Michael Hughes

Director of Faculty Development, Faculty Practioner, Rensselaer at Work

Programs Taught

Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering


Michael Hughes is a mechanical engineer with experience in heat transfer, solar energy, modeling, simulation, and project management (PM). His research is in the application, design, and optimization of luminescent solar concentrators and he enjoys combining his skills in data analytics, computer simulations, and Agile PM principles to address engineering and operations related challenges. Michael’s passion for people and change fuel his work. He is energized by each opportunity to engage with motivated professionals furthering their education.

Other Professional Experience

  • Dissertation: Monte Carlo Simulations of Luminescent Solar Concentrators: A Study Towards Improved Performance
  • 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., Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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)