Computational Science and Engineering Alumni

Since 2004, 36 PhD students and 43 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.  

Ph.D.:

  1. Xueying Zhang, Ph.D., May 2017, Dissertation Title: "Time-dependent adjoint-based optimization of photonic crystals and metamaterials using a stabilized finite element method"
  2. Max David Collao, Ph.D., May 2017, Dissertation Title: "Computational Study of the Effects of Protruding Studs Casing Treatment on the Performance of an Axial Transonic Turbofan"
  3. Weiyang Lin, Ph.D., December 2016, Dissertation Title: Design Optimization of Acoustic Metamaterials and Phononic Crystals With a Time Domain Method"
  4. Ethan Alan Hereth, Ph.D., December 2016, Dissertation Title: "Automatic Parallel Octree Grid Generation Software With an Extensible Solver Framework and a Focus on Urban Simulation"
  5. Arash Ghasemi, Ph.D., August 2016, Dissertation Title: "Spectral Hulls: a Degree of Freedom Reducing hp-Strategy in Space/Time"
  6. Faranak Behzadi, Ph.D., August 2016, Dissertation Title: "Solution of Fully-Coupled Shallow Water Equations and Contaminant Transport Using a Primitive Variable Riemann Solver and a Semi-Discrete SUPG Method"
  7. Cameron T. Druyor Jr., Ph.D., August 2016, Dissertation Title: "Advances in Parallel Overset Domain Assembly"
  8. Jaber Javanshir Hasbestan, Ph.D., August 2016, Dissertation Title: "Least Squares Spectral Element Method for Laminar and Turbulent Flows, –Continuous and Discontinuous Approaches–"
  9. Matthew D. O'Connell, Ph.D., August 2016, Dissertation Title: "A Fault Tolerant Grid Generation Technique"
  10. Arman Raoufi, Ph.D., August 2016, Dissertation Title: "Computational Design, Sensitivity Analysis and Optimization of Fuel Reforming Catalytic Reactor"
  11. Behrouz Shamsaei, Ph.D., August 2016, Dissertation Title: "On the Uncertainty Quantification and Non-Linear Hyper Elastic Simulation of Biological Tissues"
  12. Don C. Warrington, Ph.D., August 2016, Dissertation Title: "Improved Methods for Forward and Inverse Solution of the Wave Equation for Piles"
  13. Chao Liu, Ph.D., May 2016, Dissertation Title: "A Stabilized Finite Element Dynamic Overset Method for the Navier-Stokes Equations"
  14. Anshul Mittal, Ph.D., December 2015, Dissertation Title: "A Parabolized Navier-Stokes Method for Wind Farm Applications"
  15. Alma Cemerlic, Ph.D., August 2015, Dissertation Title: "Continuum Modeling of the Deceleration Transient State in Stochastic Traffic Flow"
  16. Behzad Reza Ahrabi, Ph.D., August 2015, Dissertation Title: "An hp-Adaptive Petrov-Galerkin Method for Steady-State and Unsteady Flow Problems"
  17. Christopher Bruce Hilbert, Ph.D., August 2015, Dissertation Title: "Tetrahedral Mesh Optimization and Generation via Topological Transformation and Gradient Based Node Perturbation"
  18. 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"
  19. Nicholas G. Currier, Ph.D. August 2014, Dissertation Title: "Reacting Plume Inversion on Urban Geometries Through Gradient Based Design Methodologies"
  20. J. Taylor Erwin, Ph.D., December 2013, Dissertation Title: "Stabilized Finite Elements for Compressible Turbulent Navier-Stokes"
  21. Craig R. Tanis, Ph.D., December 2013, Dissertation Title: "A New Software Framework for Unstructured Mesh Representation and Manipulation
  22. Ashish Gupta, Ph.D., August 2013, Dissertation Title: "Preconditioning Methods for Ideal and Multiphase Fluid Flows"
  23. Lei Ji, Ph.D., April 2011, Dissertation Title: "Unstructured Grid Technologies for Hydrodynamic Applications with Bodies in Relative Motion and Mesh Deformation"
  24. Ryan S. Glasby, Ph.D., August 2011, Dissertation Title: "Computational Design for Electromagnetic Simulations"
  25. James S. Masters, Ph.D., December 2010, Dissertation Title: "Winslow Elliptic Smoothing Equations Extended to Apply to General Regions of an Unstructured Mesh"
  26. Vincent C. Betro, Ph.D. August 2010, Dissertation Title: "Fully Anisotropic Split-Tree Adaptive Refinement Mesh Generation Using Tetrahedral Mesh Stitching"
  27. Kyle J. Lange, Ph.D., July 2009, Dissertation Title: "Sensitivity Analysis for a Radio Frequency Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Discharge Simulation"
  28. Robert Glenn Brook, Ph.D., December 2008, Dissertation Title: "A Parallel, Matrix-free Newton Method for Solving Approximate Boltzmann"
  29. Louie C. Elliott, Ph.D., August 2008, Dissertation Title: "Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Simulation and Design with Numerical Adjoint Techniques
  30. 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"
  31. Mandar Sahasrabudhe, Ph.D., August 2008, Dissertation Title: "Unstructured Mesh Generation and Manipulation Based On Elliptic Smoothing and Optimization"
  32. Sagar Kapadia, Ph.D., August 2008, Dissertation Title: "Computational Design and Sensitivity Analysis of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells"
  33. Muhanad K. Hajjawi, Ph.D., August 2007, Dissertation Title: "Advanced Turbulence Closures for a Scalable Parallel Implicit Unstructured Grid Algorithm"
  34. 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"
  35. Chad E. Burdyshaw, Ph.D., May 2006, Dissertation Title: "Achieving Automatic Concurrency Between Computational Field Solvers and Adjoint Sensitivity Codes"
  36. Brian K. Lambert, Ph.D., December 2004, Dissertation Title: "Development and Validation of a Time Accurate Algorithm for Low Mach Number Compressible Flow"

M.S.:

  1. Jeffrey D. Cox, M.S., August 2016, Thesis Title: "Error Analysis of Higher Order Time-Domain Finite Element Methods for the One-Dimensional Maxwell's Equations"
  2. Jamasp Azarnoosh, M.S., August 2016, Thesis Title: "CFD Simulation of the Airflow through the Human Respiratory Tract"
  3. Walied Hassan, M.S., December 2015, Thesis Title: "Blade Resolved Simulation of Wind Farms"
  4. Mary Barker, M.S., August 2015, Thesis Title: "The Development of an all Quadrilateral Boundary Conforming Mesh Generator for High Order Finite Elements"
  5. Adam Croft, M.S., May 2015, (Non-thesis)
  6. Benjamin Chambers, M.S., May 2015, (Non-thesis)
  7. Spencer Klagstad, M.S., December 2014, (Non-thesis)
  8. Ya’nan Gong, M.S., December 2014, Thesis Title: "Implementation of Two-Dimensional Time Accurate Flow Simulation on Moving Mesh Exploiting Mesh Rupturing"
  9. 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"
  10. Sean Smith, M.S., May 2014, (Non-thesis)
  11. Tony R. McDaniel, M.S., May 2014, Thesis Title: "A Numerical Investigation of Compressible Flow in a Curved S-Duct"
  12. Philip Wesley Fackler, M.S., December 2013, Thesis Title: "Physics-Based Point Placement by Particle Dynamics Simulation"
  13. Kristen Catherine Karman, M.S., December 2013, Thesis Title: "2-D CFD Design of the Cross-Sectional Shape of Arterial Stents"
  14. Xueying Zhang, M.S., October 2013, Thesis Title: "Higher-Order Petrov-Galerkin Methods for Analysis of Antennas"
  15. 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"
  16. Adam Cofer, M.S., December 2013, Thesis Title: "Validation of Interpolative Interfaces for Rotorcraft Applications"
  17. Weiyang Lin, M.S., May 2013, Thesis Title: "Computational Investigation of the Effects of Casing Treatments on the Performance of a Turbofan"
  18. Arash Ghasemi, M.S., May 2013, Thesis Title: "On the Theory of a Space-Time Solution Algorithm for Computational Science and Engineering"
  19. Guy Austin Flynt, M.S., May 2013, Thesis Title: "Computation of Heat Transfer in Turbine Rotor Blade Cooling Channels with Angled Rib Turbulators"
  20. Jessica Elaine Kress, M.S., December 2012, Thesis Title: "An Unstructured Grid Incompressible Navier-Stokes Algorithm for Convective Heat Transfer Based on Artificial Compressibility"
  21. Nicholas Szapiro, M.S., August 2012, Thesis Title: "Mesh Generation Using a Correspondence Distance Field"
  22. 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"
  23. John Steffan, M.S., December 2011, (Non-thesis)
  24. Cameron T. Druyor, Jr., M.S., August 2011, Thesis Title: "An Adaptive Hybrid Mesh Generation Method For Complex Geometries"
  25. Matthew David O'Connell, M.S., August 2011, Thesis Title: "Comparison Of Two Methods For Two Dimensional Unstructured Mesh Adaptation With Elliptic Smoothing"
  26. William Emerson Brock V, M.S., August 2011, Thesis Title: "Design Optimization Using CAD Parameterization Through CAPRI"
  27. Max David Collao, M.S., August 2011, Thesis Title: "Generation and Optimization of Spacing Fields"
  28. Jason A. Heacker, M.S., May 2011, Thesis Project Title: "A Study in Aerodynamic Drag Reduction for a Small Travel Trailer"
  29. Christian de la Peña, M.S., December 2010, (Non-thesis)
  30. Dawn Ellis, M.S., August 2010, (Non-thesis)
  31. Nicholas G. Currier, M.S., August 2010, Thesis Title: "A Hybrid Method for Flows in Local Chemical Equilibrium and Nonequilibrium"
  32. Benjamin C. Johnson, M.S., May 2010, Thesis Title: "A Numerical Investigation of S-Duct Flows with Boundary-Layer Ingestion"
  33. Jacob Chackasseril Varghese, M.S., December 2009, Thesis Title: "Sonic Boom Prediction Methods Using Feature-Based Adaptation of Unstructured Meshes"
  34. Melissa Graves-Brook, M.S., May 2009, (Non-thesis)
  35. Justin Whitt, M.S., April 2009, Thesis Title: "Unstructured, Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes Model of the NREL Phase VI Wind Turbine"
  36. Christopher Bruce Hilbert, M.S., April 2009, Thesis Title: "A Lawson-like Algorithm for the Triangulation of Points in Three-Dimensions"
  37. Matthew Jackson, M.S., August 2008, (Non-thesis)
  38. Ryan Hulguin, M.S., August 2008, Thesis Title: "Direct Numerical Solution of Nonlinear Model Boltzmann Equations"
  39. 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
  40. Vincent C. Betro, M.S., August 2007, Thesis Title: "Parallel Hierarchical 2D Unstructured Mesh Generation with General Cutting
  41. Brent J. C. Mitchell, M.S., May 2007, Thesis Title: "A Nonmatching and Sliding Interface Method for Unstructured Flow Simulations"
  42. Robert Glenn Brook, M.S., December 2004, (Non-thesis)
  43. James Beasley, M.S., December 2004, Thesis Title: "Validation of an Unstructured Flow Solver for Oblique Shocks and Expansion Fans"