Ouellette Lab

Mechanical Engineering
& Materials Science
Yale University

Contact:

Nicholas T. Ouellette
Yale University

Mailing:
P.O. Box 208286
New Haven, CT 06520-8286

Shipping:
Mason Lab M3
New Haven, CT 06511-8938

Tel: (203) 432-9662
Fax: (203) 432-7654
nicholas.ouellette -at- yale.edu

People

Principal Investigator

Nick Ouellette

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).

 

Postdocs

James Puckett

James Puckett is a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He obtained his Ph.D. (in Physics) in 2012 from North Carolina State University, where he studied granular materials with Karen Daniels. At NCSU, he investigated mixing in fluidized systems as well as equilibration of temperature-like variables in jammed systems. In the Ouellette lab, he is investigating collective dynamics in midges (Chironomus riparius) using three-dimensional particle tracking.

 

Rui Ni

Rui Ni 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.



 

Graduate Students

Alexandre de Chaumont Quitry

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

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

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.








 

Alumni

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.

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.