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Andrea Pickel joined the Mechanical Engineering faculty at the University of Rochester as an Assistant Professor in July 2019. She received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in May 2019, where she was supported by a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship and a UC Berkeley Chancellor's Fellowship. Her research focuses on using experimental and numerical methods to address fundamental problems in heat transfer. Current research directions include harnessing the unique properties of luminescent materials to develop new nanothermometry techniques and analyzing the thermal properties of novel materials at temperatures as high as 3,000 K. Andrea received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with University and College Honors from Carnegie Mellon University in May 2014. Her undergraduate research at Carnegie Mellon focused on developing lead-free solder/magnetic nanoparticle composites for electronic packaging applications. As an undergraduate, she also spent two summers as an analog packaging intern at Texas Instruments in Dallas, TX. 


Recent Highlights


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February 2018

Andrea’s work on Apparent Self-Heating of Individual Upconverting Nanoparticle Thermometers is published in Nature Communications.


Andrea competes as a semifinalist in UC Berkeley's Grad Slam competition, a "three-minute thesis" speech competition for graduate students across the entire university (video). 


Collaborative work with Dr. Liangbing Hu's group at the University of Maryland on measuring thermoelectric properties at 3,000 K is published in Nature Energy
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