Principal Investigator

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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 2011, in Mechanical Engineering. In 2011 he was appointed Assistant Research Scientist in the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU (working with Andrew Majda) and joined MIT as a faculty in 2013.

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:





Antoine Blanchard is a post-doctoral researcher working on reduced-order modeling of fluid flows. He received his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) in 2017. His dissertation focused on computational and analytical studies of vortex-induced vibration of bluff bodies with nonlinear and dissipative attachments. Prior to joining Illinois, Antoine received his B.S. and M.S. from Ecole Centrale in France. His research interests include nonlinear dynamics and computational fluid mechanics.

ablanch [at] | Room: TBD | Phone: 617-253-TBD | 




  Graduate students   


Zhong Yi Wan is a fourth-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 third-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 second-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: 5-424 | Phone: 617-324-7509


Alexis-Tzianni Charalampopoulos is a first-year graduate student. He received a Diploma in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, where he worked on the numerical implementation of a Hamiltonian reformulation for the fully nonlinear irrotational water-wave problem. He is interested in studying fluid mechanics from a theoretical and numerical point of view.
alexchar [at] | Room: 5-424 | Phone: 617-324-7509 


LT Kevin Stevens, USCG is a second year graduate student in the Naval Construction and Engineering program. He graduated from the US Coast Guard Academy in 2011 with a B. S. in Mechanical Engineering and served two years as a student engineer aboard USCGC RESOLUTE (WMEC 620). He then served three years in Boston as a Port Engineer where he planned and oversaw depot level maintenance activities aboard the Coast Guard's New England fleet of seventeen ice-breakers and buoy tenders. He is currently studying ship structures and structural health monitoring.
kwsteven [at] | 


LCDR Sjaak de Vlaming is a third year graduate student in the Naval Construction and Engineering program. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2005 with a B.S. in Mathematics. LCDR de Vlaming served aboard the USS Los Angeles (SSN 688) and subsequently transitioned to Engineering Duty. He is currently studying data capture methods for shipyard maintenance.
sjaak [at] | 


Administrative Assistant 


Barbara Smith

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