Graduate School of Computational Engineering Alumni

Since 2004, 24 PhD students and 41 Master’s students have graduated from the SimCenter’s programs in Computational Engineering. With a strong foundation in engineering, applied computational mathematics, applied scientific computing, and team-oriented research, SimCenter graduates are well prepared to succeed in a variety of fields.  Our alums are leaders in academia, private industry, and government across the country and around the world.  


  1. Chao Liu, Ph.D., May 2016, Dissertation Title: "A Stabilized Finite Element Dynamic Overset Method for the Navier-Stokes Equations"
  2. Anshul Mittal, Ph.D., December 2015, Dissertation Title: "A Parabolized Navier-Stokes Method for Wind Farm Applications"
  3. Alma Cemerlic, Ph.D., August 2015, Dissertation Title: "Continuum Modeling of the Deceleration Transient State in Stochastic Traffic Flow"
  4. Behzad Reza Ahrabi, Ph.D., August 2015, Dissertation Title: "An hp-Adaptive Petrov-Galerkin Method for Steady-State and Unsteady Flow Problems"
  5. Christopher Bruce Hilbert, Ph.D., August 2015, Dissertation Title: "Tetrahedral Mesh Optimization and Generation via Topological Transformation and Gradient Based Node Perturbation"
  6. Srijith Rajamohan, Ph.D., August 2014, Dissertation Title: "A Streamline Upwind/ Petrov-Galerkin FEM Based Time-Accurate Solution of 3D Time-Domain Maxwell's Equations for Dispersive Materials"
  7. Nicholas G. Currier, Ph.D. August 2014, Dissertation Title: "Reacting Plume Inversion on Urban Geometries Through Gradient Based Design Methodologies"
  8. J. Taylor Erwin, Ph.D., December 2013, Dissertation Title: "Stabilized Finite Elements for Compressible Turbulent Navier-Stokes"
  9. Craig R. Tanis, Ph.D., December 2013, Dissertation Title: "A New Software Framework for Unstructured Mesh Representation and Manipulation
  10. Ashish Gupta, Ph.D., August 2013, Dissertation Title: "Preconditioning Methods for Ideal and Multiphase Fluid Flows"
  11. Lei Ji, Ph.D., April 2011, Dissertation Title: "Unstructured Grid Technologies for Hydrodynamic Applications with Bodies in Relative Motion and Mesh Deformation"
  12. Ryan S. Glasby, Ph.D., August 2011, Dissertation Title: "Computational Design for Electromagnetic Simulations"
  13. James S. Masters, Ph.D., December 2010, Dissertation Title: "Winslow Elliptic Smoothing Equations Extended to Apply to General Regions of an Unstructured Mesh"
  14. Vincent C. Betro, Ph.D. August 2010, Dissertation Title: "Fully Anisotropic Split-Tree Adaptive Refinement Mesh Generation Using Tetrahedral Mesh Stitching"
  15. Kyle J. Lange, Ph.D., July 2009, Dissertation Title: "Sensitivity Analysis for a Radio Frequency Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Discharge Simulation"
  16. Robert Glenn Brook, Ph.D., December 2008, Dissertation Title: "A Parallel, Matrix-free Newton Method for Solving Approximate Boltzmann"
  17. Louie C. Elliott, Ph.D., August 2008, Dissertation Title: "Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Simulation and Design with Numerical Adjoint Techniques
  18. Zaineddin Dweik, Ph.D., December 2007, Dissertation Title: "Computational Study of Turbomachinery-Related Flows and Heat Transfer in Buoyancy-Driven Rotating Cavities with Axial Cooling-Air Through-Flow"
  19. Mandar Sahasrabudhe, Ph.D., August 2008, Dissertation Title: "Unstructured Mesh Generation and Manipulation Based On Elliptic Smoothing and Optimization"
  20. Sagar Kapadia, Ph.D., August 2008, Dissertation Title: "Computational Design and Sensitivity Analysis of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells"
  21. Muhanad K. Hajjawi, Ph.D., August 2007, Dissertation Title: "Advanced Turbulence Closures for a Scalable Parallel Implicit Unstructured Grid Algorithm"
  22. Pradeep Sivakumar, Ph.D., December 2006, Dissertation Title: "Characteristic-Based, Parallel, Numerical Solver for the Shallow Water Equations on Unstructured Grids with Wet/Dry Interfaces"
  23. Chad E. Burdyshaw, Ph.D., May 2006, Dissertation Title: "Achieving Automatic Concurrency Between Computational Field Solvers and Adjoint Sensitivity Codes"
  24. Brian K. Lambert, Ph.D., December 2004, Dissertation Title: "Development and Validation of a Time Accurate Algorithm for Low Mach Number Compressible Flow"


  1. Walied Hassan, M.S., December 2015, Thesis Title: "Blade Resolved Simulation of Wind Farms"
  2. Mary Barker, M.S., August 2015, Thesis Title: "The Development of an all Quadrilateral Boundary Conforming Mesh Generator for High Order Finite Elements"
  3. Adam Croft, M.S., May 2015, (Non-thesis)
  4. Benjamin Chambers, M.S., May 2015, (Non-thesis)
  5. Spencer Klagstad, M.S., December 2014, (Non-thesis)
  6. Ya’nan Gong, M.S., December 2014, Thesis Title: "Implementation of Two-Dimensional Time Accurate Flow Simulation on Moving Mesh Exploiting Mesh Rupturing"
  7. Richard Ross Gruetzemacher, M.S., August 2014, Thesis Title: "Numerical Simulation of Airflow in a CT-based Human Airway Model With Physiologically Appropriate Boundary Conditions"
  8. Sean Smith, M.S., May 2014, (Non-thesis)
  9. Tony R. McDaniel, M.S., May 2014, Thesis Title: "A Numerical Investigation of Compressible Flow in a Curved S-Duct"
  10. Philip Wesley Fackler, M.S., December 2013, Thesis Title: "Physics-Based Point Placement by Particle Dynamics Simulation"
  11. Kristen Catherine Karman, M.S., December 2013, Thesis Title: "2-D CFD Design of the Cross-Sectional Shape of Arterial Stents"
  12. Xueying Zhang, M.S., October 2013, Thesis Title: "Higher-Order Petrov-Galerkin Methods for Analysis of Antennas"
  13. W. Lawton Shoemake, M.S., December 2013, Thesis Title: "Extension of A High-Order Petrov-Galerkin Implementation Applied to Non-Radiating and Radar Cross Section Geometries"
  14. Adam Cofer, M.S., December 2013, Thesis Title: "Validation of Interpolative Interfaces for Rotorcraft Applications"
  15. Weiyang Lin, M.S., May 2013, Thesis Title: "Computational Investigation of the Effects of Casing Treatments on the Performance of a Turbofan"
  16. Arash Ghasemi, M.S., May 2013, Thesis Title: "On the Theory of a Space-Time Solution Algorithm for Computational Science and Engineering"
  17. Guy Austin Flynt, M.S., May 2013, Thesis Title: "Computation of Heat Transfer in Turbine Rotor Blade Cooling Channels with Angled Rib Turbulators"
  18. Jessica Elaine Kress, M.S., December 2012, Thesis Title: "An Unstructured Grid Incompressible Navier-Stokes Algorithm for Convective Heat Transfer Based on Artificial Compressibility"
  19. Nicholas Szapiro, M.S., August 2012, Thesis Title: "Mesh Generation Using a Correspondence Distance Field"
  20. Shane Edmond Sawyer, M.S., August 2012, Thesis Title: "Analysis and Implementation of a High-Order Reconstruction Algorithm for an Unstructured Finite Volume Flow Solver"
  21. John Steffan, M.S., December 2011, (Non-thesis)
  22. Cameron T. Druyor, Jr., M.S., August 2011, Thesis Title: "An Adaptive Hybrid Mesh Generation Method For Complex Geometries"
  23. Matthew David O'Connell, M.S., August 2011, Thesis Title: "Comparison Of Two Methods For Two Dimensional Unstructured Mesh Adaptation With Elliptic Smoothing"
  24. William Emerson Brock V, M.S., August 2011, Thesis Title: "Design Optimization Using CAD Parameterization Through CAPRI"
  25. Max David Collao, M.S., August 2011, Thesis Title: "Generation and Optimization of Spacing Fields"
  26. Jason A. Heacker, M.S., May 2011, Thesis Project Title: "A Study in Aerodynamic Drag Reduction for a Small Travel Trailer"
  27. Christian de la Peña, M.S., December 2010, (Non-thesis)
  28. Dawn Ellis, M.S., August 2010, (Non-thesis)
  29. Nicholas G. Currier, M.S., August 2010, Thesis Title: "A Hybrid Method for Flows in Local Chemical Equilibrium and Nonequilibrium"
  30. Benjamin C. Johnson, M.S., May 2010, Thesis Title: "A Numerical Investigation of S-Duct Flows with Boundary-Layer Ingestion"
  31. Jacob Chackasseril Varghese, M.S., December 2009, Thesis Title: "Sonic Boom Prediction Methods Using Feature-Based Adaptation of Unstructured Meshes"
  32. Melissa Graves-Brook, M.S., May 2009, (Non-thesis)
  33. Justin Whitt, M.S., April 2009, Thesis Title: "Unstructured, Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes Model of the NREL Phase VI Wind Turbine"
  34. Christopher Bruce Hilbert, M.S., April 2009, Thesis Title: "A Lawson-like Algorithm for the Triangulation of Points in Three-Dimensions"
  35. Matthew Jackson, M.S., August 2008, (Non-thesis)
  36. Ryan Hulguin, M.S., August 2008, Thesis Title: "Direct Numerical Solution of Nonlinear Model Boltzmann Equations"
  37. Kyle J. Lange, M.S., August 2007, Thesis Title: "A Fully Implicit Characteristic-Based Algorithm for a One Dimensional Radio Frequency Glow Discharge Fluid Simulation
  38. Vincent C. Betro, M.S., August 2007, Thesis Title: "Parallel Hierarchical 2D Unstructured Mesh Generation with General Cutting
  39. Brent J. C. Mitchell, M.S., May 2007, Thesis Title: "A Nonmatching and Sliding Interface Method for Unstructured Flow Simulations"
  40. Robert Glenn Brook, M.S., December 2004, (Non-thesis)
  41. James Beasley, M.S., December 2004, Thesis Title: "Validation of an Unstructured Flow Solver for Oblique Shocks and Expansion Fans"