Navaneetha Krishnan Ravichandran
Alumni Dow-Resnick Graduate Research Fellow
Navaneeth graduated from Caltech with a PhD in mechanical engineering. His thesis talk was titled "Theoretical and Experimental Investigation of Phonon Boundary Scattering in Thin Silicon Membranes". Navaneeth graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in energy technology. For his undergraduate thesis, he worked on analyzing fluid flow and heat transfer through microchannels carrying coolants. His research at Caltech focused on understanding phonon mediated heat transfer through nanoscale semiconductor materials which are essential components of Light Emitting Diodes (LED). The long term goal of his project was to engineer the LED structure for efficient thermal dissipation, which would enhance LED lifetimes and reduce overall cost.
Navaneeth is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). His lab is pursuing both experimental and ab initio theoretical phonon and electron transport problems.
RSI Research: Enabling Large Scale Sustainable Lighting through Efficient Heat Dissipation in LEDs
Faculty Advisers: Austin J. Minnich and Keith C. Schwab
PhD Thesis: Theoretical and Experimental Investigation of Phonon Boundary Scattering in Thin Silicon Membranes