Students and Staff

Current Students

Karthik Menon (Ph.D.)
I work on Aeroelastic Flutter, which means I spend my time observing cylinders, airfoils (and shapes in between) as they bob up-and-down while producing interesting vortex wake patterns. The aim of my work is to understand this dynamical behaviour from a Fluids-Structure Interaction perspective, and possibly control or enhance these oscillations according to the application. About me: I grew up in Bangalore, India, and joined FPCL in 2016. I love reading, travelling and am a huge basketball buff.


Shantanu Bailoor (Ph.D.)
My work involves computer simulations of cardiovascular hemodynamics and thrombosis in prosthetic aortic valves.


Samvit Kumar (Ph.D.)
I am a Ph.D. student and am advised jointly by Dr. Charles Meneveau and Dr. Rajat Mittal. My work is on wall bounded turbulence.


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.



John Scheffey (M.S.)
I joined FPCL in 2019 as an M.S. student. I am interested in sports aerodynamics, biomechanics, and biological flows. Currently, my research involves numerical simulations of flows past rotating bodies, including baseballs and cylinders.


Ashvin Vinodh (M.S.)
I am very interested in fluid flows occurring in natural systems. I have played around with flow past cylinders, laminar flows, airfoils and some MHD; and I mostly use numerical techniques. Presently, I am investigating acoustic characteristics of owl wings – why owls are silent fliers.
I like mathematics that can be written and solved on paper thoroughly; hence, I enjoy solving problems in mechanics, general physics, integrals, and sequences and series.


Akhil Paulraj (High School Intern)
I am a high school senior attending West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North in NJ. As a student intern at FPCL, I am studying the role of the carotid sinus in sensing changes in blood pressure using numerical simulations.

Research Staff

Jae Ho “Mike” Lee (Post-Doc)
I am a postdoctoral fellow in FPCL. I am interested in computational physiology and medicine in general, and my current research is on modeling gastric biomechanics and gastrointestinal feedback mechanism. I am also a postdoctoral trainee in Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. I received my Ph.D. from UNC Chapel Hill, working on fluid-structure interaction models of bioprosthetic valves in an in vitro pulse duplicator.