Principle Investigator

Keunhan (Kay) Park
Associate Professor

Office: 2672 MEK
Lab: 1361/1361A MEB
E-mail: kpark [at] mech [dot] utah [dot] edu
Phone: (801) 581-4260
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Keunhan (Kay) Park earned his BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering at Seoul National University in 1997 and 1999, respectively, and achieved his PhD in mechanical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007. Before starting his PhD study, he worked as a full-time lecturer at the Republic of Korea Naval Academy for three years. During 2007-2008, he was in the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Ilinois at Urbana-Champaign as a postdoc. From 2008-2013 he held an assistant professor position in the Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Rhode Island. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah. His research interests are in tip-based thermal science and engineering, optothermofluidics, novel micro/nanoscale sensors and instrumentation, and fundamental understanding of phonon-, photon-, and electron-coupled energy transport at the micro/nanoscale.

Graduate Students

Mohammad Ghashami

Ph.D. Candidate
E-mail: M [dot] Ghashami [at] mech [dot] utah [dot] edu
Research area:
Experimental investigation of near-field thermophotovoltaic energy conversion
Devon Jensen

Ph.D. Candidate
E-mail: Devon [dot] Jensen [at] mech [dot] utah [dot] edu
Research areas:
  1. Hybrid optical devices consisting of 3-D silicon photonic crystals and nano-antenna arrays
  2. Photo-conductive atomic force microscopy
Amun Jarzembski

Ph.D. Candidate
E-mail: Amun [dot] Jarzembski [at] utah [dot] edu
Research areas:
  1. Experimental investigation of extreme near-field thermal radiation from a tip to substrate
  2. Near-field scanning infrared spectroscopy
Cedric Shaskey

Ph.D. Student
E-mail: u0728242 [at] utah [dot] edu
Research areas:
  1. Near-field frequency domain thermoreflectance microscopy
  2. Nanoheater/thermometer fabrication
A.N.M. Taufiq Elahi

Ph.D. Student
E-mail: taufiq.elahi [at] utah [dot] edu
Research areas:
  1. Radiative property manipulation
  2. Nanogap Thermionics
Jacob Crossley

Master's Student
E-mail: jacobcrossley1253 [at] gmail [dot] edu
Research area:
Experimental investigation of tip-substrate thermal transport

Undergraduate Students

James Bailey

E-mail: skittlemanjb [at] gmail [dot] com
Research Area:
Experimental investigation of near-field thermophotovoltaic energy conversion
Dallin Romney

E-mail: dallinromney [at] gmail [dot] com



Sina Hamian(ME PhD at Utah, 2017)Postdoc at UC Irvine
Timothy Walsh(ME MS at URI, 2013)Asylum Research
Hakan Aydin(ME MS at URI, 2013)Yupana LLC
Nola Palombo(ME MS at URI, 2012)Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc
Andrew Gauffreau(ME MS at URI, 2012)Hexagon Metrology, Inc
William DiPippo(ME MS at URI, 2010)Holographix LLC


Emily Mitchell(ME at the U, UROP)2016-2018
Alex Koch(ME at the U, UROP)2017-2018
Stacey Murguia(ME at the U; UROP)2016-2017
Taehoon Kim(ME at the U; UROP)2015-2016
Nicholas James Iacopino(ME at the U; UROP)2015-2016
Brianna Potter (ME at the U; UROP)2015-2016
Rishab Sahani(Summer Intern, Jaypee University of Engineering & Technology, India)2016
Austin Smith(ME at the U; UROP)2015-2016
Cody Wayment(ME at the U; UROP)2014-2015
Andrew Blanco(ME at the U; UROP)2014-2015
Xi (Kevin) Han(ME at the U; REU)2013-2014
Vinh Nguyen(ME at the U)2014
Trever Trevis(Physics at the U)2014
Gahye Kim(ME, International Exchange Student)2012-2013
Catherine LiVolsi (Physics at URI)2012-2013
Alyssa Zisk(ME at URI)2012-2013
Ronald Sadlier (Physics/Applied Math at URI)2012-2013
Stacie Waleyko(CS, BS at URI)2012
Timothy Walsh(ME, BS at URI)2011
Christopher O’Connell(ME, BS at URI)2011
Patrick Keough(ME, BS at URI)2011
Justin Freeman(ME, BS at URI)2010
Jarrod Pierce(ME, BS at URI)2010