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.

Postdocs

Mahmoud Sadek, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Mechanical Engineering Department

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mk836cornell.edu

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Mahmoud Sadek joined University of Rochester as a postdoctoral researcher in September 2015. He received his Ph. D from Cornell University. His work at Cornell focused on combining the two- and three-dimensional linear instability analysis with large-scale serial and parallel numerical simulation to investigate different transition mechanisms of the bottom boundary layer under surface solitary waves. Mahmoud is originally from Cairo, Egypt where he received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from Cairo University. Mahmoud's research interests include environmental fluid mechanics, high-order numerical methods, hydrodynamic instability theory, computational engineering, high accuracy spectral computational methods for high Reynolds number flows in complex geometries, and high performance parallel scientific computing.

Huasen Zhang, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Mechanical Engineering Department

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Hopeman 410

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Huasen Zhang joined the department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Rochester as a post-doc associate in 2016. He earned his Ph.D. from Beijing University in China, under the supervision of Prof. Zhihong Lin and Prof. Xiaogang Wang. He studied in the University of California Irvine as an exchange student for two years during his Ph.D. study. His research interests include the low frequency wave instabilities in the tokamaks, such as Alfven eigenmodes (AEs) , the radiation properties of the laser irradiated hohlraums in the inertial confinement fusion (ICF), and the hydrodynamic instabilities, such as the ablative Rayleigh-Taylor instabilities (ARTI). His favorite sports includes basketball and badminton.

Graduate Students

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

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.

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

Alexander Boyd

Senior student

Mechanical Engineering Department

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Hopeman 410

aboyd6u.rochester.edu

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Alexander Boyd is an undergraduate at the University of Rochester majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Computer Science. He was born and raised in Washington D.C., where he also worked for the MITRE Corp. as an analyst intern. Alex's favorite pastimes are video games, composing electronic and orchestral music, and cooking.

James Westhoff

Senior student

Mechanical Engineering Department

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Hopeman 410

jwesthofu.rochester.edu

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James (Zach) Westhoff is a Mechanical Engineering B.S. student at the University of Rochester with an expected graduation of May 2018. He has research interests in Fluid Dynamics and Computational Engineering. Outside the classroom, he spends his time playing both drum set and guitar, reading informational books and working at the admission department. This past summer James completed an internship at Wegman's in Facilitiy Design where he was able to apply concepts learned from his Thermodynamics and Fluids courses to facility engineering problems.

Alumni

Theodore Burke, software engineer in Madison, WI

Brendan Knight, Smith & Nephew Endoscopy

Daniel Mangino, General Motors

Jonathan McLinn, Lockheed Martin

Africa Ruiz-Mora, Northrop Grumman

Collaborators