Dutcher Lab Alumni

PhD Student Alumni

Name: Athena Metaxas
Position: Materials Science and Engineering PhD student

Education: B.S. Chemistry & B.A. Plan II Honors, University of Texas at Austin, 2015
Awards: NSF Graduate Research Fellow, 2017 - 2020
Research Interests: Polyelectrolyte-driven flocculation for water remediation applications
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Name: Shweta Narayan
Position: Mechanical Engineering PhD student

Education: B.E. Mechanical Engineering - University of Pune, India, 2014
Research Interests: Microfluidics, multiphase flows and experimental fluid mechanics
Position after Graduation: Intel

Name: Dr. Hallie Boyer
Education: PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2017

B.S., Physics, Honors, Macalester College, 2008
Awards: NSF Graduate Research Fellow, 2014 - 2017
Research Interests: Atmospheric aerosol thermodynamic modeling and multiphase flows
Position after Graduation: Dreyfus Postdoctoral Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University
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Name: Dr. Shihao Liu
Education: PhD Mechanical Engineering PhD student 2023,
B.S., Energy and Power Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, 2017
Position after Graduation: Intel

Name: Dr. Lucy Nandy
Education: PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2017

M.Tech, Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India 2009
B.Tech, Chemical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India 2006
Research Interests: Aqueous electrolyte solution thermodynamic modeling and microfluidic experiments
Position after Graduation: Visiting Scholar, University of Illinois (UIUC)
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Name: Dr. Priyatanu Roy
Education: PhD, Mechanical Engineering PhD student; M.Tech, Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India 2013
B.E. Mechanical Engineering, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India 2011 
Research Interests: Fluid flow and heat transfer in multiphase systems, Microfluidics 
Position after Graduation: Postdoctoral Scholar at MIT
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Name: Dr. Nikhil Sethia
Education: PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota (2024); B.Tech., Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India (2018)
Research Interests: High throughput microfluidic technologies for biomedical applications Position after Graduation: Intel

Name: Dr. Nikolas Wilkinson
Education: PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2017
M.S. & B.S., Biological Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia, 2013
Awards: NDSEG Graduate Research Fellow, 2014 - 2017
Research Interests: Polyelectrolyte driven flocculation and water remediation
Position after Graduation: Research Scientist, Maxxon, Medina, MN
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Masters Student Alumni

Name: Tom Neumiller
Position: Mechanical Engineering MS student
Education: B.A. Physics, Pomona College, Claremont, CA, 2017
Research Interests: Fluid flow physics, Emulsions, and Experimental apparatus design

Name: Peter Ohm
Education: M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2015

B.A., Physics, Mathematics, Saint Olaf College, 2013
Thesis Topic: Atmospheric aerosol thermodynamic modeling
Position after Graduation: Applied Math PhD student, Tufts University

Name: Ellie Raethke
Education: M.S., Materials Science and Engineering

B.S., Applied Science, concentration Materials and Nanoscience, University of Wisconsin-Stout, 2016
Research Interests: Polyelectrolyte driven flocculation and development of ion selective electrodes
Position after Graduation: Boston Scientific

Name: Eric Ruud
Education: M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2015
Mechanical Engineering, University of St. Thomas, 2013
Research Interests: Electrohydrodynamic flows and near-surface assembly
Position after Graduation: MEI Research

Former Postdocs and Visiting Scholars

Name: Prof. Andrew Metcalf
Education:Postdoc Fellow, Univeristy of Minnesota, 2013-2017

Ph.D., Environmental Science and Engineering, Caltech, 2012
M.S. & B.S., Meteorology, Penn State, 2005
Awards: NSF-AGS Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2014 - 2016
Research Interests: Atmospheric aerosols
Position after Postdoc: Assistant Professor, Clemson University
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Name: Dr. Archit Dani
Education:Postdoc Fellow, Univeristy of Minnesota, 2017

PhD, Chemical Engineering, City University of New York, 2016 BS, Chemical Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology- Mumbai, India, 2011
Research Interests: Lab on a chip devices, Colloidal Hydrodynamics, Interfacial Phenomena
Position after Postdoc: Process Engineer, Intel Corporation
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Name: Dr. Benjamin Micklavzina
Position: Mechanical Engineering Postdoc Research Associate
Education: Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, UC Davis, 2018 B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Florida, 2013
Research Interests: Extensional viscosity, Microfluidics, Complex fluid interfaces

Name: Dr. Yun Chen
Position: Mechanical Engineering Postdoc Research Associate 

Education: Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2017 M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern California, 2012 B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Tongji University, China, 2010 
Research Interests: Interfacial dynamics, Fluid mechanics, Microfluidics, Drops and bubbles
Position after Postdoc:  Assistant Professor,
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Undergraduate Student Alumni

Name: Richard Arnold
Position: Undergraduate Researcher
Education: B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota
Research Interests: Fluid mechanics, aerospace, temperature control

Name: Harry Barrett
Position: Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Researcher

Education: University of Minnesota, Mechanical Engineering
Research Interests: Microfluidic multiphase flows

Name: Nancy Bautista
Position: MRSEC REU Undergraduate Researcher
Education: B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley
Research Interests: Extensional rheology, polyelectrolyte solutions

Name: Ryan Bell
Position: Undergraduate Research Assistant

Education: University of Minnesota, Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2018
Research Interests: Polyelectrolyte driven flocculation and fluid modeling

Name: Raymond Bouchart
Position: Undergraduate Research Assistant

Education: University of Minnesota, Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2016
Research Interests: Flocculation of polymer particles in water treatment

Name: Dion Casey
Position: MRSEC REU Undergraduate Researcher, Summer 2016

Education: Saint Augustine University, Engineering Mathematics
Research Interests: Synthesis and dynamics of block copolymers

Name: Mitch Gardner
Undergraduate Researcher, Summer 2017
Education: University of Minnesota, Mechanical Engineering
RUE Project: Aerosol droplet dehydration and phase change

Name: Connor Gunsbury
Position: Undergraduate Researcher; Honors thesis student
Education: Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota
Research Interests: Thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, microfluidics, droplet phas

Name: Clayton Hansen
Position: Undergraduate Researcher
Education: B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota
Research Interests: Emulsions and droplet size distributions

Name: Kyle Hemmingsen
Position: UROP Undergraduate Research Assistant

Education: University of Minnesota, Mechanical Engineering
Research Interests: Fluid flow of clay suspensions

Name: RJ Martz
Position: Undergraduate Researcher; Honors student
Education: Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota
Research Interests: Emulsions, fluid dynamics, heat transfer, phase separation

Name: Patrick McCauley
MRSEC REU Undergraduate Researcher

Education: University of Michigan, Chemical Engineering
RUE Project: Polyelectrolyte - particle assembly in flow

Name: Samantha Miller
Position: Undergraduate Researcher
Education: Mechanical Engineering and Physics, University of Minnesota
Research Interests: Microfluidics, temperature control

Name: Alex Odom
Position: UROP Undergraduate Research Assistant, Fall 2015

Education: University of Minnesota, Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2016
Research Interests: Aerosol particle morphology and microfluidic multiphase flows

Name: Ruth Olson
Position: REU Student
Education: Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University
Research Interests: Fluid dynamics with environmental remediation

Name: Chase Quinney
MRSEC REU Undergraduate Researcher, Summer 2014
Education: College of Menominee Nation, Class of 2015
RUE Project: Polyelectrolyte driven flocculation and water remediation

Name: Audrey Sebastian
Position: Undergraduate Researcher
Education: Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota
Research Interests: Emulsions, experimental fluid mechanics, and hydrokinetics

Name: Michael Van Heel
Position: Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Researcher
Education: University of Minnesota, Mechanical Engineering: BA, Music Performance, St John's University; MA, Music Performance, University of Iowa
Research Interests: Microfluidic multiphase flows

Name: Natalie Vig
Position: Undergraduate Researcher
Education: Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota
Research Interests: Emulsions, fluid dynamics, laser diffraction

Name: Andrew Winkels
Position: Undergraduate Research Assistant

Education: University of Minnesota, Mechanical Engineering
Research Interests: Microfluidic multiphase flows