Michael Hughes

Director of Faculty Development, Senior Lecturer, Rensselaer at Work

Programs Taught

Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering

Year Joined RPI


Other Professional Experiences

- Dissertation: Monte Carlo Simulations of Luminescent Solar Concentrators: A Study Towards Improved
- National Science Foundation Innovation Corp, Team Academic Lead
- National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineer in Residence in a public high school
- NSF Graduate Fellow at the International Institute of Microelectronics (Madrid, Spain)
- Researcher: Energy Harvesting Building Envelope

  • Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Mechanical Engineering
  • B.Sc., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Mechanical Engineering
  • A.S., Hudson Valley Community College, Engineering Science
Research Focus
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Thermal Radiation Heat Transfer
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Solar Energy
  • Project Management
Contact Information
Select Works
  • Towards a Standard Approach for Annual Energy Production of Concentrator-Based Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (2022)
  • An Open-Source Monte Carlo Ray-Tracing Simulation Tool for Luminescent Solar Concentrators with Validation Studies Employing Scattering Phosphor Films (2021)
  • Highly Efficient Luminescent Solar Concentrators Employing Commercially Available Luminescent Phosphors, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells (2017)
  • Method for Modeling Radiative Transport in Luminescent Particulate Media, Applied Optics (2016)
  • Analysis of a Luminescent Solar Concentrator Coupled to Ultra-Thin Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells, Solar Energy (2015)
  • Performance Comparison of Wedge Shaped and Planar Luminescent Solar Concentrators, Renewable Energy (2013)