Group Members

Principal Investigator

Andrej Lenert

Andrej Lenert
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

Ph.D., MIT, 2014
S.M., MIT, 2010
B.S.Eng., University of Iowa, 2008

alenert@umich.edu
NCRC Building 28, 2046

Bio: Andrej Lenert is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan. He received his PhD from MIT in 2014, where he worked under the supervision of Evelyn N. Wang and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan prior to his appointment there. Dr. Lenert is the recipient of several recognitions including the NSF Career Award, the 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, the College of Engineering 1938E Award and the Department Excellence Award. He is currently serving as the Department Recruiting Chair and a Director of the Transport and Energy Processes Division within AIChE. His work on thermophotovoltaic materials and devices has been cited as one of the “10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2017” and the “Biggest Clean Energy Advances in 2016” by the MIT Tech Review. Outside of research, Dr. Lenert is passionate about teaching fundamentals through real-world applications, making academic communities more diverse and inclusive, and maximizing the potential of his mentees. 

Post-Doctoral Researchers

Ali Davoodabadi

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Binghamton University
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Binghamton University
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology
davoodab@umich.edu

Graduate Students

Zachary Berquist
B.S. Chemical Engineering
Pennsylvania State University
zjber@umich.edu

Alexander Hill
B.S. Chemistry
University of Denver
hillalex@umich.edu

Andres Miranda Manon
B.S. Chemical Engineering
University of Texas – Austin
amimanon@umich.edu

Sean McSherry
B.S. Chemical Engineering
Lafayette College
mcsherry@umich.edu

Areefa Rahman
B.S. Chemical Eng. + Chem.
University of Texas – Austin
areefa@umich.edu

Bosun Roy-Layinde
B.S. Chemical Engineering
University of Lagos
roybosun@umich.edu

Carissa Yim
B.S. Chemical Engineering
University of Pittsburg
carsyim@umich.edu

Undergraduate Students

Annyn Howle
Chemical Engineering (Jr)
University of Michigan

Rachel Fetter
Chemical Engineering (Sr)
University of Michigan

Sean Fernandez
Chemical Engineering (Jr)
University of Michigan

Group Alumni

Postdocs
Venkata Yarlagadda, 2018–2021 (Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Kansas)
Current Position: GM Research

PhD
Tobias Burger, Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2021 (Fall)
Thesis: “Eliminating out-of-band loss in thermophotovoltaic systems utilizing cell-side spectral control”
Current Position: TBD

Hannah Kim, Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2021 (Winter)
Thesis: “Tailoring optical and thermal properties of nanostructured materials for passive radiative cooling”
Current Position: Leadership Development Program, BASF

Masters
Ziting Fan, U Michigan, Department of Chemical Engineering, 2018 – 2019
Current Position: PhD Student, National University of Singapore
Krutarth Dhananjay Jhaveri, U Michigan, Department of Chemical Engineering, 2017 – 2018
Current Position: Environmental Engineer, Apple Inc. 
Yulei Zhang, U Michigan, Department of Chemical Engineering, 2016­ – 2017
Current Position: PhD Student, ChE, U Michigan

Undergraduate
Zhewen Deng, U Michigan, Department of Chemical Engineering, 2020-2021
Current Position: PhD Student, Nanoengineering, UCSD
Spencer Cira, U Michigan, Department of Chemical Engineering, 2020-2021
Current Position: PhD Student, ChE, U Washington
Oluka Okia, Case Western Reserve University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2020­ (SROP) – 2021
Current Position: PhD Student, ME, U Michigan
Kevin Turaczy, U Michigan, Department of Chemical Engineering, 2019
Current Position: PhD Student, ChE, Columbia University
Brendon Brown, U Michigan, Department of Chemical Engineering, 2019
Current Position: Engineer, Trucent Separation Technologies
Apoorva Gupta, Birla Institute of Technology and Science (Pilani, India), Department of Chemical Engineering, 2019
Current Position: Graduate Student, UCSD
Caroline Sempere, U Michigan, Department of Chemical Engineering, 2018­ – 2019
Current Position: Wells Engineer, ExxonMobil
Michael Veksler, U Michigan, Department of Chemical Engineering, 2018­ – 2019
Current Position: PhD Student, ChE, U Michigan
Alejandro Owen Aquino, Case Western Reserve University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2018 (SROP)
Current Position: PhD Student, ME, Georgia Tech.
Silva Zhang, U Michigan, Department of Chemical Engineering, 2018
Vinod K. Raman, U Michigan, Departments of Chemical Engineering and Computer Science, 2017­ – 2019
Current Position: PhD Student, Statistics, U Michigan
Brandon Woo, U Michigan, Department of Chemical Engineering, 2017­ – 2018
Current Position: Staff Member, Lurie Nanofabrication Facility
Allison Goss, U Michigan, Department of Chemical Engineering, 2017