B.S. - Mechanical Engineering, University of VirginiaPh.D. - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of VirginiaPostdoc - Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Ethan joined the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 2023. He first came to the University of Virginia as an undergraduate and completed a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2015 and a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 2021. During his graduate research, he worked at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he also served as a postdoctoral research associate prior to joining the faculty at UVA. In addition to teaching, he is active in research and helps to manage the UVA ExSiTE Lab led by Professor Patrick Hopkins. Ethan's research interests focus on the development and application of experimental techniques, including electro- and optothermal methods, to analyze heat and energy transfer in extremes of material size and environment.


  • Editor’s Pick, Applied Physics Letters APL 118, 202108 (2021)
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission "Jump Start in Nuclear Materials Education and Research" Fellowship 2017

Research Interests

  • Micro- and nanoscale heat transfer
  • Electro- and optothermal experimental techniques
  • Microfabrication and MEMS
  • Infrared thermal detection

Selected Publications

  • Decoupling absorption and radiative cooling in mid-wave infrared bolometric elements ABS Optics Letters 48, 2155 (2023)
  • Sensing performance of sub-100-nm vanadium oxide films for room temperature detection applications ABS APL 121, 203505 (2022)
  • Optimization of gold germanium (Au0.17Ge0.83) thin films for high sensitivity resistance thermometry ABS J. Appl. Phys. 132, 065103 (2022)
  • Comparative analysis of the sensitivity of nanometallic thin film thermometers ABS Nanotechnology 33, 375503 (2022)
  • Reductions in the thermal conductivity of irradiated silicon governed by displacement damage ABS PRB 104, 134306 (2021)
  • Simultaneous thickness and thermal conductivity measurements of thinned silicon from 100 nm to 17 um ABS APL 118, 202108 (2021)
  • Thermal conductivity enhancement in ion-irradiated amorphous carbon films ABS Nano Lett. 21, 3935 (2021)
  • Probing thermal conductivity of subsurface, amorphous layers in irradiated diamond ABS J. Appl. Phys. 129, 055307 (2021)
  • Thermal conductivity of (Ge2Sb2Te5)1-xCx phase change films ABS J. Appl. Phys. 128, 155106 (2020)
  • Orders of magnitude reduction in the thermal conductivity of polycrystalline diamond through carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen ion implantation ABS Carbon 157, 97 (2020)