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Thermal, Mechanical and Material Sciences

Dr. Nick Roberts

Nick Roberts

Nick Roberts is an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and  an expert on direct energy conversion and storage. He uses a combined experimental and computational approach to studying electrical, optical and thermal properties of nanostructured materials for applications in thin film photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, hybrid thermoelectric photovoltaic systems and paraffin based phase change materials for thermal energy storage.


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Dr. Ryan Berke

Ryan Berke

Ryan Berke is an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and Director of the Mechanics at Extreme Temperatures Lab. He uses advanced imaging techniques to extract full-field, in situ temperature and strain measurements across multiple time and length scales. He studies the role that environment plays on a material’s ability to withstand heterogeneous failure mechanisms such as fracture, fatigue, and creep; with applications geared toward the energy, aerospace, and nuclear industries.

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