Principal Investigator

Hangjian Ling is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He received his Ph.D. in 2017 from Johns Hopkins University, where he worked with Joseph Katz. Before joining UMass Dartmouth, he held a postdoctoral position at Stanford University from 2017 to 2019. Ling has broad research interests in fluid dynamics at the interface of material, biological and environmental sciences. He received the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2023.


Graduate Students

Shabnam Mohammadshahi ( joined as a graduate student in Engineering and Applied Science. She will focus on Turbulent Flows over Super-Hydrophobic Surfaces to reduce hydrodynamic skin friction that can have a huge impact on energy saving. Before moving to the USA, Shabnam was a research assistant in the Department of mechanical engineering, Pusan National University, South Korea which she joined in September 2018 and worked on an oscillating jet by utilizing: Planar and Stereoscopic PIV system, TPT for surface temperature measurement, Schlieren visualization method, and Smoke visualization. From 2010 – to 2017 she was a B.Sc. and M.Sc. student at Isfahan University of Technology, Iran.



Daniel O’Coin ( is an graduate student at Mechanical Engineering. He is working on the bubble formation from super-hydrophobic surfaces, and collective animal behavior.





Ankit Gupta ( is an graduate student at Mechanical Engineering. He joined FITs lab in Fall 2023. He is developing new optical method to measure gas concentration field and mass flux to understand the longevity of super-hydrophobic surface in undersaturated liquid.





Foram S Fanasia ( is an graduate student at Mechanical Engineering. She joined FITs lab in 2024 Summer. She graduated from Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology. Her research interests are turbulent flows, super-hydrophobic surface, and ocean dynamics.





Undergraduate Students


James D Bonnell ( is currently an undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering. He is interested in the drag reduction and longevity of super-hydrophobic surfaces.





with last known coordinates

Md Elius (MS, 2023), graduate student at University of California, Berkeley.

Ali Nosrati (MS, 2021-2023).

Aleksey Bourgoun (MS, 2021).

Maxwell Shangraw (MS, 2021), project and process engineer at 42 North Solutions.

Jordan Breveleri (BS, 2024), mechanical engineer at SAIC Inc.

Christina Hart (BS, 2023), graduate student at University of Hartford.

Nicholas Paternostro (BS, 2021), graduate student at University of Maryland.