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 (Fall 2020 Updates)
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.
Tatsu is a postdoctoral scholar at Notre Dame and is originally from Fukuoka, Japan. Tatsu received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Tokyo University of Science and received his Ph.D degrees in Aerospace Engineering from University of Notre dame in the spring of 2020. He worked as a design engineer in IHI Inc, a jet engine company in Japan. After working for two years, he joined our group in the spring of 2016. His research topic is the development of a new differential pressure measurement technique using PSP sensors.
Mitsu is a graduate student at Notre Dame and is originally from Japan. He is majoring in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. He received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kanagawa Institute of Technology in 2013, and his M.S. also from Kanagawa Institute of Technology in 2015. 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.
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.
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.
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 is an undergraduate student from Taiwan, which makes this lab feel like home. He started working in the lab in the Spring semester of his sophomore year, and is involved in the water tunnel related topics, such as installing parts related to the water tunnel. Once completed, he will be working on some topics related to hydrophobic and hydrophilic coatings.
Gabi is a 5th year in the dual-degree engineering program between Saint Mary’s College and the University of Notre Dame originally from St. Petersburg, FL. She is majoring in Physics and Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Aerospace. She has previously conducted research at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and Notre Dame Physics Department. She is excited to start research in the Sakaue Laboratory in Fall 2020 and help to characterize temperature- and pressure-sensitive paint.
Allison is a current junior studying Aerospace Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. She’s from Yuma, Arizona and currently resides in Cavanaugh Hall. She started working in the Sakaue lab in the Fall of 2020, where she began research on a material coating that combines hydrophobicity and solar radiation to maximize de-icing.
Brendan is an undergraduate student at the University of Notre Dame originally from Westfield, NJ. He is studying Aerospace Engineering, and is currently a junior. Brendan joined the Sakaue Lab in Fall 2020, and is currently researching the development and characterization of pressure and temperature sensitive ice comparable to current pressure and temperature sensitive paint technologies.
Visiting Scholars/Visiting Students
Currently, there are no visiting scholars or visiting students.
Currently, there are no internship students.