Members

Postdoctoral Scholar

Dr. Alessandro Monti

I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at Okinawa Institute of Technology (OIST, Okinawa - Japan), in the Complex Fluids and Flows Unit. My research focuses on the study of multiphase flows, turbulent flows and Non-Newtonian fluids with the goal of characterising their basic phenomena originated by their multi-physics and multi-scale nature. Complex fluids are linked to many industrial applications ranging from pharmaceutical processes to personal care and food industries, including plastics and polymers more in general. The study is tackled via numerical simulations. A new code with novel methods to model such complex physics is written to run on CPU and GPU clusters with modern parallelisation techniques.

Dr. Stefano Olivieri

I was born and grew up in Genoa, Italy. I graduated in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering and completed my PhD in Fluid Dynamics and Environmental Engineering at the University of Genoa. My background mainly concerns with fluid-structure interactions (FSI) and particle-laden flows. In May, 2020 I joined the Complex Fluids and Flows Unit at OIST as a Postdoctoral Scholar. My current research deals with FSI and complex fluids with a particular focus on turbulent flows, investigating these problems by means of large-scale numerical simulations. Topics include the interaction of flexible fibers with turbulence and energy harvesting from environmental flows, as well as the dynamics of particle suspensions and Non-Newtonian fluids. Beside work, I enjoy hiking, playing football, watching movies and discovering Okinawa and its culture.

Dr. Giovanni Soligo

I graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Udine in July 2016 and obtained my PhD in Fluid Dynamics in the framework of a joint doctoral program between the University of Udine (Italy) and TU Wien (Austria) in February 2020. My experience with multiphase flows started from particle-laden flows during my master thesis, which I developed in collaboration with Prof. Ugo Piomelli and Prof. Wen Wu at Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada). I then moved to flows laden with large and deformable drops covered with soluble surfactants during my PhD. My current topic of research involves non-Newtonian fluids both in laminar and turbulent regime; numerical simulations are used to investigate these complex flowing systems. When I am not working, I enjoy bouldering, hiking, reading and board game nights.

PhD Students

Mr. Ianto Cannon

I am interested in making simulations to investigate multiphase fluid flows. I also like cycling and surfing in Okinawa.

2018-present: PhD student at OIST, Japan
2017-18: Software developer at Photon Design, Oxford, UK
2016: Space weather research intern, British Antarctic survey, UK
2015: Photosynthesis research intern, Kyoto University, Japan

Mr. Mohamed Abdelgawad

I completed my Master in Mechanical Engineering at Saga University, Japan. My Master thesis focused on thermal management of hydrogen storage in metal hydride beds. I also worked on transition boiling and wetting propagation during jet impingement quenching on hot surfaces. Here in OIST, I am interested in studying interfacial phenomena and fluid flow interactions in microscale for any potential biological application. In CFF unit, I am doing a numerical simulation of droplet deformation in shear flows. Outside of work, I enjoy playing football, watching football games, running, and learning about wildlife.

Rotation Student

Mr. Patrick Clark

I studied in the University of Sheffield, with a thesis focused on modelling aneurysm formation at the terminus of the basilar artery-posterior cerebral artery junction. I looked at the formation of wall shear stress at the walls adjacent to a bifurcating flow; considering changes to the rheology of the blood mimicking fluid, the geometry of the physical model plus steady and unsteady state flow regimes. I undertook several smaller fluid mechanics project including a 2D study of airflow over a step, looking at the properties of recirculating flow in front of the step and calculating the reattachment point of the flow downstream from the step. At OIST I hope further develop my work on the mechanics of fluid flows, and as such my first lab rotation in the “Complex Fluids and Flows” unit is concerned with producing a numerical simulation of a turbulent fluid flow over an oscillating cylinder aligned perpendicular to the flow direction. In my spare time, I enjoy playing and watching football, as well as playing other sports and keeping active.

Research Unit Administrator

Ms. Megumi Ikeda

My duties are to assist unit members with any non-science problems so that they can excel with their academic work. My favorite part of my job is interacting with people and peeking at unit members while they struggle with overwhelming science!! I am also trying to understand what is "Complex Fluids and Flows" ??!!
Outside of work, I enjoy camping, biking and snorkeling.