Principal Investigator



Jonathan A. Malen ( Jon arrived at Carnegie Mellon in 2009 and is currently an Associate Professor. He is a recipient of the AFOSR Young Investigator Award (2011), the ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator Award (2011), the NSF CAREER Award (2012), the CIT Dean’s Early Career Fellowship (2013), ARO Young Investigator Award (2014), and the ASME Bergles-Rohsenow Young Investigator Award in Heat Transfer (2014). At Carnegie Mellon his obsession with phonons has been rewarded with the CIT Dean’s Early Career Fellowship and the CIT Outstanding Research Award. Jon recieved his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley under the co-advisory of Professors Arun Majumdar (ME, MSE) and Rachel Segalman (ChemE).  Jon received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2000 and an S.M. in Nuclear Engineering (2003) from MIT, under the advisory of Professor Neil Todreas

PhD Students

Minyoung Jeong (

PhD student (MSE) since Fall 2014. Minyoung graduated with honor as an Honors College student in 2009 with a BS, and with an MS in 2013 in Materials Science and Engineering from Michigan State University. Before coming to CMU, Minyoung worked as a research intern at the Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM) developing thin-film thermoelectric generator modules. Minyoung also served in the Korean Army as an Army English translator from 2009 to 2011 in the 52nd Infantry Division. Minyoung enjoys working out in his free time.