Prof. Michelsen has been studying the chemistry of particles and developing ways to detect them since 1993. She started her research career as an undergraduate at Dartmouth College in Chemistry, studying laser spectroscopy. As a graduate student, she investigated gas-surface reactive scattering at the IBM Almaden Research Center and Stanford University, where she received her Ph.D. degree in Chemistry with a minor in Physics. She was an NSF postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, a research scientist at Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc., and a technical staff member in the Combustion Research Facility at Sandia National Laboratories. Prof. Michelsen also enjoys practicing and teaching yoga and having adventures with her husband and their two border collies.
Thomas is an undergraduate at CU in the class of 2024, majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science. In addition to working in the Particle Chemistry and Diagnostics Laboratory, Thomas is working with a battery startup company to develop new sold-state battery technologies.
Ray received his B.S. in Applied Physics from Caltech, an M.S.E.E. from University of Central Florida, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for work in the area of millimeter-wave cloud radar remote sensing. He has been a technical staff member at a national laboratory since 2000. His research is focused on investigating the properties of potential biofuels for use in jet engines. He also studies trace gases and aerosols relevant to climate change using regional atmospheric modeling and inverse modeling to estimate sources of methane and other climate pollutants.
Rishi and Moksha both graduated with Flying Colors from Sirius Puppy Training in San Ramon, CA. Rishi's work focuses on making sure that everyone feels loved (except for squirrels), and Moksha's work is aimed at group food provisions protection.
James received his B.S. in Energy Systems Engineering and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wyoming. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from CU Boulder in 2023 and is now working as an Associate at Exponent.
Chaitanya received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pune. and his M.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering at CU Boulder. He is now working as a Senior Engineer at Gamma Technologies.