Yussuf Ali

Yussuf Ali, Software Research Engineer

I am Software Research Engineer in the High-Performance Computing (HPC) field. My role is to add new features, fix bugs and maintain the HPC codes of the S2T Unit. Before joining OIST I was a HPC software engineer at the Visible Information Center and a cooperate researcher at the Center for Computational Science and e-Systems at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency in the Kanto region. I am interested in large scale distributed computing, numerical algorithms and GPU computing. Beside work I enjoy bouldering, football and learning Japanese.

Saori Chappell

Saori Chappell, Research Unit Assistant

My role is to support the unit members to achieve their objectives from the administrative side and to ensure smooth running of the unit. I enjoy getting to know everyone's projects and the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. Originally from Okinawa, I spent 10 years living in London, UK. With a background in post-production, I have a wide-ranging administrative experience as subtitle coordinator. Outside of work, I enjoy art, travel and spending time with my family and friends.

Andre Krichikov

Andre Krichikov, Data Scientist

My role is to support the Unit's Research in Data Science by creating software solutions for validating scientific models and delivering data-driven insights. I am currently focused on implementing a mobile app powered by an enterprise services platform to gather high volumes of data for optimizing traffic flow for self-driving cars. Additionally, I will facilitate integrated software eco-systems to augment HPC data analysis in various domains. Before joining OIST, I was building software and leading teams for 21+ years to support multiple industries in California. I enjoy fishing, martial arts and being a dad.

David Lusher

David Lusher, Post-doctoral Researcher
Non-equilibrium thermodynamic effects on turbulence

I am a post-doctoral researcher in the Shocks, Solitons, and Turbulence (S2T) unit. Originally from the UK, my background is in compressible fluid dynamics and scientific software development. Prior to joining OIST, I completed a PhD and worked as a post-doc in the Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics group at the University of Southampton. My PhD work focused on confinement effects for shockwave/boundary-layer interactions (SBLI), and the development of the OpenSBLI automatic code-generation framework. At OIST I work on non-ideal gas and non-equilibrium effects for shock/turbulence interactions. Applications of this research include turbomachinery and power production using fluids of high molecular complexity, and aerodynamics for planetary space exploration. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, air shows, and the gym.

Adel Rodriguez

Adel Rodriguez, Post-doctoral Researcher
Energy transfers in shallow-water equations

I completed my bachelor's and master's in mechanical engineering at the National University of Colombia. Later, I received my Ph.D. in applied mathematics from KAUST in Saudi Arabia on the study of immiscible incompressible fluids using structure-preserving discretizations. I became a postdoctoral fellow at OIST in the MMMU in 2018 where my research was focused on modeling multi-phase systems with phase-field equations. As part of the Shocks, Solitons, and Turbulence unit I will be studying energy transfers associated with tidal flows.

Stephen Winn

Stephen Winn, PhD student visiting from Imperial College London
Shocks in non-ideal fluids

I am a PhD student in the Mechanical Engineering Department of Imperial College London. I'm currently at OIST as Special Research Student in the Shocks, Solitons and Turbulence Unit. Before starting my PhD, I completed an MSc at Imperial College London in Mechanical Engineering and an M.Eng at ENSEEIHT, France, specialised in fluid dynamics. During my stay at OIST, I am numerically studying non-ideal effects (i.e. departure from the ideal pV=nRT law) in supersonic nozzles and non-ideal effects in energy transfers through curved shocks. In my downtime, I enjoy cycling around Okinawa taking in the sights and looking for new snorkeling spots!

Past members

  • 2020-2021: Alicia Murga, Post-doctoral Researcher. Shocks in traffic flows
  • 2020-2020: Himani Garg, Post-doctoral Researcher. Shocks in plasmas
  • 2020-2020: Hoshu Hiyane, Rotation Student. Shocks in Bose-Einstein condensates