• Team

    Richard Zhang

    Principal Investigator

    Hometown: Melbourne, FL, USA

    B.S., Mechanical Engineering, MIT (2010)

    M.S. and Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech (2015)

    Staff Engineer, Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, CA (2015-2017)

    Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of North Texas, Denton, TX (2017 - Present)


    My research is focused on nanoscale energy transport and optics. I am particularly interested in nanomaterials (nanotubes, nanoparticles, and 2D materials), near-field tunneling (thermal rectification, probe microscopy, and infrared sensors), and aerospace applications (radiative coatings, photovoltaic devices, and spacecraft systems).

    Ken Araki

    Ph.D. Candidate

    Hometown: Takasaki, Japan / San Diego, CA

    B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Niigata University (2019)


    Research Interests: Photonic gratings, environmental cooling, and aerospace

    Project: Tunable radiative emission coatings using 2D materials and phase transition oxides

    Micah Vallin

    Ph.D. Candidate

    Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

    B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno (2017)

    M.S., Mechanical Engineering, UNT (2020)


    Research Interests: Nanomaterials, phonon dynamics, and computational optimization

    Project: Thermal conductivity of phase transition nanomaterials

    Partially funded by US AFOSR

    Ethan Cramer

    M.S. Thesis Student (Co-Advised with Dustin Harvey)

    Hometown: Prosper, TX

    B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of North Texas (2020)


    Research Interests: Machine Learning Engineering, Aerospace

    Supported by Los Alamos National Labs

    Support Staff

    1. Kona, K.9. (2020)


    1. Kelsa Adams, M.S. (2022): Lockheed Martin, Ft. Worth

    Thesis: Gradient-Index Metamaterial Infrared Detector for Enhanced Photo-response and Image Quality


    2. Morgan Blankenship, M.S. (2022)


    3. Ethan Cramer, B.S. (2020): Los Alamos National Labs


    4. Anton Yorzh, M.S. (2019)