Steven Claucherty, Fall 2015 – Summer 2020
Steve joined our group in the fall of 2015 and completed his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering in the summer of 2020 from the University of Notre Dame. He is originally from Royal Oak, Michigan. His research topic is the development of a new unsteady pressure-sensitive paint (PSP) with reduced temperature dependency. He is also interested in using PSP in traditionally challenging test environments. He now works as a post-doctoral researcher at Innovative Scientific Solutions Inc!
Wesley Patterson, Fall 2016 – Summer 2020
Wes completed his M.S. in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Notre Dame in the summer of 2020. In 2016, he received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Western Kentucky University where he conducted industry-sponsored research into thermal fluid sciences – particularly phase change processes. Later that year, Wesley began graduate work in the Sakaue Lab. He worked in using luminescent sensors for thermal fluid diagnostic applications and chemical flow control with a primary focus in supercooled surface icing phenomenon.
Yuichi Hirai, Summer 2017 – Spring 2018
Yuichi was a post-doctral scholar from Hokkaido University in Japan for 2017-2018. He was a post-doctral Scholars at Université Paris-Saclay in France for 2019-2020. He will be a researcher at NIMS-Tsukuba in Japan in the Spring of 2021.
James Kutufaris, Spring 2021
James was a sophomore studying Aerospace Engineering at Notre Dame. He started working in the Sakaue Laboratory in January 2021 and was designing and making a environmental chamber to control oxgen concentration for characterizing PSP sensors.
Quinn Gallagher, Spring 2021
Quinn was a sophomore studying Aerospace Engineering at Notre Dame. He started working in the Sakaue Laboratory in January 2021 and was focsuing on the measurment of luminous transmittance of optical filters.
Allison Taylor, Fall 2020 – Spring 2021
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 Kane, Fall 2020 – Spring 2021
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.
Gabrielle Beach, Fall 2020
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.
Marta Kernan, Spring 2019 – Spring 2020
Marta is a junior from Dayton, Ohio: the birthplace of aviation! She is attending Saint Mary’s College and the University of Notre Dame where she is studying Physics and Aerospace Engineering. She is super excited to start her first semester conducting research related to sensor characterization with the Sakaue Laboratory in the spring of 2019!
Neil Niere, Spring 2019 – Fall 2019
Neil is a sophomore studying Aerospace Engineering at Notre Dame. He’s from Olathe, Kansas, and currently resides in Stanford hall. He started working in the Sakaue Laboratory in January 2019 and will be researching cavity flow, analyzing pressure and sound data and implementing microfiber coatings to reduce flow separation/noise in areas within the cavity.
Joe is a current sophomore student originally from Columbus, Ohio, and majoring and Aerospace Engineering. He started in the Sakaue lab in January 2019, and is excited to be working on PSP and TSP characterization using a shock tube.
Jack Gorman, Spring 2018 – Spring 2019
Jack graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering in May 2020. Originally from Valhalla, New York, he joined Sakaue lab in January 2018. His first project involved researching methods to manufacture microfiber coatings of varying densities and angles. He then shifted to applying these microfiber coatings to propellers in an attempt to reduce noise generation. He now works as a Test Engineer at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
Michael Rogers, Spring 2018 – Fall 2019
Michael graduated from the University of Notre Dame in the class of 2019 with an undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he has been passionate about space and flight from a young age. Michael worked in the Sakaue lab from January of 2018 to Spring 2020. His main area of focus is the development of a drag reduction coating for airfoils using microfibers, specifically targeted at mitigating wing tip vortices and downwash. He now works as a system engineer at Raytheon.
Adam Matteson, Fall 2017 – Summer 2018
Adam Matteson joined our lab from Fall 2017 to Summer 2018. He worked on the development of experimental setup of cavity flow and the development of water pipe flow system.
Adam Mallette joined our lab from Fall 2017 to Spring 2018. He worked on the development of temperature sensitive coatings.
He now pursues his Ph.D. at University of Houston.
Alex joined our lab from Fall 2017 to Fall 2018.
Matthew joined our lab from Fall 2017 to Spring 2018.
Jens joined our lab for Fall 2017.
Kelly is a senior mechanical engineering major and energy studies minor from Long Valley, NJ. She worked in the Sakaue lab in the Fall of 2017 under Mitsu. Her project involved researching methods to manufacture microfiber coatings of varying densities and angles.
Shane joined our lab from Spring 2017 to Fall 2017.
Ryan joined our lab from Spring 2017 to Fall 2017.
Alfredo Duarte Gomez, Spring 2017 – Spring 2018
Alfredo Duarte graduated from the University of Notre Dame class of 2019 with an undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering. Originally from Teguciglpa, Honduras, Alfredo worked in the development and characterization of Pressure Sensitive Paint from Spring 2017 to Spring 2018.
He is now pursuing his PhD at the University of Texas at Austin as part of the Reactive Flow Modeling Lab.
Kevin Warten, Fall 2016 – Spring 2017
Kevin Warten graduated from the University of Notre Dame in the class of 2018 with an undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering. He now lives in West Hartford, CT and works for Pratt & Whitney as an Acoustic Engineer. With the Sakaue Lab, Kevin researched microfiber coatings aimed at increasing the efficiency of wind turbine propellers, as well as decreasing the noise generated by wake interaction. As an avid musician at Notre Dame, Kevin was inspired by his time with the Sakaue Lab to pursue a career that was able to combine his passions for both engineering and noise. As an Acoustic Engineer at Pratt & Whitney, Kevin now works to ensure that engines in both the commercial and military realms operate as quietly as possible.
Senay Argaw Tilahun, Spring 2016 – Spring 2017
Senay joined our lab from Spring 2016 to Spring 2017.
Visiting Scholars/Visiting Students
Henrique Fanini Leite
Henrique is a PhD student at the Brazilian Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA – Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica), working as a visiting student at Sakaue Lab since August 2018. His thesis is on the quantitative analysis of unsteady phenomena using fast response pressure sensitive paint (Fast-PSP). This builds on his previous experience in using a wide range of pressure and temperature sensitive paints for steady flow diagnostics. Besides his main line of research, Henrique has performed investigations of 3-D cylinder wakes using time-resolved PIV and robust data processing techniques.
Yusuke joined Sakaue Lab as a visiting student from April 2019. He is a PhD student of Mechanical Engineering at Chiba University, Japan. He is originally from Tokyo, Japan. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Chiba University. He will be staying at Sakaue Lab by the first week of July. His research topic is simultaneous pressure and integral value of density gradient measurement by PSP method and Background Oriented Schlieren (BOS) method.
Teppei was a visiting student for fall 2018. He was an undergrad student from National Institute of Technology, Toyota College, in Japan.
Takeshi was a visiting student for spring 2018 . He was an undergrad student from Yokohama National University in Japan.
Yusak Nishio (Fall 2017 – Spring 2018)
Yusaku was a visiting student for a year from 2017 to 2018. He was an undergrad student from the University of Electro-Communicactions in Japan.
Tatsuya was a visiting student for 2017 summer. He was an master’s student from National Defense Academy of Japan.
Akira Kotani (Summer 2017 – Spring 2018)Akira was a visiting scholar from National Institute of Technology, Toyota College, in Japan for 2017-2018. He is a associate professor at National Institute of Technology, Toyota College, in Japan.
Miki was a visitng student for September to October 2015. She was a master’s stundet from Tokyo University of Science in Japan.
Mio TanakaMio was a visiting student for September to October 2015. He was a Ph.D. student from Tokyo University of Science in Japan.
Kazu was a visiting scholar from Osaka Gas in Japan for 2015-2016. He is a researcher at Osaka Gas in Japan
Dawn was a final-year undergrad student studying physics and chemistry in Dublin, Ireland. She was visiting Notre Dame for the summer thanks to a Naughton Fellowship grant. In the Sakaue lab she was working on improving the uniformity of a two-colour pressure-sensitive paint, which can be used to characterise the pressure distribution of objects in motion.
She enrolled in a graduate progam at University of Cambridge in Fall 2020.
Wenxi was a junior student studying aircraft engineering in Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China. He was visiting Notre Dame though iSURE program during the summer of 2019. Presently he was working with graduate students on the experiment of micro-fiber coating application in pipe flow.
He enrolled in a graduate progam at Columbia University in Fall 2020.
Anthony was a student at Marian High School in Mishawaka, IN. He joined the lab in the fall of 2018 and was helping Wes with research into the phenomenon of ice formation in supercooled environments.
Jason (Hanbin) was an internship student of iSURE program for 2018 summer. He was from Tsinghua University in China. He was working on a dynamic characterization using the shock tube with Steven.
Will was a senior undergraduate studying aerospace engineering at North Carolina State University. As an aspiring pilot in the US Air Force, he has a passion for aviation and aerospace technology. He joined the Sakaue Lab as an intern of NURF program during the Summer of 2018, where he worked with Tatsu and Daiki to investigate frequency response characteristics of pressure sensitive paints. His current interests include cavity flow and store separation.
Wang was an internship student as of iSURE program for 2017 Summer. He was an undergrad student from Zhenjian University in China. After the intership he enrolled in John Hopkins University and completed his Master’s degree in the summer of 2020.
He will enroll in a PhD progam at City University of Hong Kong in the summer of 2021.
Arnau Rodríguez Rubio
Arnau was an intership student as of NURF student program for 2016 summer. He was an master’s student from University of Rovira i Virgili (URV) in Spain.
Now he is pursuing his Ph.D. at University of Southampton.
Miew was an internship student as of iSURE program for 2016 summer. She was an undergraduate student from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. She finished her Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Manchester in United Kingdom.
Currently she is working as a Business Development in Shell Thailand.
Hengei was an internship student as of iSURE program for 2016 summer. He was an undergrad student from Tsinghua University in China. He worked on building shocktube system for PSP measurment with Steven.