Research Associates


Mona Rahmani, Department of Mathematics
Mona graduated her PhD from UBC and then spent time as a postdoctoral fellow at IFP Energies nouvelles, Lyon, France, and later at the Center for Turbulence Research, Stanford University, California. She joined the Department of Mathematics of UBC as a research associate in Decembre 2015. She contributes to many Fluid Mechanics research projects at UBC. One component of her expertise is numerical modeling of particleladen flows. She cosupervises the PhD work of Nicholas McIntosh.



Postdoctoral fellows


Arthur Ghigo, Department of Mathematics
Arthur graduated his PhD from University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC), Paris, France, on the numerical study of blood flows and their relationship to cardiovascular pathologies. He then held a first postdoc position at the Institute of Fluid Mechanics, affiliated to the University of Toulouse, France. He joined our group in December 2018 and his the recipient of a 2year PIMSCNRS postdoctoral fellowship. He works on the interaction between rigid particles and deformable capsules in a fluid flow to investigate the problem of targeted drug delivery in the human body. He is also interested in other classes on particleladen flow problems.




Anirudh Asuri Mukundan, Department of Mathematics
Anirudh graduated his PhD from Université de Rouen Normandie in Rouen, France. His PhD was on the numerical modeling of multiphase flows and its application to studying primary atomization of liquid fuel in aircraft engines. He graduated his Bachelor's degree from National Institute of Technology (NIT) Trichy in Tiruchirappalli, India and Master's degree from RWTH Aachen University in Aachen, Germany. He joined our group in September 2020 on the project focusing on numerical modeling of red blood cells (RBCs) in human blood. His research interests include multiphase and particleladen flows, combustion, application of deep learning to develop empirical models for multiphase flow problems and for generating music (specifically to Indian Carnatic music framework).




Antoine Morente, Department of Mathematics
Antoine graduated his PhD in 2017 from Universite de Toulouse, France. Over his PhD, Antoine worked on the development of a numerical method based on the immersed boundary approach to perform simulations of turbulent bubbly flows. His research was conducted in the framework of a collaboration between a company (Electricite de France) and an academic research unit (Institut de Mecanique des Fluides de Toulouse). He had then a first postdoc experience for two years (20192020) at the Institute for Hydromechanics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany; his research work focused on DNSbased numerical investigations of the structure of turbulence in stratified open channel flows. He joined the group in February 2021 as a member of the blood flow project. His first contribution is on the numerical modelling of capillary networks.





PhD students


Damien Huet, Department of Mathematics
Damien graduated his Bachelor at ENSTA (Ecole Normale Superieure de Techniques Avancees), ParisTech, University of ParisSaclay, Paris, France and his MASc at KTH Stockholm, Sweden as well as at UBC. His background spans the following fields: Applied Maths, Fluid Mechanics, Scientific Computing and statistical Physics. He joined UBC and our group in September 2018 for his MASc internship that pertained to parallel Discrete Element Method (DEM) computations of granular media made of particles of nonspherical shape. He officially started his PhD in January 2019. Damien continues to work of parallel DEM and also looks at the particleresolved Eulerian modelling of blood flows.




Zihao Cheng, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Zihao graduated his Bachelor degree and Masters degree in Energy and Power Engineering at the Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an. His MASc thesis project pertained to the computations of droplet dynamics on a structured surface using the latticeBoltzmann method. He joined UBC in September 2019 and his PhD research project aims at developing a latticeBoltzmann method on adaptive octree grid with applications to particleladen flows and fluidfluid flows.




Aashish Goyal, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Aashish graduated his Bachelor degree and Masters degree in Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He then worked for 3 years as a CFD specialist in a consulting company where he built up a strong experience in scientific computing, programming and transport phenomena with applications to industrial processes, before joining UBC as a PhD student. The first part of his PhD research project aims at developing fast and massively parallel directionsplitting solvers on Cartesian grid for momentum, heat and mass transfer.




Layal Jbara, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Layal graduated her BEN at the American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon and her MASc in ChE at Queen's University, Kingston, Canada. Her background spans the following: transport phenomena, fluid dynamics and mathematical modelling. For her Masters thesis, Layal worked on the mathematical modelling of the rheological behaviour of viscoelastic material under large oscillatory shear using molecular theory. She joined UBC in September and her PhD research project revolves around the computation and physical analysis of flows laden with rigid particles and deformable capsules with applications to biological fluid flows.



Masters students

None at the present time.


Undergraduate students

None at the present time.


Affiliated or longterm visiting students


Nicholas McIntosh, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Nick graduated his Bachelor in Chemical Engineering at the University of Calgary and his MASc degree in Chemical Engineering at UBC. Over his PhD work, Nick investigates the dynamics of polydisperse suspensions both experimentally and numerically. The industrial application of his work is slurry transport in pipelines and sedimentation processes. His PhD work is cosupervised by Prof. Mark Martinez, CHBE, UBC and Dr. Mona Rahmani, Maths, UBC.



Alumni students
Postdoc fellows:
 Can Selcuk,20172019
 Francois Audard, 20172018
 Andriarimina Daniel Rakotonirina, 20162017
 Amir Esteghamatian, 20162017
 Mona Rahmani, 20132014
 Ludovic Briquet, 20132014
 Abdelkader Hammouti, 20102011
 Vincent Topin, 2011
 Laurence Girolami, 2009
 Jacques Kouakou, 20072008
 Calin Dan, 20072008
 Zhaosheng Yu, 20052006
PhD students:
 Arman SeyedAhmadi, 20162020
 Mostafa Sulaiman, 20152018
 Emad Chaparian, 20142018
 Florian Euzenat, 20142017
 Andriarimina Daniel Rakotonirina, 20132016
 Amir Esteghamatian, 20132016
 Ida Karimfazli, 20102015
 Ferdaous Dorai, 20112014
 Manuel Bernard, 20112014
 Kateryna Voronetska, 20082011
 Reda Bouamra, 20052008
 Guillaume Vinay, 20022005
Masters students:
 Mohammad Hosseini, 20182020
 Arun Rajendran, 20182019
 Eric Lepesan, 2005
 Amine Ben Allal, 2005
 Jérémie Batias, 2004
 Saad El Mahi, 2004
 MarcAntoine Lafay, 2004
 Lassaad Ben Moussa, 2003
 Albert Ly, 2003
 Déborah Chevaleyre, 2003
 Stéphanie Lozachmeur, 2002
 Sébastien Serre, 2002
 Céline Pignoly, 2002
 Guillaume Vinay, 2002
Undergraduate students:
Visiting students:
 Daniel Guedes de Oliveira, 2018, 3 months, PhD, Louisiana State University, USA
 Michael Kreitmer, 2019, 6 months, Masters, TU Munich, Germany
 Christine Beaulieu, 20172019, 18 months, PhD, Department of Chemical Engineering, Polytech Montreal
