School of Engineering and Applied Science School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Computational Aero and Hydrodynamics Laboratory (CAHL)


Faculty and PI



Prof. Chunlei Liang

PhD Thesis: Large Eddy Simulation of Turbulent Flow and Heat Transfer in Tube bundles, 2005, University of London. Supervised by Dr. George Papadakis and Prof. Michael Yianneskis
Postdoc Research (NSF Project): High-order numerical methods for 3D unsteady viscous flows, Stanford University (2007-2009). Supervised by Prof. Antony Jameson
Engineering Research Associate: Modeling compressible turbulent flow combustion, Stanford University (2009-2010). Supervised by Prof. Parviz Moin
Engineering Research Associate: Modeling turbulent solar convection, Stanford University (2009-2010). Advised by Drs Nagi Mansour and Alexander Kosovichev.




PhD Students



Christopher Cox , co-advised with Prof. Michael Plesniak.

Chris Cox (MSc from Stanford) started from April 2011. He is funded by a Presidential Merit Fellowship.

Research Title: Turbulence modeling using spectral difference method






Daniel Wang

Daniel Wang (MSc from the University of Southern California) started from April 2011. He is funded by a NCAR Newkirk Fellowship.

Research Title: Massively parallel simulation of compressible flow in solar convection zone






Andrew S. DeJong

Andrew (MSc from GWU) started as a PhD student from Fall 2012.

Research Title: High-fidelity simulation of a novel wind energy converter.








Bin Zhang

Bin (MSc from Notre Dame) starts from September 2012.

Research Title: High-order methods for turbulent flow in a rotor/stator system









Mao LI

Mao joined our group as a Ph.D. student from Fall 2014.

Research Title: Parallel Method for an Unstructured Incompressible Flow Solver








Jingjing Yang

Mr. Yang (MSc Purdue University Calumet) started from June 2012.

Research Title: Adaptive grid method for supersonic flow








William Jessup

Mr. William Jessup is co-advised by Professor James D. Lee.

Research Title: Develop a novel framework of Fluid-Structure Interaction









Starson Liangwei Li

Liangwei received his M.S. degree from GWU in May 2013.

Research Title: Unstructured Finite-Volume Method for Incompressible Flow













Xiaoliang Zhang

Xiaoliang will start in Fall 2014. He earned his MS degree from Northwestern Polytechnical University, China.

Research Title: Nonlinear Finite Element Method, and Fluid-Structure Interaction












Shantanu Bailoor

From IIT, Mumbai, India.

Research Title: Fluid-Structure Interaction














Master Students



Caleb Yow

Caleb is a MS student starting in August 2014.

Research Title: Flapping wing aerodynamics.












Xianyang Yang

Xianyang is a MS student starting in August 2014.

Research Title: Design a robotic turtle.










Undergraduate Students



Matthew Moore

Matt is a sophermore student in GWU.

Research Title: Shock capturing on moving grid









Hung-Jen Wu

Hung-Jen is a senior student in GWU.

Research Title: Parallel simulation of shallow water flow









Matt Glasstone

Matt is a junior student in GWU.

Research Title: Biomechanics modeling







Former Students



James Chen, co-advised with Prof. James Lee

James Chen received his MSc degree from National Taiwan University. He was a PhD student in CAHL from July 2010 to March 2011. He successfully defended his PhD dissertation on March 11, 2011.

Dissertation Title: Micropolar Electromagnetic Fluids: Theory and Simulation.

Current job: Assistant Professor at Penn State University, Altoona.







Todd Dillon

Todd is a senior student in GWU. He received a SEAS undergraduate summer research fellowship 2012-2013.

Research Title: Biomechanics modeling

First job after graduation: Engineer at QuEST Global Services, Inc.









Meryll Grace Castro

Meryll graduted from Emma Willard School, Troy, NY.

Research Title: Biomechanics modeling







Raj Pawar

Raj was a M.S. student. He worked in CAHL in the summer of 2013.

Research Title: Biomechanics modeling.







Zheng Xu

Zheng was a MS student 2013-2014.

Research Title: Flapping wing aerodynamics.









Visiting PhD Students





Ivan Dario Arroyave Zuluaga

Ivan Dario received his MSc degree from the Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico. He studied in CAHL from Jan. 2012 to Jan 2013.

Research Title: Diesel engine combustion modeling






Prospective undergraduate students

    We developed several in-house codes. Undergraduate students are also welcome to join our development team.