Current Members

  • Hieu Pham, Assistant Project Scientist

    Hieu received B.S. in Bioengineering in 2003, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2007 and Ph.D in Engineering Science in 2010 all at UCSD. His current work involves the dynamics of internal waves and stratified turbulence in the Equatorial Undercurrents. His research interest includes environmental fluid mechanics and computational methods.
    2006 present
  • Masoud Jalali, Post Doc

    Masoud Jalali got a B.S in Mechanical Engineering and B.S in industrial Engineering from University of Tehran in 2009 which followed with a Master in Fluid Mechanics (Energy convection) working on spray combustion in 2011 in University of Tehran. He joined UCSD CFD lab in fall 2011 and his research interests include Turbulance, Computational methods and Enviromental fluid mechanics.
    2011 present
  • Karu Chongsiripinyo, Ph.D Candidate

    Karu Chongsiripinyo received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2012 and his B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from Chulalongkorn University in 2007. He joined UCSD in the fall 2012. Karu's interests are turbulence, vortex dynamics, coherent flow structure, and scientific computing. He has developed code "FIBER", a parallelized Navier-Stokes solver for body-fit curvilinear grid with 3 directional MPI domain decomposition. Currently, he is investigating vortex dynamics of stratified turbulent wake.
    2012 present
  • Alexandra Vandine, Ph.D Candidate

    Alex VanDine received her Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2014. At the University of Virginia Combustion and Energy Lab her research involved the investigation of axisymmetric counterflow flames using a two-dimensional reacting flow model. She joined the University of California, San Diego in the Fall of 2014 and is currently researching the temporal and spatial evolution of stratified turbulent wakes.
    2014 present
  • Vicky Verma, Ph.D Student

    Vicky received his B. Tech degree in Aerospace Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kgp) in 2010 and an MS degree in Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore in 2014 which included a dissertation on the use of Multiparticle Collision Dynamics (MPCD) for simulating gaseous microflows and phase transition between gaseous and liquid phases. He joined UC San Diego as a PhD student in Jan 2015 and is studying the evolution of instabilities at a geostrophically balanced density front in the upper ocean and the processes which lead to the generation of turbulence and the restratification at the front for his thesis. His research interests lie in the fields of Computational Fluid Dynamics, Environmental Fluid Dynamics and Microflows.
    2015 present
  • Jose Luis Ortiz Tarin, Ph.D Student

    Jose received his Aerospace Engineering degree from the Polytechnic University of Valencia in 2015. During his stay in RWTH Aachen (Germany 2012-13) he worked on shoot formation in the Combustion Institute. In 2014 he worked in the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign on the spectral analysis of a reactive shear layer. He received La Caixa fellowship in 2015 to fund his PhD. He joined UCSD in the fall of 2015. Jose’s interests are turbulence, vortex dynamics, compressible reacting flows and computational methods.
    2015 present
  • Sungwon Lee, Ph.D Student

    Sungwon Lee received his B.S. and M.S. degree in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering in 2005 and 2007 from the Seoul National University, Korea. At the Turbulence and Flow Control Lab in SNU, he researched the Large Eddy Simulation of turbulent flow over a sphere. From 2008, He worked for Hyundai Heavy Industries as a researcher on the thermal and flow analysis. He joined UCSD in the Winter of 2015 and is currently researching on the stratified environmental flows.
    2015 present
  • Pranav Suresh, Ph.D Student

    Pranav completed his integrated Bachelor's and Master's degree in Ocean Engineering with specialization in Fluid Mechanics from IIT Madras, India. His undergraduate project involved development of efficient algorithms for fluid simulations in a meshfree Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics framework to solve multiphase flow problems and heat transfer applications. As a part of SN Bose scholars program, he had also worked on simulation of a turbulent flow over a wavy channel using OpenFOAM at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At CFD lab, his research focuses on studying the dynamics of flow past a rough topography.
    2016 present
  • Sheel Nidhan, Ph.D Student

    Sheel received his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in 2017. During his undergraduate studies, he interned at ETH Zurich working on the development of a framework for the application of boundary conditions in the micro-FE analysis of bones. He was also a team member of formula student team of his college. He joined CFD Lab in Fall 2017. His research interests include turbulence, numerical methods, and reduced order modeling of flows.
    2017 present

Former members

  • Anikesh Pal, Ph.D

    Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California, Los Angeles

    2011 2016
  • Vamsi Chalamalla, Ph.D

    Postdoctoral Fellow at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    2010 2015
  • Narsimha Reddy Rapaka, Ph.D

    Postdoctoral Fellow at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

    2009 2015
  • Eric Arobone, Ph.D

    Postdoctoral Fellow in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics at Stanford University

    2008 2014
  • Matt de Stadler, Ph.D

    Postdoctoral Researcher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology

    2007 2013
  • Bishakhdatta Gayen, Ph.D

    Postdoctoral Fellow in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics at Australia National University

    2007 2012
  • Kyle Brucker, Ph.D

    Senior Computational Fluid Dynamics Engineer at Science Applications International Corporation

    2003 2009
  • John Taylor, Ph.D

    University Lecturer, University of Cambridge

    2002 2008
  • Sankar Basak, Ph.D

    Senior Project Engineer at Nexant Corporation

    2001 2005
  • David Garrido-López, Ph.D

    Research and Development Engineer Boeing Europe

    2001 2005
  • Juan Pedro Mellado, Ph.D

    Professor at the Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie

    2001 2004
  • Carlos Pantano-Rubino, Ph.D

    Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    1996 2000
  • Julia Whitmire, Ph.D

    Engineer at BF Goodrich Aerospace

    1994 1998
  • Scott Stanley, Ph.D

    Engineer at Hewlett Packard

    1993 1997
  • Frank Jacobitz, Ph.D

    Professor at the University of San Diego

    1993 1997

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