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Academic Staff Group Members

Dr Avital

Dr Eldad Avital
BSc(IITHaifa), MSc(Tel Aviv), PhD(Lond) CEng FRAeS

Reader in Computational (& Experimental) Fluids and Acoustics
Fluid Mechanics and acoustics: (i) Fundamentals: Computational Aero-Acoustics, Aerodynamics and Hydrodynamics, fluids-structure interaction, bio-fluids, particle flow. (ii) Applications: Power and thrust aero and marine production, wind and water turbines, water engineering, fusion energy, bio-fluids devices
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 3616     Email e.avital@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Botto

Dr Lorenzo Botto
PhD

Co-director of Division of Aerospace Engineering and Fluid Mechanics /
Senior Lecturer (equiv. Associate Professor) in Fluid Mechanics
I am the leader of the Fluids, Particles and Interfaces Group (https://bottogroup.wordpress.com/). I am interested in fluid mechanics and transport phenomena, with particular focus on topics at the interface between classical fluid dynamics and materials science. My group uses simulations and theory, often corroborated by experimental results, to uncover fundamental engineering principles that can be applied to practical problems, in areas such as advanced materials, bioengineering, and energy engineering. Recurring topics of research in the group are the dynamics of particulate materials (suspensions, emulsions, powders, etc.) and the mechanics of soft interfaces. I lead the "Fluid Mechanics of Nanostructured Materials" Special Interest Group of the EPSRC-funded UK Fluids Network.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 3757     Email l.botto@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Castrejon-Pita

Dr Rafael Castrejon-Pita
PhD

Senior Lecturer in Applied Sciences
Fluid Mechanics, Experimental Physics, Liquid Drops, Sprays and Jets, Optics, Instrumentation, Inkjet and 3D Printing
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 7620     Email r.castrejonpita@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Chen

Dr Jun Chen
BSc (Honours), MSc (Distinction), PhD

Lecturer in Engineering Science
My research interests lie at the interface of Computer Science, Operational Research and Control Engineering. Over the years, I have consolidated and structured my research along three themes: modelling, optimisation and decision, four cross-cutting application areas: intelligent decision support for airport operations, human factors & brain-computer interface, future flight deck automation systems and intelligent sewer networks, sponsored by EPSRC and industry and supported by the well-balanced research team consisting of senior academics, post-doctoral researchers and PhD students.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 8873     Email jun.chen@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Ismail

Dr Ahmed Ismail
PhD, MSc, BSc

Academic Fellow in Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering
Electrospray, Direct Printing, Microfluidics, Drops & Bubbles, Microencapsulation, Capillary jet.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 6272     Email a.ismail@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Karabasov

Dr Sergey Karabasov
BSc, MSc, PhD, DSc, FHEA

Reader in Computational Modelling
Fluid dynamics, computational aeroacoustics and aerodynamics, large-eddy simulations, meso-scale ocean modelling, fluctuating hydrodynamics for nano-scale flows , numerical methods for hyperbolic conservation laws
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 7650     Email s.karabasov@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Motallebi

Dr Fariborz Motallebi
BSc MEng PhD

Senior Lecturer in Aerodynamics
Flow Control, Aerodynamics of Sport Vehicles, High Speed Aerodynamics, Boundary Layer Flows, Instrumentation and Optical Diagnostics in Flow Measurements
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5182     Email f.motallebi@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Mueller

Dr Jens-Dominik Mueller
Dipl-Ing, MSc, PhD

Reader in Computational Fluid Dynamics and Optimisation
Computational Fluid Dynamics, Fluid-Structure Interaction, Biofluids, Shape Optimisation, Adjoint methods, Mesh adaptation, Sensitivity Analysis.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5421     Email j.mueller@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Stark

Prof John Stark
BSc(Exon) MSc(Man) PhD(Lond) FRAS FRAeS

Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Electrospray technology, spacecraft propulsion, Spacecraft Design, Direct printing
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 8875     Email j.p.w.stark@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Sui

Dr Yi Sui
PhD, MInstP, Fellow HEA

Reader in Fluid Mechanics
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 7763     Email y.sui@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Toropov

Prof Vassili Toropov
PhD, FRAeS, AFAIAA

Director of Division of Aerospace Engineering and Fluid Mechanics /
Professor of Aerospace Engineering
- Development of design optimization techniques for large-scale engineering problems - Applications to various engineering systems - Improvement of reliability and robustness of engineering systems - Optimization of composite structures - Inverse problems
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 6296     Email v.v.toropov@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Vepa

Dr Ranjan Vepa
BTech(IITMadras) MASc(Wat) PhD(Stan)

Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering
Dynamic modelling, control engineering, simulation, space & biomimetic robotics & UAVs, biomedical control systems, aeroelasticity, smart structures, flow control
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5193     Email r.vepa@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Wen

Dr Pihua Wen
BA MSc(CSU, Hunan) PhD(WIT)

Reader in Computational Solid & Fluid Mechanics
Solid and Fluid mechanics, fracture and damage, computational methods, numerical simulation in manufacturing and engineering
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5371     Email p.h.wen@qmul.ac.uk

Associate Academic Staff Group Members

Prof Wang

Prof Wen Wang
PhD, CEng, FIMechE, FAIMBE

Vice-Principal and Executive Dean (Science & Engineering)
Vascular endothelial mechanics, flow and solute transport in extracellular matrices, microcirculation, arterial haemodynamics, cell & tissue mechanics
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 3031     Email wen.wang@qmul.ac.uk

Postdoc Research Associates

Dr Gravelle

Dr Simon Gravelle
PhD

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Grand canonical Monte Carlo Finite elements method Umbrella sampling Molecular dynamics Finite elements method
Email s.gravelle@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Lorenzo Botto

Dr Grustan

Dr Enric Grustan

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
My research focuses on the fabrication of arrays of electrospray sources for satellite propulsion (colloid thrusters). The research combines MEMS development, experimentation of the thruster array and physical modeling to optimize the performance and geometry of the thrusters.
Email enric.grustan@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: John Stark

Mr Gu

Mr Chuan Gu

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Email c.gu@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Lorenzo Botto

Mrs Kamal

Mrs Catherine Kamal

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Email c.kamal@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Lorenzo Botto

Dr Li

Dr Weiqi Li

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 7821     Email wei-qi.li@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Wen Wang

Mr Redwood

Mr Oliver  Redwood

Project Research Engineer
Telephone +44 (0) 20 7882 5262     Email o.redwood@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: John Stark

Dr Weiszer

Dr Michal Weiszer

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Optimisation, metaheuristics, operational research and their applications such as airport operations and intelligent sewer networks.
Email m.weiszer@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Jun Chen

Miss Zarian

Miss Elham Zarian

Post Doctoral Research Assistant
Email e.zareian@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Jun Chen

Professional Services

Mr Etheridge

Mr Mick Etheridge

Laboratory Technician
Provides comprehensive technical support for staff and students in the School to enable the achievement of teaching and research aims and objectives. To be responsible for the operation and upkeep of the laboratory areas of Aero and I.C. Labs. Responsible for the instruction, guidance and supervision of staff and students in the use of laboratory equipment and techniques as appropriate.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 4788 / 4789     Email m.etheridge@qmul.ac.uk

Current PhD Students

NameThesis TitleSupervisor
AGRAWAL, AdyantTBCLorenzo Botto
AMIT, AnamParallel Mutigrid and Mesh Refinement MethodsJens-Dominik Mueller
AURIEMMA, SalvatoreTBCJens-Dominik Mueller
BEKE, LillaMulti-objective shortest path approach for routing and schedulingJun Chen
BONTOFT, ElliotResearch - Multidisciplinary multifidelity stochastic topology optimisation Title - Level Set Multidisciplinary Topology OptimisationVassili Toropov
CONT?, Francesco PaoloThe breakup of liquid jets. Fluid MechanicsRafael Castrejon-Pita
FERRERI, AlessandroDouble layer charging in electrospray thrusters for space applicationsJohn Stark
JIA, DongshengTBCVassili Toropov
LI, FanMultiscale modelling of nano-confined water systemsSergey Karabasov
LIN, TaoThe dynamics of particles in flows with applications in material sciences and biomedical engineeringYi Sui
LINDSAY, GordonTBCJens-Dominik Mueller
LU, RuixinNumerical simulation of cell dynamics in inertial flowsYi Sui
NAZ, NabilaNumerical simulation of electrohydrodynamicsYi Sui
QUETZERI SANTIAGO, MiguelContact Angle Hysteresis,experimental validation of numerical methods and measurement techniques.Rafael Castrejon-Pita
SAMAD, HudairTBCYi Sui
TAGAR, UroosaModel based Monitoring of Atmospheric Pollutants in the EnvironmentRanjan Vepa
WANG, MingyangRiver Flow Vegetation DynamicsEldad Avital
XU, JinTBCEldad Avital
YUAN, YuNavier Stokes flows with meshless finite block methodPihua Wen
ZAMAN, Ar-RafiControlling Ion Emission in a Colloid ThrusterJohn Stark
ZAREIAN, ElhamTBCJun Chen
ZHANG, TianciTBCJun Chen
ZHOU, JunjieTBCPihua Wen

PhD Graduates

NameThesis TitleSupervisor(s)

2017

HÜKELHEIM, JanHigh Performance Flow Control & Shape Optimisation SolverJens-Dominik Mueller, Sergey Karabasov
MOZAFARI, SahandOptimal pump characteristic design for MCS devices suitable to different stages of Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)Theodosios Alexander, Fariborz Motallebi
SHEN, XiangExperimental and Numerical Study of Surface Curvature Effects on the Performance of the Aerofoils Used in Small Wind TurbinesTheodosios Alexander, Eldad Avital
WANG, ZhenMotion of deformable capsules in complex flowsYi Sui
OLLAR, JonathanVassili Toropov
HUANG, XuejiaoDesign, Modelling and Fabrication of a Robotic Retractor for Colorectal SurgeryPihua Wen, Ettore Barbieri
WANG, YangRobust and Stable discrete adjoint solver development for shape optimisation of incompressible flows with industrial applicationsJens-Dominik Mueller, Eldad Avital
TAO, TianyiDesign modelling and control of a miniature robotic system for surgical applicationsM Hasan Shaheed, Ranjan Vepa

2016

SU, FangParallelization solutions for the YNANO Discontinua Simulations in 2DAnte Munjiza, Pihua Wen
KRISHNAMOORTHY, MahenthaDeveloping Cationic Nanoparticles for Gene DeliveryJulien Gautrot, John Stark

2015

SINGH, GursharanjitA Study of the Fluid Dynamic Coupling Between LP Steam Turbine and its Exhaust HoodAndrew Wheeler, Jens-Dominik Mueller
XU, ShenrenNumerical shape optimisation of flow around turbomachinery bladesJens-Dominik Mueller, Andrew Wheeler
SALEH, ZainabAn investigation into Turbine Blade Tip Leakage Flows at High SpeedsEldad Avital, Theodosios Alexander
RAYAMAJHI, MilanEfficient Methods for Robust Shape Optimisation for CrashworthinessFabian Duddeck, Jens-Dominik Mueller
BAI, XinNumerical Simulation of a Marine Current Turbine in Turbulent FlowJohn Williams, Eldad Avital

2014

BAI, XinNumerical Simulation of a Marine Current Turbine in Turbulent FlowJohn Williams, Eldad Avital

2013

CHRISTAKOPOULOS, FaidonSensitivity computation and shape optimisation in aerodynamics using the adjoint methodology and Automatic DifferentiationJens Mueller

2012

IKRAM, ZaheerNumerical investigation of the effect of free-surface flow past submerged bluff and streamlined bodiesJohn Williams, Eldad Avital
NAYEBOSSADRI, ShahrzadComputational and Experimental Study of Nasal Cavity Airflow DynamicsEldad Avital, Fariborz Motallebi

2011

AHMAD, ArsalanExperimental Aeroacoustics Study on Jet Noise Reduction Using Tangential Air InjectionEldad Avital, Chris Lawn, John Cater
TU, WeiComeld Joints: Optimisation of Geometric Parameters of the ProtrusionsPihua Wen, Felicity Guild, Paul Hogg

2010

ADETORO, OluwamayokunNumerical Structure for Milling Proceses of Thin Wall StructuresPihua Wen
RYAN, CharlesInfluence of electrostatics upon electrospray with the intention of application to colloid thrustersJohn Stark
SHELDON, AndrewVisualization of fluid motions inside Taylor cones using dye tracerJohn Stark
MD ZHAHIR, Md AmzariAdaptive Filtering Applications to Satellite NavigationRanjan Vepa
TAN, ZhikaiMechanisms involved in the electrospray of biological macromoleculesJohn Stark