Who I am & what I do

My name is Lin Zhao. I am currently a Thin Film Optics Design Engineer at 3M (St. Paul, MN). Previously, I was a Ph.D. student in Prof. Evelyn Wang's group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. My Ph.D. thesis is on the fundamental understanding of radiative heat transfer in transparent aerogel and its application in solar thermal energy.

As a researcher and engineer, my work has focused on addressing energy, water, and climate challenges with novel materials and system optimizations. I am interested in leveraging fundamental principles (heat transfer, material science, optics) with the power of numerical simulation and artificial intelligence to solve real-world problems.