Potential projects/topics: The Nanoscale Heat Transfer Lab (http://wehmeyerlab.rice.edu/) focuses on building thermal devices and studying heat transfer in nanomaterials. Our research is motivated by thermal challenges in the energy, aerospace, and semiconductor industries. Typical undergraduate student projects include building and characterizing a new thermal device, using finite-element models to predict thermal performance, or collaborating with a graduate student to perform thermal measurements of new nanomaterials.
Potential skills gained: High level skills include the ability to plan and evaluate individual steps in a long-term project, learn about cutting-edge problems in thermal engineering, and learn about graduate school. Detailed skills include precision thermal experiments; finite-element thermal modeling; and research communication skills.
Required qualifications: Students should be planning to obtain a B.S. in engineering or physics.
Direct mentor: Faculty/P.I., Graduate Student
Student Project Titles List
Optimization of Additive Manufactured Heat Sinks Based on the Performance of a Unit Cell Structure
Modelling an Oscillating Gadolinium Heat Switch with Time Dependent Heating