Principal Investigator

konradKonrad Rykaczewski

Konrad Rykaczewski is an assistant professor at School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy at ASU. He received his BS (2005), MS (2007) and PhD (2009) in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology under supervision of Prof. Andrei Fedorov. Prior to his appointment at ASU, he was a research scientist at MIT working with Prof. Kripa Vanarasi’s group and NRC postdoctoral fellow at NIST. His current research interests include fundamental studies of nano/microscale thermofluidic and interfacial phenomena, novel in situ and cryogenic electron and ion beam microscopy methods, and nanoengineering of functional surfaces with special wettability for a variety of applications.

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Postdoctoral Researchers

Kyle DoudrickDr. Kyle Doudrick

Kyle is originally from Memphis, TN, a city you can always count on having good music and great barbeque. There he obtained both his B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Memphis (Go Tigers!). His thesis work with Prof. Brian Waldron was focused on developing a groundwater contamination model for the Town of Collierville (TN), with the goal of protecting the future of their drinking water source. Kyle obtained his Ph.D. from Arizona State University under the direction of Prof. Paul Westerhoff, and his dissertation, titled “Environmentally Responsible Use of Nanomaterials for the Photocatalytic Reduction of Nitrate in Water,” was focused on developing a new sustainable technology for treating nitrate pollution in our drinking water sources. Kyle is currently an ASEE postdoctoral fellow through the NSF Small Business Innovation Research program with Dr. Jeff Chinn and the Menlo Park, CA based company, Integrated Surface Technologies. In collaboration with Prof. Konrad Rykaczewski, he is studying the effect conformal nano-film coatings have on tin whisker growth, a topic of significance for lead-free electronics that require a long-term reliability. Kyle’s “real job” goal is to obtain a faculty position at a high-research level university, where he hopes to develop an internationally recognized research group, continue advancing engineering pedagogy, and provide service to both his university and his local community. You can find more information about Kyle on

PhD Students


Viraj Damle

Viraj joined our group in Fall 2013. He finished Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Pune University in 2010. Further in 2012, he completed Master of Technology in Thermal Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Madras. Viraj studied Sustainable Energy Systems in London South Bank University for which he was awarded with the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship. He is interested in Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics, Refrigeration and Energy.



Xiaoda Sun

Xiaoda joined our group in Fall 2013. He received master’s degree in mechanical engineering at University of Michigan, 2012 and Bachelor in thermal and power engineering at Univesity of Shanghai for Science and Technology in 2010. He is interested in nano/microscale transport, nano/microscale surfaces and electron microscopy.


Master Students

Gopala Akella

I have completed my Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Gitam, Andhra University in 2011 and consequently joined Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited as Projects & Operations Officer where I worked for two years. During my tenure I have handled Designing and execution of major pipeline projects for petroleum installation. My interests are Design engineering, nano engineered surface design and thermal engineering.

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Shanliangzi Liu

Shanliangzi is a M.S. student in Materials Science & Engineering. She received her bachelor’s degree in Materials Molding & Control from Lanzhou University of Technology, China in 2013. She is interested in thermal systems and nano/microscale surfaces.


Ajay Roopesh

Ajay joined our group in Spring of 2014. He finished his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from SRM-Easwari Engineering College, Anna University. His interests are Thermal Engineering, Simulation of Thermal systems and Nano-engineering.