Professor Robert Stevens received a B.S. with distinction in Engineering from Swarthmore College. He was involved with a series of research projects in the field of building science and energy efficiency in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. He received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at North Carolina State University, where he managed the research and solar thermal programs at the NC Solar Center from 1998-2001. In the fall of 2001 he returned to graduate school as an NSF IGERT fellow and completed his doctorate in the summer of 2005 in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Virginia. His doctorate work focused on using the transient thermoreflectance technique to measure thermal boundary resistances at room temperatures. He also developed molecular dynamic experiments to systematically explore interface thermal transport. He joined the Mechanical Department at RIT in the fall of 2005
Dr. Stevens’s research lab, Sustainable Energy Lab, has focused on measuring and modeling performance of thermoelectric modules and waste heat recovery systems for power generation applications. Stevens’ lab has developed a modeling tool for screening and optimizing thermoelectric waste heat recovery systems, a project funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. His lab is developing high temperature characterization techniques to measure performance of emerging thermoelectric devices currently under development. Stevens has been working with undergraduate and graduate students on an EPA seeded project focused on developing improved charcoal cook stoves using thermoelectrics for use in the developing world to reduce fuel consumption and improve air quality.
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Selected Recent Publications:
· Sandoz-Rosado, E., Weinstein, S., Stevens R.J. “On the Thomson Effect in Thermoelectric Power Devices” International Journal of Thermal Sciences (forthcoming)
· Sandoz-Rosado, E., Stevens, R. J, “Robust Finite Element Model for the Design of Thermoelectric Modules” Journal of Electronic Materials, Vol. 39, pp. 1848-1855, 2010.
· Sandoz-Rosado, E., Stevens, R. J, “Experimental Characterization of Thermoelectric Modules and Comparison with Theoretical Models for Power Generation” Journal of Electronic Materials, Vol. 38, pp. 1239-1244, 2009.