Principal Investigator

Sapsis 01


Themistoklis (Themis) Sapsis is the Doherty Associate Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering. He received his Diploma from National Technical University of Athens – School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in 2005 and his PhD from MIT in 2010, in Mechanical Engineering. In 2011 he was appointed Assistant Research Scientist in the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU (working with Andrew Majda).

sapsis [at] | Room: 5-318 | Phone: 617-324-7508 | Fax: 617-253-8689 | Calendar



Post-Doctoral Researchers  



Mohammad Farazmand is a post-doctoral researcher working on the quantification of extreme events in fluid flows. He received his Ph.D. in 2014 in Mathematics from ETH where he worked on a variational approach to coherent structures in unsteady dynamical systems. He then spent one year as a postdoctoral fellow in Georgia Institute of Technology (School of Physics) where he worked on adjoint-based approaches for determining invariant solutions to Navier-Stokes equations.

mfaraz [at] | Room: 5-318 | Phone: 617-253-5546 | Web:




  Graduate students  


Jocelyn Kluger (co-advised with Alex Slocum) is a fifth-year PhD student studying ambulatory vibration energy harvesting in the context of nonlinear energy transfer. Jocelyn received her Bachelors of Science from Cornell University in 2012. As an undergraduate at Cornell University, she worked on the Vibro-wind Project: using the wind-induced vibration of blunt bodies attached to piezoelectric cantilevers to generate electricity. Jocelyn is a National Science Foundation Fellow. 

jociek [at] | Room: 5-424 | Phone: 617-324-7509 | Website




Mustafa Mohamad is a fourth-year graduate student working on the quantification of extreme events in random waves and mechanical systems. Before coming to MIT, he attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received a B.S. in Engineering Mechanics with a minor in Math. During his undergraduate years he conducted research on the mechanics of poroelastic materials. His main academic interests lie in the area of fluid mechanics.

mmohamad [at] | Room: 5-424 | Phone: 617-324-7509





Zhong Yi Wan is a third-year graduate student studying data-driven, reduced-order modeling of extreme events in turbulent systems. He is pursuing a Doctoral degree in Computation for Design and Optimization (CDO). Before joining MIT, Zhong received his Bachelor of Applied Science degree from University of Toronto in Canada, majoring in Aerospace Engineering. His other interests include numerical techniques, machine learning methods and stochastic modeling.

zhongyi [at] | Room: 5-424 | Phone: 617-324-7509 




Saviz Mowlavi is a second-year graduate student. He has graduated with a Master in Mechanical Engineering from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. He is mainly interested in fluid mechanics from a theoretical perspective, and has carried out analytical and numerical research on the spatio-temporal stability of the von Kármán vortex street. He has also investigated the fluid mechanics of swallowing during an internship at the Nestlé Research Center.
smowlavi [at] | Room: 5-424 | Phone: 617-324-7509 


Stephen Guth is a first-year graduate student studying the nature of rare events, especially in random waves. He received his bachelors' at the University of Maryland in Math and Physics, and then studied both fluid Eulerian indicators as well as laser propagation in maritime environments at the United States Naval Academy.
sguth [at] | Room: 5-423 | Phone: 410-271-8395


LT Jessica Olena is a third-year graduate student in the US Navy’s Naval Construction and Engineering Program at MIT.  She graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering. Before coming to MIT, she served as a Surface Warfare Officer onboard USS CHANCELLORSVILLE (CG 62) and USS KIDD (DDG 100). She will graduate in 2017 with Master’s Degrees in Mechanical and Naval Engineering.
jjolena [at]
Administrative Assistant 


Barbara Smith

bsmith [at] | Room: 5-320 | Phone: 617-253-0137  




Graduate Students
Han Kyul Joo (2012-2017) MSc '14, PhD '17, [Quantitative Strategist, Goldman Sachs]
Hessam Babaee (2013-2016) [Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh]
Will Cousins
(2013-2015) [Data Analyst, Sport Industry]
Undergraduate Students
Trevor Day, UROP (2015)
Katy Evans, UROP (2014)
Henry Merrow, UROP (2014)
Visiting Students
Sylvain Truong, Graduate Student, Ecole des Mines de Paris, (Fall 2013)
Visiting Professors
Prof. Francesco Romeo, La Sapienza, Italy, (Summer 2014)