Research Associates
Mona Rahmani, Department of Mathematics
Mona graduated her PhD from UBC and then spent time as a post-doctoral 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 particle-laden flows. She co-supervises the PhD work of Nicholas McIntosh.
Post-doctoral fellows
Can Selcuk, Department of Mathematics
Can graduated his PhD from University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC), Paris, France, on the numerical study of helical vortices and their instabilities. He joined our group in April 2017 and works on the coupling of our Fictitious Domain method with an Adaptive Mesh Refinement technique (AMR). The strategy that Can adopted involves reimplementing our Fictitious Domain method in the AMR code Basilisk, developed by Stephane Popinet at UPMC, and coupling Basilisk with our granular solver Grains3D.
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 post-doc 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 2-year PIMS-CNRS post-doctoral 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 particle-laden flow problems.
PhD students
Arman Seyed-Ahmadi, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Arman graduated his Bachelor and MASc degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Tabriz, Iran. His MASc thesis work pertained to the numerical simulation of a microorganism's motion in a fluid. He started his PhD in September 2016. His work focuses on the effect of particle shape in particle-laden flows and on the micro/meso transition in the multiscale modeling of particle-laden flows.
Damien Huet, Department of Mathematics
Damien graduated his Bachelor at ENSTA (Ecole Normale Superieure de Techniques Avancees), ParisTech, University of Paris-Saclay, 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 and did his MASc internship in our group. His MASc thesis project pertained to parallel Discrete Element Method (DEM) computations of granular media made of particles of non-spherical shape. He officially started his PhD in January 2019. Damien continues to work of parallel DEM and also looks at the coupling to the fluid using a conservative cut-cell method.
Master's students
Arun Rajendran, Department of Mathematics
Arun graduated his Bachelor in Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology of Madras, Chennai, India. His passion for CFD, computational methods and programming led him to transition to a Math graduate program. He joined UBC and our group in September 2017. Over his MASc thesis project, his primary interest is fast and scalable parallel Navier-Stokes solvers on a cartesian grid.
Mohammad Hosseini, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Mohammad graduated his Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering at Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), Tehran, Iran. He specialized in CFD, multiphase flows and non Newtonian fluids over his bachelor degree. He joined UBC and our group in July 2018. Over his MASc thesis project, his primary interest the stability of sheared two-phase fluid/fluid systems with surface tension and one of the fluids being a non-Newtonian fluid. The application of his work is oil/water emulsion stability in case of an oil spill.
Undergraduate students
None at the present time.
Affiliated or long-term visiting students
Christine Beaulieu, Department of Chemical Engineering, Polytech Montreal
Christine is a 4th year PhD student who currently spends a 1-year visit in our group to work on the numerical simulation of a granular medium made of non-spherical and angular particles. The industrial application of her work is a rotating kiln. At Polytech Montreal, her work is supervised by Prof. Francois Bertrand.
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 co-supervised by Prof. Mark Martinez, CHBE, UBC and Dr. Mona Rahmani, Maths, UBC.
Daniel Guedes de Oliveira, Department of Chemical Engineering, Louisiana State University (LSU)
Daniel is a 4th-year PhD student from LSU. He joined the group in May 2018 for 3 months as a visiting student to work on improving meso scale models of particle-laden flows using particle-resolved simulations. At LSU, his PhD work is supervised by Prof. Krishnaswamy Nandakumar.. Daniel went back to LSU in August 2018 but our team work is on-going.
Alumni students

Post-doc fellows:
  • Francois Audard, 2017-2018
  • Andriarimina Daniel Rakotonirina, 2016-2017
  • Amir Esteghamatian, 2016-2017
  • Mona Rahmani, 2013-2014
  • Ludovic Briquet, 2013-2014
  • Abdelkader Hammouti, 2010-2011
  • Vincent Topin, 2011
  • Laurence Girolami, 2009
  • Jacques Kouakou, 2007-2008
  • Calin Dan, 2007-2008
  • Zhaosheng Yu, 2005-2006

PhD students:
  • Mostafa Sulaiman, 2015-2018
  • Emad Chaparian, 2014-2018
  • Florian Euzenat, 2014-2017
  • Andriarimina Daniel Rakotonirina, 2013-2016
  • Amir Esteghamatian, 2013-2016
  • Ida Karimfazli, 2010-2015
  • Ferdaous Dorai, 2011-2014
  • Manuel Bernard, 2011-2014
  • Kateryna Voronetska, 2008-2011
  • Reda Bouamra, 2005-2008
  • Guillaume Vinay, 2002-2005

Master's students:
  • Eric Lepesan, 2005
  • Amine Ben Allal, 2005
  • Jéréemie Batias, 2004
  • Saad El Mahi, 2004
  • Marc-Antoine 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:
  • Ronak Vimadalal, 2018