Quinton Farr

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Quinton graduated with a M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Alberta in Fall 2016, and is now in pursuit of a PhD in Applied Math. Before starting the PhD program, his research was focused on applying PDE theory techniques to the equations of ferrohydrodynamics. At present, Quinton's research is focused on instabilities of fluid interfaces.

Mahdi Ghadiri

email:; Office:CAB 686;

Mahdi is a graduate student in pursuit of a PhD in Applied Math. Prior to coming to the U of A, he received his B.Sc. as the top student in Mechanical Engineering from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad. His research focus was on analytical nonlinear dynamics and vibration with an emphasis on mathematical modeling of nonlinear systems. Currently, Mahdi is studying pattern formation theory on time-dependent domains.

Hamed Habibi

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Hamed graduated with M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran. During his M.Sc. and B.Sc. studies, he has worked on different topics in fluid mechanics including nanofluids boiling and wind tunnel experiments. Currently, Hamed is studying high speed compressible phenomena.


Hans C. Mayer

email:; Office:#2311; Mailbox:#68

Hans graduated from the KFPL with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. He was working on a series of research projects with a common theme being interfacial fluid mechanics: flow visualization of dip coating (Landau-Levich problem), formation and retraction of soap films, and chemical reaction-driven tip-streaming with and without applied electric fields. Prior to UCSB, Hans was involved in microfluidic droplet generation research at Carnegie Mellon University. Currently, Hans is teaching at CalPoly.

Adam Morgan


Adam has received B.Sc. (Hon.) in Mathematical Physics, University of Alberta. In the summer of 2015 Adam was studying stability of elastic materials draped over solid bodies with the support of NSERC and Undergraduate Student Research Assistantship at the U of A.

Rory E. Hartong-Redden


Rory was a graduate student member of the KFPL in pursuit of a MS in Mechanical Engineering from 2012-2014 and successfully defended his MS entitled "Experimental apparatus for the study of Faraday waves on time-varying domains". Before that, Rory was an undergraduate researcher in the KFPL from 2009 - 2010. His focus was crown formation in the drop splash problem, specifically with respect to pattern identification. As part of the lab, he was instrumental in developing a high speed stereophotography setup including software. Rory has since graduated with a double B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Physics. The research work he performed with Dr. Krechetnikov as part of his Physics Honors Thesis was presented at the 2011 APS-DFD conference and published as an article in Physical Review E entitled “Pattern identification in systems with S(1) symmetry.”

Hassan Arbabi


Hassan was a graduate student member of KFPL. His research was within the area of analytical and computational fluid mechanics with the focus on the instability of boundary layers and channel flows. Prior to coming to UCSB, he was a graduate researcher at University of Tehran (Iran), working on the instability of pulsatile flow in the arteries. He is also a teaching assistant for the Fluid Mechanics course in the Mechanical Engineering department.

Fernando Corona


Fernando was working in the lab during Summer and Fall of 2012 as part of the CAMP Summer Research Apprenticeship Program. He was also working, along with Anthony Cazabat, on the high voltage discharge unit and was in charge of CAD drafting and manufacturing parts in the COE Machine Shop. Fernando is a senior in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UCSB.

Anthony Cazabat


Anthony is an undergraduate student working in the lab during Summer 2012 as part of the Internship in Nanosystems Science, Engineering, and Technology (INSET), an NSF supported program. He is helping to develop a new high voltage discharge unit for a variety of experiments planned for the lab. Anthony plans on attending CSU Northridge as a junior level student in the Mechanical Engineering Department starting in Fall 2012, and after graduation is interested in pursuing a career in industry.

Matthew Houlahan


Matt is a senior undergraduate performing research work in the laboratory as part of the College of Engineering Honors Program. During the Fall quarter of 2011 Matt was instrumental in the building and testing of an experimental setup to investigate gallium metal drop splash. The results of this study were presented as a 2011 APS-DFD Gallery of Fluid Motion poster (#P028). Matt also has a B.A. in Geology and eight years of industry experience as an environmental scientist and staff geologist. He graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2012 and is currently pursuing graduate studies in the field of Naval Architecture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Jamie Booth


Jamie is an undergraduate from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, who worked in the KFPL during the Winter and Spring quarters of 2011. He completed the 2010-2011 academic year at UCSB as part of the EAP Exchange Program and will graduate with combined B.Eng and M.Eng degrees from the University of Glasgow in 2013. While in the lab, Jamie helped with the design and construction of a new and improved soap film apparatus and developed the operating protocol for the equipment. He also performed many experiments aimed at characterizing the lifetime of soap films created using the apparatus. The experimental setup he helped to develop has been used for the study of the formation and evolution of straight edges of liquid sheets, which was the subject of a 2011 APS-DFD research talk and is currently in the manuscript preparation stage.

Ruben Diaz


Ruben is an undergraduate student who worked in the KFPL during the summer of 2010 as part of the CAMP Summer Research Apprenticeship Program. During his stay in the lab, Ruben worked on improving the chemical reaction-driven tipstreaming experimental setup and aided in experiments. His work on this subject was presented at the 2010 SACNAS national conference. His work on this subject, “Investigation of surfactant-laden pendant drops in electric fields”, was presented at the 2010 SACNAS national conference for which he received a Special Merit Award. Ruben will graduate with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2012.

Gilbran Alvarez


Gil is an undergraduate who worked in the KFPL during the summer of 2011 performing experiments related to the study of the formation and evolution of the straight edges of liquid sheets. His interests include microfluidics and applications of microfluidics for lab-on-chip medical diagnostic devices. Gil will be graduating with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in June 2012. In Fall 2012 he will be staring his graduate studies at Georgia Tech.

Amanuel M. Negash


Amanuel is an undergraduate student who worked in the KFPL during the summer of 2009 as part of the CAMP Summer Research Apprenticeship Program. During his stay in the lab, Amanuel worked on developing a soap film setup. His work on this subject was presented at 2009 Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). Amanuel graduated with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in Spring 2010 and is currently an engineer with Schlumberger Technologies.