Taira Lab - Computational and Data-Driven Fluid Dynamics Group

Our group studies a variety of fluid mechanics problems with research interests in the areas of computational fluid dynamics, flow control, data science, network theory, and unsteady aerodynamics. Our studies leverage numerical simulations performed on high-performance computers.

Point of Contact: Kunihiko Taira
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UCLA
email: ktaira[at]seas.ucla.edu, office: Engineering IV, 46-147A, lab: Boelter Hall 4420

Current members:

Kunihiko (Sam) Taira, Ph.D.

PI, Professor [link, CV]

Ph.D. 2008, M.S. 2003 (Caltech); B.S. 2002 (Univ of Tennessee, Knoxville).

Research interests: CFD, flow control, unsteady aerodynamics, data science, network theory.

Luke Smith, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate 2022-

Ph.D. 2020 (University of Maryland); B.S. 2015 (University of Maryland).

Research interests: CFD, unsteady aerodynamics, model reduction.

Jean Helder Marques Ribeiro

Graduate Research Assistant 2018- [link]

M.S. 2017 (University of Campinas); B.S. 2014 (Federal University of Minas Gerais).

Research interests: CFD, modal analysis.

Vedasri Godavarthi

Graduate Research Assistant 2019- [link]

M.Tech. 2019, B.Tech. 2018 (Indian Institute of Technology Madras).

Research interests: Network theory, dynamical systems theory, flow stability/control, turbulence.

Kai Fukami

Graduate Research Assistant 2020-; Visiting Graduate Student 2018-19 [link]

M.Eng. 2020, B.Eng. 2018 (Keio University).

Research interests: Turbulence, data-oriented architecture, machine learning.

Yonghong Zhong

Graduate Research Assistant 2020- [link]

M.S. 2020, B.S. 2017 (Huazhong University of Science and Technology).

Research interests: CFD, stability/control, modal analysis.

Youngjae Kim

Graduate Research Assistant 2022-

M.S. 2020, B.S. 2018 (Sogang University).

Research interests: CFD, turbulence, data-driven modeling & analysis.

Hiroto Odaka

Graduate Research Assistant 2022-

B.Eng. 2022 (University of Tokyo).

Research interests: CFD, machine learning.

Jonathan Tran

Undergraduate Research Assistant 2021-

Research interests: CFD, control theory, machine learning

Vishal Anatharaman

Undergraduate Research Assistant 2021-

Research interests: CFD, modal analysis, machine learning, data-driven methods.

Past Members (Graduate Students):

Dylan C. House

Graduate Research Assistant 2020-21; Undergraduate Research Assistant 2019-20

M.S. 2021, B.S. 2020 (UCLA).

Research interests: CFD, control theory, applied math, propulsion.

Muralikrishnan Gopalakrishnan Meena, Ph.D.

Graduate Research Assistant 2015-20 [link]

Ph.D. 2020 (UCLA); M.S. 2018 (Florida State Univ); B.Tech. 2014 (Cochin Univ of Sci and Tech).

Research interests: Network theory, flow control, reduced-order modeling, turbulence.

Chi-An Yeh, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate 2018-21; Graduate Research Assistant 2013-18 [link]

Ph.D. 2018 (Florida State U); M.S. 2010 (National Taiwan U); B.S. 2006 (National Chiao Tung U).

Research interests: Flow stability/control, unsteady aerodynamics.

Aditya G. Nair, Ph.D.

Graduate Research Assistant 2013-18 [link]

Ph.D. 2018 (Florida State University); M.S. 2012 (University of Michigan); B.E. 2011 (Mumbai University).

Research interests: CFD, network theory, hydrodynamic stability, model reduction.

Yiyang Sun, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate 2017-18; Graduate Research Assistant 2012-17 [link]

Ph.D. 2017 (Florida State University); B.S. 2012 (Huazhong University of Science and Technology).

Research interests: CFD, LES, flow control, hydrodynamic stability.

Phillip M. Munday, Ph.D.

Graduate Research Assistant 2011-17.

Ph.D. 2017, B.S. 2011 (Florida State University).

Research interests: CFD, LES, flow control, hydrodynamic stability.

Ryan T. Jantzen

Graduate Research Assistant 2012-14.

M.S. 2014, B.S. 2012 (Florida State University).

Research interests: Unsteady aerodynamics, vortex dynamics.

Past Members (Postdocs/Staff):

Chi-An Yeh, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate 2018-21; Graduate Research Assistant 2013-18. [link]

Ph.D. 2018 (Florida State U); M.S. 2010 (National Taiwan U); B.S. 2006 (National Chiao Tung U).

Research interests: Flow stability/control, unsteady aero.

Amin Khodkar, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate 2019-20. [link]

Ph.D. 2017 (UC Santa Barbara); B.Sc. 2013 (University of Tehran).

Research interests: Reduced-order modeling of geophysical turbulence, data-driven forecasting.

Calum Skene, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate 2019-20.

Ph.D 2019, M.S. 2015, B.S. 2014 (Imperial College London).

Research interests: Fluid dynamics, hydrodynamic stability, network theory, adjoint methods.

Kai Zhang, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate 2017-20. [link]

Ph.D 2017, M.S. 2014 (Yokohama National Univ); B.S. 2011 (Xi'an Jiao Tong Univ).

Research interests: Aerodynamics, flow induced vibrations, flow control.

Qiong Liu, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate 2016-20. [link]

Ph.D 2016, M.S. 2014 (U Politécnica de Madrid); M.S. 2011 (Northwestern Polytechnical U); B.S. 2008 (Shenyang Aerospace U).

Research interests: Flow stability, transition, flow control.

Yiyang Sun, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate 2017-18; Graduate Research Assistant 2012-17. [link]

Ph.D. 2017 (Florida State University); B.S. 2012 (Huazhong University of Science and Technology).

Research interests: CFD, LES, flow control, hydrodynamic stability.

Matthew Jemison, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate 2014-16.

Ph.D. 2014, M.S. 2011, B.S. 2009 (Florida State University).

Research interests: CFD, fluid-structure interaction, immersed boundary methods.

Alejandro Rivera-Alvarez, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate 2014-15.

Research interests: Stability analysis, networks.

Hui-Chun (Melody) Wu

Laboratory Adminstrator 2018.

Research interests: bioinformatics, neuroscience, anatomy.

Past Members (Visitors):

Samadhan A. Pawar, Ph.D.

Visiting Scholar 2022. [link]

From Indian Institute of Technology Madras.

Research interests: Complex systems, synchronization, instability control.

Tulio Rodarte Ricciardi

Visiting Graduate Student 2019-20.

From University of Campinas.

Research interests: CFD, turbulence, aeroacoustics, modal analysis.

Yoimi Kojima

Visiting Graduate Student 2019, 2020.

From Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology.

Research interests: Flow control, Unsteady/high-speed aerodynamics.

Masahiro Kanazaki, Ph.D.

Visiting Scholar 2019 [link]

From Tokyo Metropolitan University.

Research interests: Aerodynamics, design optimization.

Kai Fukami

Visiting Graduate Student 2018-19 [link]

From Keio University.

Research interests: Turbulence, machine learning.

Guy Yoslan Cornejo Maceda

Visiting Graduate Student 2019.

From Université Paris-Sud.

Research interests: CFD, numerical methods, LES, unsteady aerodynamics, transition.

Byungjin An, Ph.D.

Visiting Scholar 2018.

From Ebara Corporation.

Research interests: CFD, flow control.

Brener d'Lélis Oliveira Ramos

Visiting Graduate Student 2018.

From University of Campinas.

Research interests: CFD, numerical methods, LES, unsteady aerodynamics, transition.

Past Members (Undergraduate Students):

Paul Hawkins

Undergraduate Research Assistant 2021-22

Research interests: CFD, applied math, machine learning.

Jason Feldkamp

Undergraduate Research Assistant 2020-21.

B.S. 2021 (UCLA).

Research interests: CFD, data-driven analysis, control theory.

Dylan House

Undergraduate Research Assistant 2019-20.

B.S. 2020 (UCLA).

Research interests: CFD, control theory, applied math, propulsion.

Anna Zhong

Undergraduate Research Assistant 2019-20.

B.S. 2020 (UCLA).

Research interests: biological flows, turbulence.

Orion Yeung

Undergraduate Research Assistant 2017-19.

B.S. 2019 (Florida State University).

Research interests: CFD, network theory.

Caroline Walker

Undergraduate Research Assistant 2017-18.

B.S. 2018 (Florida State University).

Research interests: Aeroelasticity, aerodynamics.

Tyler Pilet

NSF-REU Student 2017.

Research interests: Bubble dynamics.

Asiegbu Kanu-Asiegbu

NSF-REU Student 2016.

Research interests: Martian aerodynamics.

Peter Van Brussel

Undergraduate Research Assistant 2015.

Research interests: Synthetic jets.

Brandon Gusto

Undergraduate Research Assistant 2014-2015.

Research interests: Asymptotic methods.

Daniel Canuto

Undergraduate Research Assistant/NSF-REU Student 2013-2014.

B.S. 2014 (Florida State University).

Research interests: Compressible cylinder flow.

Matthew Boebinger

NSF-REU Student 2014 (Co-advised with Prof. Shih).

Research interests: Biological locomotion.

John-Paul Milton

NSF-REU Student 2014 (Co-advised with Prof. Alvi).

Research interests: Swirling jets.

Colby Borchetta

Undergrad Research Assistant/NSF-REU Student 2012-2013.

Research interests: Unsteady aerodynamics.

Bereket Abraham

NSF-REU Student 2012.

Research interests: Unsteady bluff body flows.

Casey Brown

Undergraduate Research Assistant 2012.

Research interests: Unsteady aerodynamics.