Hongtao (Alex) Guo received his B.S. from Beihang University majoring in mechanical engineering. He joined Duke’s department of mechanical engineering and material science as a PhD student in 2015. His PhD research focuses on phase-change heat transfer and other interfacial phenomena at the micro- and nanoscale. Starting in the spring 2017 semester, he became a visiting research assistant in the Patek Lab where he is investigating impulsive biological systems. He hopes to study them from an engineering standpoint and be inspired by intricate systems in nature.