Taira Lab - Computational Fluid Dynamics

Our group studies a variety of fluid mechanics problems with research interests in the areas of computational fluid dynamics, flow control, network theory, and unsteady aerodynamics. Our studies leverage numerical simulations performed on high-performance computers.

From January 2019, the Taira research group will join the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UCLA. Graduate student applicants should visit here for details on how to apply.

Point of Contact: Kunihiko Taira
Mechanical Engineering, Florida A&M University/Florida State University
email: ktaira[at]fsu.edu, tel: +1-850-645-0140, office: AME 216, lab: AME 107, map: pdf
CV: [pdf], Google Scholar: [link]

Current members:

Kunihiko (Sam) Taira, Ph.D.

PI, Associate Professor [CV]

Ph.D. 2008, M.S. 2003 (California Institute of Technology); B.S. 2002 (University of Tennessee, Knoxville).

Research interests: CFD, flow control, unsteady aerodynamics, network theory.

Hui-Chun (Melody) Wu

Laboratory Adminstrator 2018-

M.S. 2010 (Taipei Medical U); B.S. 2007 (Taipei Medical U).

Research interests: bioinformatics, neuroscience, anatomy

Qiong Liu, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate 2016-

Ph.D 2016, M.S. 2014 (U Politécnica de Madrid); M.S. 2011 (Northwestern Polytechnical U); B.S. 2008 (Shenyang Aerospace U).

Research interests: Flow stability, transition, flow control.

Kai Zhang, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate 2017-

Ph.D 2017, M.S. 2014 (Yokohama National Univ); B.S. 2011 (Xi'an Jiao Tong Univ).

Research interests: Aerodynamics, flow induced vibrations, flow control.

Chi-An Yeh, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate 2018-; Graduate Research Assistant 2013-2018

Ph.D. 2018 (Florida State U); M.S. 2010 (National Taiwan U); B.S. 2006 (National Chiao Tung U).

Research interests: Flow stability/control, unsteady aero.

Muralikrishnan Gopalakrishnan Meena

Graduate Research Assistant (Ph.D.) 2015-

B.Tech. 2014 (Cochin University of Science and Technology).

Research interests: Network theory, flow control, reduced-order modeling, turbulence.

Jean Helder Marques Riberiro

Graduate Research Assistant (Ph.D.) 2018-

M.S. 2017 (University of Campinas); B.S. 2014 (Federal University of Minas Gerais).

Research interests: CFD, modal analysis.

Brener d'Lélis Oliveira Ramos

Visiting Graduate Student 2018

From University of Campinas.

B.E. 2017 (University of Campinas).

Research interests: CFD, numerical methods, LES, unsteady aerodynamics, transition.

Kai Fukami

Visiting Graduate Student 2018-19

From Keio University.

B.S. 2018 (Keio University).

Research interests: Turbulence, machine learning.

Orion Yeung

Undergraduate Research Assistant 2017-

Research interests: CFD, network theory.

Past Members (Graduate Students):

Aditya G. Nair, Ph.D.

Graduate Research Assistant 2013-2018.

Ph.D. 2018 (Florida State University); M.S. 2012 (University of Michigan); B.E. 2011 (Mumbai University).

Research interests: CFD, network theory, hydrodynamic stability, model reduction.

Yiyang Sun, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate 2017-18; Graduate Research Assistant 2012-17.

Ph.D. 2017 (Florida State University); B.S. 2012 (Huazhong University of Science and Technology).

Research interests: CFD, LES, flow control, hydrodynamic stability.

Phillip M. Munday, Ph.D.

Graduate Research Assistant 2011-17.

Ph.D. 2017, B.S. 2011 (Florida State University).

Research interests: CFD, LES, flow control, hydrodynamic stability.

Ryan T. Jantzen

Graduate Research Assistant 2012-14.

M.S. 2014, B.S. 2012 (Florida State University).

Research interests: Unsteady aerodynamics, vortex dynamics.

Past Members (Postdocs):

Yiyang Sun, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate 2017-18; Graduate Research Assistant 2012-17.

Ph.D. 2017 (Florida State University); B.S. 2012 (Huazhong University of Science and Technology).

Research interests: CFD, LES, flow control, hydrodynamic stability.

Matthew Jemison, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate 2014-16.

Ph.D. 2014, M.S. 2011, B.S. 2009 (Florida State University).

Research interests: CFD, fluid-structure interaction, immersed boundary methods.

Alejandro Rivera-Alvarez, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate 2014-15.

Research interests: Stability analysis, networks.

Past Members (Visitors):

Byungjin An, Ph.D.

Visiting Scholar 2018.

From Ebara Corporation.

Research interests: CFD, flow control.

Past Members (Undergraduate Students):

Caroline Walker

Undergraduate Research Assistant 2017-18.

B.S. 2018 (Florida State University).

Research interests: Aeroelasticity, aerodynamics.

Tyler Pilet

NSF-REU Student 201.7

Research interests: Bubble dynamics.

Asiegbu Kanu-Asiegbu

NSF-REU Student 2016.

Research interests: Martian aerodynamics.

Peter Van Brussel

Undergraduate Research Assistant 2015.

Research interests: Synthetic jets.

Brandon Gusto

Undergraduate Research Assistant 2014-2015.

Research interests: Asymptotic methods.

Daniel Canuto

Undergraduate Research Assistant/NSF-REU Student 2013-2014.

B.S. 2014 (Florida State University).

Research interests: Compressible cylinder flow.

Matthew Boebinger

NSF-REU Student 2014 (Co-advised with Prof. Shih).

Research interests: Biological locomotion.

John-Paul Milton

NSF-REU Student 2014 (Co-advised with Prof. Alvi).

Research interests: Swirling jets.

Colby Borchetta

Undergrad Research Assistant/NSF-REU Student 2012-2013.

Research interests: Unsteady aerodynamics.

Bereket Abraham

NSF-REU Student 2012.

Research interests: Unsteady bluff body flows.

Casey Brown

Undergraduate Research Assistant 2012.

Research interests: Unsteady aerodynamics.