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.
Professor Pickel's research focuses on using experimental and numerical methods to address fundamental problems in heat transfer, particularly at the nanoscale. This work is motivated by applications such as improving the performance and reliability of data storage, optoelectronic, and integrated circuit devices, as well as advancing our fundamental understanding of nanoscale energy transport and conversion. 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.