Laboratory for Turbulence and Complex Flow

Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

People

Director

Kenneth T. Christensen, Ph.D.
Professor and Kritzer Faculty Scholar, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering (MechSE)
Associate Head for Undergraduate Programs, MechSE
Associate Head for Mechanics Programs, MechSE
Associate Director, International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER)
Affiliate, Departments of Aerospace Engineering and Geology




Staff

Dr. Gianluca Blois
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Project: Development of a Large-Scale Refractive Index-Matched (RIM) Flow Facility (NSF and I2CNER supported)


 


Graduate Students

Julio Barros
Ph.D. Student in MechSE (TAM Program)
Ph.D. Project: Time-resolved PIV measurements within the roughness sublayer for flow over irregular roughness (AFOSR supported)




Taehoon Kim
M.S. Student in MechSE (ME Program)
Master's Project: Flow Associated with Interacting Barchan Dunes and Interacting Shear Layers




Dahhea (Hannah) Min
Ph.D. Student in MechSE (TAM Program); MS in ME (2008; U. Mich.)
Ph.D. Project: Coupled roughness and favorable-pressure-gradient effects in turbulent boundary layers (NSF supported)




Gokul Pathikonda
M.S. Student in Aerospace Engineering
Master's Project: Amplitude Modulation Effects in Rough-Wall Turbulence




Rajat Saksena
Ph.D. Student in MechSE (TAM Program)
Ph.D. Project: Assessing carbon dioxide migration in sub-seabed and on-shore geologic sequestration scenarios (I2CNER supported)




Undergraduate Students

Laura Mazzaro (Spring 2011)
Undergraduate Student in MechSE (UIUC)
Project: Measurements of the Flow Field Downstream of a Model Wind Turbine (TAM Undergraduate Thesis)

Ann Zuzuly (Fall 2010-Spring 2011)
Undergraduate Student in MechSE (UIUC)
Project: Designing a Model Wind Turbine for Laboratory Testing

Katie Amber (Summer 2010-present)
Undergraduate Student in MechSE (UIUC)
Project: Studies of Alternate Coolants for Enhanced Heat Transfer in Straight and Wavy Microchannels

Augie Anderson (Summer 2010-present)
Undergraduate Student in MechSE (UIUC)
Project: Simultaneous Velocity and Temperature Measurements of Interacting Buoyant Plumes

Thai Ton (Spring 2010)
Undergraduate Exchange Student in MechSE from TU-Darmstadt
Project: Evaluation of convective heat transfer enhancement by nanofluids in microchannels

Jonathan Grim (Summer 2009)
Undergraduate Student in MechSE (UIUC)
Project: Development of LabView Acquisition Modules for TAM 537

Kyle McElmury (Fall 2008-Spring 2010)
Undergraduate Student in Aerospace Engineering (UIUC)
Project: Design and construction of a heated plume apparatus

Michael Kirschneck (Spring 2009)
Undergraduate Exchange Student in MechSE from TU-Munich
Project: Assessing vortical-structure evolution in wall turbulence using direct numerical simulation data


Alumni

Blake Johnson
Degrees: M.S. in TAM (2008); Ph.D. in TAM (UIUC; 2012)
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University

Anthony Licari
Degree: M.S. in ME (2010)
Current Position: Future Technical Leaders Program, Northrup Grumman

Ricardo Mejia-Alvarez
Degrees: M.S. in TAM (2010); Ph.D. in TAM (UIUC; 2010)
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Vinay Natrajan
Degrees: M.S. in TAM (2007); Ph.D. in TAM (UIUC; 2009)
Current Position: Senior Engineer, GE Research (Bangalore, India)

Yanhua (Felix) Wu
Degrees: MSME (UNM; 2004); Ph.D. in TAM (UIUC; 2008)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Wright State University

Adam Rosenbaum
Degrees: MSME (UIUC; 2006)
Current Position: Engineer, United Launch Alliance

Eiichiro Yamaguchi
Degrees: Former postdoc (2005-2006)
Current Position: Research Associate, Tulane University

Eduardo Ferrara
Degrees: Visiting Ph.D. Student from University of Sao Paulo (2004)
Current Position: Research Associate, University of Sao Paulo

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