William P. King

Ralph A. Andersen Endowed Chair
Grainger College of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering
Carle Illinois College of Medicine, Department of Biomedical and Translational Sciences

William P. King, Ph.D. is Professor and Ralph A. Andersen Endowed Chair in the Grainger College of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, and in the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, Department of Biomedical and Translational Biosciences. He also holds courtesy appointments in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering. His research focuses on design and manufacturing technologies, nanotechnology, heat transfer, and advanced materials.

Dr. King is the Chief Scientist at Fast Radius, a company that sells on-demand manufacturing. He leads the company’s digital design and manufacturing technology. In 2018, the World Economic Forum named Fast Radius as a Lighthouse Factory, one of the world’s best digital factories.

Dr. King was the founding Chief Technology Officer at the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) at UI LABS in Chicago, IL, now known as MxD. DMDII was one of the first institutes in the U.S. National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. In this role, he created and led a $100M portfolio of technology projects.

Dr. King received a Ph.D. from Stanford University and completed the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School.

Dr. King works on projects at the interface between technology and business. He is an expert on digital design and manufacturing, nanotechnology, heat transfer, and advanced materials. He has been founder, adviser, or director at a dozen early stage and growth stage technology companies.

Dr. King’s awards include the PECASE award from the White House and the ASME Gustus-Larson Award for accomplishment in Mechanical Engineering. He was named by Technology Review Magazine as a person whose innovations will change the world.

Dr. King has published 240 journal articles and 20 patents. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Physical Society.

Office:
4409 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory

Telephone:
217-244-3864

Fax:
217-244-9956

Email:
wpk@illinois.edu

PhD Students

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Sihan Chen received his B.S. degree in Thermal Engineering from Tsinghua University in July 2013. His undergraduate research area was micro/nanoscale phase change heat transfer. He joined Professor King’s group in the Fall of 2013, where he will be working on combining AFM-based tDPN (thermal dip-pen nano lithography) and micro-fabrication techniques to create silicon-based MEMS devices and circuits.

Office:
1218 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory

Email:
schen141@illinois.edu

Hyunkyu Moon

Hyunkyu Moon received B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Hanyang University with highest honors in August 2013. His undergraduate studies was focused on the control system design. He joined Professor King’s group in the Fall of 2013, where he will be focusing on material property measurement applications using Lorentz force oscillated heated cantilevers.

Office:
1218 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory

Email:
hmoon16@illinois.edu

Tianyu Yang

Tianyu Yang received her B.S. degree in Engineering Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering from Tsinghua University in July 2016. She is interested in Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences, especially at the micro/nano scale. She joined Professor King's group in Fall 2016. Her current work focuses on the development of efficient thermal switches and buffers. Tianyu is co-advised by Professor Nenad Miljkovic.

Office:
1218 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory

Email:
tianyuy2@illinois.edu

Masters Students

Davis McGregor

Davis McGregor received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona in May 2017. His undergraduate research focused on developing a micro-piezoelectric OCT/MPM endoscope for early detection of serous tubal intraepithelial carcinoma. He joined Professor King's group in the Fall of 2017, where he will be focusing on developing architected materials with novel properties. Davis is co-advised by Professor Sameh Tawfick.

Office:
1218 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory

Email:
davisjm2@illinois.edu

Mehmet Yalçın Aydın

Mehmet Yalcin Aydin received his B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering from Koç University (Turkey) with salutatorian ranking in 2018. His undergraduate studies were focused on monolithic MEMS fabrication and 3D-Printing of paste-like materials. He joined Professor King’s group in the Fall of 2018, where he will be focusing on design and fabrication of microfluidic devices. He is an active member of Technology Entrepreneurship Center Student Advisory Board and Graduate MechSE Students Organization.

Office:
1218 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory

Email:
maydin2@illinois.edu

 

Alumni

Ph.D. Alumni

Elise Corbin received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois in 2013. Her dissertation was “Detection of Mass, Growth Rate, and Stiffness of Single Breast Cancer Cells using Micromechanical Sensors.” She is currently on faculty at University of Delaware.

Beomjin Kwon received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois in 2013. His dissertation was “Development of Microcantilever Mid-Infrared Detectors and Sources and their Application in Infrared Spectroscopy.” He is currently on faculty at Arizona State University.

Huan Hu received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 2014. His dissertation was, “Tip-based Nanofabrication for Nanoelectromechanical Systems.” He is currently on faculty at Zhejiang University.

Bikram Bhatia received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois in 2014.  His dissertation was “Nanometer-Thick Oxide Films for Pyroelectric Energy Conversion.”

Andrew Cannon received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois in 2009. His dissertation was “Investigating Wetting Characteristics on Microstructured Surfaces for Superhydrophobicity and Metal Microcasting.” He is currently with 1900 Engineering, a company that he founded.

Joseph L. Charest received the Ph.D. degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007. His dissertation was “Topographic and Chemical Patterning of Cell-Surface Interfaces to Influence Cellular Functions.” He is currently with Draper Labs.

Elise Corbin received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois in 2013. Her dissertation was “Detection of Mass, Growth Rate, and Stiffness of Single Breast Cancer Cells using Micromechanical Sensors.” She is currently a postdoc at University of Pennsylvania.

Jonathan Felts received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois in 2013. His dissertation was “Tip-Based Nanomanufacturing and Metrology of Heterogeneous Nanostructures.” He is currently on the faculty at Texas A&M University.

Patrick Fletcher received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois in 2011. His dissertation was “Electro-Thermal Nanoprobes for Nanometrology and Nanofabrication.” He is currently with Seagate.

Kyle Grosse received the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 2014. His dissertation was, “Nanometer-Scale Temperature Measurements of Phase Charge Memory and Carbon Nanomaterials.” He is currently with the Raytheon Company.

Siva Gurrum received the Ph.D. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2005. His dissertation was “Compact Models for Interconnect-level Thermal Management.” He is currently with Texas Instruments.

Huan Hu received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 2014. His dissertation was, “Tip-based Nanofabrication for Nanoelectromechanical Systems.” He is currently with IBM Research.

Hoe Joon Kim received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois in 2015. His dissertation was “Advanced Materials Integration and Thermal Operation of Heated Microcantilevers and Microcantilever Arrays.” He is currently on the faculty in the Department of Robotics Engineering at Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute Of Science and Technology (DGIST).

Beomjin Kwon received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois in 2013. His dissertation was “Development of Microcantilever Mid-Infrared Detectors and Sources and their Application in Infrared Spectroscopy.” He is currently with the Korea Institute of Science and Technology.

Jungchul Lee received the Ph.D. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007. His dissertation was “Fabrication, Characterization, and Application of Multifunctional Microcantilever Heaters.” He is currently on the faculty at Sogang University.

Nicholas Maniscalco received the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 2014. His dissertation was “Design and Performance Characterization of High Power Density Air-Cooled Compact Condenser Heat Exchangers.” He is currently with the Raytheon Company.

Brent A. Nelson received the Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007. His dissertation was “Nanoscale Thermal Processing using a Heated Atomic Force Microscope Cantilever Tip.” He is currently on the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Northern Arizona University.

Sezer Ozerinc received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois in 2015. His dissertation was “Microscale Mechanical Characterization in Extreme Environments.” He is currently on the faculty at Middle East Technical University.

Keunhan Park received the Ph.D. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007. His dissertation was “Thermal Characterization of Heated Microcantilevers and a Study on Near Field Thermal Radiation.” He is currently on the faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Utah

James Pikul received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois in 2015. His dissertation was “Design and Fabrication of Higher Power Microbatteries and High Specific Strength Cellular Solids from Bicontinuous Microporous Hierarchical Materials.“ He is currently on the faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics at University of Pennsylvania.

Natalya Privorotskaya received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois in 2009. Her dissertation was “Microcantilever Sensors for Biochemical Detection and Analysis.” She is currently with Intel.

Matt Rosenberger received the Ph.D. degree from University of Illinois in 2016. His dissertation was “Probing local thermal, mechanical, and optical properties utilizing dynamic cantilever response in contact mode atomic force microscopy.” He is currently a postdoc at U.S. Naval Research Laboratory.

Harry Rowland received the Ph.D. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007. His dissertation was “Thermomechanical Manufacturing of Polymer Microstructures and Nanostructures.” He is currently at Endotrinix Inc., a biomedical device company that he founded.

Suhas Somnath received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois in 2014.  His dissertation was “Fundamentals of Heat Transfer and Thermal-Mechanical Control for Improved Atomic Force Microscopy.”

Patricia Weisensee receive the Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois in 2016. Her dissertation was “Droplet interactions with micro-and nanostructured surfaces for advanced heat transfer applications.” She is currently on the faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Washington University in St. Louis.

 

M.S. Alumni

Mete Bakir received the M.S. degree from the University of Illinois in 2014.

Jangho Choi received the M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 2014. His thesis was “Pyroelectric Emission from PZT Emitter Coupled with a Silicon Heater.”

Marcus T. Eliason received the M.S. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007.  His M.S. thesis was “Combined Micro and Nano Patterning for Cell Substrates.”

Andrew T. Gardner received the M.S. degree from the University of Illinois in 2008.

Fabian T. Goericke received the M.S. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008.  His thesis was “Design and Fabrication of Piezoresistive Cantilevers”

Tanya L. (Wright) Haberman received the M.S. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2005.  Her thesis was “Fabrication and Testing of Heated Atomic Force Microscope Cantilevers.”  She is currently with Southwest Research Institute.

Patrick Harrell received the M.S. degree from the University of Illinois in 2009.  His thesis was “Design and Optimization of Moldable Microstructures for Structural Color Generation.”

Matthew Kasper received the M.S. degree from the University of Illinois in 2010.  His thesis was “Nanothermal Analysis with Heated Microcantilevers.”

Youngjoon Koh received the M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 2014. His thesis was “Modeling of Joule Heating and Thermoelectric Transport in Thin Film Silicon for SJEM Measurement.”

Joseph Liu received the M.S. degree from the University of Illinois in 2013.  This thesis was “Heated Atomic Force Microscope Cantilever with High Resistivity and Improved Temperature Sensitivity for Nanotopography Sensing.” He is currently with Texas Instruments.

Ryan McLaren received the M.S. degree from the University of Illinois in 2009.  His thesis was “Thermal Conductivity Anisotropy in Molybdenum Disulfide Thin Films.” He is currently with Globe Motors.

Ashwin Ramesh received the M.S. degree from the University of Illinois in 2012.  His MS thesis was “Friction Characteristics of Microtextured Surfaces under Hydrodynamic Lubrication.”  He is currently with Lam Research.

Jessica Remmert received the M.S. degree from the University of Illinois in 2007.  Her M.S. thesis was “Nano Thermal and Contact Potential Analysis with a Heated Atomic Force Microscope Tip.”

Shubham Saxena received the M.S. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2006.  His thesis was “Nanolithography on Thin Films using a Heated Atomic Force Microscope Cantilever Tip.”

Katarina Struckmann received the M.S. degree from the University of Illinois in 2016. Her MS thesis was “The influence of internet-enabled devices on manufacturing: collaboration and cybersecurity.”

Eduardo Torrealba received the M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 2013. His thesis was “Droplet Repellency of Microfabricated Surfaces in Saturated Environments.”

 

Postdoctoral Alumni

Hanna Cho received the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 2012. During the period 2012-2013 she was a postdoctoral research associate at University of Illinois. She is currently on the faculty at Ohio State University.

Zhenting Dai received the Ph.D. degree in Physics from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2006. During the period 2007-2010 he was a postdoctoral research associate at University of Illinois. He is currently with Intel.

Kyoung Joon Kim received the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park in 2006.  During the period 2006-2007 he was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois.

Byeonghee Lee recieved the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical engineering from Seoul National University in 2010. During the period 2011-2012 he was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois.

Myunghoon Seong received his Ph.D degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2009. He worked on parallel topography imaging with large heated cantilever arrays as a postdoctoral research assosicate at the University of Illinois.

Fuzheng Yang received the Ph.D.  degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Connecticut in 2002.  During the period 2005-2007, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois.  He is currently with Caterpillar.

Yan Wu received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois. During the period 2007-2009, she was a postdoctoral research associate in at the University of Illinois.  She is currently on the faculty at University of Wisconsin Platteville.