• Undergraduate or graduate student  in bluff body hydrodynamics:  Experience with machining and fabrication strongly preferred; experience with particle image velocimetry (PIV) optional. Please send me an email expressing your interest, with a resume/CV and two names of potential references.
  • PhD student in High-Energy Density Turbulence — click for project description and how to apply


Principal Investigator


Jessica K. Shang

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Postdoc, Stanford University; PhD, Princeton University; MPhil, University of Cambridge; BA, Harvard University (CV)

Graduate Students


Nitish Acharya

Nitish is pursuing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Rochester. His research interests are in high-energy density hydrodynamics, and is co-advised by Hussein Aluie. He previously earned a BE in Mechanical Engineering from Tribhuvan University in Nepal.


Brennen Carr

Brennen is pursuing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Rochester. His research is in computational biomechanics of the glymphatic system of the brain. Brennen comes from Union College in Schenectady, NY, in Mechanical Engineering.


Afreen Syeda


Kelin Kurzer-Ogul




Caroline Cardinale

Caroline is a  junior in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Rochester. She’s been involved in a few projects with the Hydro Lab. In 2018, she worked jointly with Daniel Lee in Hesam Askari’s lab to develop propulsors that are capable of traversing the land-water transition zone. Most recently, she is looking at bluff body flows in the water channel with PIV. She has also been an NREIP intern at NSWC-Indian Head.


Savannah Schisler


Delin (Stevie) Zeng



Kai Kindred ’20 (MechE) — Danbury Mission Technologies, Saltire Scholar (Univ of Glasgow)

Leo Liu ’19 (MechE) — Univ of Virginia PhD program, Mech & Aerospace Engineering (Link Ocean Fellowship)

John (Jack) Billings ’19 (MechE) — L3 Harris Technologies

Deok-Hoon Jeong ’19 (MechE) — UC-Santa Barbara PhD program

Amro Bayoumy ’20 (MechE, Xerox Fellow) — EIT Masters in Autonomous Systems (Aalto Univ, Finland; TU Berlin, Germany)

Will Gorman *18 (Physics & Astro) — FAAC Inc.

Dr. Jeong-Hyun Kim — Hibbitt Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University >> Assistant Professor at Seoultech

Diwas Gautam ’20 (MechE)

Khusbu Modi ’19 (MechE)

Hunter Dell ’18 (MechE)

Chris Koo ’19 (Mechanical Engineering)