Postdoctoral Research Associates:

  • Dr. Farhad A. Jaberi (1996-1999)
    Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from UB.
    Current Position: Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

    • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation.

    • ONR Young Investigator Award.

  • Dr. Tail-Lun Jiang (1990-1991)
    Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from SUNY at Stony Brook.
    Current Position: Professor of Engineering in Taiwan.

  • Dr. Cyrus K. Madnia (1989-1994)
    Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan.
    Current Position: Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UB.

    • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation.

  • Dr. Farzad Mashayek (1994-1997)
    Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from UB.
    Current Position: Professor and Department Head of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL.

    • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation.

    • ONR Young Investigator Award.

  • Dr. Mehdi B. Nik (2012-2014)
    Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Pitt.
    Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University, Stanford, CA.

  • Dr. M. Reza H. Sheikhi (2005-2009)
    Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Pitt.
    Current Position: Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Northeastern University.

 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.):

  • Dr. Naseem Ansari (2009-2012)
    Dissertation: Filtered Density Function for Large Eddy Simulation of Turbulent Reacting Flows on Unstructured Meshes.
    Current Position: Research Scientist, ANSYS Inc., Pittsburgh, PA.

  • Dr. Virgil Adumitroaie (1992-1997)
    Dissertation: Quasi-Explicit Algebraic Turbulence Closures in Compressible Reacting Flows.
    Current Position: Research Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA, Pasadena, CA.

  • Dr. Paul J. Colucci (1993-1998)
    Dissertation: Large Eddy Simulation of Turbulent Reactive Flows: Stochastic Representation of the Subgrid Scale Scalar Fluctuations.
    Current Position: Research Engineer at Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford, CT.

  • Dr. Tomasz G. Drozda (2002-2005)
    Dissertation: Implementation of LES/SFMDF for Prediction of Non-Premixed Turbulent Flames.
    Current Position: Research Scientist, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA.

  • Dr. Steven H. Frankel (1990-1993)
    Dissertation: Probabilistic and Deterministic Description of Turbulent Flows with Nonpremixed Reactants, June 1993.
    Current Position: Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

    • ONR Young Investigator Award.

    • Second Prize, Graduate Technical Paper Competition of AIAA Northeast Regional Student Conference, UB. Title of paper: “Probabilistic and Deterministic Description of Turbulent Flows with Nonpremixed Reactants,” April 1992.

  • Dr. Sean C. Garrick (1994-1998)
    Dissertation: Large Eddy Simulations of Turbulent Reacting Jets.
    Current Position: Nelson Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN.

    • ONR/HBECC Faculty Fellowship Award.

  • Dr. Laurent Y.M. Gicquel (1997-2001)
    Dissertation: Velocity Filtered Density Function for Large Eddy Simulation of Turbulent Flows.
    Current Position: Research Scientist, CERFACS: Centre Europeen de Recherche et de Formation Avanc'ee en Calcul Scientifique, Toulouse, France.

  • Dr. Farhad A. Jaberi (1992-1996)
    Dissertation: Mathematical Modeling and Computational Analysis of Turbulent Mixing and Reacting Systems.
    Current Position: Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

    • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation.

    • ONR Young Investigator Award.

  • Dr. Sunil James (1994-1998)
    Dissertation: Realistic Chemistry in Large Scale Numerical Simulations of Methane Diffusion Flames.
    Current Position: Program Manager, Honeywell Aerospace, Phoenix, AZ.

  • Dr. Ling Miao (2014-2018)
    Dissertation: Filter and Grid Resolution Requirements in LES via a Discontinuous Galerkin Solver.
    Current Position: .

  • Dr. Richard S. Miller (1993-1995)
    Dissertation: Passive Scalar, Magnetic Field, and Solid Particle Transport in Homogeneous Turbulence.
    Current Position: Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC.

    • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation.

    • Abe M. Zarem Award for Distinguished Achievement in Aeronautics . This award is in relation to the paper entitled: “The Manifestation of Eddy Shocklets and Laminar Diffusion Flamelets in a Shear Layer,” AIAA Student Journal , 31 (4), 12-22, 1994. AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting in Reno, NV in January 1994.

    • ICAS McCarthy Award of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS). This ward is in relation to the Invited ICAS Paper and Lecture: “The Manifestation of Eddy Shocklets and Laminar Diffusion Flamelets in a Shear Layer,” ICAS Paper 94-10.1.4 , 19th Congress of ICAS held at Anaheim, CA in September 1994. Ranked First in a group of 28 contestants representing 11 countries with leading aerospace programs.

  • Dr. Cristian R. Nastase (1998-2004)
    Dissertation: Direct Spectral/HP Element Simulation of Piloted Jet Non-premixed Flames.
    Current Position: Research Engineer, Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, IN.

  • Dr. Mehdi B. Nik (2007-2012)
    Dissertation: VS-FMDF and EPVS-FMDF for Large Eddy Simulation of Turbulent Flows.

  • Dr. Arash Nouri (2014-2017)
    Dissertation: Self-Contained Filtered Density Function.
    Current Position: Research Scientist, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.

  • Dr. Collin C. Otis (2010-2013)
    Dissertation: High-Fidelity Simulation of Compressible Flows for Hypersonic Propulsion Applications.
    Current Position: Data Analyst, Target Corp., Pittsburgh, PA.

  • Dr. Patrick H. Pisciuneri (2008-2013)
    Dissertation: An Irregularly Portioned FDF Solver for Turbulent Flow Simulation.
    Current Position: Data Analyst, Target Corp., Pittsburgh, PA.

  • Dr. Shervin Sammak (2013-2016)
    Dissertation: A Hybrid Discontinuous Galerkin-Monte Carlo Simulator for Filtered Density Function.
    Current Position: Research Assistant Professor, Center for Research Computing, University of Pittsburgh.

  • Dr. M. Reza H. Sheikhi (2002-2005)
    Dissertation: Joint Velocity-Scalar Filtered Density Function for Large Eddy Simulation of Turbulent Reacting Flows.
    Current Position: Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Northeastern University.

  • Dr. Craig J. Steinberger (1992-1997)
    Dissertation: Computational Analysis of Some Physical Issues in Nonpremixed and Premixed Turbulent Flames.
    Current Position: Systems Engineer, Xerox Corp., Rochester, NY.

    • First Prize, Graduate Technical Paper Competition of AIAA Northeast Regional Student Conference, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA. Title of paper: “Model Free Simulations of a High Speed Reacting Mixing Layer,” AIAA Paper 92-0257, April 1991.

  • Dr. Krisda Tapracharoen (2015-2018)
    Dissertation: A Hybrid Filtered Density Function Spectral-Element Large Eddy Simulator.
    Current Position: Research Scientist, National Metal and Materials Technology Center, Bangkok, Thailand.

  • Dr. S. L. Yilmaz (2003-2008)
    Dissertation: RANS/PDF and LES/FDF for Prediction of Turbulent Premixed Flames.
    Current Position: Senior Software Engineer, MathWorks, Natick, MA.

 

Master of Science (M.S.):

  • Dr. Francine Battaglia (1991-1992)
    Thesis: Direct Simulations of a Mixing Layer by a Lagrangian Transport Element Method.
    Current Position: Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

    • First Prize, Graduate Technical Presentation Competition of AIAA Northeast Regional Student Conference, UB. Title of presentation: “Direct Lagrangian Simulations of a Mixing Layer by the Transport Element Method,” April 1992.

  • Paul J. Colucci (1991-1993)
    Thesis: Linear Stability Analysis of Density Stratified Parallel Shear Flows.

    • First Prize, Graduate Technical Paper Competition of AIAA Northeast Regional Student Conference, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. Title of paper: “Linear Stability Analysis of Density Stratified Parallel Shear Flows,” AIAA Paper 94-0011 , April 1993.

  • Dr. Tomasz G. Drozda (1999-2002)
    Thesis: Consistency Assessment of Velocity-Scalar Filtered Density Function for Large Eddy Simulation of Turbulent Flows.

    • Second Prize, Graduate Technical Paper Competition of AIAA Northeast Regional Student Conference, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. Title of paper: “A Hybrid Stochastic-Deterministic Methodology for Large Eddy Simulation of Scalar Mixing and Reaction in Turbulent Flows,” April, 2002.

  • Dr. Sean C. Garrick (1992-1994)
    Thesis: Affordable Computation of Turbulent Reactive Flows by Large Eddy Simulations.

    • First Prize, Graduate Technical Paper Competition of AIAA Northeast Regional Student Conference, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY. Title of paper: “Large Eddy Simulation of Turbulent Reactive Flows,” AIAA Paper 95-0010, April 1994.

  • Dr. Laurent Y.M. Gicquel (1994-1997)
    Thesis: Explicit Algebraic Turbulence Closures in LARCK.

    • Third Prize, Graduate Technical Paper Competition of AIAA Northeast Regional Student Conference, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. Title of paper: “Algebraic Turbulent Closures for Affordable Prediction of Complex Turbulent Flows,” April 1996.

  • Dr. Sunil James (1992-1994)
    Thesis: Direct Numerical Simulation of Vortex Rings.

    • Second Prize, Graduate Technical Paper Competition of AIAA Northeast Regional Student Conference, Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, Brooklyn, NY. Title of paper: “Direct Numerical Simulation of a Laminar Vortex Ring,” April 1995.

  • Dr. Richard S. Miller (1992-1993)
    Thesis: Structure of a Reacting Turbulent Mixing Layer.

    • First Prize, Graduate Technical Paper Competition of AIAA Northeast Regional Student Conference, UB. Title of paper: “The Manifestation of Eddy Shocklets and Laminar Diffusion Flamelets in a Shear Layer,” AIAA Paper 93-0011 , April 1992.

  • Dr. Mahdi Mohebbi (2005-2007)
    Thesis: Large Eddy Simulation of NASA LaRC Coaxial He-O2/air Jet.

  • Dr. Collin C. Otis (2008-2010)
    Thesis: Comparative Assessment of Adaptive-Stencil Finite Difference Schemes for Hyperbolic Equations with Jump Discontinuities.

    • AIAA Gordon C. Oates Airbreathing Propulsion Graduate Award (2010)

    • NASA Aeronautics Graduate Scholarship (2008)

  • Dr. Patrick H. Pisciuneri (2006-2008)
    Thesis: Large Eddy Simulation of a Turbulent Nonpremixed Jet Flame using a Finite-Rate Chemistry Model.

  • George J. Sabini (1992-1995)
    Thesis: Statistical Modeling of the Fluctuations of Reacting Scalars in Non-Premixed Isothermal Turbulent Flows.

    • Third Prize co-winner, Technical Paper Competition of AIAA Northeast Regional Student Conference, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY. Title of the co-authored paper: “Modeling of Fluctuations and the Frequency-Spectra of Reacting Scalar in Turbulent Scalar Mixing Layers,” April 1994.

  • Geoffrey S. Shieh (1992-1994)
    Thesis: Fluctuation-Correlations and the Frequency-Spectra of Reacting Scalars in a Turbulent Mixing Layer.

    • Third Prize co-winner, Graduate Technical Paper Competition of AIAA Northeast Regional Student Conference, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY. Title of the co-authored paper: “Modeling of Fluctuations and the Frequency-Spectra of Reacting Scalar in Turbulent Scalar Mixing Layers,” April 1994.

  • Dr. Craig J. Steinberger (1989-1991)
    Thesis: Mixing and Non-Equilibrium Chemical Reaction in a Compressible Mixing Layer. Published as NASA Contractor Report 187084 (1991).

  • Thomas J. Vidoni (1990-1992)
    Thesis: Mixing Characteristics of a Compressible, Two-Dimensional Spatially Developing Planar Jet.