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REAP Labs Director:

Thomas Vandervelde

Prof. Vandervelde has a B.S. in both Astronomy and Physics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an M.A. and Ph.D in Physics from the University of Virginia. Tom has extensive research experience in optoelectronics and photonics.

Contact Details:
161 College Ave.
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155
Phone: 617-627-3217
Fax: 617-627-3220
Email: tvanderv@ece.tufts.edu

Research Assistant Professors:

Kevin Grossklaus

Dr. Grossklaus received an BS and MS in Materials Engineering from Purdue University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Material Science and Enginerring in 2012. Kevin joined REAP Labs in 2015 after three years as a Process/Module Engineer at Intel.
Email: Kevin.Grossklaus@tufts.edu

Dante DeMeo

Dante has a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from Tufts University in Electrical Engineering. His research is focused on infrared energy harvesters with a focus on waste heat applications.

Email: Dante.DeMeo@tufts.edu

Current Ph.D. Students

    Ahmed Zayan

    Ahmed Zayan

    Ahmed has an M.S. in Material Science and Engineering from Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and a B.S. from the American University of Sharjah. Ahmed has researched concentred solar photovoltaics included split spectrum systems.

    Margaret Stevens

    Margaret Stevens

    Maggie has a B.S. from Mt. Holyoke College in Physics and is working on advanced epitaxial techniques to create small bandgap semiconductors and semimetals, as well as, the applications of lattice mismatched material.

    Emily Carlson

    Emily Carlson

    Emily has a B.A. from Bard College in Physics and Mathematics and completed a position as a Helen Fellow, a joint teaching and research fellowship position at the American Museum of Natural History for women in STEM.

    John McElearny

    John McElearny

    John received his B.S. in Physics from Boston College.

    Amanda Lemire

    Amanda Lemire

    Minsu Oh

    Minsu Oh

    Minsu has earned a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from Seoul National University of Science and Technology and an MS in Optical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He is currently working on selective metamaterial emitters for thermophotovoltaic applications.

Current Masters Students

    Jon Manninen

    Jon Manninen

    Jon Manninen has completed a BS from Tufts University in Electrical Engineering and is working on a Masters of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He is presently working on the epitaxial process of silicon-germanium-tin, specifically to achieve the realization of CMOS compatible silicon-photonics.

    Sam Lenney

    Sam Lenney

    BS Physics 2019

Current Postdoctoral Students

    John Chivers

    John Chivers

    John has a Ph.D. and M.S. from Tufts in Electrical Engineering and a B.S. in Physics from The University of Massachusetts Amherst and is currently researching earth abundant transparent conducting oxides for use with photovoltaics.

Current Undergraduate Students:

    Isaac Pizarro

    BS ECE 2019

Former REAP Graduate Students


    Corey Shemelya (PhD-EE '13)

    Corey recieved a M.S. and Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from Tufts. He then completed an Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Texas at El-Paso, and is now a Humbholt Fellow at TU Kaiserslautern in Germany.

    Chandler Downs (PhD-EE'14)

    Chandler has a PhD, M.S., B.S. from Tufts University in Electrical Engineering and has researched novel materials for use with high efficiency III-V photovoltaics.


    Neville Sun

    Neville has an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University and a B.S. in EE from Syracuse University.

    Abbey Licht

    Abigail Licht

    Abigail has an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University and a B.S. from Mt. Holyoke College in Physics and is working on application specific research for long wavelength thermophotovoltaics including the development of a microcombustor. Abbey is also developing unique educational tools for photovoltaic and semiconductor sciences geared towards a wide range of students.


    Nicole Pfiester Latham

    Nicole has an M.S. from Tufts University in Electrical Engineering and a B.S. from Purdue University in Physics and is a member of REAP Labs working on metamaterial thermal emitters as well as dynamic metamaterial polarizers. Nicole has previous research experience with molecular beam epitaxy and will soon be working to set up the new REAP Labs MBE systems.

    Jishnu Ganguly

    Jishnu Ganguly

Former Undergraduate Students

Lisa Fantini- Graduated 2018 wiht a BS in Engineering Physics. Lisa developed a photoluminescence and quantum efficiency test apparatus to characterize photovoltaic cells.

Shelly Kwok

Nathan Krinsky - BS ECE 2019

Danielle Skufca - BS ECE 2018 - Danielle designed a lab course for intro first year engineers to create their own solar cells and refurbishing a set of semiconductor processing for the course.

Norihito Naka - Testing ohmic contacts for semiconductor and photovoltaic devices.

Katie Levinson - Optical characterization of semiconductor materials in the infrared

Robert Rockmore (BS-Phys '14) - Testing and developing ohmic contacts to semiconductors and photovoltaic devices, as well as improving the labaratory photoluminescense testing apparatus.

Jake Hellman (BS-EE'16) - Working on computer animations of REAP research topics.

Ben Kim (BS-EE '16) -Testing and developing ohmic contacts to semiconductors and photovoltaic devices.

Anders Simpson-Wolf (BS-EE '13) - Worked on the development of microcombustors for energy generation applications.

Meth Bandara (BS-EE '13) - Worked on the develoment microcombusters project under funding from the Tufts Summer Scholars Program, as well as a solar insolation meter for his senior design project.

Emir Salih Magden (BS-EE '12) - 3+1 multijunction concentrator

Han Chen (BS-EE '11) and Michael Motola-Barnes (BSEE '11) started the research and development of a micro-combuster unit to utilize TPV

Adam Santos (BS-ME '10), Robert Bayless (BSME '10), Alexander Schmieder (BSME'10)

Atiyah S. Ahsan (BS-EE '10), Roman Khasidov (BSEE '10), Cherag Kapadia (BSEE'10), Edward Portney (BSEE '10), Golam R. Khan (BSEE '10), Matthew Woerner (BS-EE'10), and Jackson Dolan (BSME '10)

Duytam Pham (BS-EE '09) - Now at Tufts Medical School