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Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Ron Warzoha, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering Department
United States Naval Academy
590 Holloway Road
Annapolis, MD 21402-5042
(410) 293-6509

     Villanova University, 2014
     Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering
     Dissertation: “Manipulation and Characterization of Geometry-dependent Nanoscale Thermophysics in Nanoparticle Enhanced Phase Change Thermal Energy Storage Materials”

     Villanova University, 2009
     M.S., Mechanical Engineering
     Dissertation: “A Computational Study of Novel Thermal Management Techniques for Solid State Current Limiters”

     Villanova University, 2008
     B.S., Mechanical Engineering

Nanoscale thermal transport
Electronics cooling
Energy systems

Associate Professor, US Naval Academy (Jun. 2023 – Current)
Senior Research Scientist, Johns Hopkins APL (Aug. 2022 – Jan. 2023)
Associate Professor, US Naval Academy (Aug. 2019 – Aug. 2022)
Assistant Professor, US Naval Academy (Jul. 2014 – Aug. 2019)


  • Donovan, B.F., Gray, T.L., Wilson, A.A. and Warzoha, R.J., 2022. Unwrapping a full temporal cycle in time domain thermoreflectance for enhanced measurement sensitivity in thermally insulating materials.Review of Scientific Instruments, 93(8).
  • Kumar, T., Feng, D., Yin, S., Lin, P., Mah, M., Fortman, M., Jaffe, G.R., Wan, C., Fang, C., Warzoha, R. and Brar, V.W., 2023, May. Photothermal Commonpath Interferometry of Silicon Nitride Membranes for Laser Light Sails. InCLEO: Science and Innovations (pp. SM4H-6). Optica Publishing Group.
  • Warzoha, R.J., Wilson, A.A., Donovan, B.F., Smith, A.N., Vu, N., Perry, T., Li, L., Miljkovic, N. and Getto, E., 2021. A numerical fitting routine for frequency-domain thermoreflectance measurements of nanoscale material systems having arbitrary geometries.Journal of Applied Physics, 129(3).
  • Warzoha RJ, Donovan BF, Vu NT, Champlain JG, Mack S, Ruppalt LB. Nanoscale thermal transport in amorphous and crystalline GeTe thin-films. Applied Physics Letters. 2019 Jul 8;115(2).

Apgar Award for Teaching Excellence, US Naval Academy, 2018
ASME Early Career Award, Electronics and Photonics Packaging Division, 2022
ASME Associate Editor Award, Journal of Electronic Packaging, 2022

Professional Membership
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

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