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.
Deok-Hoon Jeong is a fifth-year graduate student in Mechanical Engineering. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Rochester. At UCSB, his research is centered on suspension flow in various constrictions, encompassing soft constrictions like liquid-air interfaces to rigid ones such as slits and nozzles, addressing potential clogging issues.
Deok-Hoon is from Changwon, South Korea. He spends his free time reading, working out, listening to music, and strolling around the famous Santa Barbara beaches. He is also a long-time soccer fan and learned how to cope with high-stress situations by supporting the Arsenal Football Club.
Sreeram Rajesh is a fourth-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, cooking, or top roping at the climbing center.
Ram Sudhir Sharma is a third-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. In the M&M Flow Lab, he is the specialist of cohesive granular materials.
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.
Justin Maddox is a first-year graduate student in Mechanical Engineering. He did his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he volunteered in Xuan Wang’s SLM Research lab on metal additive 3D printing, and held a position assisting Hans Mayer’s bottle draining research. He also had industry internships with Siemens and LLNL during his time at Cal Poly.
Justin grew up in Davis, California. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, fishing, playing soccer, and following his favorite Premier League team, Manchester City.
Matthis Vaudable is a student in the Engineering School at CentraleSupélec Paris-Saclay, France. He previously studied tsunamis generated by 3D granular collapse at the FAST Laboratory in Orsay, France. At UCSB, he is working on the behaviors of cohesive granular collapse on an inclined plane.
Matthis grew up in Avignon, in the South of France. He enjoys playing volleyball, badminton, and both the guitar and the piano.
Sacha Escudier is a fourth-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).
Raaghav Thirumaligai (they/them) is a third-year undergraduate student, studying Mechanical Engineering. They are fascinated with research and are interested in fluid mechanics as a possible focus. Currently, they are working on a system to characterize cohesion in granular materials.
Raaghav has lived in California, specifically the Bay Area for most of their life. They spend their free time waking up at unreasonable hours to watch Formula 1 and cycle.
Riley Tinianov is a fourth-year undergraduate student studying Mechanical Engineering. He enjoys most aspects of fluid mechanics, and is currently exploring capillary flows of particulate suspensions.
Riley is from Santa Cruz, but was originally born in Colorado. He enjoys listening to music, playing chess, and competing on the UCSB Club Swim team in his free time.
Alexis Lin is a third-year undergraduate student studying mechanical engineering. She hopes to learn more about fluid mechanics and is currently exploring crater formations on a cohesive granular surface.
Alexis is from the Bay Area and, in her free time, she enjoys cooking and baking new recipes and gathering an array of art skills.
Juwon Park is a fourth-year undergraduate student at UCSB, studying mechanical engineering. He was always interested in engineering research, and his current research involves investigating the collapse of granular columns as a means to study cliff collapse.
Juwon grew up in the Bay Area. He enjoys playing online games with his friends, and rock climbing in his free time.
Thanvi Anand is a second-year undergraduate student at UCSB, studying mechanical engineering. She is fascinated in understanding and researching clogging and the fluid dynamics behind this topic.
Thanvi is from the Bay Area, and enjoys pulling out her sketchbook and drawing whenever she gets the chance, while sipping a cup of hot chai.
Mark Cullen is a fourth-year undergraduate student studying mechanical engineering. Mark is fascinated by all aspects of fluid mechanics and is currently investigating the effects of aperture size, grain size, and cohesion on a granular stream and its consequent breakup.
Mark is originally from Marin County in the Bay Area, where he spent most of his life before attending UCSB. In his free time, he enjoys playing drums, working out, and avidly watching movies.
Grace Harvill is a third-year undergraduate student studying mechanical engineering. She enjoys fluid mechanics and her research involves the drying of powders.
Grace is from the Bay Area. She spends her spends her free time reading, baking, and running.
Marc Noujeim is a second-year undergraduate student studying Mechanical Engineering. He is interested in learning more about fluid mechanics and is currently working on a prototype to understand the effects of mechanical agitation on agglomerated wet powders.
Marc grew up in the Bay Area, and in his free time he enjoys watching sports, going on walks, biking, and traveling.
Jackie Park is a second-year chemical engineering student at UCSB. She is currently interested in exploring materials, specifically, fine-particle interactions, and how the chemical properties of different materials affect the drying process.
Jackie is from Santa Clara, California, and back home, she loves to explore cafes in the area, read graphic novels, and run her hometown’s trails.
Anuj Acharya is a second-year chemical engineering student. He is broadly interested in fluid mechanics and is currently conducting research to characterize the cohesion due to capillary liquid bridges between particles.
Anuj lives in the Bay Area and spends his spare time at the beach surfing, playing tennis, or rowing for UCSB Crew. He really enjoys cooking and food.
Cole Giusto is a third-year undergraduate student, studying mechanical engineering. He is interested in many fields of engineering, with a recent emphasis on fluid dynamics and controls.
Cole is from Los Gatos in the Bay Area. He enjoys cooking and team sports in his free time.
Alumni at UCSB (since 2018)
Former postdoctoral researchers
Former graduate students
Former undergraduate students
Former Visiting PhD Students
Former Visiting MS and BS Students
Former Visiting High-School Students
Previous Alumni at CNRS (France, 2014-2018)
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.
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.