Principal Investigator

Konrad 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.

Contact: konradr (at)

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.



Matt Ralphs

Matt joined our group in Fall 2016. Matt originates from Cache Valley, Utah, where he graduated with his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Utah State University. After 2 years working as a Test and Reliability Engineer at AGCO Corp in Kansas on the Autonomous Guidance Team, he returned to USU to pursue a Masters Degree. His masters research dealt with the manufacture and thermal measurement of Carbon Nanotube – Polymer composites, under Dr. Nicholas Roberts.



Akshay Phadnis

Akshay joined our group in Fall 2016. He is from Pune, India and completed M.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur and B.Tech from Pune University. He is interested in heat trasnfer, nanotechnology, and bioengineering.



Chad Manning

Chad joined our group in Fall 2016. He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Penn State in 2011. He worked for DuPont for 4 years in their central research and development group. He is interested in surface active chemicals, polymers and nano and microscale interactions.


Master Students


Sujal Tipnis


Undergraduate Students

Nick Dhuyvetter
Nick Kemme
Rubin Linder



Aastha Uppal after defending her Masters thesis on smart fabrics, Aastha joined Intel
Shanliangzi Liu after defending her Masters thesis on liquid metal electronics, she is pursuing PhD at Purdue University
Kyle Doudrick worked with us from 2013 to 2014 as NSF/ASEE Small Business Postdoctoral Research Diversity Fellow. Currently he is an Assistant Professor at University of Notre Dame. You can find more information about Kyle on
Ajay Roopesh
Sriram Chandrashekar
Sushruth Subbarao
Abhishiktha Tummala
Erik Woods 
Gopala Akella Currently at Freescale
Chris Schott former FURI student currently at Ford
Neil Patel joined our group for Summer 2015 while home in Phoenix. Currently he an undergraduate at Duke University studying to be an engineer.
Cassidee Kido joined the group for Summer 2014 while home in Phoenix. She is currently an undergraduate at Duke University studying to be an engineer.