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.


Graduate Students


Ali Nosrati ( is a Ph.D. student in Engineering and Applied Science. He received his M.Sc. in Mechanical engineering from University of Tehran, Iran in 2021. He joined Ling lab in Spring 2022 and started his research on Super-hydrophobic surfaces co-advised by Dr. Mehdi Raessi. Ali’s research mainly focuses on Gas Dissolution and Active Gas Replenishment techniques on Super-hydrophobic surfaces in laminar flow.



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.



Md Elius ( is currently a Master student in Mechanical Engineering. He earned his BS degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology in 2019.




Undergraduate Students


Jordan Breveleri ( is currently an undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering. He is interested in learning more about ocean engineering and aeronautics.





Christina Hart ( is an undergraduate honors Mechanical Engineering student. She is minoring in sustainability and is involved in clubs such as NCSA, SWE, and SolidWorks club. She enjoys going on hikes and watching movies with friends in her free time.





Daniel O’Coin ( is an undergraduate student at Mechanical Engineering . He is working on the drag reduction of super-hydrophobic surfaces, and collective animal behavior.





Aleksey Bourgoun (MS, 2021).

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

Nicholas Paternostro (BS, 2021).