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.

Brian Dincau
PhD student (co-advised with Alban Sauret)

Brian received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California Davis with a minor in Technology Management, and his Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University Vancouver. He has research experience with biosensors, droplet generation, and particle separation -- all using microfluidics as the experimental platform. Currently, he combines microfluidics with a unique method of on-demand particle fabrication to investigate the mechanics of clogging. He hopes that the information gained can shed light on a broad range of challenges, such as blockages caused by sickle cell anemia or the clogging of irrigation and other water transport systems.

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.

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.

Drew Hallman-Osinski
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Drew Hallman-Osinski is a mechanical engineering undergrad graduating in June 2020. He was born in Napa, California, and lived there his whole life until moving to UCSB for education. He spends his time with his friends and family, and some of his favorite pass times are Super Smash Bros, working out at the gym or going on runs, and watching football and movies.

Haolin He
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Haolin He is a third-year undergraduate student in mechanical engineering and physics (minor). His interests include experimental optimization of porous structures to improve the hydrodynamic efficiency in weaving plates and 3D-printing. Haolin was born in Guangzhou, China and resides in the Bay area now. He likes to travel, a lot, and photograph nature. His goal is to travel to Mars as a theoretical astronaut and use the forty-one extra minutes every day to procrastinate more.

Nathan Jones
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Nathan Jones is a third-year undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering. His interests include microfluidics, flow physics of living systems, and fluid-structure interaction. His current research focuses on understanding and modeling the fluid-structure interactions of cilia. Nathan was born and raised in San Diego, CA. Outside of lab, he is constantly searching for new and obscure hobbies to fall in the rabbit hole of, some of which include cross stitching, indoor rock climbing, learning morse code, and CADding random household objects. After undergrad, he plans to pursue a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and eventually become a university professor.

Luming Cao
High-school intern

Luming Cao is a high school senior from Laguna Blanca School. Her interests include math and physics, and she wants to pursue mechanical engineering for her undergraduate studies. She is currently working with Nathan to build a system that simulates cilia, aiming to better understand how they facilitate transport. 

She grew up in Hangzhou, China before moving to the beautiful Santa Barbara. In her free time, she likes to play tennis and play the piano. She also loves volunteering at the local cat shelter to spend time with cats