Halil Akyildiz

Braden Li


Born and raised in the south Florida heat of Miami, I graduated from Monsignor Edward Pace High School in 2012. During my time as an undergraduate at the University of Florida, I had the opportunity to serve as a student manager for the universities track and cross-country teams. While at UF I conducted research focusing on developing biodegradable fibers for drug delivery applications. I also had the chance to pursue multiple internships with Medtronic. Upon graduating from UF in 2017 I had the honor of being named a GEM Associate Fellow. My goal is to work in an athletic apparel or medical device company.

Outside of research I serve as an ambassador for NC State’s Society for Asian Scientist and Engineers (SASE) chapter, with the goal of becoming president in the near future. I also enjoy anything running related, traveling, playing guitar, and cooking. #chefli

Research Interests: 

Biomaterials, drug delivery, thermoelectric materials, medical devices, wearables, smart textiles, energy harvesting, materials characterization.

 Current Research: 

My current research involves characterizing and integrating thermoelectric materials to create self- powered wearable technologies that can be used for electrocardiography (ECG). Our goal is to develop a shirt that is comfortable, can measure ECG signals, and is self-powered by ones’ body heat.


B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida (Minor: Sales Engineering)