Kansas State University


Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department

MNE Welcomes New Faculty and Staff

Melanie Derby

Melanie Derby joined our department in fall 2013 as an assistant professor. She received her Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in St. Troy, NY where she studied condensation heat transfer enhancement on hydrophobic/hydrophilic surfaces. Her research group, the Cooling and Heating Innovation Laboratory (CHIL), focuses on improving condensers for power generation applications, thermal management and reducing building energy consumption.



Jeremy Roberts

Jeremy Roberts joined our department in fall 2013 as an assistant professor. He performed doctoral work at Massachusetts Institute of Technology after receiving both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research includes the development of advanced solvers for steady-state and transient transport applications, optimization schemes for reactor loading pattern analysis, and sensitivity and uncertainty methods for criticality safety applications.  He and his wife, Samantha, newborn son, Felix, and puppy-ish dogs, Lily and Luna, are enjoying their new lives in the Little Apple.

Heather Markson

Heather Markson joined the department in August as academic program coordinator/adviser.

Mitzi Farmer

Mitzi Farmer joined the department in December as assistant academic program coordinator/adviser.

Heather and Mitzi are responsible for advising freshman and sophomore undergraduate students, handling graduate student admissions and maintaining all MNE student records.