University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering
http://www.me.umn.edu/

Principal Investigator

Name: Prof. Cari Dutcher
Position: Benjamin Mayhugh Assistant Professor
Education: NSF-AGS Postdoc, Air Quality Research Center, University of California, Davis, 2009-2013
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2009
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2004
Awards: 3M, 2014 - 2017; NSF CAREER, 2016 - 2021; ACS PRF, 2016-2018
Research Interests: Dynamics of complex fluids
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Postdoctoral Scholar

Name: Dr. Yun Chen
Position: Mechanical Engineering Postdoc Research Associate
Education: Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2017
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern California, 2012
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Tongji University, China, 2010
Research Interests: Interfacial dynamics, Fluid mechanics, Microfluidics, Drops and bubbles

 

Name: Dr. Benjamin Micklavzina
Position: Mechanical Engineering Postdoc Research Associate
Education: Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, UC Davis, 2018
B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Florida, 2013
Research Interests: Extensional viscosity, Microfluidics, Complex fluid interfaces

PhD Students

Name: Shihao Liu
Position: Mechanical Engineering PhD student
Education: B.S., Energy and Power Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, 2017
Research Interests: Microfluidics and modeling of multiphase flows

 

Name: Iaroslav Makhnenko
Position: Mechanical Engineering PhD student 
Education: B.S., Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, 2018
Research Interests: Microfluidics and experimental fluid dynamics, Fluid interface modeling

 

Name: Athena Metaxas
Position: Materials Science and Engineering PhD student
Education: B.S. Chemistry & B.A. Plan II Honors, University of Texas at Austin, 2015
Awards: NSF Graduate Research Fellow, 2017 - 2020
Research Interests: Polyelectrolyte-driven flocculation for water remediation applications
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Name: Shweta Narayan
Position: Mechanical Engineering PhD student
Education: B.E. Mechanical Engineering - University of Pune, India, 2014
Research Interests: Microfluidics, mutiphase flows and experimental fluid mechanics

 

Name: Tom Neumiller
Position: Mechanical Engineering PhD student
Education: B.A. Physics, Pomona College, Claremont, CA, 2017
Research Interests: Fluid flow physics, Emulsions, and Experimental apparatus design

 

Name: Priyatanu Roy
Position: Mechanical Engineering PhD student 
Education: M.Tech, Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India 2013
B.E. Mechanical Engineering, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India 2011 
Research Interests: Fluid flow and heat transfer in multiphase systems, Microfluidics 
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Name: Nikhil Sethia
Position: Chemical Engineering and Materials Science PhD student 
Education: B.Tech., Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India (2018)
Research Interests: High throughput microfluidic technologies for biomedical applications

 

MS Students

 

Name: Vishal Panwar
Position: Mechanical Engineering MS Student
Education: B.Tech, Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology ,Tiruchirappalli, India 2015
Awards: DAAD Wise Academic Exchange Internship 2014
Research Interests: Fluid Flow, Polyelectrolyte Driven flocculation and Assembly in Taylor Couette flow

 

Undergraduate Students

Name: Connor Gunsbury
Position: Undergraduate Researcher
Education: B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota - in progress
Research Interests: Thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, microfluidics, droplet phase

 

Name: Clayton Hansen
Position: Undergraduate Researcher
Education: B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota - in progress
Research Interests: Emulsions and droplet size distributions

 

Name: RJ Martz
Position: Undergraduate Researcher
Education: B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota - in progress
Research Interests: Emulsions, fluid dynamics, heat transfer, phase separation

 

Name: Audrey Sebastian
Position: Undergraduate Researcher
Education: B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota - in progress
Research Interests: Emulsions, experimental fluid mechanics, and hydrokinetics

 

Name: Natalie Vig
Position: Undergraduate Researcher
Education: B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota - in progress
Research Interests: Emulsions, fluid dynamics, laser diffraction

 

 

Alumni

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Group Photos

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