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Faculty and Research Staff

Dr. Cynthia Hipwell

Oscar S. Wyatt, Jr. '45 Chair II Professor 

INVENT Lab Principal Investigator

Dr. Hipwell is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Inventors, and The Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas (TAMEST). Her research interests include nanoscale energy transport and tribology of small-scale devices; surface physics in and sensors and actuators for haptic and human/machine interfaces; and innovation business processes, technology and technology platforms to speed the innovation process.


Dr. Chris Seets

Professor of Practice

INVENT Lab Associate Director 

Dr. Seets is a Professor of Practice in Mechanical Engineering and a Texas A&M former student, receiving his B.S. in Chemical Engineering in ’91. Prior to joining the INVENT lab in 2020, he accumulated 22+ years of wafer fabrication experience in an industrial setting.  In addition to building nano-scale devices, he is interested in helping others learn to manage, improve, and accelerate the innovation business process.


Dr. Heng Pan

Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor

Multiscale Manufacturing Lab Principal Investigator 

Dr. Pan is an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to joining Texas A&M, he was an Associate Professor at Missouri S&T. He received his Ph.D at University of California - Berkeley. Dr. Pan’s research interests include additive manufacturing of electronics and energy devices, micro/nanomanufacturing, and semiconductor manufacturing. Dr. Pan’s awards include NSF CAREER Award and ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award.


Dr. Shoufeng Lan

Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor

LAN Lab Principal Investigator 

Dr. Lan is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering. Before joining the Texas A&M, he worked as a postdoc fellow advised by Prof. Xiang Zhang at the University of California, Berkeley, and received his Ph.D. degree at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Lan’s research focuses on light-matter interactions in natural and engineered materials for bringing optical solutions to the real world. For his work, Dr. Lan has received multiple national and international awards. 

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Dr. Rebecca Friesen

Mechanical Engineering

Assistant Professor

Friesen Lab Principal Investigator 

Dr. Friesen joined Texas A&M as an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering in 2022. Previously, she worked as a postdoc in the Cognitive Robotics Department at Delft University of Technology and received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Her research focuses on the actuation and perception of broadband tactile cues for enhanced interactions with haptic displays and virtual reality. She is particularly interested in leveraging our understanding of human somatosensation for efficient haptic signal representation and design.


Dr. Aditya Kuchibhotla

TEES Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Kuchibhotla joined INVENT lab in 2020. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2019 and his B.Tech. from National Institute of Technology, Warangal in 2013. Dr. Kuchibhotla’s research interests lie in the areas of Micro/Nano Heat Transfer, Thermal Energy Storage, and Thermo-fluidics, Thermoelectric and photonic systems.


Xinyi Li

Ph.D Candidate

Xinyi joined INVENT Lab in 2018 after receiving her dual bachelor's degree in Physics from Wuhan University and in Mechanics from Claude Bernard University. Currently, she is working on the tribology characterization of the fingertip and haptic device's surface. Xinyi loves traveling, rock bands, Impressionism, and her cat "Pangpang"! 

Changhyun Choi

Ph.D Candidate

Changhyun joined INVENT Lab in 2019 after receiving his B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from Hanyang University. His research is focused on the contact mechanics between the fingertip and various substrates and skin surface characterization under different conditions. Changyun's goal is to make a big impact in the field of biotribology. Changhyun is enjoying his life with his wife and their two dogs. 


Sitangshu Chatterjee

Ph.D. Student

Sitangshu joined INVENT Lab in 2018 after receiving his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering with a first-class distinction from the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Durgapur. His undergraduate research focused on soft robotics and their application in biomimetic, surgical and rehabilitation devices. Sitangshu's current research focuses on tribology instrumentation and force microscopy in the piconewton scales.


Carla Bassil

Masters Student

Carla joined the INVENT lab in 2021. She received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2022. Her previous work focused on using flexible electronics as a tool for thermal data acquisition over the skin. Carla’s current research focuses on how mechanoreceptors in the skin can be influenced by different materials 


Luke Batteas

Undergraduate Researcher

Luke joined INVENT Lab in 2020 as a freshman general engineering major from College Station, Texas. He plans to get his bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and pursue a career in aerospace. Luke has a background in robotics and is currently a member of the Texas A&M RoboMasters team.

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Dakota Simpson

Undergraduate Researcher

Dakota joined INVENT Lab in 2020 as an Undergraduate Researcher. He is currently pursuing an Engineering degree at Texas A&M University. Dakota is currently on a team researching the application of tunable thermal materials.


Akash AnilkumarMSc Student

Current position :

Mechanical Engineer at Lam Research


Dr. Ali Masoudi, Research Engineer III 

Current position :

Senior R&D Engineer at Katz Water Technologies


Bailee JohnsonUndergraduate Researcher


Dr. Yuan MA Postdoctoral Researcher

Current position:

Assistant Professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Edward SwartUndergraduate Researcher


Dr. Xuezhi Ma, Postdoctoral Researcher 

Current position :

Scientist at Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)


Sneha SequeiraUndergraduate Researcher


Mr. Holly Frost

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