Nick Ouellette (CV) is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He graduated from Swarthmore College in 2002 with a double major in Physics and Computer Science. He earned his Ph.D. (in Physics) in 2006 from Cornell University, where he worked with Eberhard Bodenschatz. Before coming to Yale, he was a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in 2006 (working with Eberhard Bodenschatz) and from 2007-2008 in the Physics Department at Haverford College (working with Jerry Gollub).
Rui Ni (Personal Website) is a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Yale and the Department of Physics at Wesleyan. He obtained his Ph.D. in Physics in 2011 from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he worked with Ke-Qing Xia on turbulent thermal convection. Rui's current research has two focuses: he is developing a scanning particle tracking system to measure turbulent flows and is using it to study the dynamics of anisotropic particles in turbulence, and is also studying the collective motion of swarming midges.
Abe Clark is a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He received his Ph.D. from Duke University in Physics, where he studied granular materials with his advisor Bob Behringer. His work at Duke focused on the response of a granular material to a high-speed impact. At Yale, his work primarily involves experimental and computational studies of sediment transport, where a turbulent fluid flow drives a bed of grains (e.g., in a riverbed).
Charlie Hogg (personal website) is a postdoctoral associate in the Ouellette lab. He received an M.Eng. in general engineering from Cambridge University in 2007, spending a year at MIT. He then worked in the environmental physics group at the engineering consultancy Ove Arup. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Cambridge University in 2014, where he worked with Herbert Huppert and Jorg Imberger on the flow of rivers into lakes. Charlie's current research has two focusses: the impact of coastline shape on mixing in neighbouring waters; and the mixing of gravity currents in moving ambient fluid, with applications to the dispersion of seawater desalination effluent.
Alexandre de Chaumont Quitry is a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering. He graduated from Brown University in 2009 with a BS in Engineering and Physics. In the Ouellette lab, he is investigating Von Karman turbulent flows in complex fluids using Lagrangian particle tracking.
Yang Liao is a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering. She graduated from Zhejiang University in China with a BS in Physics and English. In the Ouellette lab, she is studying two-dimensional flow and turbulence.
Julia Salevan is a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2012 with a BS in Physics. In the Ouellette lab, she is studying the erosion of granular media by shear flows.
James Puckett (postdoc), now an Assistant Professor of Physics at Gettysburg College.
Doug Kelley (postdoc), now an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Rochester.
Nidhi Khurana (Ph.D. 2013), now a postdoc in epidemiology at Imperial College London.
Pearson Miller (B.S. 2014), graduate school in Physics at MIT.
Ben Green (B.S. 2014), graduate school in Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard.
Jerry Wang (B.S. 2013; McCrosky Prize winner), graduate school in Mechanical Engineering at MIT.
Courtney Engle (B.S. 2012), graduate school in Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins.
Kevin Shen (B.S. 2011), graduate school in Chemical Engineering at Caltech.
Sophia Merrifield (B.S. 2010; Lichty & Waters Prize winner), graduate school in Physical Oceanography at MIT.