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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.


B.S. - Mechanical Engineering, University of Virginia

Ph.D. - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Virginia

Postdoc - Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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


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