People

Principal Investigator

Hussein Aluie, PhD

James P. Wilmot Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering Department

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Hopeman 406

husseinrochester.edu

office: (585) 276-7170

fax: (585) 275-4072

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Hussein Aluie is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Rochester. Prior to joining UofR, he worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico as a postdoctoral research associate. He earned his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, under the supervision of professors Gregory Eyink, Ethan Vishniac, Charles Meneveau, and Shiyi Chen. Hussein grew up in Beirut, Lebanon, where he graduated from the American University of Beirut with a major in physics and a minor in mathematics. Hussein's favorite pastimes are outdoor sports activities in their many forms, live music, and swing dancing.

Visiting Scholars

Michele Buzzicotti, PhD

Visiting Scholar

Mechanical Engineering Department

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Hopeman 410

mbuzzicome.rochester.edu

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Michele is a visiting scholar in MechE at UofR during 2020, working on turbulence and machine learning. He obtained his PhD in theoretical physics in 2017 at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, where he has an appointment as a Researcher. His main research activity is in the study of turbulent flows using numerical simulations. Working from both Eulerian and Lagrangian points of view, he is interested in the development of non-linear, out of equilibrium models, such as Large-Eddy-Simulation closures for the small-scale dynamics of high Reynolds or magnetohydrodynamic flows. He is responsible for the development of High-Performance Computing (HPC) codes for state-of-the-art Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS), which are typically run on supercomputers and scale up to tens of thousands of processing cores. He is also involved in the application and development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools to fluid flow problems such as: deep learning for the data analysis of turbulent flows and reinforcement learning/policy gradient methods for the development of smart vehicles which are able to solve optimal navigation tasks in complex environments.

Postdocs

Fernando Garcia Rubio, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Mechanical Engineering Department

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Hopeman 410

fernando.garcia.rubioupm.es

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Fernando García Rubio earned his Ph. D. from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), School of Aerospace Engineering, Spain under the supervision of Professor Francisco Javier Sanz Recio. His thesis concerns the understanding of several hydrodynamic processes taking place in magnetized liner inertial fusion (MagLIF) schemes. He studied the dynamics of the corona expansion, thermal and magnetic flux losses in a hotspot-liner interface, fuel and liner mass diffusion, hotspot models for magnetized implosions and alpha heating enhancement due to the presence of a magnetic field. During his Ph.D., Fernando spent five months in Rochester to work with Professor Riccardo Betti at the LLE, and three months in Osaka to work with Professor Masakatsu Murakami at the Institute of Laser Engineering. Fernando is originally from Logroño, Spain. He received a Double Degree in Aerospace Engineering at the UPM and Supaéro-ISAE in Toulouse (France). He received his master in Applied Mathematics at Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse. His research interests lie in the broad spectrum of plasma physics, with focus on magneto-hydrodynamics processes, hydrodynamic instabilities and kinetic theory. During his free time, Fernando enjoys basketball, climbing, skiing, and playing the guitar.

Benjamin Storer, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Mechanical Engineering Department

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Hopeman 410

benjamin.storerrochester.edu

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Benjamin Storer is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Rochester studying multi-scale physics in oceanographic processes and the mechanisms by which energy is transferred across scales in the world's oceans. He earned a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics at the University of Waterloo, Canada, where he studied geophysical fluid dynamics under Francis Poulin, with a focus on model development and application to stratified quasi-geostrophic systems. His work is primarily in computational fluid dynamics, with a focus on geophysical and oceanographic applications. In his spare time, he likes reading, running, yoga, and is a devout Star Trek fan.

Graduate Students

Nitish Acharya

PhD Student (co-advised w/ Jessica Shang)

Mechanical Engineering Department

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Hopeman 410

nachary2ur.rochester.edu

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Nitish was born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal. He is currently a Ph.D. Student in Mechanical University at University of Rochester starting from fall 2018. He received a B.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tribhuvan University. His research interests are in the areas of experimental and computational fluid dynamics. Outside of work, Nitish enjoys playing or listening to music, soccer, and tennis.

Xin Bian

PhD Student

Mechanical Engineering Department

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Hopeman 410

xin.bianrochester.edu

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Xin Bian is a PhD student of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Rochester as of September 2015. He was born and raised in Daqing City, China. Xin received his bachelor's degree in Thermal Energy & Power Engineering and master's degree in Power Engineering & Engineering Thermophysics from Harbin Institute of Technology. He is very interested in fluid mechanics and turbulence research, as well as in scientific computing. Apart from academics, he enjoys watching thriller movies and jogging.

Aarne Lees

PhD Student (co-advised w/ Riccardo Betti)

Mechanical Engineering Department

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Hopeman 410

aleesur.rochester.edu

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Aarne Lees is a Mechanical Engineering PhD student at the University of Rochester, starting in the fall of 2015. He received his BS degree in Engineering Physics at the Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia. He has worked as a Mechanical Engineer in a company specialized in designing and building data centers and worked on numerical simulations of the flow of steel fibre reinforced concrete at the Institute of Cybernetics of the Tallinn University of Technology. His research interests include fluid dynamics, numerical methods and programming. During his free time he enjoys cycling, tennis, and snooker.

Shikhar Rai

PhD Student

Mechanical Engineering Department

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Hopeman 410

srai6ur.rochester.edu

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I joined the Mechanical Engineering PhD program at University of Rochester in 2017. I did my undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. I worked for two and a half years in Nepal and Japan with E&T Nepal in Bhaktapur, Nepal, E&T Japan in Utsunomia, Japan and Chiyoda Corporation in Yokohama, Japan as a CFD Engineer. My research interest are fluid mechanics, CFD, and numerical methods. Some of my hobbies are sketching, painting, watching movies and anime.

Dongxiao Zhao

PhD Student

Mechanical Engineering Department

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Hopeman 410

dzhao5me.rochester.edu

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Dongxiao Zhao is a Mechanical Engineering PhD student at the University of Rochester, starting in the fall of 2014. He has earned his bachelor’s degree in Engineering Mechanics at Tongji University, Shanghai, China. He received a master's degree in Bridge Engineering, also from Tongji University. His research interests include fluid mechanics, numerical computation, and programming. During his leisure time, he likes to walk around and read books. His favorite author is Jorge Luis Borges.

Master Students

Chayut Teeraratkul

Master student

Mechanical Engineering Department

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Hopeman 410

cteerarau.rochester.edu

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Chayut is currently an M.S. student of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Rochester starting fall 2017. He also received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester. He is originally from Bangkok, Thailand. He is interested in numerical methods and simulation software development, especially in computational fluid dynamics. During his free time he enjoys playing badminton and horror films.

Undergraduate Students

Maria Plessia

Sophomore student

Mechanical Engineering Department

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Hopeman 410

mplessiau.rochester.edu

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Maria is currently an undergraduate at the University of Rochester pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering. She is originally from Tripoli, Greece. She has an interest in computational engineering, numerical methods, and programming. During her free time she enjoys playing the piano and cooking.

Philemon Rono

Junior student

Mechanical Engineering Department

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Hopeman 410

pronou.rochester.edu

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Xerox Research fellow, Philemon is passionate about classical mechanics, automotive industry, renewable energy and sustainability. His hobbies include swimming, lawn tennis driving and cycling.

Ifigeneia Stathaki

Junior student

Mechanical Engineering Department

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Hopeman 410

istathaku.rochester.edu

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Ifigeneia Stathaki is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Rochester pursuing a degree in Biomedical Engineering. Ifigeneia was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She has an interest in neuroengineering, aerospace engineering, as well as environmental science. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities, swimming, and playing music.

Alumni

Perla Aguilar, General Dynamics, Detroit, MI

Alexander Boyd, The MITRE Corporation

Theodore Burke, software engineer in Madison, WI

Brendan Knight, Smith & Nephew Endoscopy

Daniel Mangino, General Motors

Jordy Mendez, grad school at NYU

Jonathan McLinn, Lockheed Martin

Africa Ruiz-Mora, Northrop Grumman

Mahmoud Sadek, Cairo University

Huasen Zhang, Institute of Applied Physics and Mathematics

Collaborators