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.

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. Luke Collyer-Hoar

As part of my Mathematics Masters at Imperial College London, my thesis focussed on finding solutions to the Dirac equation in the presence of abelian BPS monopoles using the Nahm transform. I also undertook a project in which I attempted to find solitary waves in an inviscid fluid between two horizontal plates with an electric field passed between. At OIST I hope to develop my work on fluids and as such my first lab rotation in the “Complex Fluid and Flows” unit is concerned with producing a numerical simulation of a fluid between two elastic solid boundaries with a periodic pressure difference. In my spare time I enjoy reading history and philosophy, playing and watching football, and in general 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.