Current Members

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Principal Investigator

Neil Dasgupta

Associate Professor, Miller Faculty Scholar
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Department of Materials Science & Engineering
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Neil Dasgupta completed a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2005, a M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University in 2006, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University in 2011 with Prof. Fritz Prinz. Prior to joining UM in 2014, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemistry at University of California, Berkeley with Prof. Peidong Yang. He is the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, the DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA), the AFOSR Young Investigator Award (YIP), the 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, the ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship, the AVS Paul Holloway Young Investigator Award, the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, a Scialog Fellowship in Advanced Energy Storage, the ASME Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal, and a U. S. Department of Energy EERE Postdoctoral Research Award (SunShot Fellowship).

Postdoctoral Fellows

Jing Wang

Education: Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Penn State University

B.E. in Measurement, Control Technology and Instruments, Tsinghua University

Research Focus: Surface Wetting, Anti-Fouling Coatings

Contact: juw@umich.edu

Eric Kazyak

Education: Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan (2019)

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland (2014)

Research Focus: Batteries, In Situ/Operando characterization

Contact: kazyak@umich.edu

Manoj Jangid

Manoj Jangid

Education: Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering & Materials Science, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (2019)

B. Tech & M. Tech in Nanotechnology, University of Rajasthan (2012)

Research Focus: Electrochemical Energy Storage (solid-state batteries)

Contact: manojj@umich.edu

Srinivas Yadavalli

Srinivas Yadavalli

Education: Ph.D. in Materials Engineering, Brown University (2021)

B-Tech and M-Tech in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras (2016)

Research Focus: Photovoltaics, Solid-state Batteries

Contact: syadaval@umich.edu

Ph.D. Students

Adrian Sanchez (ME)

Education: B.S.E in Engineering Physics, University of Michigan (2016)

Research Focus: Batteries, Electrochemistry

Contact: asanche@umich.edu

Yuxin Chen

Yuxin Chen (ME)

Education: B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan (2017)

B.E. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2017)

Research Focus: Batteries, Photovoltaics, Solid Mechanics

Contact: yxchen@umich.edu

Andrew Gayle (ME)

Education: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University (2017)

Research Focus: Photocatalysis, Solar Thermal

Contact: ajbgayle@umich.edu

Julia Lenef (MSE)

Education: B.S. in Chemistry, University of Massachusetts at Amherst (2018)

Research Focus: Catalysis, Atomic Layer Deposition

Contact: jlenef@umich.edu

Tae Cho

Tae Cho (ME)

Education: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan (2018)

Research Focus: Nanomanufacturing, Printable Electronics

Contact: taecho@umich.edu

Daniel Penley (ME)

Education: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin (2019)

Research Focus: Nanomanufacturing, Spatial Atomic Layer Deposition

Contact: dpenley@umich.edu

Alondra Ortiz-Ortiz

Alondra Ortiz-Ortiz (ME)

Education: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez (2019)

Research Focus: Anti-Fouling Coatings, Nanomanufacturing

Contact: aortizor@umich.edu

Daniel Liao

Daniel Liao (ME)

Education: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin (2020)

Research Focus: Batteries

Contact: danliao@umich.edu

clare Lanaghan

Clare Lanaghan (ME)

Education: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University (2020)

B.S. in Physics, Beloit College (2018)

Research Focus: Solar energy

Contact: lanaghan@umich.edu

Elizabeth Healy

Elizabeth Healy (ME)

Education: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Brown University (2021)

Research Focus: Batteries

Contact: ehealy@umich.edu

Oluka Okia

Oluka Okia (ME)

Education: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University (2021)

Research Focus: Photovoltaics, Nanomanufacturing

Contact: ookia@umich.edu

Master’s Students

Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh (ME)

Education: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University (2020)

Research Focus: Batteries

Contact: yuvrajs@umich.edu

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Larson Lovdal (ME)

Education: B.A. in Physics, Middlebury College (2017)

Research Focus: Battery Manufacturing

Contact: llovdal@umich.edu

Andrew Timmins

Andrew Timmins (ME)

Education: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Southern Methodist University (2017)

Research Focus: Batteries, Electrochemistry

Contact: atimmins@umich.edu

Maria Zaccherini

Maria Zaccherini (ME)

Education: B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan (2021)

Research Focus: Photovoltaics

Contact: zmaria@umich.edu

Shaurya Sarna (ME)

Education: B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (2021)

Research Focus: Batteries

Contact: sshaurya@umich.edu

Undergraduate Students

Hannah Faustyn

Hannah Faustyn (ME)

Research Focus: Bio-inspired Materials