Principal Investigator

Prof. Andrea Pickel

Office: 219 Hopeman Engineering Building
Phone: (585) 275-9142


Andrea Pickel joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Rochester as an Assistant Professor in July 2019. Professor Pickel 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. She 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. Her current research interests include harnessing the unique properties of luminescent materials to develop nanothermometry techniques with outstanding spatial and temporal resolution, developing thermal metrology for use at high temperatures and in harsh chemical environments, and exploring fluorescence-based thermal measurements in a biological context.

Ph.D. Students

Dinesh Bommidi

Dinesh Bommidi is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Rochester (UR). He received his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from JNTUK-UCE Vizianagram (India). Later, he joined CMSML group at Northern Illinois University (NIU) and finished his M.S in 2018 under the guidance of Prof. Iman Salehinia. His past research was to investigate the thermal properties of metal-coated Carbon Nanotubes using Molecular Dynamics atomistic simulations. In 2019, he joined NTTL at UR where he now focuses on developing time-resolved far-field nanothermometry techniques using luminescent materials. Dinesh’s free time is usually spent on cooking, hiking or exploring nature reserves.


Ziyang Ye

Ziyang Ye graduated with a Bachelor degree in Materials Science from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2017. Then he began master’s study at University of Rochester and did research of water-soluble conjugated polymers in Rothberg’s group. In 2019, after obtained master’s degree, he decided to stay in Rochester, joined Pickel’s group and took photophysics to be his greatest research interest. Now, he is trying to investigate the optical properties and applications of upconversion nanoparticles. He enjoys listening classical music and doing gym with his friends.



Undergraduate Students

Melanie Earle (Fall 2019 – present)

Carol Jerotich (Spring 2020 – present)

Stella Kombo (Spring 2020 – present)

Caiden Larsen (Spring 2020 – present)

Linh Vu (Spring 2020 – present)