Bolin Liao

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, UCSB

Bolin is originally from Sichuan, China. He got his Bachelor of Engineering in Microelectronics from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China in 2010. Then he moved to the US to study at Massachusetts Institute of Technology under Prof. Gang Chen, and earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2016. After a one-year stay at California Institute of Technology as a Kavli Postdoc Fellow in Nanoscience hosted by late Prof. Ahmed Zewail, Bolin started as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at UCSB in July 2017.

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Phone: 805-893-7251

Office: ESB 3231E


Shengying Yue

Postdoctoral Scholar, Apr. 2018 - Present

Shengying is originally from Heilongjiang, China. He got his Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics from Beihang University in Beijing, China in 2011. He got his Master degree in Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2014. Then he moved to Germany to study at RWTH Aachen University under Prof. Ming Hu and earned his Ph.D. in Materials Sciences in 2018. His research interests include first-principles calculation, electron-phonon coupling, phonon properties, and energy transport.

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Jeewan Ranasinghe

Postdoctoral Scholar, Jan. 2020 - Present

YJeewan received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 2010. After four years in the industry, he moved to the US to study at Louisiana State University under Prof. Louis Haber, and earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2019. His research mainly focused on ultrafast and real-time dynamics of nanomaterials studied by advanced spectroscopic techniques. Jeewan joined the TEALab in 2020 as a postdoctoral scholar and his current research interest includes scanning ultrafast electron microscopy (SEUM), magneto-optical Kerr effect, and nanoengineering for energy-related applications.



Usama Choudhry

Graduate Student, Sep. 2017 - Present

Usama received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut in
2016. After a one-year stay in industry, Usama joined the TEALab in 2017. His research interests include
first-principles calculations of electronic and thermal properties. Outside of the lab, Usama enjoys
reading, playing tennis, and hiking very slowly.



Wenkai Ouyang

Graduate Student, Aug. 2018 - Present

Wenkai received his Bachelor degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in Shenzhen, China in 2018. He was an undergraduate researcher in University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2017. Before joining UCSB, he focused on the growth of 2D materials and heterojunctions, and transfer of 2D materials. His research interests include laser-induced transient gratings and scanning ultrafast electron microscopy (SUEM).



Jiaoyue Yuan

Graduate Student, June 2019 - Present

Jiaoyue is a third-year graduate student in Physics Department at UCSB. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Astrophysics and Mathematics from Rutgers University in 2017. She focused on the study of young galaxies and cosmic dust before joining TEALab in Jun 2019. Her current research interests include the application of deep learning algorithms to understand the properties of amorphous materials. 



Melanie Adams

Graduate Student, Jan. 2019 - Present

Melanie received her Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT in 2013. Afterwards, she worked at a start-up for a short time and went abroad where she completed a Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering at EPFL in Switzerland and the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Germany in 2017. She joined the TEALab in 2019. Her research interests include electron microscope thermometry and extending our understanding of thermal properties to biological and medical applications. Outside of the lab, Melanie enjoys bouldering/rock climbing, drawing, and getting away from Santa Barbara on occasion.



Runqing Yang

Graduate Student, Sep. 2019 - Present

Undergraduate Researcher, Feb. 2018 - Aug. 2019

Runqing received his BS in Physics from UCSB in 2019. He has been an undergraduate researcher in TEALab since his junior year and has recently started as a graduate student. His research interest is the theoretical study of phonon transport.



Yujie Quan

Graduate Student, Sep. 2019 - Present

Yujie received her Bachelor's degree in Applied Physics from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2019 and has been a member of the TEALab since then. She used to be an undergraduate researcher at the University of Texas, Austin in summer 2018 and her research focused on condensed matter theory. Her research interests include ab-initio study on thermal transport.



Alex Ackerman

Undergraduate Researcher, Jul. 2018 - Present

Alex is a fifth-year student at UCSB studying mechanical engineering and is originally from Napa, CA. He has built several cloud servers for small businesses in his hometown and has also worked on numerous independent projects including designing and building drones for aerial photography. His interests include 3D printing, energy storage and anything involving lasers.​



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Bowen Deng, Undergraduate Researcher, Feb. 2019 - Jun. 2020. Current Position: Graduate Student at UC Berkeley.

Yu Li, Postdoctoral Scholar, Sep. 2019 - Jun. 2020.

Ruotong Zhang, Undergraduate Visiting Student, Jul. 2019 - Sep. 2019.

Tashi Xu, Undergraduate Researcher, Apr. 2018 - Jun. 2019. Current Position: Graduate Student at UCSD

Isabella Ramirez, Master Student, 2018-2019.

Jessica Jauregui-Gonzalez, ​Undergraduate Researcher, Feb. 2018 - Sep. 2018

Chenxi Sui, Visiting Undergraduate Student, Jul. 2018 - Oct. 2018. Current Position: Graduate Student at Duke University

Alejandro Vega-Flick, Postdoctoral Scholar, Jan. 2018 - Jan. 2019

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Engineering Science Building 3231E, 

University of California, Santa Barbara,

Santa Barbara, CA 93106

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