The Roosevelt Escape Room at Palace Games, San Francisco (2019)

Principal Investigator

Prof. Eric Shaqfeh’s biography can be found here.

Graduate Students

Anni is a final year PhD student in the Chemical Engineering Department. Her research is focused on the rheology of rigid non-colloidal particle suspensions in shear-thinning viscoelastic fluids, such as synovial fluid (fluid in the joints!), using both direct numerical simulation as well as experimental rheological measurements. In her spare time, she makes ice-cream, oil-paints, and plays with her adorable dog, Boksoon.

Boon Siong Neo (“Neo”) is a 4th year PhD student in the group. His work examines the effect of fluid viscoelasticity on the rheology and dynamics of immersed particles. These particles can be passive or active (“swimmers”), and rigid or soft (capsules). These systems are investigated via direct numerical simulations and theoretical analysis, coupled with experimental measurements.

Zach Zajo is a 3rd year PhD student in the group. His research is aimed at modelling the liquid and gas phase etching processes used in the fabrication of high aspect ratio stacked nanotransistors. The simulation model considers the transport processes and surface interactions that occur at the nanoscale and can help identify the optimum set of operating conditions to yield a transistor design with the high level of fidelity required for advanced semiconductor chips. In his time away from work, he enjoys playing tennis, hiking, biking and cooking.

Gabriel is a second year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford. His research, working with Professors Joseph DeSimone and Eric Shaqfeh, focuses on developing new digital fabrication methods, in particular injection continuous liquid interface production (iCLIP), along with physics-based parametric and generative design algorithms for their implementation. He received his undergraduate degree at Princeton University and his Master’s degree in Applied Computational Science and Engineering at Imperial College London as a Fulbright scholar. In his free time he enjoys cycling, classical music, and modern architecture.

Neelanjan Akuli is a pre-qual Ph.D. student in Stanford Mechanical Engineering, primarily working at the Stanford Microfluidics Lab under the guidance of Juan Santiago and co-advised by Eric Shaqfeh. He received his Dual Degree (5-year integrated Bachelor + Master of Technology) in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur. His research is focused in microfluidics, electrohydrodynamics, enzyme kinetics and flow imaging – topics of interest include flow imaging of red blood cells inside confined microchannels, electric-field driven microfluidics for CRISPR diagnostics, and fundamental analyses of electrophoretic phenomena.

Postdoctoral Scholars

Kaiwen Hsiao is a postdoc in the DeSimone group working closely with Eric’s group. She works on developing single-digit micron high-resolution 3D printing technology to enable applications in biomedicine and microelectronics. She developes optics methods, hardware/software system integration and simulations in fluid, reaction kinetics to understand and improve the resolution and speed of printing processes.