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Prospective members

Join us to work on what matters!

If you are interested in joining our group as a grad (Ph.D. or M.Sc.), or an undergrad student, please contact us.

Current research interests include microscale phase change heat transfer/thermal management, micro/nano-fabrication techniques, water desalination, air conditioning systems, and energy storage/conversion devices. 

The desired Ph.D. candidates have

     1- a M.Sc. degree in Mechanical, Aerospace, or Chemical Engineering from a reputable university;

     2- an excellent academic record showing outstanding analytical skills;

     3- strong communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills;

     4- (preferred) a record of peer-reviewed high-quality journal publications in the fields of phase change heat transfer and/or energy systems. 

More information


About the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at NC State University:

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at NC State University is among the largest and most prominent in the nation. The MAE department currently has 49 tenure-track faculty, 7 non-tenure-track teaching faculty, and 16 staff members. The Department has an enrollment of over 1,200 undergraduates and 400 graduate students. The department is housed in Engineering Building III, a four-story, 250,000-square-foot facility built in 2010. NC State’s location on Centennial Campus, combined with its proximity to the Research Triangle Park and neighboring universities, provides extensive opportunities for academic and industrial interaction and collaboration. Further information on the department can be found at:


The University is located in the technology-rich Research Triangle metropolitan area. The Research Triangle area is frequently recognized in national surveys as one of the best places to live in the U.S. We enjoy outstanding public schools, affordable housing, and great weather, all in the proximity of the mountains and the seashore. To continue providing job-ready graduates for North Carolina’s ever-growing tech economy, the state’s largest public university will get even larger in the next few years.

North Carolina State University will add about 4,000 students – 2,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students – in engineering disciplines and computer science over the next five years. The growth will push NC State’s College of Engineering to around 14,000 students and the university’s total student population to more than 40,000.

The growth will be funded by Engineering North Carolina’s Future, a state legislative initiative that will provide NC State with $20 million over the next two years to hire additional faculty as well as support staff including academic advisors and laboratory personnel to support the larger student body. The legislature is also providing NC State with $30 million to support facility upgrades to accommodate these additional STEM students.

About Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill area:

Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill are known for their research/technology roots and collegiate rivalries. This tri-city region (known as the Triangle), hosting the Research Triangle Park (RTP), is luring new residents every day with strong job growth and high quality of life. Many people who call the Raleigh and Durham metro areas home are young, friendly, diverse and educated. They enjoy dining out in local restaurants – many of which have earned national accolades – and gathering over craft beers in one of the region's many microbreweries. A strong sense of community is evident, as strangers are quick to provide a friendly conversation when standing in line at the supermarket.

Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill also encompass beautiful green spaces, family-friendly museums and a growing art and music scene defined by monthly gallery walks, summer concerts and music festivals like Hopscotch. The population in Raleigh and Durham is diverse, and the cities' international communities grow every day. Although the median age in Raleigh and Durham is roughly 35 years old, the area has a youthful vibe that's amplified by the presence of several universities. The availability of good jobs and good schools makes the region a desirable place to raise a family. People under the age of 18 make up more than a fifth of the area's population. U.S. News analyzed 150 metro areas in the United States to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each metro area, as well as the value of living there and people's desire to live there. The tringle area is ranked 6th best place to live in the U.S. in 2022-2023.


About the Research Triangle Park (RTP):

Research Triangle Park (RTP) is the largest research park in the United States and remains one of the most successful science parks across the globe. Stretching 7,000 acres (2,833 ha) in North Carolina, the RTP hosts more than 375+ companies and 77,000 workers, ranging from Fortune 100 multinational R&D operations to entrepreneurial-driven start-ups. The RTP is anchored by the cities of Raleigh and Durham and the town of Chapel Hill and is home to three Tier-1 research universities: North Carolina State University, Duke University, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, respectively.

The RTP's growing high-technology community includes companies such as IBM, Lenovo, SAS Institute, Cisco Systems, NetApp, Red Hat, EMC Corporation, and Credit Suisse First Boston. In addition to high-tech, the region is consistently ranked in the top three in the U.S. with concentration in life science companies. Some of these companies include GlaxoSmithKline, Biogen Idec, BASF, Merck & Co., Novo Nordisk, Novozymes, and Pfizer. Research Triangle Park and North Carolina State University's Centennial Campus in Raleigh support innovation through R&D and technology transfer among the region's companies and research universities (including Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).

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