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Mentorship Workshop

Date and Time: Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Organizers: Darshan G. Pahinkar and Ronald Warzoha

Details: This workshop, sponsored by the ASME K-16 committee, focuses on providing a common platform for those seeking advice regarding their careers such as growth, change of careers, networking and any other pertinent concerns outside their everyday contact circle without any obligation. Senior experts in the academics, industries and national labs shall be providing their contact details on a common LinkedIn platform, which shall be accessible to the interested mentees, who can contact them at seek guidance on as-needed basis. This mentoring activity not only gives mentees exposure to a wider network of successful peers, but also gives them a perspective of their progress from an outsider’s standpoint.

In this workshop, three senior experts will share their life stories with attendees detailing how timely and constructive advice from mentors and peers helped them succeed in their short-term and long-term career goals, reiterating the necessity and availability of a mentoring platform for everyone that can benefit the wider community of engineers. This will be followed by the agenda and roadmap description for this mentoring exercise. A pilot scale mentoring program was introduced in ASME InterPACK 2019 and a mentor-mentee pair will share their experiences on how this mentoring program helped them. The workshop will conclude with the question and answer session.

11:00 AM – 11.05 PM – Welcome and Introduction, Dr. Ron Warzoha

11:05 AM – 11.45 AM – Panel Presentations

  1. Dr. Ron Warzoha, US Naval Academy
  2. Dr. Ankur Jain. University of Texas, Arlington

11:45 AM – 12.00 PM – Mentoring activity details, instructions, and next steps, Dr. Darshan Pahinkar

12:00 PM – 12.10 PM – Experience of a mentor-mentee pair

12:10 PM – 12.25 PM – Question and answer session

12:25 PM – 12.30 PM – Concluding remarks


Darshan G. Pahinkar

Darshan G. Pahinkar joined Florida Tech as an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering in Spring 2020. He is developing the Energy Systems Laboratory at Florida Tech and his research currently focuses on developing scalable and sustainable energy conversion and storage systems, and thermal management of electronic components. Prior to this appointment, Darshan received his B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the Government College of Engineering, Pune, India in 2006 and his M.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India in 2009. For next two years, he worked as a Manager (Development) in Tata Motors Engineering Research Center, Pune, and his work involved thermal management of automobiles. Darshan graduated with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in fall 2016. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Georgia Tech Electronics Manufacturing and Reliability Laboratory before joining Florida Tech. He is the author of 16 peer reviewed journal papers related to energy systems, their thermal management and interface materials for electronic packaging, and holds one patent.


Ronald Warhoza

Prof. Ronald Warzoha is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the United States Naval Academy, which is an undergraduate-only institution, and is a first-generation college student. He teaches undergraduate courses in Heat Transfer, Thermal-fluid Sciences, Thermodynamics, and Fluid Mechanics. Prof. Warzoha also runs the Nanoscale Electronic and Thermal Transport (NEaTT) Laboratory at USNA with 4-5 undergraduate students annually and focuses on the development of novel optical pump-probe thermoreflectance techniques for interrogating nanoscale thermal physics in electronic material systems. He is the recipient of the USNA Apgar Award for Excellence in Teaching, which is given every two years to a junior faculty member who has had a demonstrable impact on their students and has made a significant contribution to the art of teaching and counseling students, and is a nominee for the current Class of 1951 Faculty Research Award. He was also the recipient of the 2016 ITherm "Best Paper" award in the Emerging Technologies track and has had several featured papers selected by the Editors of Applied Physics Letters. He is a graduate of Villanova University (PhD '14, MS '09, and BS '08), where he was awarded the College of Engineering's Most Outstanding Ph.D. Student Award and was given the Outstanding Graduate Student Award as an M.S. student. He is the author of 34 peer-reviewed publications, has been awarded nearly $2M in funding from ONR, JTO, and the DoD, and holds one patent. He has three young daughters, one of which was born during his Ph.D. work.


Ankur Jain

Ankur Jain is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Texas, Arlington, USA. He directs the Microscale Thermophysics Laboratory, which carries out experimental and theoretical research on heat transfer and energy conversion in Li-ion batteries, advanced manufacturing, bioheat transfer, as well as theoretical heat transfer. He received the Lockheed Martin Excellence in Teaching Award (2018), UTA College of Engineering Outstanding Early Career Award (2017), NSF CAREER Award (2016) and the ASME EPP Division Young Engineer of the Year Award (2013). He received his Ph.D. (2007) and M.S. (2003) in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, where he received the Stanford Graduate Fellowship (SGF) and his B.Tech. (2001) in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi with the highest GPA among the class of Mechanical Engineering. He has published 77 high quality journal articles on topics related to energy conversion and heat transfer in batteries, microelectronics as well as theoretical heat transfer.


Dr. Lauren Boteler

Dr. Lauren Boteler leads the thermal and packaging research programs as part of the Advanced Power Electronics group at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL). She received her PhD degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland. Her work at ARL, beginning in 2005, has included electronics packaging and thermal management solutions for a wide range of Army applications. Her research programs focus on design tool development and package integrated thermal solutions including 3D chip stacking, power electronics, laser diodes, double side cooling, and phase change materials. She initiated a research portfolio in Advanced Power Electronics Packaging and Thermal Management which defines the four main challenges of power electronics packaging: co-engineering/co-design, transient thermal mitigation, additive manufacturing, and high-voltage packaging. She recently completed a broadening assignment as the Technical Assistant to the Director as part of the senior technical staff of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and is currently on a detail assignment at the Combat Capabilities Development Command focused on building an S&T Integration Strategy. Dr. Boteler is also an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University and was awarded the 2018 ASME EPPD Woman Engineer of the Year award for her contributions to the electronics packaging community.