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Arny Leroy

Arny is currently a Research Specialist Limited at the Device Research Laboratory at MIT under the supervision of Prof. Evelyn N. Wang. He graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Polytechnique Montreal in 2015 and with a M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2017 and 2021 respectively. During his undergraduate studies, Arny focused on geothermal energy for building heating and cooling, exploring how to more accurately model the long-term temperature changes in the ground as we extract or inject heat from it. During his Master's, he worked on incandescent light bulbs, typically known for their high light quality (blackbody like emission), to make them more efficient. As part of his PhD work, Arny worked on passive radiative and evaporative cooling using novel polyethylene aerogels for passive cooling of buildings and refrigeration of food produce. As a Research Specialist Limited, Arny is currently working on designing, fabricating, and testing a micro combustor for a portable atmospheric water harvesting device that can extract potable drinking water from the ambient air. Arny's work is motivated by advancing the fields of thermal and energy sciences to make a more energy efficient and sustainable world.