Our lab consists of a principal investigator, graduate and undergraduate students, internship students, and visiting scholars. Members of the lab are passionate about research and have a wide variety of interests, ranging from icing research to luminescent sensors to drag reducing surface coatings. Our group is always looking for motivated students who share an interest in understanding challenging problems with an appreciation for interdisciplinary study. Please contact us if you are interested or have any questions.

Lab Members (Summer 2022 Updates)

Principal Investigator

Hirotaka Sakaue
Hirotaka Sakaue is the principal investigator of this laboratory. He joined the University of Notre Dame as an associate professor in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department in 2015. He is originally from Japan and spent many years working for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), where he served as a mentor and adviser to many students.

Postdoctoral Scholars

Mitsugu Hasegawa
Mitsu is a postdoctoral scholar at Notre Dame and is originally from Kanagawa, Japan. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Kanagawa Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D degrees in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from University of Notre dame in the Fall 2020. He conducted a research on in-cloud icing, particularly the development and evaluation of novel anti-/de-icing concept. Since 2015 Mitsu has been working on the research project which focuses on flow control using hair-like structure.

Graduate Students

Daiki Kurihara
Daiki joined our group in the spring of 2017 after receiving his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tokyo University of Science. He worked in the lab as a visiting student in summer 2015. He is originally from Tokyo, Japan. His research topic is the development of a novel motion-capturing pressure measurement technique using PSP sensors.

Joseph Gonzales
Joe is a graduate student originally from Woodbridge, VA, working toward his PhD in Aerospace Engineering. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2019 with his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, and spent 2 years of his undergrad working on the development of de-icing technologies in the Sakaue Lab. His current research is focused on the development and characterization of hypersonic flow measurement techniques using pressure and temperature sensitive paints.

Masafumi Yamazaki
Zakky joined Sakaue Lab in the fall of 2020. He is originally from Saitama, Japan. He received B.S. in Applied Physics from Tokyo University of Science and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Kanagawa Institute of Technology. He has worked on icing problems and mitigation techniques in aviation and wind energy field. He works on the elucidation of the freezing mechanism of a supercooled water droplet.

Andrew Chen
Andrew is a graduate student originally from Taipei, Taiwan, working towards his PhD in Aerospace Engineering. He graduated in 2021 with a BS in Aerospace Engineering and have spent two years in undergrad working on different topics in Sakaue Lab. His next challenge is on determining the effects of microfiber on leading edge vortices on delta wings.

Undergraduate Students

Korey Walters
Korey is a junior studying aerospace engineering. He is from Syracuse, New York and currently lives in Keough Hall.  Korey joined the lab in the fall of 2021 and is currently working on the development of High-temperature sentive paints.

Owen Duffy
Owen is a Junior in Mechanical Engineering from Saint Charles, Illinois. In the fall of 2021, he began work in Sakaue’s lab researching luminescence of temperature sensitive solutions that are used in high-velocity impact experiments.

Christopher Peterson
Christopher Peterson is an undergraduate student at the University of Notre Dame studying Aerospace Engineering and Theology. He is from Roanoke, Illinois, and resides in Dunne Hall while on campus. Christopher joined the Sakaue Lab during the Spring 2022 semester to research heat transfer of blade contact on ice using luminescent imaging techniques.

Vincent DiFilippo
Vince is a rising junior Aerospace Engineering major from Cleveland, Ohio. He joined the lab in the spring of 2021 and is studying the noise reduction of a propeller due to a hair-like microfiber coating.

Nicholas Slusher
Nick is a junior studying Aerospace Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. He is from Columbia, MO, and currently lives in Keenan Hall. Nick joined the Sakaue Lab in January 2021 and is currently researching the effects of temperature on anodized aluminum pressure-sensitive paint.

Visiting Scholars/Visiting Students

Currently, there are no visiting scholars/students.

Internship Students

Currently, there are no internship students.

Past Members

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