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Primary Affiliation:
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Additional Affiliations:
Mechanical Engineering,

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Dr. Eric Tervo is an Assistant Professor jointly appointed in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research focuses on developing semiconductor materials and devices for energy conversion and thermal management through the study of combined heat, light, and charge transfer processes. This includes thermal energy conversion devices such as thermophotovoltaic cells, solid-state refrigeration processes, and approaches for active control of heat transfer in engineered materials. Through this research, he works to address global energy challenges and help create efficient and sustainable energy infrastructure for a broad variety of applications.

Prior to joining UW-Madison, he completed his Ph.D. at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he developed theoretical and computational methods to study thermal radiation in nanoscale materials, and he was the Nozik Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, where he designed, fabricated, and characterized thermal energy conversion devices including thermophotovoltaic cells and thermoradiative cells. He also worked as an engineer at Southwest Research Institute, where he conducted fluid dynamics research for oil and gas industry applications.

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