Research Team

The team consists of highly motivated graduate and undergraduate students.

PhD students

Luis H. Hatashita

(January 2024 — present)

Education:
M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2023
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Federal University of Technology – Parana, 2022

Contact: lhatashita3@gatech.edu
Biography

My main motivation toward joining the FPCS lab, where I will be conducting my PhD studies, is to be on the forefront of multiphase and turbulence research and development, exploring new ideas and numerical methods to unveil further new flow physics. Prior to joining the lab, I worked at the Computational Combustion Lab (CCL) in the aerospace department still at Georgia Tech with Prof. Suresh Menon as my advisor, where I got my MS degree focusing mostly on flow physics of turbulent jet mixing in a high temperature crossflow. I also hold a BS degree in mechanical engineering from the Federal University of Technology – Parana, for which I was awarded a Summa cum laude recognition.”

Anirban Bhattacharjee

(Incoming student, starting August 2024)

Education:
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, 2021
B.Tech., Mechanical Engineering, IIT Kharagpur, 2019

Work experience:
Mechanical Engineer, Schlumberger (SLB), 2021-2024
Biography

After obtaining a bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, a master’s degree from Cornell University, and a stint in the energy industry, I am excited to be a part of the FPCS lab to pursue a PhD. While at school, I researched different topics like surfactant-laden droplet microfluidics, and particle clustering in turbulence. During my time in the industry, I designed and commercialized filtration and flow control devices. I was also awarded the Mitacs Globalink Scholarship to pursue an internship at Université Laval, Canada where I performed experiments to understand the Saffman-Taylor Instability problem for yield-stress fluids. My research interest over the years has narrowed down to investigating and predicting flow physics using high-performance computing and machine learning. The research carried out at the FPCS lab not only aligns with my interests but also with my past experiences in fluid mechanics research, and I look forward to having a great learning experience and contributing significantly to the group.

Rohan Rao

(Incoming student, starting May 2024)

Education:
B.S., Engineering Mechanics, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, 2024

GT President’s Fellow
Biography

“My main goal as an incoming PhD student in the FPCS lab is to use computational simulations to understand how to control elasto-inertial turbulence in polymeric flows. As the FPCS lab is at the forefront of computational fluid mechanics, I believe that FPCS is the perfect place for me to pursue this area of research.

During my undergraduate years majoring in Engineering Mechanics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, I worked under different professors as a research assistant to further hone my research interests. My first experience was at the Energy Transport Research Lab under Professor Nenad Miljkovic, where I worked on a flow boiling experiment with a graduate student. My second experience came from a graduate course in turbulence, in which I worked alongside two other graduate students under Professor Leonardo Chamorro to perform an experiment studying particle trajectories in an artificial river confluence using particle image velocimetry (PIV) and particle tracking velocimetry (PTV).

My contributions to the flow boiling experiment was recognized in a journal publication in the International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, titled “Saturated Water Flow Boiling Heat Transfer and Pressure Drop In Scalably Microstructured Plain and Finned Copper Tubes”, as a second author and another publication in preparation to Applied Thermal Engineering as a third author. My work on the turbulence confluence experiment will be recognized in a publication in preparation to the Journal of Hydraulic Engineering as a second author. Finally, I have been working on a rheology textbook under Professor Randy Ewoldt, helping edit figures, make tables and add other content.

I am very excited to continue my career in academic research with the FPCS lab and I look forward to making significant contributions to science and engineering with this group.”

BS students

Pranav Nathan

(January 2024 — present)

Education:
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2025 (exp.)

Contact: pranav.nathan@gatech.edu

GT Gold Scholar
Biography

Pranav Nathan is an undergraduate mechanical engineering student with minors in aerospace engineering and physics who is passionate about developing computational models for multiphase and turbulent flows. Prior to joining the FPCS lab, he interned at GE Aerospace, where he developed CFD models for exhaust nozzles and utilized machine learning models in the optimization of engine augmentors. He is a recipient of the Georgia Tech Gold Scholarship, which is offered to the top 2% of each admitted class.