Poetro Lebdo Sambegoro earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Institut Teknologi Bandung in his home country of Indonesia. As a recipient of the International Fulbright Science & Technology Award, he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
At MIT, Poetro is working with Professor Gang Chen on near-field thermal radiation through a nanometer sized gap. Through his work he hopes to understand the very nature of heat transfer in nanoscale regime.
He hopes to apply his knowledge in energy related areas and, at the same time, transfer what he learns to others when he finishes his program of study at MIT. In his free time, Poetro enjoys playing soccer and watching sports. He roots for the Celtics and Red Sox, and hopes that both of his hometown teams will win another championship before he leaves Boston.