Justin C.T. Kao

kaoj @ mit . edu

Postdoctoral Associate, 2011-2012

Professor J. Taylor Perron
Dept. of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Lecturer, 2009-2011
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, 2008-2011

Professor Anette (Peko) Hosoi
Hatsopolous Microfluids Laboratory
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Interests

I study the fluid dynamics of multiphase flows with free boundaries, including surface tension phenomena, solidification, and dense suspensions. These flows have applications in a variety of fields, including manufacturing, materials science, and geomorphology.


Ph.D., Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics, Northwestern University, 2008
Dissertation: Mathematical Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis of Two Problems in Interfacial Fluid Dynamics
Advisors: Stephen H. Davis and Alexander A. Golovin

B.S., Applied and Computational Mathematics, California Institute of Technology, 2003


———, and J. Taylor Perron. “Fast approximation of bed shear stress in oscillatory flow over bedforms”, in revision. [preprint]

———, and A. E. Hosoi. “Spinodal decomposition in particle-laden Landau-Levich flow”, Physics of Fluids, 24:041701, 2012.

———, Andrea L. Blakemore, and A. E. Hosoi. “Pulling bubbles from a bath”, Physics of Fluids, 22:061705, 2010.

———, Alexander A. Golovin, and Stephen H. Davis. “Particle capture in binary solidification”, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 625:299-320, 2009.

———, Alexander A. Golovin, and Stephen H. Davis. “Rupture of thin films with resonant substrate patterning”, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 303(2):532-545, 2006.

Chad T. Kishimoto, ———, and Jeffrey A. Edlund. “Safe Landings”, UMAP Journal, 24(3):221-243, 2003. (SIAM Prize, 2003 Mathematical Contest in Modeling)

———, Qing Nie, Angie Teng, Frederic Y.M. Wan, Arthur D. Lander, and J. Lawrence Marsh. “Can morphogen activity be enhanced by its inhibitors?”, Proceedings of the Second M.I.T. Conference on Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics, 2003.

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Teaching (MIT)

2.086 Numerical Computation for Mechanical Engineers (spring 2010, fall 2010, spring 2011)
2.002 Mechanics and Materials II (fall 2009)

Honors and Awards

NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2008-2011
NSF IGERT Fellowship in Dynamics of Complex Systems, 2003-2006
SIAM Prize, Mathematical Contest in Modeling, 2003
NASA Group Achievement Award, 2002

Invited Talks

Physical Mathematics Seminar, Dept. of Mathematics, MIT, April 2012
Applied Mathematics Laboratory Seminar, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU, February 2012
Colloquium and Applied Math Seminar, Dept. of Mathematics, University of Utah, February 2012
BU/Brown PDE Seminar, Dept. of Mathematics, Boston University, December 2011
Xiaochun Li Group, University of Wisconsin Madison, March 2011
Mathematics Colloquium, Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics, University of New Mexico, February 2011
Physical Mathematics Seminar, Dept. of Mathematics, MIT, April 2010
Mathematical Biology Seminar, Dept. of Mathematics, University of Utah, January 2008
SIAM Student Chapter Seminar, Dept. of Mathematics, University of Arizona, November 2007