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Thomas Peacock

Professor, MIT (2016-present)
Associate Professor, MIT (2007-2016)
Assistant Professor, MIT (2003-2007)


B.Sc., Manchester University (1994)
D. Phil., Oxford University (1998)
Research Associate, University of Colorado (1998-2000)
Instructor, MIT (2000-2003)

Tom set up the ENDLab in 2003, when he joined Mechanical Engineering at MIT. The diversity of the group reflects his interests in using experiment, theory and numerics to investigate and understand dynamical phenomena. Week-in and week-out, he is involved with all the research projects going on in the lab. A resume, including a detailed list of publications and presentations is available. His official ME website has further details. [link]

A detailed resume is also available. [link]

When not in the lab trying to oversee the advancement of science, Tom likes to be outdoors and travel to far distant corners of the earth. For his sins, he is a supporter of the Spurs, who may some day rise again above mediocrity. He studied in England for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees, before coming through Colorado as a postdoc (where his skiing improved significantly) to become a faculty member at MIT.


Ruth Musgrave


Ruth uses observations, numerical models and theory to try to understand physical processes in the ocean. Her PhD was on internal tide generation and turbulence at topography, in particular where the tidal frequency is subinertial. Currently, her research is focused on the influence of topography on large scale currents, like the NEC.

[More about Ruth's research]

Email: rmusg [at]


Boyu Fan

Graduate student (co-advised by Triantaphyllos R. Akylas)

Boyu is interested in a range of problems relating to dynamical fluid systems, especially ones of the nonlinear flavor. He is currently exploring the theory behind three-dimensional internal gravity wave beams and hopes to elucidate their behavior in the ocean.

Graduated from Caltech in 2015, Boyu spends his free time eating, cooking, and feeding his curiosity for other fascinating problems in biology and physics. When not immersed in fluids in the lab, he enjoys being immersed in fluids at the pool. He hails from the New York City area, although seems to have lost the York sometime in the early 2000ís.

Email: boyufan [at]


Margaux Filippi

Graduate student

Margaux is looking into using the topological tools from braid theory to analyze drifter trajectories and transport barriers in the ocean. Her investigations, which blend her undergraduate degrees in oceanography and pure mathematics with her experience working in coastal engineering, will also incorporate laboratory experiments and oceanic flow patterns analysis.

Prior to her start at the ENDlab in June 2013, Margaux lived 5 years in Hawai'i, where she seized any chance she could to play either immersed underwater or in the air practicing her aerialist skills. Born in Paris, she spent the first 17 years of her life exploring Europe.

Email: margaux [at]


Rohit Supekar

Graduate student

Rohitís research interests include internal waves and nonlinear dynamics. He is interested in using a combination of theoretical and computational tools as well as experimental investigations for his research. Currently, his focus is on the internal wave dynamics in the Arctic Ocean.

Rohit finished his undergraduate studies at IIT Madras, India following which he joined the ENDLab in August 2015. He is an avid long-distance runner and is now getting used to running in Bostonís cold weather. His other interests include cooking and hiking. He also likes to watch and play Cricket, which is something he wishes to keep up even in the States.

Email: srohit [at]


Lorraine Rabb


Lorraine is an experienced educational and laboratory research administrator with a proven track record in major university settings. Lorraine is knowledgeable in research accounting. Her key strengths fall in the areas of pre- and post-grant administration and project management. Lorraine has worked in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT for 13 years, assisting several senior faculty and their research groups. She holds a paralegal certificate from Northeastern University in addition to other certifications in management. She has worked in grant administrative coordinator roles in the Boston area at teaching hospitals and colleges for more than 25 years. She is a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA).

Lorraine joined Professor Peacockís Lab in August 2015. In her spare time, Lorraine enjoys boating, swimming, antiquing, concerts, cooking, and travelling.


List of past graduates & postdocs

  • Ray Hardin
  • Séverine Atis — Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard
    Postdoc (2015)
  • Sasan John Ghaemsaidi
    Ph.D. (graduated 2015)
  • Matthieu Leclair — Research Engineer, ETH Zürich
    Postdoc (2015)
  • Nils Holzenberger — Engineer, IBM
    Exchange student from Paris
  • Sarah Fay — Graduate Student, MIT
    Undergraduate researcher (graduated 2015)
  • Spencer Wilson — Marshall Scholar, University of Cambridge, UK
    Undergraduate researcher (graduated 2015)
  • Maha Haji — Doctoral Candidate, MIT
    M.Sc. (graduated 2015)
  • Matthieu Mercier — CNRS Researcher, IMFT
    Postdoc (2013)
  • Michael Allshouse — Postdoctoral Fellow, UT - Austin
    Ph.D. (graduated 2013)
  • Manikandan Mathur — Assistant Professor, IIT - Madras
    Ph.D. (graduated 2010)
  • Paula Echeverri — Makani Power Inc.
    Ph.D. (graduated 2009)
  • Matthew Weldon — Applied Research Labs, Penn State University
    M.Sc. (graduated 2007)
  • Raul Coral — McKinsey & Company
    M.Sc. (graduated 2005)