Alban Sauret is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He did his undergraduate and graduate studies in France, followed by a postdoctoral training at Princeton University. After a few years working as a CNRS researcher in a joint CNRS/Saint-Gobain laboratory near Paris (France), he joined UC Santa Barbara in 2018.
Alban grew up in the south of France and is still trying to (unsuccessfully) hide his French accent. In his spare time, he enjoys trail running in the Santa Barbara area.
Virgile Thiévenaz is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. A physics graduate of the ESPCI (France), he did his PhD at Sorbonne Université in Paris, under the supervision of Thomas Séon and Christophe Josserand. His work focuses on the interaction between capillary flow and freezing.
Virgile grew up in France in the Paris area. He enjoys cycling, photography, reading, cooking, and since he arrived in the US, baking his own bread.
Brian Dincau is a fourth-year graduate student in Mechanical Engineering. He obtained his undergraduate degree from UC Davis and his Master's degree from WSU - Vancouver, where he worked on biosensors and high-throughput microfluidic fractionation. His current research focuses on investigating fundamental mechanisms involved in clog formation, a problem which spans many scales and applications.
Brian grew up in California, but spent four years working as an engineer in Washington before returning to school. He is the co-president of a medtech entrepreneurship program (Med Ventures at UCSB) and a founding member of the UCSB BMES chapter. When he finds time, he enjoys cooking, rollerblading, tabletop gaming, and tossing around a frisbee.
Deok-Hoon Jeong is a third-year graduate student in Mechanical Engineering. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester in Mechanical Engineering. At Rochester, he worked in Jessica Shang’s lab on superhydrophobicity and wind farm array optimization. His current research at UCSB focuses on capillary flows of suspensions.
Deok-Hoon was born and raised in Changwon, South Korea. He is a long-time supporter of the Arsenal Football Club and spends his weekend mornings watching English Premier League games. He is also a technology enthusiast and enjoys reading Wikipedia pages about history.
Sreeram Rajesh is a second-year graduate student in Mechanical Engineering. He completed his undergraduate degree in Manufacturing Engineering from BITS Pilani, India, and worked for a year at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, to model erosion-based polishing mechanisms. He is working on the complex interactions between particles and non-Newtonian fluids.
Sreeram was born and brought up in Kerala, India. He spends his free time reading, watching soccer, biking, or, more recently, cooking. He is also an ardent follower of rock music.
Ram Sudhir Sharma is a first-year graduate student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He did his undergraduate studies (‘19) at Clark University, studying Physics and Philosophy and did his Master’s there in Physics as well. At Clark, he worked in Arshad Kudrolli’s lab working on experiments in granular suspensions and dissolution.
Ram was born and raised in Pune, India, and has been in boarding schools since he was 10. In his free time, he enjoys reading philosophy and taking long walks. Recently he’s been trying to get better at cooking and chess.
Nathan Vani is a visiting student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UCSB as part of his formation at ENS Paris-Saclay, during which he already completed an MS degree at the École des Ponts. He has previously worked on thermal activation in wetting phenomenons at ENS Ulm, and long-term saturation of porous materials at the Navier Lab. His current research focuses on the clogging of suspensions in confined systems.
Nathan was born and raised in Moselle, in the Eastern part of France, before coming to Paris for his studies. He enjoys American literature, Taiwanese whiskies, and a French lifestyle.
Simon Brient is a second year visiting PhD student from Institut Jean Le Rond d'Alembert (Sorbonne Université, Paris, France). He is a mechanical engineer of École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and did a master 2 in fluid mechanics between Sorbonne Université and École Polytechnique. His PhD consists in studying the effect of temperatures on the form of a flowing water film, to then studying the solidification of it for aeronautical applications. At UCSB, he is working on the impact of water drops on water film.
Simon comes from Bretagne, west part of France, and loves surfing, working out, and meeting people from different origins and backgrounds.
Jules Tampier is a visiting student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UCSB. He is a MS student at the Institut de Physique du Globe (France) and the ENS de Lyon (France), studying Geophysics. He has previously worked on a rheological model based on the dislocation dynamics at the University of Oxford. At UCSB he is working on the erosion of a granular bed by impacting droplets.
Jules grew up in France but considers himself as a world citizen. He loves outdoor activities, especially climbing and hiking.
Baptiste Jouron is a visiting student from Ecole Polytechnique, a French engineering school where he studies fluid mechanics. He is currently working in the Department of Mechanical Engineering on porous media flow, more specifically on the interaction between an evolving porous medium and a fluid flowing through it. He is co-advised by Frederic Gibou.
Baptiste was born and raised in Paris. He enjoys traveling, cooking, hiking, and sports, especially soccer and rugby.
Sebastien Kuchly is a visiting student from ESPCI Paris (France) where he studies fluid dynamics, soft matter and material science. He previously worked on liquid formulations and the behavior of liquid lenses based on electro-wetting during his internship at Corning Varioptic (France). He is currently working in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UCSB on the clogging of suspension of fibers.
Sebastien grew up in the Paris area, he spends his free time practicing sports, especially running and cycling in the Santa Barbara area. He also enjoys watching all types of sport on TV, cooking and reading.
Michael Ka Ho Lee is a third-year student at UCSB pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. His current research project focuses on dip-coating with particulate suspension. Through the experiment, he hopes to understand how complex suspension affects the thickness of the coating film.
Michael was born in North Carolina and raised in Hong Kong. He loves playing basketball in his free time, and his favorite basketball team is the Philadelphia 76ers.
Langqi (Michael) Xing is currently a senior undergraduate student majoring in Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research project focuses on the rheology of suspensions made of solid non-Brownian particles dispersed in a Newtonian liquid phase. He is currently performing experiments to investigate the rheological behavior of suspensions confined between two parallel plates.
Michael is an international student from Nanjing, China. He is the vice president of the UCSB student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). In his spare time, he enjoys writing songs and rehearse in the band. He also loves playing basketball with his friends.
Connor Tang is a third-year undergraduate student pursuing Mechanical Engineering at UCSB. His research focuses on modeling the fundamental mechanisms involved in clog formation and investigating the relationship between pulsating flow and clogging events.
Connor was born and raised in Oakland, California. When he is not studying he enjoys cooking, drawing, and playing (a lot of) video games with his friends.
Sacha Escudier is a third year undergraduate student at UCSB, studying mechanical engineering. He finds himself fascinated by the study of fluids as a whole, and his current work focuses on the clogging of suspensions in 2D and 3D systems.
Sacha was born in Paris, but has now been living in the U.S for eight years. He loves rock climbing, listening to music, and In-N-Out (maybe a little too much).
Kate Jang is a junior at Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences, where she developed an interest in environmental sciences and marine biology. She has also conducted previous research on the spatial and temporal trends of harmful algae blooms. At UCSB, she is working on understanding the influence of biopolymers on microplastic settling.
Kate grew up in California and has lived in Los Angeles for all of her life (fun fact: she has never been outside of the country)! In her free time, you can find her making art, reading Jane Austen, or eating Korean barbecue.
Steven Amanat is a high school student and a visiting researcher with the UCSB Research Mentorship Program. Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Steven is a rising junior at BASIS Tucson North. Currently, he is examining the interactions between turbulent air jets and cohesive grains.
In his free time, he likes to play basketball, hike, and take strolls around campus. His favorite animal is the kestrel.
Alumni at UCSB
Wladimir Sarlin was a visiting PhD student from FAST laboratory (Paris-Saclay University, France). Previously, he studied fluid mechanics, before working as a control and command engineer on particle accelerators. His PhD focuses on impulse waves triggered by granular collapse in water and aims at unraveling the physical mechanisms behind tsunamis engendered by large-scale avalanches, landslides, or mountain collapses. At UCSB, he worked on the dynamics of cohesive granular materials.
He also likes sports, especially running and hiking, and discovering new cultures.
Haolin He was a 5 Year BS/MS student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His project focused on designing and building an apparatus to test the swimming efficiency of weaving hydrofoils with different surface roughness, geometry of the foil and swimming environment.
Haolin grew up in Guangzhou, China before moving to the U.S. He enjoys traveling, landscape photography, running, building rockets, trading stocks, and skydiving. One of his dreams is to travel to Mars and use the extra 41 minutes every day to procrastinate more.
Sumukh Peddada was a visiting fourth-year undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering who were and undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering at BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus, India. There, he worked on Fluid-Structural Interactions using Numerical Modelling and Simulations. His current research project at UCSB focuses on bubble dynamics with viscoelastic fluids.
Sumukh was born and brought up in Albany, New York. He spends his free time reading, watching/playing basketball, biking and learning about new topics related to science.
Mingze Gong was an undergraduate student in our lab from 2019 to 2021. His research focused on the flow behaviors of cohesive-controlled granular material. He has studied the collapse of a granular column to investigate gravity-driven flow of cohesive grains and the erosion of a cohesive granular bed by a turbulent jet. After UCSB, he went to UCLA as a MS student.
Mingze is from Beijing, China. He played American football back in high school despite barely knew anything about it before coming to the US. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball with his friends and occasionally some friendly debate in American football.
Hadis Matinpour was a postdoctoral scholar from 2019 to 2021 and co-advised with Tom Dunne, Eckart Meiburg and Doug Jerolmack (UPenn). She did his undergraduate at Iran, and she came to the US for her graduate studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her work focused on understanding the initiation mechanism of mudflow generation on hillslopes when it starts to a heavy rainstorm after wildfire.
Hadis loves oceans and walking on beaches. If you were not able to find her in the lab or her office, don’t worry! She is most probably on the school beach. Moreover, she always has several different dark chocolates in her office; you are always welcome to ask her for a piece of dark chocolate!
Kian Ahmadzadeh-Heravi was a second-year undergraduate student at UCSB in the department of Mechanical Engineering, working in our group in 2020-2021. He was interested in the field of Fluid Mechanics and his research concerned the behavior of cohesive granular beds. In particular, he investigated how cohesive effects modify the penetration depth of low-velocity projectiles.
When he is not at the lab, he enjoys exercising by going on runs and lifting weights. He also loves playing music, and he loves to destress by playing a tune on his electric or acoustic guitar (whichever he feels most in the mood to play).
Freda Lababidi was a fourth-year undergraduate student in Chemical Engineering who worked in the group in 2020-2021. Her research project focus explored how anisotropic particles are entrained on a film coating a substrate.
For most of her life, Freda has lived in Monterey, California. In her spare time, she enjoys surfing, hiking, and learning new outdoor sports.
Sivar Azadi was an undergraduate student in the Physics department from 2019 to 2020. His research focused on the erosion of granular materials by vortices and turbulent flow.
Sivar was born in Iraqi Kurdistan. In his spare time, he enjoys reading philosophy, specifically the Stoics, and playing with his puppy Banjo. If you don't find him doing those things, he is probably either watching comedies such as “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia” or “Seinfeld”, and cooking for fun.
Hanming Li was an undergraduate student in Chemical Engineering from 2019 to 2020. His interests included exploring the field of fluid mechanics through a lens of chemical engineering. His research focused on the effect of particle size on the rising velocity of air bubbles inside a capillary that is filled with suspension.
Hanming was born and raised in Shanghai, China. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling, basketball and rope skipping. He is also a big fan of hardcore science fictions and Japanese anime, especially the Gundam series. So, you might find him tinkering with his Gundam models at home.
Anezka Kvasnickova was a visiting student in the group in Spring/Summer 2020. She was a master degree in physico-chemistry at ESPCI Paris (France). She obtained her undergraduate degree from University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague, where she worked on modeling of heterogeneous catalysis. At UCSB she worked on the numerical simulation of thin films flows.
Anezka comes from the Czech Republic. In her spare time she enjoys jogging and fitness, as well as classic music.
Guillaume Grosjean was a (remote) visiting student in Spring/Summer 2020. He was a fourth-year undergraduate student in mechanical engineering at Polytech Montpellier (France). At UCSB, his research focused on numerical modeling of the flow through porous aggregate.
Guillaume is a French student and a musician. He is the pianist of his school’s band. In his spare time, although his main instrument is the piano, you will probably find him practising any kind of instrument, from bass guitar to violin. He wishes one day he could master them all !
Adrien Gans was a visiting PhD student in 2019. Adrien is a PhD student in Marseille (France), supervised by Olivier Pouliquen and Maxime Nicolas. He did his undergraduate studies and his master degree in Paris-Saclay University, where he worked on foams and suspensions. His PhD work focuses onunderstanding and modeling the flowability of powders and cohesive granular materials.
Adrien grew up in the southwest of France. In his spare time, he likes hiking, martial arts, and video games. If he seems lost in his head, do not worry, he is probably overthinking about something he learned some minutes ago.
Anthony Rey-Pommier was a visiting MS student in 2019. His research focused on the effects of physical confinement on the behavior of porous spheres. Anthony was a Master student in Fluid Dynamics. He obtained his undergraduate studies from Ecole Normale Superieure Paris-Saclay. After UCSB, he pursued his studies in environmental economics.
Anthony grew up in the Caribbean. He currently lives in Paris for his graduate studies, what prevents him from sailing as he used to every weekend. Instead, he plays the piano and spend some time in museums and restaurants.
Jean-Baptiste Boutin was a visiting MS student from ESPCI (France) in 2019. He worked on the deposition process of a particulate suspension on the inner wall of a capillary tube.
Since then, he enrolled in a double degree program at the Mines Paristech to get a Master of Science and Executive Engineering degree.
Jean-Baptiste grew up in the Paris area. He enjoys meeting new people with a beer in his hand and is always available to discuss world affairs or politics. When he finds time, he also enjoys running.
Previous Alumni (in France)
Pascal Raux was a postdoctoral researcher (2017-2019) who focused on the spreading and atomization of films of suspensions. He is now a Research and Development Engineer in France.
Veronica Gavrilov was a postdoctoral researcher (2016-2017) at Saint-Gobain Recherche and SIMM Laboratory at ESPCI (France) in collaboration with Jeremie Teisseire (SGR), Etienne Barthel (SIMM) and Emilie Verneuil (SIMM). Her work focused on the development of slippery liquid-infused surfaces for anti-icing applications in polar environments.
Quentin Magdelaine was a Ph.D. student (2016-2019) co-advised with Arnaud Antkowiak (Institut Jean Le Rond d'Alembert, Sorbonne University, France). He investigated the dynamics of heterogeneous liquid films and was funded by Saint-Gobain Recherche. He is now a Research Engineer at Saint-Gobain Recherche.
Guillaume Saingier was a PhD student (2015-2018) co-advised with Pierre Jop (Surface du Verre et Interfaces, France). His work was devoted to investigating the mechanisms and dynamics of interactions between grains and liquid and, particularly, to focus on the transition from dry to wet granular media. After his Ph.D., he became a Research Engineer at Saint-Gobain Recherche in France.
Aymeric Merceron was a PhD student (2013-2016) co-advised with Pierre Jop (Surface du Verre et Interfaces, France). He studied the behavior of reactive granular materials and, in particular, how reactive grains affect the transformation and structure of a granular packing. He then became a Research Engineer at Saint-Gobain Recherche.
Manon-Robbe Saule was a Ph.D. student (2016-2019) at FAST laboratory (Orsay, France) co-advised with Philippe Gondret, Cyprien Morize, and Yann Bertho. She investigated the generation of impulse waves following a granular collapse into water.
Florent Lachaussee was a Ph.D. student (2015-2018) at FAST laboratory (Orsay, France) co-advised with Philippe Gondret, Yann Bertho, and Cyprien Morize. His Ph.D. work characterized the erosion process in the vicinity of an immersed structure.
Adrien Gans was a MS student from Paris-Saclay University in 2018. He focused on the dip coating and the drainage of suspensions.
Olivier Rembliere was a MS student from Paris-Saclay University in 2018, co-advised with Emilie Dressaire. He performed experiments to describe the flow of floating particles.
Benedicte Colnet was a MS student from Ecole Polytechnique in 2017, co-advised with Emilie Dressaire (NYU, US). She worked on the dip coating of particulate suspension at Saint-Gobain Recherche (France) and NYU (US).
Guillaume Renard was an MS student from Paris-Saclay University in 2017, co-advised with Philippe Gondret and Cyprien Morize (FAST Laboratory, France). He considered the erosion of a granular bed by the impulse motion of a disc experimentally.
Marine Aulnette was an MS student from Paris-Saclay University in 2017, co-advised with Philippe Gondret and Cyprien Morize (FAST Laboratory, France). She worked on the erosion induced by the translation of a solid structure near a granular bed.
Benedicte Colnet was a MS student from Ecole Polytechnique in 2017, co-advised with Emilie Dressaire (NYU, US). She worked on the dip coating of particulate suspension, both at Saint-Gobain Recherche (France) and NYU (US).
Megane Muschi was an MS student from Chimie Paris in 2016, co-advised with Jeremie Teisseire (SVI, France) and Barbara Brudieu (SGR, France). She characterized the effects of the coating thickness on drop impact on SLIPS surfaces.
Anthony Troger was a MS student from ENS Lyon in 2016, co-advised with Pierre Jop (SVI, France). He studied the expansion and fragmentation of particle-laden liquid sheets experimentally.
Sylvain Chateau was an MS student from Polytech Marseille (France), co-advised with Philippe Gondret, Yann Bertho and Cyprien Morize at FAST Laboratory (France) in 2015. He worked on the erosion process in the vicinity of an immersed cylinder.
Guillaume Quibeuf was an MS student from Paris XI University in 2015, co-advised with Philippe Gondret and Cyprien Morize at FAST Laboratory (France). He characterized the erosion induced by the oscillation of a disc.
Houda Maimouni was a MS student from ENPC in 2015, co-advised with Pierre Jop (SVI, France). She worked on the accretion of flowing dry grains on wet aggregates.
Alice Boursier was a MS student from ESPCI in 2015, co-advised with Pierre Jop (SVI, France). She worked on the cohesion of bidisperse wet granular materials.