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Group dinner – Congratulations and Bon Voyage

Alovely evening last night at Flatbread Pizza to celebrate so many achievements:  Congratulations to Yuanhang in receiving his PhD.  Bon Voyage to: Cameron Urban who is leaving us to attend graduate school at Cornell; to Sonja Friman who is moving to a new Post Doctoral position in Lund (Sweden) and to our four REU students – Dayna, Jared, Gabby and Caylen, who are returning to their  respective universities to continue their studies.  This has been an amazing summer – thanks to everyone!

New papers published: Membrane wings and Vortex Wakes

Two lovely, and quite distinct papers were published recently,  The first –  with our former PhD student Jorn Cheney, and Jeremy Rehm, is on the way bats use the muscles in their wings to control wing camber during flight. This paper appeared a couple of weeks ago in the Journal of Experimental Biology. The paper received a special “Inside JEB” article


The second paper,  with our present and former lab members: Howon Lee, Nick Simone, Yuanhang Zhu, Yunxing Su, Bernardo Ribeiros, and Jen Franck – appeared this week in Physical Review Fluids, and is on the trajectory of vortices shed behind an energy harvesting hydrofoil and combines experiments, theory and our first foray into Machine Learning.  Its worth noting that Howon and Nick performed this research as undergraduates in the lab

Congratulations to both research collaborations!!

Congratulations to Dr Yuanhang Zhu!!

Congrats to Yuanhang who successfully defended his PhD dissertation this morning.  Yuanhang will be cleaning up a few loose ends before moving to the University of Virginia to start a Post Doc with Dan Quinn.

Congratulations to Alex and Ilan on receiving the Halpin fellowship


Congratulations to Alex Koh-Bell and Ilan Upfal, both of whom were awarded a Halpin fellowship for their senior capstone projects in our lab.  Alex is working on improving wind turbine performance using an “adaptive Gurney flap”, while Ilan is using membrane airfoils to improve the performance of an oscillating foil turbine to extract energy from tidal streams.

Congrats to both of you

Welcome to Cameron and Xiaowei


A warm welcome to two new members of the lab:  Xiaowei He is joining as Postdoc after completing his PhD with Dave Williams at IIT.  Cameron Urban is joining as a visiting scientist, after completing his BSc from Washington University of St Louis.

Presentation at AIAA SciTech

Take that Omicron! – Yuanhang and Siyang at the AIAA SciTech in San Diego.   They both presented papers  – on aeroelastic instabilities, and on Gurney flap aerodynamics.

Back to the APS/DFD in person

It was great to be back at the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics meeting – in person – in Phoenix.  Brown was represented by a wonderful group, including this crew from our lab!