Jack Hartman

Jack Hartman

Jack in Glenwood Canyon, CO (2014)

Ph.D. Student
Mechanical Engineering

390 Kimball Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
jh2363 (at) cornell (dot) edu

Jack Hartman’s research interests include microfluidic transport, nanoparticle tracking, bioimage analysis of endocytosis and biophysical characterization of tumor-derived extracellular vesicles. More recently, he has become interested in machine learning and computer vision techniques in the context of spot detection in biological images.


Jack graduated from Penn State University in December of 2009 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Spanish. As an undergraduate, Jack designed and constructed test beds for a foot-mounted sensor to detect slip in bipedal robots.  He also investigated cavitation-enhanced microchannel heat exchangers for high power electronic cooling applications.  Following graduation, Jack became a civilian engineer for Naval Sea Systems Command at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC.  As part of a rotational program, he worked on a variety of projects, including radar requirements development, warship concept development, engineering management of product improvements, and troubleshooting onboard radar systems.  At Navy Research Labs, he analyzed high heat flux cooling systems for several electronic applications.  At the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Philadelphia, he investigated high temperature superconductivity in select materials.

Jack Hartman joined the Micro/Nanofluidics Laboratory in October of 2013. His primary focus has been on developing and improving image-based tools used in extracellular vesicle research. This has included developing novel algorithms for analyzing nanoparticle tracking data for polydisperse suspensions, as well as improving image analysis methods for quantifying endocytosis of extracellular vesicles by cancer cells.

Jack is a member of Tau Beta Pi.


Conference Presentations

Honors and Awards

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2015-2018
  • McMullen Scholarship, 2013
  • NAVSEA – Letter of Appreciation Ser IWS 2.0/024. Feb 15, 2012
  • Tau Beta Pi (inducted 2008)
  • H. Thomas and Dorothy Willits Hallowell Scholarship, 2006-2009
  • Schreyer Honors Scholar, 2005-2009
  • Barry Brooks Scholar Athlete Award, 2005


  • STOMP Lego Robotics for elementary school and middle school students (2013-2015)
  • 4H voluteer for fluid mechanics demonstrations (2014)
  • Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) (2008-2009)


B.S. (2009) Penn State University, State College, PA, Mechanical Engineering, high distinction with department honors, minor in Spanish
M.S. (2016) Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Biomedical Engineering