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Professor Arun Majumdar 

Arun Majumdar is the Jay Precourt Professor at Stanford University, a faculty member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and co-director of the Precourt Institute for Energy.  Prior to joining Stanford, he was the Founding Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) and the Vice President for Energy at Google, where he created several energy technology initiatives and advised the company on its broader energy strategy. He continues to be a consultant to Google on energy.

Program Administrator

Anna Lopez

Anna began her time at Stanford in 1999 in the Division of Sleep Medicine supporting the Medical Director and later working as the fellowship coordinator. Most recently she worked for the Stanford Cancer Institute where she supported two faculty members in the Division of Sleep Surgery. In her free time, she enjoys being with her husband and four children.

Postdoctoral Scholars

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Po-Chun Hsu (徐伯均)

Po-Chun joined the Magic Lab in April 2016 after receiving his PhD degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University. His research interests include materials for energy efficiency and novel heat transfer properties, energy science, photon management, and electrochemistry.


Chenlu Xie

Chenlu joined the Magic Lab in August 2018 after receiving her PhD degree in Chemistry from UC Berkeley. Her research interest includes thermochemical reactions for energy and environmental applications.  

Graduate Students

Dhruv Dhingra

Dhruv Dhingra joined the Magic Lab in December 2018. He is pursuing Masters in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. Dhruv has 7 years of Industrial Research and Development experience. He is interested in developing technologies and scaling them to reach the masses. He is a fitness enthusiast and plays league matches for Stanford Cricket club. 

Jefferson Dixon

Jefferson received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2017 and is currently pursuing his PhD in Mechanical Engineering. He is coadvised by Prof. Jennifer Dionne in Materials Science and Engineering, where he focuses on nanophotonics. Jefferson is an avid violinist and was awarded the Engineer in the Arts scholarship by the Department of Music.

Larissa Kunz

In line with a passion for alternative energy and sustainability, Larissa is pursuing a PhD in the field of photochemical energy systems, jointly advised by Matteo Cargnello in Chemical Engineering. She received her BS and MS in chemical engineering / chemical engineering practice from MIT and is now supported by a Stanford Graduate Fellowship. 

Joel Martis

Joel graduated from IIT Madras in 2017 with a bachelor's in mechanical engineering. He is now pursuing his MS and PhD at Stanford University, and is supported by the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Fellowship. Joel is interested in new technologies, be it in nano-materials, artificial intelligence, energy or anything else that holds promise for the future. Joel is currently working on microscopy, specifically on improving signal to noise in an SEM. In his spare time, you can find him playing jazz guitar or trying out some new basketball moves.  

Ian McKay

Ian is a free-thinking chemical engineer with a strong background in electrochemical energy systems. Before coming to Stanford, Ian co-founded and served as  Chief Scientist of Open Water Power, an Al-H2O battery company that was acquired by L3 Technologies in 2017. As a PhD student in Chemical Engineering, he is jointly advised by Matteo Cargnello in that department and is supported by the Hertz Foundation and the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. He holds BS and MS degrees from MIT. 

Alisha Piazza

Alisha is a first-year mechanical engineering PhD student. She is passionate about energy and sustainability. She is doing a rotation in the Magic Lab in the thermochemistry subgroup. Alisha received her B.S. in mechanical engineering from Seattle University. She is supported by a department fellowship. 

Jimmy Rojas

Jimmy received his BS degrees from MIT in 2016, and is now pursuing his MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering. He is supported by the Stanford Graduate Fellowship in Science & Engineering (SGF).  

Eddie Sun

Eddie is a first-year mechanical engineering PhD student and is currently doing a rotation in the Magic Lab. He received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois in 2017 and is supported by the Stanford Graduate Fellowship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. 

Zhecheng 'Jason' Wang (汪哲成)

Zhecheng (Jason) received his Bachelor's degree in Thermal Engineering from Tsinghua University in 2016, and is now pursuing his MS in Mechanical Engineering and PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is joint-advised by Professor Ram Rajagopal in Civil and Environmental Engineering. His primary research interest is in developing machine-learning-based methods for power system modeling, control, and management. He is a recipient of Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship (SIGF).

Shang Zhai(翟上)

Shang received his Bachelor's Degree with honors in Building Science from Tsinghua University in 2014 and Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2016. He is now a PhD Candidate in Magic Lab, co-advised by Pr. William Chueh. Shang is interested in poly-cation oxides for thermochemical reactions.  

Ze Zhang (张泽)

Ze obtained her Bachelor’s Degree (2015) with honors in the Department of Engineering Mechanics at Tsinghua University. After that, she finished her M.S. (2017) in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford and is continuing for PhD. She is interested in any crazy energy related idea, especially in the fundamental physics about the limit of heat transfer. She is supported by an Enlight Foundation Graduate Fellowship.

Undergraduates and Interns

Neel Guha

Neel Guha is currently pursuing a B.S in Computer Science at Stanford University. He is advised Prof. Mehran Sahami, and is interested in machine learning, privacy, and technology policy.