Principle Investigator: Sarah Beetham, PhD
I am an assistant professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering at Oakland University. My research focuses on understanding and modeling complex, 'messy' fluid flows, particularly those with societal importance. I obtained my PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Scientific Computing from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2021.
Prior to completing her PhD, Dr. Beetham was a safety & restraints design engineering at Nissan Technical Center and a small gas engine calibration engineer at General Motors, Milford Proving Ground. She also holds an MFA in Creative writing and has a passion for effectively communicating science to people of all technical background and abilities.
PhD in Mechanical Engineering & Scientific Computing
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (July 2021)
MFA in Creative Writing
University of Southampton, UK (2010-2011)
BSE in Mechanical Engineering
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2006-2010)
Emily Foster, PhD Candidate
Emily Foster holds a BSE (2018) and MSE degree (2019) in mechanical engineering from Lawrence Technological University. She currently works for Ford Motor Company as a research and advancement engineer. Her research interests are fluid mechanics, controls, and modeling & simulation.
Project: Simulation and modeling of pyroclastic density currents
Madhumita Chilakalapudi, PhD pre-candidate
Madhumita Chilakalapudi holds a Bachelor of Technology (2015) from GITAM University in India and a Master of Science (2018) degree from Staffordshire University in the U. K. She has experience with biogas combustor designing in micro gas turbine gensets and she also has expertise in FEA, airframe designing, material structual simulation and modelling. Her major research interests are biofuel production from organic wastes, renewable energy, bio energy, simulation and modelling.
Project: Heat transfer in wall-bounded, gas-solid flows
Lee Rosenberg, MSE in Mechanical Engineering student
Lee Rosenberg holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado Denver with a focus in Numerical Analysis and Numerical Linear Algebra. He is a mechatronic software engineer at Continental Automotive Group working on electronic brake systems with a focus on hydraulic actuation and active safety monitoring. He is currently pursuing a MSE in Mechanical Engineering at Oakland University with a targeted research focus of CFD simulation of multiphase flows. He is also a technical SCUBA diver and enjoys exploring shipwrecks in the great lakes and underwater cave systems.
Lauren Merrill, REU student (summer 2022)
Lauren Merrill attends Belmont University where she is pursuing a degree in Biology with an emphasis in Ecology and Biodiversity and minors in Environmental Science and Economics. She is interested in sustainability research, specially energy. In her free time she enjoys exploring nature.
Noah Lemmons, REU student (summer 2022)
High School students
Eli Knaup, undergraduate researcher (summer 2023)
Eli currently attends Stoney Creek High School as a rising senior. He aspires to pursue a career in engineering and computer science. His interests include mathematics, engineering design, and programming. His passion for STEM catalyzed his involvement in research at Oakland University. Here Eli has collaborated with his twin brother Mason Knaup to create an automated cell counter for future researchers.
Mason Knaup, undergraduate researcher (summer 2023)
Mason Knaup is a rising senior from Stoney Creek High School. In the future, he aspires to have a STEM-based career. He is interested in computer science, mathematics, and engineering. Mason was given an opportunity to create software that aids researchers with cell counting at Oakland University. He has worked on this project alongside his twin brother Eli Knaup.