Stephen R. Boona is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Thermal Materials Laboratory at The Ohio State University, where his work focuses primarily on the study of thermal spin transport effects (“spin caloritronics”). He completed his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering in 2013 at Michigan State University under the supervision of Professor Donald T. Morelli. While there, his dissertation work explored various mechanisms for achieving high thermoelectric performance at low temperatures in valence fluctuating metallic compounds. Prior to that, he earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics and applied physics in 2008 and 2010 from Northern Illinois University.