Bavand Keshavarz

I am currently a Ph.D candidate working with Professor McKinley in Non-Newtonian Fluid Dynamics Research Group, Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT.


I finished my undergraduate in Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. Later, I finished a Master of Applied Sciences degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of British Columbia; I was working in Applied Fluid Mechanics Lab with my previous adviser, Professor Green. Later I joined  NNF research group at MIT in January 2011, working with Professor McKinley for  my PhD research.

Research Interests

My main research interests are in experimental fluid dynamics of Non-Newtonian fluids. I am currently working on air-assisted atomization of Non-Newtonian liquids. Part of my research is also focused on extensional rheometry of dilute polymer solutions which includes experiments on capillary break-up and jetting of Non-Newtonian liquids.

During my masters I also did research on jet and drop impact for both Newtonian and viscoelastic liquids on stationary/moving substrates. Kelsan Technologies Corporation was the main supporting industry for that special application. A copy of my masters thesis can be found here.    

I also enjoy doing research in other related topics such as hydrodynamic instabilities, high speed imaging of fluid phenomena, and wind tunnel testings.

And my research at MIT some days is just like this...:


"Like a circle in a spiral  Like a wheel within a wheel Never ending or beginning On an ever spinning reel...As the images unwind Like the circles That you find In the windmills of your mind !"

(from "the windmills of  your mind" by Allan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman)

Noel Harrison's version

the original French version of the song