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.

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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.

Chris Keeley
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Chris is a fourth-year undergraduate student in mechanical engineering. Elective coursework taken under the instruction of Professor Emile Dressaire as well as Professor Yangying Zhu led Chris to continue pursuing his interest in the hydrodynamics discipline through research. As he continues exploring effects of special surfaces on fluid flow, he hopes his work will one day yield viable biomedical applications. In his free-time he enjoys hiking, biking, and reading strictly non-fiction books - his favorite being Shoe Dog by Phil Knight.

Colin Yang
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Colin Yang is a rising fourth-year undergraduate student in mechanical engineering. Born in San Francisco, California, Colin moved to South Korea at the age of two before moving back to the Bay Area at the age of 12. His interests revolve around understanding how things work, whether that be through constant disassembly of household items or by reading papers that explain strange mathematical concepts like e^(-pi*i) = -1. Outside of the STEM field, Colin likes to draw in his free time and has been learning to play the piano in hopes of becoming like Sebastian from the movie La La Land.


  • Luming Cao - University of California Los Angeles (B.Sc.)

  • Drew Hallman-Osinski 

  • Nathan Jones - Caltech (Ph.D.)