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Principal Investigator

Jesse Capecelatro, CV
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Education:
  • Ph.D., Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, 2014
  • M.S., Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, 2012
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, 2011
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, SUNY Binghamton, 2009

    Contact:
    Office number: 2011 Automotive Lab
    Phone: (734) 936-2137
  • Bio-sketch:
    Jesse Capecelatro is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. His research group develops numerical methods and data-driven approaches for the prediction and optimization of "messy turbulent flows" relevant to energy and the environment (often multiphase and reacting). His current research projects are focused on modeling compressible two-phase flows, adjoint-based methods applied to turbulent combustion, heat and mass transport in turbulent gas-solid flows, and dust deposition in gas turbine engines.

    Prior to joining Michigan in 2016, Dr. Capecelatro was a research scientist at the Center for Exascale Simulation of Plasma-coupled Combustion (XPACC) at the University of Illinois. He received a B.S. from SUNY Binghamton in 2009, a M.S. from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2011, and a Ph.D. from Cornell in 2014. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, and the ASME Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal Award.

    Postdoctoral Researchers

    Aaron Lattanzi

    Education:
  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, University of Colorado (2018)
  • M.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Colorado (2017)
  • B.S. in Chemical and Bio-Reource Engineering, University of Washington (2013)

  • Research Focus: Scalable models for multiphase flows, heat transfer in gas-solid flows, stochastic modeling

    Contact: alattanz@umich.edu


    Mehdi Khalloufi

    Education:
  • PhD in Computational Mechanics and Material Science, Mines ParisTech, France (2017)
  • MS in Material Science, Processing and Modeling, Mines ParisTech, France (2014)
  • MS in Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computing, University Paris 13, France (2011)

  • Research Focus: Multiphase flows, numerical methods, phase change

    Contact: mehdik@umich.edu


    Doctoral Students

    Ali Kord

    Education:
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology (2015)
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology (2012)

  • Research Focus: Adjoint-based sensitivity and optimization, turbulent combustion

    Contact: akord@umich.edu


    Gregory Shallcross

    Education: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Virginia (2016)

    Awards: 2017 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRF)
    2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Program (GRFP)

    Research Focus: Compressible particle-laden flows, plume-surface interactions

    Contact: grshall@umich.edu


    Yuan Yao

    Education: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2016)

    Awards: 2019 MICDE Fellowship

    Research Focus: Numerical modeling of dusty flows, uncertainty quantification, turbulent particle-laden flows

    Website: yuan-yao-cfd.github.io

    Contact: yyaoaa@umich.edu


    Sarah Beetham

    Education:
  • MFA in Creative Writing, University of Southamton (2011)
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan (2010)

  • Awards: 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Program (GRFP)
    2016-2017 MICDE Fellowship

    Research Focus: Particle-laden flows, turbulence modeling, machine learning

    Website: sarahbeetham.weebly.com

    Contact: snverner@umich.edu


    Meet Patel

    Education:
  • M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan (2019)
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Gujarat Technological University (2017)

  • Research Focus: High-speed two-phase flows, liquid bridging in gas-solid flows

    Contact: meetm@umich.edu


    Archana Sridhar

    Education:
  • M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan (exp. 2021)
  • B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, R.V. College of Engineering (2019)

  • Research Focus: High-speed particle-laden flows, sensitivity analysis

    Contact: arsridha@umich.edu

    Masters Students

    Undergraduate Students

    Kalvin Monroe

    Education: B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan (exp. 2021)

    Research Focus: Numerical modeling of expiratory droplet-laden flows

    Contact: kymonroe@umich.edu

    Alumni

    MS students
  • Qingquan (Megan) Wang (2019) - PhD student at University of Southern California
  • Arun Ashok Rao (2018) - Convergence Science
  • Lei Guo (2018) - Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

  • Positions

    To be eligible to join our lab, students must first be admitted into the Ph.D. program at the University of Michigan, typically in the graduate fields of Mechanical Engineering (though other fields will also be considered). Information on the Mechanical Engineering program can be found here.

    While interested candidates not yet admitted to the UM Ph.D. program are welcome to contact Prof. Capecelatro by email, note that an answer is unlikely due to the large number of sollicitations.