Laurent Pilon's Research Group
University of California, Los Angeles

MEMBERS

 

 

Lab Member's Awards and Honors


Faculty


Prof. Laurent Pilon

Professional Experience

University of California, Los Angeles, California - USA

  • 2012-present - Professor
  • 2008-2012 - Associate Professor
  • 2002-2008 - Assistant Professor

Education
  • PhD Mechanical Engineering - Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 2002
  • MS Applied Physics - Grenoble Institute of Technology, France, 1997
  • BS Applied Physics - Grenoble Institute of Technology, France, 1997
Honors and Awards

Graduate Students


Bingang Mei

Alex Ricklefs

PhD student MS Student

BSME, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, 2013

 

BSME, UC San Diego, 2012

 

Jie develops physical modeling of electrochemical capacitors Alex investigates material solutions for zero-net energy buildings

Henri-Louis Girard

 

Jie Lin

MS student PhD Student

B.S. Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, France, 2013

BSME, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 2013

Henri develops physical modeling of electrochemical capacitors Jie develops physical modeling of electrochemical capacitors

Alexander Thiele

Ri-Liang Heng

PhD student PhD student

BSME, Washington State University, 2012

BSME, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2010

Zander investigates material solutions for zero-net energy buildings

Ri-Liang investigates light transfer in biological systems.

Joseph Attia

Anna D'Entremont

PhD student PhD Student

BSME, Caltech, 2006

BSME, Clemson University, 2010

MSME, UCLA, 2008 MSME, UCLA 2013
Dale H. Austin Scholarship, Warren G. Koerner Scholarship in Engineering, Gates Millenium Scholar 2011 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Joseph investigates the dynamic, stability, and transport properties of aqueous foams.

Anna studies transport phenomena and thermal management of electrochemical energy storage systems.

Undergraduate Students


Benjamin Young

Kevin Wan

BSME, UCLA expected 2015

BSME, UCLA expected 2015


Visiting Scholars


 

   

 


Past Members


Post-Doctoral and Visiting Scholars


   

Prof. Hong Qi

Sept. 2011-Sept. 2012

 

Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Dr. Julian Vargheses

now at DS Spatial, Bloomfield, CO

Prof. Bo Zhang

January - July 2007

PhD, Texas A&M, 2009

MSAE, Aerospace Eng., Texas A&M, 2003

BSME, University of Kerala, 2000

Dr. Zhang spent six months with us from January to July 2007 as a visiting scholar. He return to Dalian where he is Professor at Dalian University of Technology.

Rei Kitamura

Sept. 2005- Sept. 2007

Dr. Juan Yin

now at Solar Turbines, San Diego, CA

 

MSME Tokyo University, 1997 MSME Tokyo University, 1999

Rei and his family spent 2 years with us from September 2005 to Sept.2007. They are now back in Japan working for Asahi Glass Corp.

PhD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2004

MSME, Tsinghua University, 2000

BSME, Tsinghua University, 1997

 


Former PhD students

Dr. Ian McKinley

Dr. Razmig Kandilian

Now at the Jet Propulsion Lab., Pasadena, CA Now at GEPEA, Nantes, France

BSME, Columbia University, 2010

BSME, UCLA 2009

MSME, UCLA, 2011 MSME, UCLA 2010

PhD, UCLA, 2013

Clean Green IGERT Fellowship

PhD, UCLA, 2014

Clean Green IGERT Fellowship

PhD Thesis: Thermomechanical Energy Conversion Using Ferroelectric Materials PhD Thesis:Optimization and Control of Light Transfer in Photobioreactors for Biofuel Production

Dr. Hainan Wang

Dr. Euntaek Lee

Now at Western Digitals, Fremont, CA now at Seoul National Univ., South Korea

BSME, University of Science and Technology China, 2006

MSME KAIST, South Korea, 2008

MSME, Notre Dame Univ., 2008 PhD, UCLA, 2013
PhD, UCLA, 2013
PhD Thesis: Modeling and Simulation of Electrical Energy Storage In Electrochemical Capacitors PhD Thesis: Light Transfer Simulation Tools in Photobiological Fuel Production

Dr. Dmitry Yudovsky

Dr. Jin Fang

now founder and CEO of DySci, Santa Monica, CA now at Seagate, Saint Paul, MN

BSME, UC San Diego, 2006

BSME, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 2006

MSME, UCLA, 2008 MSME, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 2008
PhD, UCLA, 2010 PhD, UCLA, 2012
PhD Thesis: Spectroscopy of Multilayered Biological Tissues for Diabetes Care. PhD Thesis: Thermal Transport in Nanoporous Materials for Energy Applications

Dr. Ashcon Navid

Dr. Thomas Coquil

Now at Intel Corp., Portland OR now co-founder and CEO of Solaire Box, Paris, France

BSME, UCLA, 2006

B.S. Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, France, 2008

MSME, UCLA, 2007 M.S. UCLA and Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, France, 2008
PhD, UCLA, 2010 PhD, UCLA, 2010
PhD Thesis: Pyroelectric Energy Conversion for Waste Heat Harvesting. PhD Thesis: Thermal and Optical Properties of Highly Ordered Mesoporous Materials for Energy Applications.

Dr. Kamal M. Katika

Dr. Halil Berberoglu

Now at Optiver, Chicago, IL Now at UT, Austin
BSME, ITT Madras, 2002 BSME, Purdue University, 2000
MSME, UCLA, 2004 MSME, Purdue University, 2003
PhD UCLA, 2007 PhD, UCLA, 2008
PhD Thesis: Transient Radiation Transport in Biological Tissues and Applications to Autofluorescence of Human Skin. PhD Thesis: Photobiological Hydrogen Production and Carbon Dioxide Mitigation.

Former MS students

Felix Lee, MS

Amanda Fujii, MS

Now at Mea Forensic, Laguna Hills, CA Now at Pacific Gas and Electric
BSME, UCLA, 2009 BSME, UCLA, 2012
MSME, UCLA, 2012 MSME, UCLA, 2014
MS Thesis: Experimental and Analytical Studies on Pyroelectric Waste Heat Energy Conversion. MS Thesis: Effect of Nanoporosity on the Thermal Conductivity of Amorphous Carbon

Raylene Moreno, MS

David Wirth, MS

Now at Parsons Brinckerhoff, Sacramento, CA now 2nd Lieutenant in the US Air Force
BS Environmental Engineering, UCLA, 2010 BSME, UCLA 2012
MSME UCLA, 2011 MSME, UCLA, 2012
MS Thesis: Pyroelectric Energy Converter: Numerical Simulations vs. Experimental Results MS Thesis: Experimental Study on the Aerospace Applications of Photoreactive Nanomaterials.

Hiep Nguyen, MS

Damien Vanderpool, MS

now at UltraCell Corporation, Livermore, CA.

 

Now at ATA Engineering, El Segundo, CA

BSME, UC Berkeley, 2007 BSME, UCLA, 2006
MSME, UCLA, 2009 MSME, UCLA, 2008
MS Thesis: Pyroelectric Energy Converter Using Co-Polymer P(VDF-TrFE) and Olsen Cycle for Waste Heat Energy Harvesting. MS Thesis: Numerical and Experimental Study of a Pyroelectric Energy Converter for Harvesting Waste Heat.

Dr. Kamal M. Katika

Matthew M. Braun, MS

After his MSME thesis, Kamal stayed for PhD in our group.

now at the Raytheon Company

BSME, ITT Madras, 2002 BSME Clarkson University, 2003
MSME, UCLA, 2004 MSME UCLA, 2004

MS Thesis: Modified Method of Characteristics in Radiative Transfer

MS Thesis: Effective Optical Properties of Nanoporous Thin-Film.

Tzu-ying Tseng, MS

Thomas Chin, MS

Now at Touchdown Technologies, Los Angeles, CA  
BSME, National Cheng Kung University 2009 BSME, UC San Diego 2009
MSME UCLA, 2010 MSME, UCLA 2011

Brian James, MS

Now at Southern California, Edison

BS MSE, UC Irvine, 2008

MSME UCLA, 2010

Pedro Gomez, MS

now at Tensility International Corp., Valencia, CA

BSME, UC Berkeley, 2006

MSME, UCLA, 2010

Herman Wong, MS

Now at Black & Decker, Foothill Ranch, CA

BSME, UC Berkeley, 2008

MSME, UCLA, 2010

 

Jennifer Blackwell, MS

Now at Dexcom, Inc., San Diego, CA

BSBE, UC San Diego, 2005

MSME, UCLA, 2007

.Kyle Smith, MS

Now at ATA Engineering, San Diego, CA

MSME, UCLA, 2006

BSME, UCLA, 2005

Howard Tseng, MS

now at the Jet Propulsion Lab

MSME UCLA, 2005

BSCE UC Berkeley, 2004


Former Undergraduate students

Patarapol Chutinuntanakul

John R. Sy

BSME, UCLA expected 2015

BSME, UCLA expected 2015

Zachary Johnson

Gabriel Garcia

BSME, June 2012

BSME Expected June 2012

3rd Place in the 2010 UCLA RISE-UP poster competition.

Yi Huang

Aditya Chandramohan

BSME Expected June 2012
BSME Expected June 2012

Joshua Kim

Broc Chavez

BSAE Expected June 2012
BSME Expected June 2012
David Moreno
Neal Hutchinson

BSME, UCLA 2012

BSAE, UCLA 2009

MSME, UCLA 2010

Saurabh Pillai
Gbenga Elehinafe

BSME, UCLA 2009

MSME, UCLA 2010

BSME, UCLA 2008

Daniel Durbin
Anna Garahan

BSME, UCLA 2008

BSAE, UCLA 2006

Ding Lai
Henri Patricio

BSME, UCLA 2006

BSME, UCLA 2006

Natasha Barra
Richard Yau

BSME, UCLA 2006

BSAE, UCLA 2006

MSE, Georgia Tech, 2008

Damien Vanderpool
Vivien Leong

BSME, UCLA 2006

MSME, UCLA 2008

BSChE,UCLA 2005

Soojung (Claire) Hur
Fritz Schrimerz

BSME, UCLA 2005

MSME, UCLA 2007

PhD, UCLA 2011

BSME, UCLA 2004

Jonathan Chang
Lisa Ridderhof

BSME UCLA, 2004

BSME, UCLA 2004


Past Visitors
 

Hua Li

Sept. 2014 - Sept. 2015

 

Astrid Jamet

April - August 2014

Harbin Institute of Technology, China

ENTPE, France

Astrid spent 5 months in our lab working on technologies for zero-net energy buildings. She returned to France to complete her education.

Bingang Mei

Summer 2013

Luo Qi

Summer 2012

Bingang came for the summer from Zhejiang University through UCLA CSST. She returned to finish her BSME in 2014 before coming back for her PhD.

Luo came for the summer from Xi’an Jiaotong University through UCLA CSST. He returned to China to finish his undergraduate studies. He is now a graduate student at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Jiafei Zhao

Sept. 2007 - Sept. 2008

Hugo Frederich

Summer 2008

Jiafei spent one year from Sept. 2007 to Sept. 2008 as part of his PhD studies at the State Key Laboratory of Clean Energy Utilization at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. He is now Assistant Professor at Dalian University of Technology

Grenoble Institute of Technology (INPG)

Hugo did his junior internship in our lab and went on to take a PhD at Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France

Sophie Larmignat

Summer 2007

Fabien Gregoris

Summer 2007

Grenoble Institute of Technology (INPG)

Sophie did her junior internship in our lab and received her BS in Applied Physics. She now works for Areva in Lyon, France.

Grenoble Institute of Technology (INPG)

Fabien did his junior internship in our lab and received his BS in Applied Physics. He now works in London, UK.

Samuel Prim

March-September 2004

Gauderic Lerouge

September 2006- January 2007

Grenoble Institute of Technology (INPG)

Samuel did his final year internship with us and received his BS in Applied Physics. He now works as an Engineer for Technip.

Institut Catholique d'Arts et Métiers, Toulouse - 2007 Gauderic did his final year internship with us and received his BS in Engineering from Toulouse, France.

James Washington

UC LEAD Summer 2003

Helene Ruckenbusch

Summer 2003

BSME 2004 UC Santa Barbara Now a graduate student at Northwestern University.

Grenoble Institute of Technology (INPG)

Helene did her junior internship in our lab and received his BS in Applied Physics. She now works for Renault.

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