Dr. Laura Riggio (nee Solomon) is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Temple University. Prior to joining Temple, Dr. Riggio worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at the West Virginia University. Dr. Riggio completed her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Lehigh University after getting a Bachelor of Science from Temple University. Her research interests include phase change materials, energy storage, and CFD.

Research Interests

  • Phase Change, Heat Transfer, Energy Storage, Concentrating Solar Power, CFD

Courses Taught




ENGR 1102

Introduction to Engineering Problem Solving


ENGR 3117

Computer-Aided Design (CAD)


ENGR 3571

Classical and Statistical Thermodynamics


ENGR 4171

Senior Design Project I for Industrial and Systems Engineering


ENGR 4172

Senior Design Project I for Engineering


ENGR 4173

Senior Design Project I for Environmental Engineering


ENGR 4174

Senior Design Project I for Bioengineering


ENGR 4175

Senior Design Project I for Civil Engineering


ENGR 4176

Senior Design Project I for Electrical Engineering


ENGR 4177

Senior Design Project I for Mechanical Engineering


ENGR 4296

Senior Design Project II


ENGR 4996

Honors Senior Design Project II


MEE 3117

Computer-Aided Mechanical Design


Selected Publications

  • (2019). Energy Conversion - Current Technologies and Future Trends. IntechOpen. doi: 10.5772/intechopen.73378

  • Rinker, G., Solomon, L., & Qiu, S. (2018). Optimal placement of radiation shields in the displacer of a Stirling engine. Applied Thermal Engineering, 144, pp. 65-70. doi: 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2018.08.042

  • Solomon, L., Zheng, Y., Tuzla, K., Neti, S., & Oztekin, A. (2018). Analysis of an encapsulated phase change material-based energy storage system for high-temperature applications. International Journal of Energy Research, 42(7), pp. 2518-2535. doi: 10.1002/er.4035

  • Solomon, L. & Qiu, S. (2018). Computational analysis of external heat transfer for a tubular Stirling convertor. Applied Thermal Engineering, 137, pp. 134-141. doi: 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2018.03.070

  • Qiu, S., Solomon, L., & Fang, M. (2018). Study of material compatibility for a thermal energy storage system with phase change material. Energies, 11(3). doi: 10.3390/en11030572

  • Yanaga, K., Qiu, S., Yadav, P.K., & Solomon, L. (2018). Experimental study of stirling engine regenerator efficiency and pressure loss. 2018 International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference. doi: 10.2514/6.2018-4501

  • Qiu, S., Solomon, L., & Rinker, G. (2017). Development of an integrated thermal energy storage and free-piston stirling generator for a concentrating solar power system. Energies, 10(9). doi: 10.3390/en10091361

  • Solomon, L. & Oztekin, A. (2016). Exergy analysis of cascaded encapsulated phase change material—High-temperature thermal energy storage systems. Journal of Energy Storage, 8, pp. 12-26. doi: 10.1016/j.est.2016.09.004

  • Solomon, L., Oztekin, A., Neti, S., & Jain, H. (2016). Determination of Parameters for Improved Efficiency in Thermal Energy Storage Using Encapsulated Phase Change Materials. In Ceramic for Energy Conversion, Storage, and Distribution Systems, 255 (pp. 219-226). doi: 10.1002/9781119234531.ch20

  • Solomon, L., Elmozughi, A.F., Oztekin, A., & Neti, S. (2015). Effect of internal void placement on the heat transfer performance - Encapsulated phase change material for energy storage. Renewable Energy, 78, pp. 438-447. doi: 10.1016/j.renene.2015.01.035

  • Lee, M., Collins, J.W., Aubrecht, D.M., Sperling, R.A., Solomon, L., Ha, J., Yi, G., Weitz, D.A., & Manoharan, V.N. (2014). Synchronized reinjection and coalescence of droplets in microfluidics. Lab Chip, 14(3), pp. 509-513. England. doi: 10.1039/c3lc51214b

  • Solomon, L., Elmozughi, A.F., Neti, S., & Oztekin, A. (2014). High temperature thermal energy storage using EPCM-The effect of void. ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Proceedings (IMECE), 6B. doi: 10.1115/IMECE201437306

  • Elmozughi, A.F., Solomon, L., Oztekin, A., & Neti, S. (2014). Encapsulated phase change material for high temperature thermal energy storage - Heat transfer analysis. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 78, pp. 1135-1144. doi: 10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2014.07.087