Georgia Institute of Technology

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Graduate students


Zachary Mills (PhD student)

I received my BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2011. I joined Dr. Alexeev’s group at Georgia Tech in the fall of 2011. The main area of my research is focused on modeling the fluid flow, heat transfer, and mass transport occurring in exhaust gas regeneration heat exchangers, which will give us insight into the fouling process that occurs within them.


Peter Yeh (PhD student)

After receiving my B.S. degree in Engineering Physics from Cornell University, I joined CFMS in the fall of 2011. My research is focused on numerical simulations of biomimetic fluid-structure interactions. My specific projects include modeling simplified insect flapping flight and fish swimming.


Matthew Ballard (PhD student)

I received my BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University in 2009, after which I worked as a flight test engineer before beginning my graduate studies at Georgia Tech in 2012. My research interests are in the areas of biomimetic design of microfluidic systems and in computational biofluids. I use computer simulations to guide the design of microfluidic systems for bio-detection and mixing applications, and to study the physics of biological and physiological systems such as lymphatic valves. 


Yaroslav Vasyliv (PhD student)

I received my BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2011. After graduation I experimented with a software startup and later decided to leave to pursue graduate school.  I joined the CFMS lab in summer of 2014. My research interests are focused on using smooth particle hydrodynamics to simulate fluid-structural interaction in the cardiovascular system.


Svetoslav Nikolov (PhD student)

I received my BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2014. My research focuses on modeling and analyzing responsive polymer networks. I am currently involved with two projects. The first deals with optimizing the swimming performance of a bi-layered hydrogel microswimmer, and the second focuses on developing polymer network models which accurately capture the elastic properties of hydrogel systems. 


Samuel Bowie (PhD student)

I received my BS degrees in both Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Mississippi in 2015. I joined CFMS in the fall of 2015 with the focus of my research on using computational methods to investigate cellular mechanics. In my project I examine motion of biological cells in microfluidic channels and develop a  comprehensive mechanistic model of the cell to evaluate cell properties.

Undergraduate students

Yueyi (Diana) Sun

Modeling blood clot contraction

Tiago Boavida

Modeling solvent transport in responsive gels

Wei Zhao

Particle-based simulations

Former graduate students

Wenbin Mao (PhD)

Thesis: Modeling particle suspensions using lattice Boltzmann method

Hassan Masoud (PhD)

Thesis: Polymer networks: modeling and applications

Alex Kilimnik (MS)

Thesis: Modeling inertial drift of compliant particles

Rajat Ghosh (MS)

Thesis: Designing oscillating cilia for regulating particle motion in microfluidic devices

Former undergraduate students

John Arata

Daniel Debruler

Katherine Bischoff

Jaclyn Branscomb

Benjamin Bingham

Brian Johnston

Basat Aziz

Sayeh Ronald Diggs

Katherine Polhemus

Tsz (Ethan) Li

Yunji Gu

Hong Chen

Tapan Shah

Ayuko Morikawa

Monique Chang

Samuel Beckworth

Shivam Verma

Changxuan Zhao

Osazuwa Edokpolo

Puja De

Vontravis Monts

Yuanda Li

Camila Sato

Won Sup (Michael) Song

Former visiting students

Carina Semmler (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)