Andrea D. Pickel
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
4164 Etcheverry Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720
apickel@berkeley.edu

Research Interests

Fundamental studies in heat transfer using experimental and numerical methods 

Education

Expected
May 2019






May 2014

University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering          GPA: 3.85/4.00
Advisor: Prof. Chris Dames
Major: Heat Transfer.  Minors: Materials science, solid state physics.
UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Fellowship (2 years of full funding: 2014-2016) 
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2016-2019) 

Carnegie Mellon University
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with University and College Honors
GPA: 3.80/4.00

Berkeley, CA






Pittsburgh, PA

Professional Experience

Graduate Research Assistant, Nano/Energy Lab, UC Berkeley

  • Developed experimental nanothermometry techniques based on optical spectroscopy and lifetime measurements of individual luminescent nanoparticles

  • Constructed custom scanning confocal microscopy set-up at UC Berkeley

  • Performed numerical simulations to analyze thermal properties of new reduced graphene oxide materials for lighting and thermoelectric applications at 3000 K

  • Other projects: cathodoluminescence thermometry (with N. Ginsberg at UC Berkeley); laser diode temperature mapping (with P. Crump at FBH Berlin); thermal properties of bicontinuous jammed emulsions (with B. Helms at Lawrence Berkeley Lab)

08/14 - present








 

Undergraduate Research Assistant, McHenry Group, Carnegie Mellon University

  • Modeled localized reflow of lead-free solder/magnetic nanoparticle composites

  • Developed finite element simulations to assess solder reliability and residual stress

01/12 - 05/14

 

Analog Packaging Intern, Texas Instruments          Dallas, TX 

05 - 08/14

05 - 08/13

  • Performed finite element analysis to evaluate reliability of custom multilayer printed circuit boards subject to cyclic thermal loading

  • Simulated reliability concerns such as passivation cracking in a GaN-on-Si package

Refereed Journal Publications 

8. A.D. Pickel, A. Teitelboim, E.M. Chan, N.J. Borys, P.J. Schuck, and C. Dames, “Apparent Self-Heating of Individual Upconverting Nanoparticle Thermometers,” Nature Communications 9, 4907 (2018).

7. 
G. Wehmeyer, A.D. Pickel, and C. Dames. “Onsager reciprocity relation for ballistic phonon heat transport in anisotropic thin films of arbitrary orientation,Physical Review B 98, 014304 (2018).

6. T. Li, A.D. Pickel, Y. Yao, Y. Chen, Y. Zeng, S.D. Lacey, Y. Li, Y. Wang, J. Dai, Y. Wang, B. Yang, M.S. Fuhrer, A. Marconnet, C. Dames, D.H. Drew, and L. Hu, “Thermoelectric properties and performance of flexible reduced graphene oxide films up to 3000 K,Nature Energy 3, 148-156 (2018).         
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5. J.D. Kilbane, E.M. Chan, C. Monachon, N.J. Borys, E.S. Levy, A.D. Pickel, J.J. Urban, P.J. Schuck, and C. Dames, “Far-field optical nanothermometry using individual sub-50 nm upconverting nanoparticles,Nanoscale 8, 11611 (2016).

4. W. Bao*, A.D. Pickel*, Q. Zhang*, Y. Chen*, Y. Yao*, J. Wan, K. Fu, Y. Wang, J. Dai, H. Zhu, D. Drew, M. Fuhrer, C. Dames, and L. Hu, “Flexible, High Temperature, Planar Lighting with Large Scale Printable Nanocarbon Paper,Advanced Materials 28, 4684-4691 (2016).  
*
denotes equal contribution to this work

3. S. Xu, A.H. Habib, A.D. Pickel, and M.E. McHenry, “Magnetic Nanoparticle-based Solder Composites for Electronic Packaging Applications,Progress in Materials Science 67, 95-160 (2015). 

2. S. Xu, A. Prasitthipayong, A.D. Pickel, A.H. Habib, and M.E. McHenry, “Mechanical Properties of FeCo Magnetic Particles-based Sn-Ag-Cu Solder Composites,Applied Physics Letters 102, 251909 (2013).

1. S. Xu, A.D. Pickel, A. Prasitthipayong, A.H. Habib, and M.E. McHenry, “Modeling of Localized Reflow in Solder/Magnetic Nanocomposites for Area-Array Packaging,Journal of Applied Physics 113, 17A305 (2013).  

Manuscripts in Preparation

2. C.D. Aiello, A.D. Pickel, E. Barnard, R.B. Wai, C. Monachon, E. Wong, S. Aloni, F. Ogletree, C. Dames, and N. Ginsberg, “Cathodoluminescence-based nanoscopic thermometry in a lanthanide-doped phosphor,” arXiv:1810.07581 [cond-mat.mes-hall].  

1. A.D. Pickel, J. Choi, J. Quan, X. Li, and C. Dames, “Measuring Nanoscale Hotspots with Individual Upconverting Nanoparticles,” in preparation.

Conference Presentations

7. A.D. Pickel, T. Li, Y. Yao, Y. Chen, Y. Zeng, S.D. Lacey, Y. Li, Y. Wang, J. Dai, Y. Wang, B. Yang, M.S. Fuhrer, A. Marconnet, C. Dames, D.H. Drew, and L. Hu, “Extending Thermoelectricity to 3,000 K via Reduced Graphene Oxide Films.” WE-Heraeus-Seminar on System-oriented approach to thermoelectrics: Materials – Interfaces – Devices. Bad Honnef, Germany. April 9-11, 2018. Invited talk.

6. A.D. Pickel, E.M. Chan, C. Aiello, N.J. Borys, N.S. Ginsberg, P.J. Schuck, and C. Dames, “Far-Field Optical Nanothermometry via Individual Upconverting Nanoparticles,” Advanced Imaging Methods Workshop. Berkeley, CA. January 25, 2018. Poster presentation.  (2nd Place Poster Award)

5. A.D. Pickel, J.D. Kilbane, E.M. Chan, C. Monachon, N.J. Borys, E.S. Levy, J.J. Urban, P.J. Schuck, and C. Dames, “Investigating Apparent Self-Heating of Individual Luminescent Nanoparticle Thermometers,” Molecular Foundry User Meeting. Berkeley, CA. August 17-18, 2017. Poster presentation.

4. A.D. Pickel, J.D. Kilbane, E.M. Chan, N.J. Borys, J.J. Urban, P.J. Schuck, and C. Dames. “Excitation Intensity Effects in Far-Field Optical Nanothermometry Using Individual Upconverting Nanoparticles.” ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference. Bellevue, WA, July 9-12, 2017. Contributed talk.

3. A.D. Pickel, J.D. Kilbane, E.M. Chan, C. Monachon, N.J. Borys, E.S. Levy, J.J. Urban, P.J. Schuck, and C. Dames, “Investigating Apparent Self-Heating of Individual Luminescent Nanoparticle Thermometers,” The 9th US-Japan Joint Seminar on Nanoscale Thermal Transport. Tokyo, Japan. July 2-5, 2017. Invited poster presentation.

2. A.D. Pickel, J.D. Kilbane, E.M. Chan, C. Monachon, N.J. Borys, E.S. Levy, J.J. Urban, P.J. Schuck, and C. Dames, “Individual Upconverting Nanoparticles as Nanoscale Heaters and Thermometers.” MRS Spring Meeting. Phoenix, AZ, April 17-21, 2017. Contributed talk.

1. A.D. Pickel, J.D. Kilbane, E.M. Chan, C. Monachon, N.J. Borys, E.S. Levy, J.J. Urban, P.J. Schuck, and C. Dames, “Far-Field Optical Nanothermometry Using Individual Upconverting Nanoparticles,” Molecular Foundry User Meeting. Berkeley, CA. August 11-12, 2016. Poster presentation.

Teaching

Graduate Student Instructor for ME 109: Heat Transfer, UC Berkeley

06 - 08/18 

  • Led discussion sections, taught 3 of 17 total lectures, wrote/graded homework and exam problems, and held office hours for undergraduate heat transfer course

  • Average student evaluation score: 4.7/5.0 (Department average: 4.19/5.0)

Peer Tutor, Carnegie Mellon University

05/11-05/14

  • College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) Level 1 Certified Tutor for physics, calculus, and engineering courses for six semester

Outreach

08/14 - present 

Students for Environmental Engineering Development, UC Berkeley

  • Volunteer with outreach program focused on energy/water resources

  • Served as Chair for the 2015-2016 academic year: designed lesson plans, recruited volunteers, and managed partnership with the elementary school

08/17 - present 

Events Chair, Graduate Women in Engineering, UC Berkeley

  • Organize social and professional development events open to all graduate students

08/15 - 05/17

Speaker Series Co-Chair, Graduate Women in Engineering, UC Berkeley

  • Invited speakers and coordinated logistics for series sponsored by Sandia National Lab

06-08/18

Research Mentor, Berkeley Engineering Research Experiences for Teachers, UC Berkeley

  • Mentored a high school physics teacher and a UC Berkeley undergraduate student who conducted summer research projects related to my PhD work

Proposals

  • Wrote 3 successful proposals on “High Spatial Resolution Thermometry via Individual Upconverting Nanoparticles” for access to the nanoscale imaging and inorganic synthesis facilities at the Molecular Foundry User Facility at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

  • Wrote 1 successful proposal on “Measuring and Manipulating the Thermal Properties of Bicontinuous Jammed Emulsions” for access to the organic and macromolecular synthesis facility at the Molecular Foundry User Facility at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Honors and Awards

10/18
04/18
01/18
09/16 – 08/19
08/14 – 08/16
01/12 – 05/14

05/14

Selected to attend Rising Stars in Mechanical Engineering workshop at MIT
Semifinalist, UC Berkeley Grad Slam (“three-minute thesis” speech competition: video)
2nd place poster award, Advanced Imaging Methods Workshop, Berkeley, CA
National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship
UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Fellowship (2 years of full funding)
Semiconductor Research Corporation Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scholar (5 semesters plus 1 summer of research support)
2nd place, Carnegie Mellon College of Engineering Honors Research Poster Contest
Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society