DiBen Fluids Lab Summer 2021

Michelle DiBenedetto, PI

A large part of my work is motivated by understanding microplastics pollution in the ocean. Specifically, I study how to interpret observations, predict transport, and model degradation of plastic debris in the environment. In addition, I study problems in biological fluid mechanics such as the behavior of plankton in turbulence with applications to bio-inspired navigation and larval ecology. I use laboratory experiments, often in a wave tank or flume, as well as numerical and analytical tools to measure and predict how the properties of small particles control their dynamics in unsteady flows. In my free time, I like to cook extravagent meals for my friends, garden, and ferment vegetables.

Lucia Baker, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow

Luci received her PhD in Aerospace Engineering with a focus on Experimental Fluid Mechanics from the University of Minnesota. Her research explores the vertical mixing of microplastics and other non-spherical particles by wind-driven turbulence at the ocean surface through laboratory experiments and numerical models. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, growing vegetables, and voraciously reading books.

Julio Chavez-Dorado, Ph.D. Student, UW ME

Julio is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering. His research focuses on the dynamics of non-spherical particles in turbulent flows. He obtained a Master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied the morphological characterization of turbulent channel flows using remote sensing techniques, such as surface particle image velocimetry (SPIV). In his free time, Julio enjoys photography, drawing in the outdoors, and hiking. He is also working on his chess openings and learning to play Go.

Carlos Abarca, Ph.D. Student, UW ME

Manny Pacheco, M.S. Student, UW ME

Cali McFarland, B.S. Student, UW ME