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Principle Investigator

Richard B Wilson

Address: A319, Bourns Hall
Phone: (951) 827-3374

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Richard joined the Mechanical Engineering and the Materials Science and Engineering program at UC-Riverside as an assistant professor in July 2016. He received his B.S. in Physics and Mechanical Engineering from Utah State. He received his Ph.D in Materials Science at UIUC in 2015 after working as an NDSEG fellow in Prof. David Cahill’s research group. His PhD work focused on understanding the limits of the heat diffusion equation in nanoscale thermal transport problems.  He later conducted his post-doctoral research with Prof. Jeff Bokor’s research group in the center for energy efficient electronics at the University of California Berkeley. While at Berkeley, he developed methods for controlling magnetic materials in electronic devices on picosecond time-scales. He has earned several wards for his research accomplishments.  He was awarded the Army Research Office Young Investigator Program Award in 2018, and the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award in 2019.

Graduate Students

Xinping Shi


Frank Angeles


Songrui Hou


Ramya Mohan


Samreen Khan

Samreen Khan joined Wilson Lab in Fall 2020 as a PhD student. She studies thermal transport in ultra wide band gap materials.  She received her B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani in 2020. Email:

Postdoctoral Scholars

Victor Ortiz


Wanyue Peng

Wanyue Peng currently works for Prof. Richard Wilson’s research group as a postdoctoral fellow at UCR in 2021. Her current research focuses on thermal transport in ultra-wide bandgap materials. She received her Ph.D. in Prof. Alexandra Zevakink’s group at MSU, engaged primarily in the synthesis and structural characterization of salt-like semiconductors to understand phonon behaviors. She has extensive expertise with in-situ high-pressure measurements at the advanced photon source, as well as x-ray diffraction, resonant ultrasound, electron microscopy, laser flash, etc. Additionally, she is interested in machine learning and is currently pursuing an online M.S. degree at the Univerisity of Colorado in data science in her spare time with the goal of interdisciplinary research in the future.


Bhartendu Satywali

Group Alumni

Kexin Liu


Kexin Liu joined Prof. Wilson’s group in 2018 and graduated with her Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2020.  Her research focused on the origins of temperature dependent optical properties in metals. She received a B.E. in Energy and Power Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2018. Her ORCID is 0000-0002-9598-6313 (