Graduate Students

Eric HeubelEric V. Heubel
Eric earned a Master of Science from MIT September 2008 working with Professor Pierre Lermusiaux studying ocean simulations and tidal mixing. He received a
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech University in 2006. In 2009, Eric interned at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories with Dr. William Butera developing distributed computing hardware. He returned to MIT in February 2010 and is presently working on a Ph.D. in the Velasquez-Garcia research group. Eric is developing a precision plasma sensor using MEMS manufacturing methods to study the ion energy distribution of various plasma sources.
Philip Ponce de LeonPhilip Ponce de Leon
Phil received his B.S. in Physics from New York University and his B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology. As an undergrad, his research experiences included simulating two-phase flow in a nasal cavity, modifying the wetting properties of a photonic crystal biosensor, and designing, fabricating, and testing a novel implant to relieve fluid buildup in the eye associated with glaucoma. He is currently working on developing multiplexed, MEMS-based arrays of electrospinning emitters to increase the throughput of nanofiber generation.
Chen DanChen Dan Dong
Chen Dan received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering and B.S. in Applied Math from MIT in June 2013. As an undergraduate student, she completed UROPs in Prof. Judy Hoyt’s lab and Prof. del Alamo’s lab. She joined Dr. Velasquez-Garcia’s research group in September 2013 and is currently working toward her Master of Engineering Degree. Her M.Eng. thesis will focus on optimization of the height-to-pitch ratio of silicon pillars for photo-triggered field emission cathodes. In her spare time, Chen Dan enjoys listening to kpop.