Students and Staff

Current Students

Jessica Degner (D.Eng.)
I am a current employee at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in the Precision Strike, Advanced Weapon Systems group, and a new addition to the Doctor of Engineering program. The program facilitates collaborative research between employers and JHU. I’m looking forward to applying my technical expertise in electronic packaging into new research opportunities. The focus of my research is to bring cooling to the chip-level in electronics using impingement cooling methods such as synthetic jets and zero net mass flux devices.
Chuanxin Ni (Ph.D.)
I completed my Master’s Thesis research in FPCL and transferred to the Ph.D. program in the summer of 2019. My master’s research focuses on the thrombogenesis and hemodynamics in the patient-specific Left Atrial Appendages (LAA). Now, my Ph.D. project is about the ultrasonic acoustic wave generation in the larynx of bats. Specifically, I will investigate the relationship between the anatomical structures of bats’ larynx and the ultrasound generation by simulations.Email: [email protected]
Sharun Kuhar (Ph.D.)
I am interested in biological and environmental applications of fluid mechanics. I joined FPCL in 2020, and I am currently working on gastro-intestinal biomechanics. In the past, I have studied thick slurry flow in mining industries, linear stability analysis of flow past a square cylinder at different blockage ratios, and mechanics of high-fiber-count optical fiber cables.
Sushrut Kumar (Ph.D.)
I joined FPCL in spring 2021. Currently, I am working towards investigating the flow around flying Bats to build deeper insight into its biological flight control mechanism using high performance computing and data-driven tools. In past, I have used computational fluid dynamics along with various soft computing and data-driven methods to understand and solve different engineering problems related to fluid dynamics.
Suryansh Prakhar (Ph.D.)
I joined FPCL in summer 2021. My PhD research will involve studying flow around rotors, specifically tracking vortices around the rotor and developing a computational model to find the contribution of different vortices and their interaction on aerodynamic forces and aeroacoustic noise. Before joining FPCL, I worked under Dr. Prosperetti on a project which focused on the effect of falling particles on the onset of instability in Rayleigh-Bénard convection.
Ji Zhou (Ph.D.)
Biological/biomedical-related applications of computational fluid mechanics are my primary interests. I joined FPCL in 2020, working on a flow-physics-informed model of fish collective behavior and direct numerical simulations of fish mechanics in 3D. Previous research experience includes CFD of the left ventricle, cerebral aneurysms, flapping wings of mosquitos, and the design of in-vivo medical devices for abdominal aortic aneurysm treatment.
Zhecheng Liu (M.S.)
I joined the FPCL in Fall 2021 to start my Master’s thesis research. I am interested in exploring properties of biological flows by CFD techniques, so that’s the reason why I join FPCL. I hope I can find more interesting things during my future research.
Shreya Sriramineni (Undergraduate Research Interns)
I am a junior majoring in Engineering Mechanics and minoring in Physics. Broadly, I am interested in studying fluid-structure interactions; my current project focuses on the mechanics of vortex-induced vibrations of a bluff cylinder. In my free time, I enjoy birdwatching and reading the classics.

Research Staff

Mostafa Aghaei Jouybari (Post-Doc)
I am a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University, co-advised by Professors Rajat Mittal and Charles Meneveau. I received my Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University in Dec 2020 and B.Sc. Degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineerings from Sharif University of Technology (Tehran, Iran) in Jul 2016. My scientific interests are numerical simulation of turbulent flows (DNS/LES/RANS) over rough walls and porous media, compressible flows, high performance computations and machine learning. My current research at the Johns Hopkins University deals with wall modeled LES of flow over roughness and porous media, and utilizing DNS to develop a better understanding of flow physics over these surfaces.
Umair Ismail (Post-Doc)
I joined the FPCL in late August 2021. My research work at JHU will rely on coupled FSI simulations – that leverage a sharp-interface IBM – to (1) model insect flight and (2) understand the spread of airborne infections like COVID-19 when wearing a face mask. Prior to this appointment, I briefly worked at NIST (Gaithersburg) in the Structures Group on LES of ABLs around urban structures. My primary research background is in using eddy-resolving simulations to understand & model turbulent flows of engineering & environmental relevance. These problems include elements of surface roughness, non-equilibrium effects in wall-bounded turbulence, laminar-to-turbulence transition and wind engineering. I have earned a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University and a MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Delft University of Technology.



Jacob Turner (Post-Doc)
I joined FPCL as a post-doctoral researcher in October 2021. My main research interests are in compressible flows, aeroacoustics and unsteady aerodynamics. Currently, I am investigating the interaction between shock waves and vortex dynamics on pitching and heaving airfoils. The main objective is to determine the impact of compressibility on airfoil flutter and limit cycle oscillations. I attained my PhD from the University of Southampton in 2019, where I investigated various aeroacoustics problems, including airfoil-vortex interaction noise, leading-edge serrations, and acoustic sources in separated flows.