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

Ajay Kottapalli

Vignesh Subramaniam

Fangfang Xie


Heather Beem

Gabriel Bousquet

Audrey Maertens

Jeff Dusek

James Schulmeister

Stephanie Steele

Amy Gao

Jacob Izraelevitz

Dixia Fan

Alan Le Goallec


Mohsen Jahromi

Nan Wang








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 currently a Marine and Maritime Lecturer at the University of Southampton. Previously, he has worked as a research scientist at the Centre for Environmental Sensing and Modeling (CENSAM) in the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, and as a postdoctoral researcher at MIT. His research interests are in mathematically complex mechanics, such as problems in unsteady fluid dynamics and nonlinear fluid-structure interactions.


Ajay Kottapalli is a Postdoctoral associate at the Center for Environmental Sensing and Modeling (CENSAM) division of at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology center (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 engineer at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART). He was award his B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from the National University of Singapore in 2011, and his research interests include experimental fluid mechanics, marine robotics, particle image velocimetry, and design and manufacturing. Outside of research, he enjoys chess, soccer, music and photography.


Fangfang has been a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Mechanical engineering and MIT Sea Grant at MIT since July, 2013. Her research interest mainly focuses on fundamental researches on fluid-structure interaction problems.

MIT Graduate Students


Heather is a Ph.D. Candidate in Mechanical Engineering in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program. Her research has spanned utilizing seal whiskers as sensors, determining the effect of sweepback on marine animal fins, and studying stingray hydrodynamics. She enjoys uncovering the elegance of God's creation in nature and designing technologies inspired by those discoveries.


Gabriel is a PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering at MIT.


Audrey is a PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. She came to Cambridge after growing up in France and graduating from Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau, France) in Engineering, simulation an modeling. She is interested in developing numerical models and tools which she currently applies to fish swimming and exploiting multi-body hydrodynamic interactions for underwater navigation. She is always happy to help her labmates use the computational fluid dynamics software she contributed to develop. She also enjoys being outdoors and exploring the world.


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 PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering at MIT, and also completed her Bachelor's degree here. 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 PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering at MIT, and her research interests involve hydrodynamic sensing, unsteady fluid dynamics, and controls and robotics. She came to MIT after completing her Bachelor's degree at Olin College of Engineering. Outside of research, Amy enjoys reading, running, dancing, and graphic design.


Jacob Izraelevitz is currently pursuing his PhD 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.


Dixia is currently a master student working on the Subsea and VIV related problems mainly using experimental methods. He obtained his Bachelor degree of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering in 2009 from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. Apart from the research, Dixia is a big fan of swimming and cooking.


Alan is a French visiting student in his gap year. He is running computer fluid dynamic simulations to understand the response of British Petroleum Blow-Out preventer to external forces. As such, he is working with Dixia, who is running the related experiments. He enjoys playing volleyball and tennis.

Singapore Students


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.


Nan Wang received his Bachelor Degree from Tianjin University of Technology with majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Automation and graduated with Polytechnic ‘Ying-Cai’ Outstanding Graduates Award. He joined Nanyang Technological University in 2011 to pursue his Master Degree in the major of Smart Product Design. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Certificate of Excellence in recognition of his excellent performance. He is currently a PhD candidate under the Singapore-MIT Alliance (SMA3) Graduate Fellowship programme. His research work focuses on the development of biomimetic chemical sensors. Outside of research, he enjoys playing tennis, badminton and volleyball.



Dilip earned his Master in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in June 2014. His research focused on the interaction of bluff bodies in a flow.


Hendrik graduated with a PhD from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in June 2014, and is now a research scientist at A*STAR. His work is in vortex dynamics, vortex-induced vibration, and wake-induced vibration.



Mandy graduated with a Master in Materials Science from MIT in June 2013, and now works as a product development associate at NutraClick.


Haining graduated with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Computation from MIT in 2013, and now works as a Research Engineer at ExxonMobil. His research interests include fluid-structure interactions, VIV, numerical methods, and oceanographic modeling.