Graduate Students

Omid Fakharian

Luke Small
  • Ph.D. student, Mechanical Engineering
  • M.S., Aerospace Engineering: Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2016
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering: Noshirvani University of Technology, Babol, Iran, 2013
  • Research Interests: Smart Materials and Structures
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Burak Gulsacan

Burak Gulsacan
  • Ph.D. student, Mechanical Engineering
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering: Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 2017
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering: Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 2014
  • Research Interests: Experimental Fluid-Structure Interactions
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Undergraduate Students

Aspen Anderson

Aspen Anderson
  • B.S. student, Mechanical Engineering
  • Research Interests: Design and Robotics
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  • Rebecca Histed: M.S. Thesis, 2020: "Advanced Manufacturing of Microengineered Ionic Polymer Metal Composites for Enhanced Sensing Capabilities"
  • Enver S. Karakas: Ph.D. Dissertation, 2019: "Computational Investigation of Cavitation Performance and Heat Transfer in Cryogenic Centrifugal Pumps with Helical Inducers"
  • Walid Ghani: M.S. Thesis, 2019: "Hydrodynamically Coupled Shape-Morphing Beams Oscillating in a Viscous Fluid"
  • Syed Nazmul Ahsan: Ph.D. Dissertation, 2018: "Modulation of Hydrodynamic Forces on Oscillating Submerged Structures in Viscous Fluids"
  • Bishwash Shrestha: M.S. Thesis, 2016: "Qualitative and Quantitative Study of the Flow Physics in the Vicinity of an Oscillating Plate in Viscous Fluids"
  • Gregory Ross: M.S. Thesis, 2016: "Ultrasonic Welding of Nafion Ionomers and Aluminum Foils for the Manufacture of Ionic Polymer Metal Composites"
  • Chris Reede: M.S. Thesis, 2015: "Thrust Bearing Load Observations on Enclosed Lineshaft Geothermal Production Pumps"
  • Syed Nazmul Ahsan: M.S. Thesis, 2014: "Finite Amplitude Oscillations of Flanged Laminas in Viscous Flows: Vortex-Structure Interactions for Hydrodynamic Damping Control"