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Mike’s paper is accepted for publication in JTCVS Open

September 15, 2020

Mike’s paper with Robert and others, Bioprosthetic aortic valve diameter and thickness are directly related to leaflet fluttering: Results from a combined experimental and computational modeling study, has been accepted to appear in JTCVS Open, the open-access mirror of the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. This study demonstrates that bioprosthetic heart valves with smaller diameters and/or thicker leaflets generate higher fluttering frequencies in experimental and computational pulse duplicators. Because fluttering can impair the durability of flexible structures, extensions of this work may ultimately lead to new device design targets or selection guidelines to improve the durability of valve replacement.

Congratulations, Mike!

Congratulations to Drs. Fuhui Fang and Mike Lee!

July 16, 2020

Congratulations to Fuhui Fang and Mike Lee for successfully completing their PhDs.

Fuhui’s thesis is on Numerical Advances for Fluid-Structure Interactions in Entangled Polymer Solutions with Applications to Active Microbead Rheology. Fuhui will be starting a position at Microsoft in the Fall.

Mike’s thesis is on Simulating In Vitro Models of Cardiovascular Fluid-Structure Interaction: Methods, Models, and Applications. Mike is off to a postdoctoral position at Johns Hopkins in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Institute for Computational Medicine.

Good luck, Fuhui and Mike!

Congratulations to Dr. Yanni Lai!

December 15, 2019

Congratulations to Yanni Lai for successfully completing her PhD. Yanni’s thesis was on Multigrid Methods for the Bidomain Equations. Yanni has already started a position at Amazon in Seattle. Good luck, Yanni!

Ben Vadala-Roth completes his oral exam

September 6, 2019

Congratulations to Ben Vadala-Roth, who successfully completed his oral qualifying exam on stabilization methods that improve the accuracy of nonlinear solid mechanics formulations used in the immersed finite element method and their application to modeling bicuspid aortic valves!

Yanni Lai defends her PhD thesis

August 16, 2019

Congratulations to Yanni Lai for successfully defending her thesis, Multigrid Methods for the Bidomain Equations! Yanni is now finishing up some final revisions to her written thesis as the last step before completing her PhD requirements.

Congratulations to Dr. Aaron Barrett!

June 24, 2019

Congratulations to Aaron Barrett for successfully defending his thesis, An Adaptive Viscoelastic Fluid Solver: Formulation, Verification, and Applications to Fluid-Structure Interaction! Aaron is off to a postdoctoral position at the University of Utah in July.

Yanni Lai completes her oral exam

May 15, 2019

Congratulations to Yanni Lai, who successfully completed her oral qualifying exam on multigrid methods for models of cardiac electrophysiology!

Mike Lee completes his oral exam

February 12, 2019

Congratulations to Mike Lee, who successfully completed his oral qualifying exam on fluid-structure interaction models of bioprosthetic heart valves and in vitro validation of computational models of cardiovascular fluid dynamics!

Hellos and Goodbyes

August 1, 2018

In July, we welcomed two new postdoctoral researchers to the group: Saad Qadeer, who just finished his PhD in Applied Mathematics at UC-Berkeley, and David Wells, who is joining us from an RTG Postdoctoral Fellowship at RPI. Welcome to UNC!

We also said goodbye to Charles Puelz, who is starting a position as a Courant Instructor at NYU in the Fall, and to Michael Chambers, who is resuming his MD program at UNC. Good luck, Charles and Mike!

May 2018 Graduation

May 13, 2018

Congratulations to Elijah DeLee and Raveena Kshatriya, who both graduated in May. Elijah received his BS in Applied Mathematics with Highest Honors and Highest Distinction, and Raveena received her BA with a double major in Computer Science and Mathematics. Elijah will be working at RedHat in Raleigh, and Raveena is off to AIG in Charlotte. Good luck!