Olivia McIntee earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2018 at Oakland University in Michigan. During her undergraduate career, she sought out a variety of research experiences including a study abroad in Beijing, an NSF REU summer research program, and two summer internships at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico. Olivia joined the Bright group in 2018, where she is researching the mechanical properties of ultrathin films fabricated with Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD). When she isn’t working, she will most likely be hiking in the Rockies or cooking some delicious recipe involving chickpeas.
Danielle received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan in 2018. Her undergraduate research experiences include work on piezoelectric cardiovascular sensors and direct contact membrane distillation. She joined the MEMS group in Fall 2018 to study membrane scaling in reverse osmosis systems via Raman spectroscopy. In her free time, she enjoys drinking coffee, thrift shopping, and running.
Emanuele (Manuel) is an Italian PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering at University of Colorado. He received the BS in Environmental Engineering from University of Palermo (Italy) in 2012 and the M.S. in Materials Engineering from University of Trento (Italy). He collaborated from 2014 to 2017 in University of Trento and University of Colorado as Research Assistant on high temperature ceramic sintering. In 2017 he joined Bright's MEMS group, to investigate ALD ultra-thin mechanical properties for sensor applications. In free time, Manuel can be found traveling, hiking, cooking, playing chess or watching football games.
Sydney Sykes is an Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering graduate student at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Born and raised in southern New Jersey, Sydney graduated cum laude from Stockton University in 2018 with a B.S. in Applied Physics, and a B.S. in Sustainability. Sydney also completed an internship through the NSF REU program, studying III-V solar cells and substrate technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology, NY. This experience inspired her interest in nanofabrication and MEMS devices. Sydney joined the Bright group in 2018, and her research is focused on liquid lenses that are tuned using the electrowetting effect. Her additional interests include cuddling with her cat Juno, cooking delicious vegan/vegetarian meals, playing ukulele, and hiking in beautiful Colorado.
Kristen Genter earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Nanoscience from The University of Texas at Dallas in 2013. During the summer of 2011, she worked at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL, exploring and developing several secondary payload adapters for the potential Space Launch System Heavy Lift Vehicle. The rest of her years as an undergraduate were spent researching and developing different methods to analyze chemical images from secondary ion mass spectrometry. In 2014 Kristen earned her Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering specializing in fluid and thermal sciences from The University of Texas at Dallas. Her thesis was on designing a carbon nanotube based solar water heater with phase change material. Kristen is currently a 3rd year PhD student in the University of Colorado – Boulder’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. Her background in nanoscience and mechanical engineering sparked her interest in the MEMS field, and led her to join the Bright group in the fall of 2014. Through an opportunity to work in the Applied Physics Division’s Quantitative Nanostructure Characterization Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, CO, she is currently designing and fabricating an on-chip atomic force microscope. Kristen enjoys traveling the world, having already been to 50 states and over 25 countries. In her free time she volunteers at the local humane society, homeless shelter, and Parks and Recreation Department. Additional interests include watching the St. Louis Cardinals, hiking 14ers with her two dogs at her side, reading history books on WWI and WWII planes, writing programs to analyze baseball statistics, and eating cheese.
Jonas is a Ph.D. candidate in the Chemistry Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a member of Chemistry's Dr. Steven George Group, and is co-advised by Dr. Victor Bright, in the Mechanical Engineering Department. His research is focused on Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) and Atomic Layer Etching (ALE) and their applications for MEMS devices. Jonas received his B.S. in Chemistry and Physics from Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, WI in 2012. His undergraduate research focused on ozone for sensor and potable water applications. In his free time he enjoys snowboarding, biking, hiking, volleyball, and hanging out with his dog, Einstein.
WeiYang received his B. S. in Mechanical Engineering from North Dakota State University. At the same time, he worked at the Center for Nanoscale of Science and Engineering as a research assistant developing CMOS compatible process to fabricate high aspect ratio microstructures. He continued his Master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania studying nanotechnology. For his thesis research, he investigated the dynamics of polymer Layer-by-Layer (LbL) assembly. Currently, he is working on liquid lenses based on electrowetting effects in the Prof. Bright’s MEMS group. Outside from research, WeiYang’s hobbies include badminton, hiking, chess, strategy games, and spending time with his loving family.
Omkar received his B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering and M.Tech. in Design and Automation from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. He also worked as a summer research intern in the Micro and Nanosystems group at KTH School of Electrical Engineering in Sweden, investigating the photolithography properties off-stoichiometric thiol-ene (OSTE) polymers, for their application rapid prototyping of lab-on-a-chip devices for point to care diagnostic. For his Master's thesis, he worked on developing a polymer based low frequency energy harvesting MEMS device. He joined the Bright group in 2014, and is currently working on developing electrowetting based tunable liquid lens and prism devices for spectroscopy, imaging, communication, and endoscopy applications. Omkar, when not working can be found running on the streets/trails of Boulder, or climbing the mountains of Colorado.