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.

Contact: konradr (at)

PhD Students


Matt Ralphs

Matt joined our group in Fall 2016 and is co-advised with Prof. Robert Wang. 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.


Praveen Kotagama

Praveen joined our group in Fall 2017. He received a Bachelors and Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from ASU. He is working on thermal transport processes in soft heat exchangers.


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Wilson Kong

Wilson joined our group in Fall 2017 and co-advised with Prof. Robert Wang. He received a Bachelors and Masters degree in Material Science and Engineering from University of Arizona and from ASU, respectively. His research interests include nano materials and materials synthesis.



Viraj Damle (PhD 2017)
Xiaoda Sun (PhD 2017)
Nick Kemme (MS 2017)
Aastha Uppal (MS 2016)
Ajay Roopesh (MS 2015)
Shanliangzi Liu (MS 2015)
Kyle Doudrick (postdoc 2013-14)