Principal Investigator

Baratunde A. Cola is an associate professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his degrees from Vanderbilt University and Purdue University, all in mechanical engineering, and was a starting fullback on the Vanderbilt football team as an undergrad. Dr. Cola has received a number of prestigious early career research awards including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers (PECASE) in 2012 from President Obama for his work in nanotechnology, energy, and outreach to high school art and science teachers and students; the AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science in 2013; and recently the 2015 Bergles-Rohsenow Young Investigator Award in Heat Transfer from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. In addition to research and teaching, Dr. Cola is the founder, CEO and Chairman of Carbice Nanotechnologies, Inc., which sells a leading thermal management solution for the global electronics industry. Read more…

Research Associates and Postdocs

Craig E. Green received his Ph.D. degree in the G.W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech in 2012. He received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University in 2002. His background is in the thermal/fluid sciences, including his Ph.D. research, which focused on the thermal management of electronics. During his graduate studies Dr. Green authored or co-authored several archival papers in major technical journals and refereed conference proceedings, as well as a pending patent. Before pursuing his graduate studies he worked in the nuclear power industry with Exelon Corporation. He has also completed two internships in the Research and Development department of Praxair Inc. Dr. Green has received several academic and professional awards, including a GEM fellowship and the Outstanding Paper Award in Thermal Management at ITHERM ’08.

Graduate Students

Matthew Smith received his BA in Economics from Wake Forest University and his BS in Renewable Energy Engineering from the Oregon Institute of Technology.  As an undergraduate, he worked at Portland State University in Dr. Carl Wamser’s solar energy conversion laboratory.  At Georgia Tech, Matt is pursuing a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering.  His research focus is on the development of scalable, solution based processes to fabricate organic energy materials and devices.  He enjoys basketball, sand volleyball, and traveling.



David Brown received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in May 2012, and he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. In the fall of 2013, he received the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. His current research focuses on thermal transport at interfaces in thermoelectric devices and metal/semiconductor materials. In his free time, David enjoys playing basketball, watching college/professional football, and listening to rap music.




Ali Kazim  received his B.Sc. & M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore Pakistan. After graduation he worked for Schlumberger & Eni. Having spent few years in Oil Industry, he returned to his alma mater University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore as a Lecturer in Department of Mechanical Engineering. In 2013 he received the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship Award to pursue PhD studies at Georgia Institute of Technology. His current research focuses on enhancing the performance of thermo-electrochemical cells by using carbon nanotubes. He enjoys cricket, badminton, soccer & traveling.



Photo - Eric TervoEric Tervo received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012.  After graduating, he worked at Southwest Research Institute for two years in the field of Fluid Dynamics research and testing.  In the fall of 2014, he came to Georgia Tech to pursue his PhD in Mechanical Engineering.  Eric’s current research focuses on understanding and harnessing light/matter interactions in engineered materials to improve their thermal properties.  In his free time, Eric enjoys cooking, reading, cycling, and traveling.




Daron Spence received dual BS degrees in Mathematics and Electronic Engineering Technology from Grambling State University in 2013.  At Georgia Tech, Daron is pursuing a PhD in Material Science and Engineering. His research focus consists of investigating the nature of carbon nanotubes in metal matrices in order to develop consistent and scalable carbon nanotube-metal matrix composite fabrication methods.





ESEtizaz Shah received his B.Sc Mechanical Engineering degree from University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore, Pakistan (2012). He was selected by US Department of State as Cultural Ambassador of Pakistan to US and spent his Spring 2012 semester at University of Wyoming. During his undergraduate, Etizaz designed and fabricated a fuel efficient car to compete in Shell Eco Marathon. After his bachelors, he served as Lab Engineer at University of Central Punjab​ for about one year. In 2014, he was conferred on Fulbright Scholarship by US Department of State for his master degree at Georgia Institute of Technology. Currently, he is working to fabricate more efficient optical rectenna (rectifying-antenna) for sensing and energy conversion applications. Etizaz is interested in Politics and is serving as senator in GT Student Government. He enjoys Rowing and is a member of GT Rowing Crew.


Zhe ChengZhe Cheng received his Bachelor with highest honor in Thermal and Power Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), China, in 2013. At HUST He received several scholarships, including Baosteel Exceptional Student Scholarship, Heatcraft Awards, and National Scholarship. After that, he went to U.S. and obtained his Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University. His thesis topic was temperature dependent electron thermal transport in nanostructures. In the fall of 2015, he came to Georgia Tech to pursue his PhD in Mechanical Engineering. Zhe’s current research focuses on surface phonon/plasmon polariton and thermal metrology. In his free time, he is a fan of Martial Arts. He was a Tai Chi coach in the Kongfu association at HUST.

image1Erik Anderson received dual B.S. degrees in Physics and Mechanical Engineering from Bradley University in 2015. At Georgia Tech, Erik is pursuing a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. His research will focus on integrating his physics background to improve optical rectenna efficiency. In his free time, Erik likes to practice martial arts. He has trained in Shaolin Kung fu for over a decade and is currently a member of the GT Hapkido class.



Undergraduate Students

Leo Prinzi
Alex Prinzi
Zach Herbst
Sheena Ganju