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Emilie Dressaire
Assistant Professor

Emilie Dressaire received her undergraduate degree in Physics and Chemical Engineering from ESPCI (France) and her master degree in Biophysics from the University of Paris. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Harvard University in 2009. During her graduate studies, she worked on shaping fluid-fluid interfaces through capillary, elastic, and gravitational effects. She went on to become a postdoctoral research fellow at McGill University (Canada). After being a faculty member at NYU Tandon School of Engineering and a Research Scientist at CNRS (France), she joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at UCSB.

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Jae Hyung Cho
Post Doc

Jae received his bachelor’s degree from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), and master’s degree and PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), all in mechanical engineering. During his PhD, Jae worked on developing physical models for the rheology of colloidal gels and dense suspensions based on their microscopic structure and dynamics. For his postdoctoral training, he is exploring ways to control complex flows of complex fluids in 3D printing.

Sri Savya Tanikella
PhD student

Savya is a first year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar. Her undergraduate research was in fields ranging from combustion to fuel cells to Low Reynolds number flows, with the common thread being fluid mechanics. At UCSB, she works on fluid-structure interactions.

Savya was born and raised in a south-eastern coastal city in India. In her free time, you can find her at the beach or in her room dancing with a hula-hoop. She also enjoys cooking but her food is practically inedible.

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Sara Gonzalez
PhD student

Sara Gonzalez is a first-year graduate student in Mechanical Engineering. She received her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her undergraduate course in micro and nanoscale engineering sparked her interest in microfluidics, which Sara is excited to pursue at UCSB. In her free time, Sara enjoys reading. She is currently making her way down the list of top fantasy series.

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Trinh Huynh
PhD student

Trinh received his undergraduate degree in Physics and Mathematics at Clark University. His undergraduate research was in the forms and locomotion of inertial magnetoelastic swimmers in granular sediments. At UCSB, he studies capillary actions in gel-coated imbibition cells and tubes. Trinh was born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In his free time, He likes to take his camera around and take photos of nature and architecture. He also enjoys learning and cooking new dishes every weekend.

Sean Bohling
MS student

Sean received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. His undergraduate fluid dynamics course and summer research inspired him to pursue a graduate degree. At UCSB, Sean is researching flow through arrays of flexible hairs. In his free time, he enjoys climbing and exploring Santa Barbara.

Nour Kabbani
Summer intern

Nour is a Lebanese student, she pursued her high school studies in France and is now an engineering student in her last year in Physics and Chemical Engineering at ESPCI-Paris-PSL. She is doing a research internship at UCSB and she will be working on 'injecting emulsions in gels' in the mechanical department. Nour enjoys meeting new people, exploring places, and going on adventures on weekends. She also loves to cook and to eat good food.

JP Raimondi
Undergraduate researcher

JP is a senior undergraduate in mechanical engineering. He is studying fluid flow through hairy surfaces and elastocapillary interactions in orb spider capture threads. He is interested in bio-inspired design, fluid mechanics, biomechanics, and natural materials. Outside of the lab, he likes to read fiction, spend time outside, swim, play water polo, garden, and cook.


  • Brian Dincau, Ph.D. - Lab manager at California NanoSystems Institute

  • Onofre Jauregui, M.S. - R&D engineer at Applaud Medical

  • Nathan Jones, B.Sc. - Ph.D. candidate at Caltech

  • Chris Keeley, B.Sc.

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