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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.


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.

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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


Sneha SequeiraUndergraduate Researcher


Luke Batteas UG Researcher

Current position:

 PhD student at Northwestern 


Bailee JohnsonUndergraduate Researcher


Dr. Yuan MA Postdoctoral Researcher

Current position:

Assistant Professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Dr. Xuezhi Ma, Postdoctoral Researcher 

Current position :

Scientist at A*STAR

 Xinyi Li PhD Student

Current position:

Reliability Engineer at Apple


Dr. Ali Masoudi, Research Engineer III 

Current position :

Senior R&D Engineer at Katz Water Technologies


Changhyun Choi PhD Student

Current position:

Customer Account Technologist at Applied Materials


Edward SwartUndergraduate Researcher


Carla BassilMasters Student

Current position: PhD student at Univ. of California, Berkeley


Mr. Holly Frost

Faculty and reseach
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