Corinne Packard Research Group School Of Mines School Of Mines

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Mukesh Kumar

Mukesh Kumar

Mukesh is originally from India and currently working as post-doctoral research associate at Colorado School of Mines and National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden CO (USA). He received his Ph. D. in Physics from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India in 2010. He highly desires to engage himself as a good researcher to invent new technologies and methods specially in the field of material science and photovoltaics. 
In a broader perspective, his primary research interest is in the area of flexible transparent conducting oxide (TCOs) and development of new combinatorial growth and characterization tool for fast screening of different composition of ternary and more complex oxide systems for the development of next generation transparent conducting oxides. Mukesh is also actively engaged in the research of organic photovoltaics and development of flexible transparent conducting oxide thin film for flexible optoelectronic device applications.

Mukesh has since accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at the Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar.

 

Curriculum Vitae: PDF

Graduate Students

Matt Musselman

Cassi Sweet

Cassi is a PhD candidate in the Materials Science program.  She is working in collaboration with NREL on a project to improve efficiency and lower cost of one-sun PV by new growth and processing methods with III-V materials. Her experience is in reliability and failure analysis of various PV technologies from work at NREL and GE. In 2009, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in engineering physics from CSM. While obtaining a Master of Science in materials science, she researched short-term failure and degradation in III-V multi-junction concentrator PV.

 

Email: csweet@mines.edu

Office: HH120

Grant Klafehn

Grant Klafehn

Grant is in the Materials Science program with a focus in electronic materials. He received his Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University, a co-op focused school, in 2008. He has completed a case study, "Creating a Variable Humidity, Variable Temperature Environment for the Mechanical Testing of PEM Fuel Cell Electrolytes via Nanoindentation".

Grant is continuing his graduate education here at the Colorado School of Mines.

 

 

Undergraduate Students

Matt Musselman

Jacob Tavenner

Jacob is currently a Metallurgical and Materials Engineering undergraduate student at the Colorado School of Mines graduating in December 2016. He joined the research group in the fall of 2015, and is working with Dustin Crouse on the controlled fracture of substrate materials for the growth of solar devices.

 

Email: jtavenne@mines.edu

Matt Musselman

Anna Braun

Anna is an undergraduate student at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. She is pursuing a double major in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry and is graduating in the spring of 2019. She joined the research team for the summer of 2016 as part of the Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center REU program. She worked with Dustin on analyzing and improving a method of controlled fracture for the reuse of germanium substrates used to grow III-V solar cells.

 

 

Matt Musselman

Will Major

Will is a Metallurgical and Materials Engineering undergraduate at the Colorado School of Mines in the class of 2017. In the spring of 2015 he worked on an EPICS project for Corinne Packard to design a method of generating thin films of lithium niobate. In the summer of 2015 he joined the Packard Research Group working with Cassi Sweet and Dustin Crouse on generating thin film semiconducting materials with potential applications in solar energy.

 

 

Matt Musselman

Chloe Castaneda

Chloe is an undergraduate student researcher and member of the class of 2016 from Mount Holyoke College. She is a physics major and studio art minor and plans to take a gap year and go abroad before returning to graduate school in materials science or engineering. Through the REMRSEC REU program she worked on the next generation solar cell spalling project, primarily doing surface characterization with atomic force microscopy.

 

 

Matt Musselman

Skylar Zilliox

Coadvised by Jessica Rolston.

 

 

Matt Musselman

Tim Wilson

Coadvised by Mark Eberhart.

 

 

Anthony Martinez

Anthony Martinez

Anthony is a Metallurgical and Materials Engineering undergraduate at Colorado School of Mines in the class of 2013. He previously spent nine years in the US Navy and is a veteran of the submarine fleet. He has continued on at Honeywell aerospace in Phoenix after graduation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raymond Oberbroeckling

Raymond Oberbroeckling

Ray is persuing a bachelors of science degree in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering with a focus on Ceramic and electronic materials, scheduled to graduate in December 2013. His research involves organic semi-conductors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kayla Rankin

Kayla Rankin

Kayla is a senior in Material and Metallurgical Engineering here at the Colorado School of Mines who will be graduating in May. She has moved to Ohio to accept a job with the Timken Company. She assisted graduate student Taylor Wilkinson with her research in the nanomechanics lab.

 

 

 

 

 

James Gorman

James Gorman

James is from Decatur, IN and is a Physics major at Wabash College.  During the REMRSEC REU 2012 he worked on a continuation of a project that Rebecca Reitz began using electron microscopy to determine the activation energy of different intermetallic growths of different solders, lead-free and lead-containing, after subjecting the photovoltaics to heat treatments.  This data will help other researchers model thermal fatigue and failure of different solders used in photovoltaics.

James is currently pursuing his graduate education at the University of Michigan.

 

Stephanie Gomez

Stephanie Gomez

Stephanie is an Industrial and Systems engineer from SUNY (State University of New York) Binghamton. She will be attending graduate school at Binghamton for Industrial and Systems engineering. During the REMRSEC REU 2012 she worked on indium oxide nanowire transistors.

Stephanie has continued on to graduate school at the State University of New York, Binghamton.

Joe Carloni

Joe Carloni

Joe is studying mechanical engineering at Binghamton University, class of 2012. He studied the mechanical properties of photovoltaic cells using nanoindentation through the REMRSEC REU 2011 at CSM.

Joe has moved on to graduate school at Cornell University.

Rebecca Reitz

Rebecca Reitz

Rebecca is a Materials Engineering undergraduate at Brown University in the Class of 2013. She investigated the properties of lead-free solder alloys in photovoltaic applications through the REMRSEC REU 2011 at Colorado School of Mines.

Rebecca is working on her graduate studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.