summer research at Vanderbilt University in the Pint Lab, where she investigated cathode materials for magnesium-ion batteries. Elyssa also conducted summer research at the University of Chicago in the Jaeger Lab, where she studied the movement of macroscopic granular particles under stress for soft robotics applications. Currently, she is a GEM Fellow pursuing her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech, with a research focus on developing sustainably engineered composites as building materials. This work is supported by a fellowship from the Renewable Bioproducts Institute (RBI) at Georgia Tech. Elyssa’s hobbies include photography and dancing.
Email: Elyssa Ferguson
Bio: Michael received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2023 from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He previously worked as an undergraduate assistant for Dr. Katherine Fu in the Engineering Design Research Lab (EDRL), and more recently served as an Undergraduate research assistant for WERL on lower critical solution temperature (LCST) mixtures. Currently, he is pursuing an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering with thesis, heading an industry-funded project by Novelis on recycled aluminum heat exchanger (HX) performance modeling and functional testing. Michael’s hobbies include cooking, video games, cosplay, and cycling.”
Email: Michael Chen