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MechE Senior Wins Churchill Scholarship

January 24, 2013

Tiras Lin, MechE '13

Tiras Lin, a Johns Hopkins University senior from San Rafael, Calif., has been selected as a Churchill Scholar by the Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States. The Churchill Scholarship is awarded to 14 students nationwide who have demonstrated a capacity to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the sciences, engineering or mathematics by completing original, creative work at an advanced level.

As a 2013 Churchill Scholar, Lin will spend the next academic year pursuing a master of philosophy degree at the University of Cambridge in England. The foundation will provide full tuition and fees as well as a stipend for living expenses and travel. Lin is one of two 2013 Churchill Scholars from Johns Hopkins. Lay Kodama, a senior who is majoring in neuroscience and the Writing Seminars, will also attend Cambridge in the fall through the scholarship.

Lin, 21, will earn his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Whiting School of Engineering in May before beginning his studies at Cambridge. He will conduct research with Colm-cille Caulfield of the Cambridge BP Institute for Multiphase Flow, a multidisciplinary research institute hosted by the Department of Earth Sciences. Lin plans to use photography to study the fluid dynamics of buoyant convection, in particular the turbulent plumes that develop when fluids of varying densities interact. He anticipates this work will offer practical insight into a range of industrial mixing and hazard analysis processes, such as the study of gas flows in mine shafts.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to go to Cambridge as a Churchill Scholar and work with Dr. Caulfield,” Lin said. “The opportunities for independent research at Hopkins have been incredible, and the advice and support from my professors and Dr. Kelly Barry, the director of Fellowships and Scholarships, helped make my application possible.”

Johns Hopkins Engineering undergraduate Tiras Lin uses high-speed, high-resolution cameras to gain a new perspective on the mechanics of a painted lady butterfly’s flight patterns. Working with Mechanical Engineering Professor Rajat Mittal, his research may be used to construct better designs for micro aerial vehicles that could be used by the United States military.

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