Prof. Michael Triantafyllou


Prof. Jeff Lang

Prof. Jianmin Miao

Dr. Jason Dahl

Dr. Remi Bourguet

Dr. Yahya Modarres-Sadeghi

Dr. Pablo Valdivia

Dr. Gabriel Weymouth


Heather Beem

Audrey Maertens

Jeff Dusek

James Schulmeister

Stephanie Steele

Amy Gao

Jacob Izraelevitz

Mandy Woo

Haining Zheng

Dilip Thekkoodan

Gabriel Bousquet


Hendrik Hans

Mohsen Jahromi

Ajay Kottapalli

Vignesh Subramaniam








Michael Triantafyllou is the William I. Koch Professor of Marine Technology, Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Director of the Center for Ocean Engineering, Head of the Area of Ocean Science and Engineering, and Director of the Testing Tank and Propeller Tunnel Facilities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT).

Affiliated Professors and Researchers



Jeff Lang is Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. As a faculty member in the Laboratory for Electromagnetic and Electronic Systems, his principal research interests include analysis, design and control of physical systems with an emphasis on electromechanical systems, traditional electric machines, microsensors, microactuators and flexible structures.


Jiamin Miao is an Associate Professor and Director of Micromachines (MEMS) Centre in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His research interests include MEMS, biochip and nanofabrication technologies, inertial sensors, acoustical and ultrasonic transducers, RF MEMS, biosensors, MEMS for environmental monitoring, carbon nanotubes based NEMS, through-silicon via interconnects, and MEMS packaging.  


Jason Dahl is Assistant Professor of Ocean Engineering at the University of Rhode Island. He was awarded Ph.D. of Ocean Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008.


Remi is a research associate at CNRS who collaborates with our group on numerical simulations of coupled fluid-structure problems. His other research interests span reduced-order modeling, hierarchical modeling and turbulent flows. 


Yahya Modarres-Sadeghi is Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a Research Affiliate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests include Fluid-Structure Interactions, Flow-Induced Vibrations, Nonlinear Dynamics, Chaos Random Vibrations, Off-Shore Wind Turbines, and Stability of Wind Turbine Blades.


Pablo Valdivia is a research scientist at the Center for Environmental Sensing and Modeling (CENSAM) division of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART). His current research interests involve designing, analyzing and creating novel mechatronic devices.


Gabe Weymouth is a research scientist at the Center for Environmental Sensing and Modeling (CENSAM) division of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART). His current research interests involve free-interface fluid dynamics, hydrodynamic sensing, computational fluid dynamics, and computational learning and optimization.

MIT Graduate Students


Heather is a PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program. A few of her research interests are utilizing seal whiskers as sensors, determining the effect of sweepback on marine animal fins, and studying stingray hydrodynamics. She enjoys music, being outside, and learning languages.


Audrey is a PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering at MIT.


Jeff Dusek is a PHD Candidate in the Mechanical Engineering department with a focus on Ocean Science and Engineering.  A 2009 Graduate of the Ocean Engineering Department at Florida Atlantic University, Jeff’s research interests range from multi-element foils and wingsails, to leading edge vortex detection on hydrofoils, to autonomous marine vehicles.  Jeff is an avid sailor and actively campaigns in the Formula 18 catamaran class.


James Schulmeister is a PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering at MIT.  He comes to MIT after studying Engineering Science (Mechanical) at Yale and teaching for a year as an International Fellow in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore.  He currently investigates active flow separation control strategies for improving maneuvering performance of ocean vehicles.


Stephanie is a third year graduate student with the lab, making this her seventh year at MIT. In the lab, she enjoys eating lunch with her lab mates, working collaboratively on her project, and thinking about graceful robots and animals. Outside the lab, Steph likes watching Dr. Who with her husband Matt, eating noodle soup, and sleeping. 


Amy is a third year graduate student in Mechanical Engineering at MIT, and her research interests involve hydrodynamic sensing, biomimicry of the lateral line in fish, and studying fish locomotion. Outside of research, Amy enjoys reading, running, salsa dancing, and designing pretty things.


Jacob Izraelevitz is currently pursuing his masters at MIT in Mechanical Engineering, studying the fluid characteristics of flapping foils, after finishing his undergraduate degree at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering.  He grew up in New Mexico, far from any large bodies of water, and enjoys running, rock climbing, and thinking about birds.


Mandy joined the group in June 2011 as a first-year Ph.D candidate in Materials Science and Engineering. She earned her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering with High Distinction from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in May 2010. Her current project involves the development and fabrication of flexible underwater pressure sensor arrays that are made up of polymer/nanoparticle composites.


Haining is a Ph.D. Student working on Vortex Induced Vibration (VIV), which is a major factor affecting all stages of development of offshore structures, especially risers. His major research interest is on creating a new VIV model, featuring cross-flow and inline coupled motion and combination of computation fluid dynamics and experimental data, based on structure analysis, hydrodynamic datasets and optimization algorithm development. He is also working on the effect of high harmonic and chaotic stress on fatigue life. Haining came to MIT in 2007 and received his Master of Science Degree in Computation for Design and Optimization from MIT in 2008. He obtained dual Bachelor Degrees in Mechanical Engineering & Automation and Computer Application from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.



Dilip is an SM student working on direct numerical simulations in fluid structure interactions. His research focuses on the interaction of bluff bodies in a flow, which finds applications in the offshore industry where groups of cylinders are commonplace.


Gabriel is a PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering at MIT.

Singapore Students


Hendrik Hans is a direct PhD student in Nanyang Technological University (NTU) under the Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technologoy (SMART) Fellowship Programme. He is working under the supervisions of Prof. Michael Triantafyllou (MIT) and Prof. Miao Jianmin (NTU) and with Dr. Gabriel Weymouth (SMART) and Dr. Pablo Valdivia (SMART) on the project 'A Novel Biomimetics Hydrodynamic Wake Sensing Principle Inspired by Harbor Seal'. He graduated with First Class Honor in Bachelor of Engineering at NTU. His accolades include Top Student during his undergraduate studies. His current research focus is on the fluid-structure interaction between vortices and whisker-like structures. His hobbies include weight lifting, swimming, jogging, and reading. He enjoys reading books on aerodynamics, automotive, philosophy, poetry, and self-enrichment. His favorite quote is 'Ambition never content, even at the summit of greatness' by Napoleon Bonaparte.



Mohsen Asadnia is currently working towards packaging and characterization of bio-inspired MEMS pressure sensor arrays for underwater sensing applications. His research is founded by funded by Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART). His research interests are MEMS and NEMS, rugged electronics, sensor & actuator Microsystems and bioelectronics.


Ajay Kottapalli is a research student at NTU under Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART). His research interests include Bioinspired and Biomimetic MEMS, Polymer MEMS flow sensors , and Bio-MEMS. He is currently working towards developing lateral-line inspired MEMS flow sensors for fish-like underwater sensing. His other interests involve readings on ethics and philosophy.


Vignesh is a research student at NTU.