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.
Sri Savya Tanikella
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 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.
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 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.
JP received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at UCSB. 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.
Layla is a second year undergraduate student pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. She is researching elastocapillary interactions in orb spider threads. She is interested in bio-inspired design and research in fluid mechanics. Layla is from Marlboro, New Jersey, right by the Jersey shore. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outside, photography, and fashion design.
Jerry is a second year undergraduate student majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He is studying flow regimes in the rotational motion of an array of rigid hairs. He is interested in bio-inspired design, fluid mechanics, and aerodynamics. In his free time he enjoys photography, tennis, and biking.
Jae Hyung Cho, Postdoc - Senior research engineer at Saint-Gobain Research North America
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. - Special effects contractor at Spectral Motion