School of Engineering and Applied Science School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Computational Aero and Hydrodynamics Laboratory (CAHL)


Faculty and PI



Prof. Chunlei Charles Liang

PhD Thesis: Large Eddy Simulation of Turbulent Flow and Heat Transfer in Tube bundles, 2005, University of London. Supervised by Dr. George Papadakis and Prof. Michael Yianneskis
Postdoc Research (NSF Project): High-order numerical methods for 3D unsteady viscous flows, Stanford University (2007-2009). Supervised by Prof. Antony Jameson
Engineering Research Associate: Modeling compressible turbulent flow combustion, Stanford University (2009-2010). Supervised by Prof. Parviz Moin
Engineering Research Associate: Modeling turbulent solar convection, Stanford University (2009-2010). Advised by Drs Nagi Mansour and Alexander Kosovichev.




Postdoctoral Researcher

Bin Zhang

PhD, George Washington University.









PhD Students




Xiaoliang Zhang

Xiaoliang will start in Fall 2014. He earned his MS degree from Northwestern Polytechnical University, China.

Research Title: CHORUS++ code: Parallel 3D simulations of magnetohydrodynamics














Research Master's Student



Mao LI

Mao defended his MS thesis on Dec 4, 2018.

Research Title: Spectral difference method on hybrid meshes










Yunze Li

Yunze started from March 1, 2018.

Research Title: Parallel algorithms for computational structural mechanics.










Undergraduate Research Student



Roland Yu

Roland started from Feb 1, 2018.

Research Title: Marine Propulsion.










High-School Research Student



Estella Pinto (Thomas A. Edison High School)

Estella started from May, 2018.

Research Title: CHORUS-MHD.











Visiting Research Scholar





Ivan Dario Arroyave

Ivan Dario received his Ph.D. degree from the Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico. He studied in CAHL from Jan. 2012 to Jan 2013.

Research Title: CFD for Electrohydrodynamics









Former Students


Starson Liangwei Li

Liangwei received his M.S. degree from GWU in May 2013. He successfully defended his PhD dissertation on Feb 26, 2018.

Research Title: A Weak Galerkin Finite Element Method for Parallel Solutions of Linear Elasticity Problems on Unstructured Meshes












Christopher Cox , co-advised with Prof. Michael Plesniak.

Chris Cox (MSc from Stanford) started in 2011. He successfully defended his dissertation on Dec 6, 2017.

Research Title: High-order FR method for Simulating Haemohydynamic Flow






Jingjing Yang

Mr. Yang (MSc Purdue University) started from June 2012. He successfully defended his PhD dissertation on July 19, 2017.

Research Title: A high-order adaptive mesh refinement method for shock and magnetohydrodynamics

First job after graduation:Exa Corporation








Bin Zhang

Bin (MSc from Notre Dame) starts from September 2012. He successfully defended his PhD dissertation on July 22, 2016.

Research Title: High-order methods for turbulent flow in a rotor/stator system

First job after graduation:Postdoc in George Washington University










Shantanu Bailoor

From IIT, Mumbai, India. He successfully defended his MS thesis on July 20, 2016.

Research Title: Fluid-Structure Interaction

First job after graduation: PhD in Johns Hopkins University









Junfeng Wang

Daniel Wang (MSc from the University of Southern California) started from April 2011. He successfully defended his PhD dissertation on April 12, 2016. He was funded by a NCAR Newkirk Fellowship.

Dissertation Title: CHORUS code for stellar and planetary convection


First Job after graduation : CFD Engineer at Simerics.




Andrew S. DeJong

Andrew (MSc from GWU) started as a PhD student from Fall 2012. He defended his PhD dissertation on August 28, 2015.

Research Title: High-fidelity simulation of a novel wind energy converter.

First Job after graduation : Computational Engineer for NSWC Carderock.










James Chen, co-advised with Prof. James Lee

James Chen received his MSc degree from National Taiwan University.

Dissertation Title: Micropolar Electromagnetic Fluids: Theory and Simulation.

Current job: Assistant Professor at Kansas State University.







Todd Dillon

Todd was an undergraduate student in GWU. He received a SEAS undergraduate summer research fellowship 2012-2013.

Research Title: Biharmonic Finite Element solver of automatic mesh deformation for biomechanics modeling

First job after graduation: Engineer at QuEST Global Services, Inc.

Current job: Lockheed Martin











Caleb Yow

Caleb was an MS student August 2014 - June 2016.

Research Title: Flapping wing aerodynamics.

Current job: Corvid Technologies













Matt Glasstone

Matt was an undergraduate student in GWU.

Research Title: Biomechanics modeling

First job after graduation: graduate study at Imperial College London









Meryll Grace Castro

Meryll graduted from Emma Willard School, Troy, NY.

Research Title: Biomechanics modeling







Raj Pawar

Raj was a M.S. student. He worked in CAHL in the summer of 2013.

Research Title: Biomechanics modeling.







Zheng Xu

Zheng was a MS student 2013-2014.

Research Title: Flapping wing aerodynamics.

Job after graduation: Product Development Associate at ENIWARE, LLC.











Prospective undergraduate students

    We developed several in-house codes. Undergraduate students are also welcome to join our development team.