Former Ph.D. Students

  • Prashanta Dutta, “Numerical Modeling of Electroosmotically Driven Flows in Complex Micro-Geometries,” 8/2001 (TAMU). Dr. Dutta is a Professor at Washington State University.

  • Cuneyt Sert, “Nonconforming Formulations with Spectral Element Methods,” 8/2003 (TAMU). Dr. Sert is an Associate Professor at Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.

  • Jungyoon Hahm, “Numerical Modeling of Electrophoretic Transport in Micro-Scales,” 8/2005 (TAMU). Dr. Hahm is a research engineer at Samsung, South Korea.

  • Ashwin Balasubrahmanian, “Design of a microfluidic system for capture and concentration of microbial contaminants from recycled water,” 5/2007 (TAMU). Currently, Applied Sciences Group Leader and Product Development Engineer-IV at Lynntech Inc in TX.

  • Pradipkumar Bahukudumbi, “Energy landscape and electric field mediated interfacial colloidal assembly,” 5/2007 (TAMU). Currently, senior engineer at Milliken and Co in SC.

  • Ho Jun Kim, “Theoretical and Numerical Studies of Chaotic Mixing,” 5/2008 (TAMU). Currently, chief engineer at Samsung, S. Korea.

  • Seungkyung Park, “Electrokinetic and Acoustic Manipulations of Colloidal and Biological Particles”, 12/2008 (TAMU). Currently Assistant Professor at Korea University of Technology and Education.

  • BoHung Kim, “Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Heat Transfer in Nanoscale Confined Liquid Films,” 5/2009 (TAMU). Currently an Assistant Professor at University of Ulsan S. Korea.

  • Ahmet Can Sabuncu, “Microfluidic Dielectric Spectroscopy,” 12/2011 (ODU). Currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at SMU.

  • Murat Barisik, “Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Nano-Scale Confined Gas Flows,” 5/2012 (ODU). Assistant Professor at Izmir Institute of Technology, Turkey. 

  • Jafar Ghorbanian, “Thermal-Fluid Transport Phenomena in Nano-Scale Liquid Flows,” 5/2017 (SMU). Currently, Dev/Research Engineering Specialist at Caterpillar, USA.

  • Alper Tunga Celebi, "Molecular Dynamics Studies on Nanoscale Confined Liquids"12/2018 (SMU). Currently, Research Associate at Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.

  • Amin Mansoorifar, "Impedance-Based Microfluidic Platform for Quantitative Biology",  8/2019 (SMU). Currently, Research Associate at Oregon Health and Science University, USA.

  • Anil Koklu, "Investigation of the Electrode Polarization Effect for Biosensor Applications", 8/2019 (SMU). Currently, Research Associate at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia.

  • Chinh Thanh Nguyen, "Graphene-Based Water Desalination Using Atomistic Simulations",  12/2019 (SMU). Currently, Research Associate at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Former Masters Students

  • Imtiaz Ahmed, “Simulation of Gas Flows Through Micro-Constrictions,” 5/2001 (TAMU).

  • Saurabh Kumar, “Numerical Simulation of Micro-Fluidic Passive and Active Mixers,” 8/2002 (TAMU).

  • Pradipkumar Bahukudumbi, “A Phenomenological Model for Rarefied Gas Flows in Thin-Film Slider Bearings,” 12/2002 (TAMU).

  • Ho Jun Kim, “Numerical Simulation of Chaotic Advection and Mixing in Microfluidic Systems,” 8/2004 (TAMU).

  • Tejas Jagdish Shah, “Online Parameter Estimation Applied to Mixed Conduction/Radiation Heat Transfer,” 5/2005 (TAMU).

  • Srinivas Cherla, “Design Testing and Optimization of a Microfluidic Device for Capture and Concentration of Bacteria,” 8/2005 (TAMU).

  • Bo Hung Kim, “A Graphical Preprocessing Interface for Nonconforming Spectral Element Solvers,” 8/2006 (TAMU).

  • Hae June Kim, “Microfluidic Emulsification in Electric Field,” 5/2007.

  • Ziyuan Shi, “Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Thermal Resistance at the Solid/Liquid Interface,” 5/2011 (ODU).

  • William Rosen, “Micro-PIV Measurements of Induced Charge Electroosmotic Flows” 5/2013 (ODU).

  • Dan Riley, “Inertial Microfluidics” 5/2013 (ODU).

  • Arindam Ghosh, “Micro-Scale Dielectric Spectroscopy of Biological Cells,” 12/2013 (ODU)

  • Anil Koklu “Different Materials for Decreasing Impedance at the Electrolyte/Electrode Interface” (December 2015, SMU)

Former Undergraduate Students

  • Michelle Nunnally, “Directed Studies on MEMS, CFD Simulations and Mesh Generation,” Spring and Summer, 1999.

  • Melinda Aban, “Numerical Study of Fluid/Structure Interaction for Tensible and Distensible Aneurysms,” TAMU Undergraduate Summer Research Program, 6/99-8/99.

  • Silas Barta, “Artificial Intelligence based CFD Algorithms,” Spring 2002.

  • Ozgur Bozkurt, “Design of a Microfluidic System for Capture and Concentration of Microbial Contaminants from Drinking/Recycled Water,” Summer 2003.

  • Wesley Mock “Design of a microfluidic system for capture and concentration of microbial contaminants from recycled water,” Fall 2004- Spring 2005.

  • John Harris, “Design of a microfluidic system for capture and concentration of microbial contaminants from recycled water,” Summer 2005.

  • Haree Pallera, ODU 2010-2011

  • Xavier-Lewis Palmer, ODU 2010-2013

  • Mark Levenstein, ODU 2010-2013 (Currently Fulbright Scholar and Ph.D. student at Leeds University)

  • Elise Lebiga, SMU 2014, Currently UTSW Medical Center

  • Brook Jensen, SMU Senior, Texas Tech Medical School in Fall 2017   

Principal Investigator

B.S.M.E., Middle East Technical University, M.S.M.E., Purdue University, M.S.E., Ph.D., Princeton University

My research concentrates on the theory, experiments and numerical modeling of micro- and nano-scale thermal/fluidic transport processes, which have applications in bio-microfluidics, nanotechnology and energy systems.


Shide Bakhtiari

PhD Student

B.S., Sharif University of Technology

M.S., Khajeh Nasir Toosi University of Technology (KNTU)
Microfabrication, cell characterization, dielectric spectroscopy, Numerical Methods in Biological Sciences

PhD Student

B.S., Shiraz University

M.S., Shiraz University
Microfabrication, cell characterization, dielectric spectroscopy, Finite Element Simulation of micro/nano phenomena


Visiting Researcher

B.S., Ph.D., Middle East Technical University

Thin Film Evaporation, Droplet Evaporation, Molecular Dynamics , Spectral Element Method


Visiting Researcher

B.S., Yildiz Technical University,

M.S., Ph.D., Istanbul Technical University

Numerical Methods, Heat&Fluid Flow

Visiting Research Associate Professor

B.S., Yonsei University, M.S., Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Molecular Dynamics & Nanoscale Solid/Gas/Liquid Flow and Heat Transfer, Numerical Methods, Molecular Neuroscience