Lab Members

Jennifer Franck

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Affiliate Appointment in Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics & Civil and Environmental Engineering

jafranck@wisc.edu

Education:
B.S. Aerospace Engineering, University of Virginia
M.S. Aeronautics, California Institute of Technology
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology

Post-Doctoral Scholars


Ben Smith

Post-Doctoral Scholar in Mechanical Engineering 
Co-advised with Prof. Till Wagner, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
Ph.D. Mathematics (2023), University of Leicester
M.Sc. Physics (2017) Cardiff University
B.Sc. Mathematics (2016) University of Plymouth
Research Focus: wave-ice interactions ; lake bio-physical processes

Graduate Students


Caelan Consing

M.S. Student in Mechanical Engineering 
B.S. Mechanical Engineering (2023) University of the Philippines Diliman

Research Focus: Marine Hydrokinetic energy ; cross-flow turbines


Trevor Dunt

Ph.D. Student in Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics 
DoD SMART Scholar
B.S. Physics (2019) University of Northern Iowa

Research Focus: Bio-inspired flows; fluid-structure interactions; machine learning tools in hydrodynamics


Sara Hartke

Co-advised with Prof. Nimish Pujara
Ph.D. Student in Civil and Environmental Engineering 
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
B.S. Mechanical Engineering (2020) University of Texas, Dallas

Research Focus: Surface waves and turbulence in marine energy harvesting


Rithwik Kandukuri

M.S. Student in Engineering Mechanics 
B.S. Mechanical Engineering (2022), Mahindra Ecole Centrale (India)

Research Focus: Simulations of varying kinematics within cross-flow turbines; overset mesh


Bingfei Yan

Ph.D. Student in Mechanical Engineering 
M.S. Fluid Mechanics (2023), University of Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, China
B.S. Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (2020), Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China

Research Focus: aerodynamics; gust-foil interactions

Undergraduate Researchers


Alex Kress

Undergraduate Researcher
B.S. Engineering Mechanics (2026)

Research Focus: Aerodynamics of rotating and moving airfoils


Scott Russell

Undergraduate Researcher
B.S. Engineering Mechanics (2024)

Research Focus: OpenFOAM open-source libraries


Julia Thormann

Undergraduate Researcher
B.S. Engineering Mechanics (2024)

Research Focus: Fluid-structure interactions among multiple oscillating foils


Xinyi Zhang

Undergraduate Researcher
B.S. Engineering Mechanics (2024)

Research Focus: modeling wave-energy converters

Lab Alumni

degree awarded; first position after CFPM lab

Graduate Students

Soundarya Ramasubramanian M.S. Mechanical Engineering, UW-Madison (2023)

Bernardo Luiz Rocha Ribeiro Ph.D. Engineering Mechanics, UW-Madison (2023); Postdoctoral Fellow in Unsteady Aerodynamics, University of Campinas, Brazil

Mukul Dave Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, UW-Madison (2022); Lawrence-Berkeley National Lab, National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Postdoctoral Fellow, Berkeley, CA.

Riley Bridges M.S. Engineering Mechanics, UW-Madison (2022); Engineer, Jacobs Space Exploration Group at Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL.

Kate Lyons: Ph.D. Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics, UW-Madison (2021); Thermal-Hydraulics Engineer, X-Energy, Washington, DC.

Alejandro Gonzalez Calvet: Visiting Scholar UW-Madison; M.S. Aeronautical Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de València (2019); Glovo, Product Data Analyst, Barcelona, Spain.

Divya Jaganathan: Sc.M. Engineering, Brown University (2018); PhD student, International Center for Theoretical Sciences, Bengaluru, India

Xiaoyue Zhao: Sc.M. Engineering, Brown University (2017); Applications Engineer, COMSOL, Shanghai City, China

Ka Ling Wu: Sc.M. Engineering, Brown University (2015); PhD Student École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne ‐ EPFL

Alex Czulak: Sc.M. Engineering, Brown University (2015); Mechanical Engineer, Robert Bosch LLC, Waltham, MA

Koketso Makhafola: Sc.M. Engineering, Brown University (2014); Senior Engineer, Willdan Energy Solutions, Dallas, TX

Justin Morse: Sc.M. Biomedical Eng, Brown University (2014); Electrical Engineer, Ximedica, Providence, RI

Undergraduate Researchers

Austin Howk: B.S. Engineering Mechanics, UW-Madison (2023); Engineer, Nuclear Power Division, Sargent and Lundy, Chicago, IL

Vineet Pasumarti: B.S. Mechanical Engineering, UW-Madison (2023); Structural Analysis Engineer, Boeing, Huntington Beach, CA

Hanqi Dong:  B.S. Mechanical Engineering, UW-Madison (2023);   PhD Student UT-Austin

Riya Agrawal:  Visiting Researcher; B.Tech. Mechanical Engineering (2023) United College of Engineering and Research;

Mikihisa Yuasa:  B.S. Engineering Mechanics, UW-Madison (2021);   PhD Student UIUC

Kirby Heck:  B.S. Engineering Mechanics, UW-Madison (2021);   PhD Student MIT

David Burkhart:  B.S. Applied Math and Engineering Physics, UW-Madison (2020); Engineer, Oshkosh Corporation, Madison, WI

Aneesh Heintz: Sc.B. Mech Eng, Brown University (2018); PhD Student, Cornell University

Arianne Spaulding: Sc.B. Mech Eng, Brown University (2018); Mechanical Engineer, Amazon Robotics, Boston, MA

Noemaikealohaiku`ulei (Noe) Lum: Sc.B. Mech Eng, Brown University (2018); Grad Student, UC-Berkeley

Matthew Shorter: Sc.B. Mechanical Engineering Brown University (2017); PhD Student, MIT

Isabel Scherl: Sc.B. Mech Eng, Brown University (2017); PhD Student, University of Washington

Filip Simeski: Sc.B. Mech Eng, Brown University (2017); PhD Student, Stanford University

Aryssa Medina: Sc.B. Mech Eng, Brown University (2015); Lead Assembly Operations Engineer, Pratt & Whitney, Hartford CT

Evan Roelke: Sc.B. Mech Eng, Brown University (2015); PhD Student, Georgia Institute of Technology

Sarah Frank: Sc.B. Mech Eng, Brown University (2014); PhD Student, University of California-Berkeley

Joo Yeon Jung: Sc.B. Biomedical Eng, Brown University (2014)