Education and Experience

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Alvin M. Weinberg Distinguished Fellow
Biomedical Sciences, Engineering, and Computing Group
Computational Sciences and Engineering Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

I am currently an Alvin M. Weinberg Distinguished Fellow in the Biomedical Sciences, Engineering, and Computing Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. I pursue fundamental theoretical and applied fluid dynamics research using theory and high-performance computational fluid dynamics (CFD). For example, I am currently researching techniques to adapt electrokinetic effects to facilitate biomedical applications such as filtering, sorting, and detecting biomaterials such as proteins.

I am always interested in pursuing new collaborations! If you have an exciting or intriguing research problem and you are looking for someone with theoretical and numerical experience in the areas of applied math and scientific computing for fluid dynamics, please feel free to reach out to me!

For more information, see my research.


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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D): Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (May 2017)
Master of Arts (M.A.): Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (Sept. 2014)
Advisor: Howard A. Stone
Research Focus: Applied math and scientific computing in the areas of fluid dynamics and soft matter
Graduate Certificate: Computational and Information Science
Teagle Teaching Seminar: Scholarly approaches to teaching and learning

I completed my Ph.D. at Princeton University in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, advised by Professor Howard A. Stone. My dissertation covers topics related to classical fluid dynamics theory for flows in curving and branching geometries, nonlinear vortex dynamics, multi-phase experimental microfluidics, and multi-physics numerical simulations of complex transport processes.

I also received an M.A. from Princeton University in Sept. 2014 and completed a Graduate Certificate in Computational and Information Science. This certificate program is designed "to recognize the achievements of students who have undertaken comprehensive training in these topics, both through formal course work and through research in their subject area (Link)."


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Bachelor of Science (B.S.M.E.): Mechanical Engineering, with distinction (May 2012)
Minors in Mathematics and Physics
University Honors Program (UHP)

I graduated from Purdue University in 2012 with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and minors in math and physics. Through the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, I researched in Zucrow Laboratories under the advising of Professors Steven Son and Timothée Pourpoint. I performed safety characterizations, burn-rate experiments, and motor-tests to characterize novel formulations of frozen aluminum- and hydrogen peroxide-based propellants (2011).


Additional experience

National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network: Working in Professor Jonathan Posner's research group, I studied the locomotion of bimetallic catalytic nanomotors in hydrogen peroxide, quantifying their effective diffusivities by coupling thermal, rotational, and translational diffusivities (2010).

Texas Tech University: In 2009 I participated in the National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at Texas Tech. I researched passivity-based capacitive feedback controls for MEMS micromirrors and modelled the devices with finite-element methods.


Awards

  • Alvin M. Weinberg Distinguished Fellowship - Awarded to early career scientists who have demonstrated both "outstanding scientific ability" as well as "potential for technical and scientific leadership at the highest levels," Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2017-2020).
  • Harold W. Dodds Honorific Fellowship - Awarded to senior graduate students "displaying the highest scholarly excellence in graduate work" at Princeton University (2016).
  • Best Presentation Award - MAE Research Day Competition, Princeton University (2016).
  • Mary and Randall Hack '69 Graduate Award - Awarded by the Princeton Environmental Institute to support innovative water-related research with implications for the environment (2015).
  • Excellence in Teaching Award - Awarded by the Princeton Engineering Council and Graduate Engineering Council on behalf of the students in MAE 335 (2014).
  • Crocco Award for Teaching Excellence - Awarded by the faculty of the MAE Department in recognition of outstanding performance as an Assistant in Instruction for MAE 222 (2014).
  • Gordon Y. S. Wu Fellowship - "Princeton's most prestigious award for graduate study in engineering" for incoming graduate students (2012).
  • Larry L. & Mary Alice McDonald Scholarship - Purdue University (2011).
  • Arcelor Mittal Industrial Roundtable Scholarship - Purdue University (2010).
  • Stephen D., Yvonne D., and Robert D. Miles Memorial Mechanical Engineering Scholarship - Purdue University (2009).
  • John McClean Memorial Fund Scholarship - Purdue University (2008).
  • Purdue Trustees Scholarship - Purdue University (2008-2012).