Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern California

Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT

B.A. (Hons), M.Eng., Engineering, Queens’ College, University of Cambridge


Short Bio

Update (01/05/2015):  I just joined the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Southern California as an Assistant Professor.   My profile and contact information can be found here.

Until recently, I was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories of the California Institute of Technology (GALCIT), working with Professor Beverley McKeon.  My postdoctoral research aimed to develop a better understanding of wall turbulence, i.e. turbulent flow next to surfaces – ships, pipes, airplanes, river- and sea-beds.  I also worked towards understanding, and developing, control strategies for turbulent drag reduction.  All of this work was guided by the systems-approach to turbulent flows developed by Beverley McKeon and Ati Sharma, and employed theory, laboratory experiments, and direct numerical simulation to varying degrees.

I completed my Ph.D. in Environmental Fluid Mechanics with Professor Heidi Nepf at the Parsons Lab for Environmental Science and Engineering at MIT in 2012.  My doctoral research in the Nepf Group examined the interaction between flow and aquatic vegetation through laboratory experiments, simple numerical modeling, and some fieldwork.  On occasion, I also pretended to be a member of the Stocker Microfluidics Group, where I pursued two projects at a very different (tiny!) scale.

Details on completed research projects can be found here.

I am also an enthusiastic (not to be confused with skilled) photographer, and an avid soccer and cricket fan.  You can find my musings on these here.