Graduate Students

Erik Barbosa

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

Walter Parker

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