Bio for Celebration Dinner: Jeff Braun is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace engineering at the University of Virginia, where he is writing a dissertation entitled “The role of compositional and configurational disorder on thermal conductivity.” Jeff is a recipient of the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship and has received the two department “outstanding graduate student” awards. To date, he has authored or coauthored 25 publications in peer-reviewed journals, given 14 presentations at national and international conferences, and received one provisional U.S. patent. Jeff Braun is finishing his Ph.D. in the U.Va. Department of Mechanical and Aerospace engineering. In hopes of improving efficiencies in electronic and photovoltaic devices, Jeff has developed laser pump-probe experiments to study how energy moves and interacts in materials on the micrometer and nanometer length scales. Additionally, he has been working with researchers from U.Va., Duke, N.C. State, and U.C.S.D., to study the science of ultra-high temperature materials. As part of his graduate research, Jeff has authored or coauthored 25 publications in peer-reviewed journals, given 14 presentations at national and international conferences, and received one provisional U.S. patent.
The Role of Compositional and Configurational Disorder on Thermal Conductivity