Education/Training



2015-current Post-Doc Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
2014-2015 Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, USA
2012-2014 Visiting Assistant Professor, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
2012 Mathematics, Ph.D., University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
2012 Certificate of Computational Science and Engineering at Ph.D. level, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
2006 Applied Mathematics, B.A., Xiamen University, Fujian, China


A brief education/training history:

I received my Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of New Mexico in 2012 under the guidance of Professor Monika Nitsche. My dissertation is about starting vortex behind a finite plate. The problem concerns about the vortex separation at a sharp edge and falls into the category of fundamental fluid dynamics. The problem is also computationally challenging since the flow is highly singular at the plate tip. In order to resolve the flow for a wide range of Reynolds numbers Re=[250, 2000] and time regimes t=[0.0002, 5], a high order finite difference method is developed, in conjunction with a time-splitting scheme. The code is also parallelized with MPI.

Since then, I have studied a wide range of problems. With Professors Deborah Sulsky and Howard Schreyer at the University of New Mexico, we implemented a failure model to simulate rock fractures near a tunnel wall. The constitutive equation is implemented using the Material Point Method. Now we are extending the model to study the effect of rock joints. With Professor Yi Jiang at the Georgia State University, I worked on the Mucociliary Clearance in Human Airway. We investigated the effect of the moving cilia on the mucus flow transport ability. The interactions between the cilia and mucus are modeled using the Immersed Boundary Method.

At the University of Michigan, with Professor Robert Krasny, we are developing a fast vortex method to simulate a slightly viscous fluid flow. With Professor Silas Alben, we are working on a project related to swimming of the fish school.



Last updated December 2016