Principal Investigator

Dr. Weisensee joined the faculty of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science at WashU in January of 2017. She earned her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016. She received a Diplom-Ingenieur in Mechanical Engineering from TU Munich in 2013 and also holds a M.S. in Materials Sciences from University of Illinois, …


Dr. Mehran has joined Thermal Fluid Research group at WashU in Dec 2019. His current project is focused on passive thermal switches. Before joining WashU he did research on microfluidic devices as a postdoc at Johns Hopkins University and worked on superhydrophobic surfaces, especially droplet impact and solid-liquid interactions, during his PhD at the Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering department at Virginia Commonwealth University. He also holds a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from K.N. Toosi University of Technology, IRAN.

PhD Students

Jianxing Sun is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at WashU. He obtained his B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the Inner Mongolia University of Technology (China) in 2014, and his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Dalian University of Technology (China) in 2017. He is interested in phase change heat transfer and currently working on investigating drop-wise condensation on lubricant-infused surfaces.

Junhui is a PhD student in the Thermal Fluids Research Group. Previously, Junhui was a PhD rotation student in the lab during the Fall of 2017, conducting experimental research on droplet impact dynamics. He received his B.E. in Aircraft Design and Engineering from the Beihang University (China) in 2014, and his M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis in 2016. His research interests lie in numerical and experimental fluid dynamics.

Shawn is a PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering and Materials at WashU. He obtained his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2020 from WashU as well, and enjoyed it enough to stick around. Though he has undergraduate experience researching aorta mechanics and some graduate experience studying tendons, he is taking a break from biomechanics in his current rotation in order to study emulsion flow with heat transfer through porous media.

Undergraduate Students

Angelo Hawa is currently a sophomore pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in computer science. He will be working on a project that investigates the effect of water contamination on the boiling heat transfer coefficient on various surfaces.

Visiting Students & Scholars

Lihang Bai is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Energy and Power Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University (China) and is now jointly educated in the department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at WashU. He got his B.E. from Dalian Maritime University (China) in 2015. His current research focus is on phase equilibrium and phase transition.