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Graduate Student

Shuo Huang


Year active in the laboratory: 2016, Ph.D. Student

Major : Mechanical Engineering

Hometown : Xinjiang, China

Why I joined : 1) I want to do the best research in the energy field. 2) The bright future of fuel cells and many opportunities and challenges in this area attract me. 3) Professor Chuang is a very diligent and determined scholar whom I admire very much.

Future Goals : To obtain the PhD degree. To become an excellent woman engineer.



Yogesh Bhusal


Year active the laboratory: 2016, 1st year Ph.D. student

Major : Mechanical Engineering

Hometown : Butwal, Nepal

Why I joined: I wanted to focus my graduate studies in learning as well as doing researches in renewable/clean energy systems design and energy management. The research activities in the TEEL lab squarely matched my interests. Moreover, the research in fuel cell technology, hydrogen fuel, and the challenges associated with hydrogen economy are very interesting to work upon and I would like to be the part of this game changer technology which, if successful, would bring revolution in the energy market; From running the industries and vehicles, to power for the buildings.

Future Goals: I come from a country being ravaged by the energy crisis. Introducing and implementing the renewable and clean energy technologies like fuel cell and solar energy is the need of the hour for my country. My goal here is to learn, research, and find out the economically most-viable and technically-feasible energy alternatives. I intend to be an expert in renewable energy system design, energy modeling, and implement those ideas in my home country after I graduate and go back.

Undergraduate Student

Ashley Johnson


Years active in the laboratory: 2015-2016, 4th year (Senior)

Major : Materials Science and Engineering

Hometown : Born in Chicago, IL; raised in San Francisco, CA

Why I joined : I joined the TEEL lab because I saw an opportunity to learn, to experience the work done in a lab first hand, and to create something the world needs.

Future Goals : To explore the different branches of engineering in order to find my true passion. I hope to improve technology in a way that will benefit everyone someday.


Karen Turcios


Years active in the laboratory: 2015-2016, 4th year (Senior)

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Born in Guatemala; raised in Northridge, CA

Why I joined: I decided to join the TEEL lab team primarily to enlarge my knowledge and skills set by getting hands on experience inside the lab. I saw it as a great opportunity to challenge myself to learn something outside of the school curriculum, and wanted to broaden the opportunities that may become available to me in the near future.

Future Goals: After graduation I hope to go into industry in a field I truly enjoy working in, and then later obtain my Masters.

Derek Brigham


Years active in the laboratory: 2015-2016, 5th year (Senior)

Major : Mechanical Engineering

Hometown : Ventura, CA

Why I joined : One of the major reasons that I changed majors from CSE to ME is because of the hands-on work. When I was little, I spent a lot of time around men in my family who worked with cars and carpentry and other similar things. Although I was too young to help back then, now I see TEEL as an opportunity to do some of my own hands-on work.

Future Goals : My goals are to get my undergraduate degree and then pursue a master's/PhD.

Marek Abarca


Year joined the laboratory: 2015, 4th year (Senior)

Major : Mechanical Engineering

Why you joined : I joined because I wanted to be part of something innovative and develop and contribute my skills.

Future : I plan on graduating with my degree in mechanical engineering and either getting a job/internship at Tesla Motors or continue my education for my Masters.

Jacob Clark


Year joined the laboratory: 2015, 3rd year (Junior)

Major : Mechanical Engineering

Hometown : Sacramento, CA

Why I joined : I joined TEEL lab because I was fascinated with the thermodynamics course material and with energy storage and production. I hope that in the process of working in this lab, I will further improve my understanding of hydrogen fuel cells and be able to apply these skills in the future.

Future Goals : I wish to work in the automotive industry. Automotive subjects have been a lifetime fascination for me.


Hai Yanfeng


Year joined the laboratory: 2016, 2nd year (Sophomore)

Major : Mechanical Engineering

Hometown : Zhengzhou, China

Why you joined: My interest in research related to clean energy, renewable energy, and energy storage made me join TEEL. Joining the lab has offered me real life applications from the courses I have taken. Along with that, I believe this lab is preparing me for graduate school.

Future : After I finished my undergraduate program at UC Merced, I am planning to apply for graduate programs and keep doing researches on renewable energy.