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Denis Aslangil (PI)


Denis is an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at The University of Alabama since the Fall of 2021. His research interests traverse theory, modeling, and high-fidelity simulations of complex subsonic to hypersonic flows, and high-performance computing. He teaches AEM 311 Fluid Mechanics, AEM 420 Computational Fluid Dynamics, AEM 622 Turbulent Flows courses. In his free time, he enjoys playing chess, flying, and cooking.

Current Graduate Students

Ahmet Furkan Kula


Ahmet is a first-year Ph.D. student. His research interests include Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) of turbulent flows, parallel coding and computing, and high-order schemes for CFD. He has Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering and Physics from Bogazici University. His hobbies are running, hiking, and reading books on different physics topics.


Paul Mekhedjian


Paul completed his degrees in physics, having focused on nonlinear fluid dynamics in his undergraduate research and astrophysical, high-energy-density (HED) phenomena in his graduate work prior to joining the University of Alabama as a Ph.D. student in 2022. Currently, with Dr. Aslangil's group, he is researching turbulence in plasma and multi-species flows. Outside of his day job and academia, he enjoys hiking and time with family.


Hutson Staggs

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Hutson received his undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics in Fall 2022. He is now a graduate student pursuing an MS degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Alabama and studies compressible multi-species mixing. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and climbing with his wife and playing music.


Current Undergraduate Students

Darren (DJ) Ferrier


Darren (DJ) is an aspiring engineering student from New Orleans, Louisiana, He is currently pursuing his bachelor's in Aerospace Engineering with an expected graduation date in May of 2023. His interests include amateur rocketry, external flow analysis, and history. He works on fluid dynamics of renewable energy systems by using OpenFOAM.


Eric Barr


Eric is an aerospace engineering and mathematics double major who is applying for the AMP and MBA program at UA. He is part of multiple rocketry clubs on campus and wants to work on avionics or propulsion systems in rocketry. Currently, he studies plasma flow solver development with Python lanuage.


Ian Harlow


Ian is a self-motivated, solution-oriented engineering student with a passion for problem-solving. Through his desire to serve others, Ian leads a group of undergraduate students in the development and dissemination of affordable specialized equipment to solve neglected challenges of individuals living with disabilities. His other hobbies include combat robotics, 3D printing, and car audio. His research is on 3D-printed next-generation airfoils.


Nicholas Pak


Nicholas is a highly motivated student on track to graduate with his BSME, MBA, and MSAEM from The University of Alabama. He mostly spends his time on academics as he is a part of many professional societies and clubs such as ASME, AIAA, AICHE, and Stem Path to MBA Ambassadors. In his free time, he plays guitar and practices tricking. He works on multi-fluid turbulent mixing under time-varying forces.



Gideon Lombardo

Gideon Lombardo is a current junior from Birmingham, Alabama studying Aerospace Engineering as a member of the Randall Research Scholars Program at The University of Alabama. He will be pursuing graduate studies through the Accelerated Master’s Program and STEM Path to the MBA. He studies multi-layer stratified flows. In addition to his research, Gideon is the Vice President of Sigma Gamma Tau and an Honors College Ambassador.


Sam Wood


Sam is a computer science and mathematics double major who is currently a sophomore at UA. His academic interests include machine learning, high-performance computing, and procedural generation. He is currently a co-op at Mercedes-Benz and is part of the Putnam Math Team on campus. In his free time, he enjoys playing the piano, working out, and reading.



Tyler Prine


Tyler was an Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering (double major) senior student and was an MS student in the Aerospace Engineering Master's Program. For his master's thesis work, he was studying compressible Rayleigh-Taylor instability with large density variations. He attended 3 international conferences and published 1 conference paper in a little over a year. He will always be missed by his colleagues. Dr. Aslangil dedicates this work to the memory of Tyler Prine, who passed away just after the submission of the final version of this manuscript

Graduate Alumni

Brian Goldstein MS in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics in Fal2022


Undergraduate Alumni

Benjamin Robertson BS in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics in Spring 2022



  • Denis Aslangil and Man Long Wong, "Study of iso-thermal stratification strength on 2D multi-mode compressible Rayleigh-Taylor instability", to be presented at AIAA SciTech 2022 (01/2022).
  • Xingyu Su, Robin Walters, Denis Aslangil, Rose Yu, publish a conference article titled "Forecasting variable-density 3D turbulent flow", at Simulation with Deep Learning (SimDL) International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR) Workshop, 2021.
  • Denis Aslangil (PI) & Man Long Wong, "Compressibility effects in two-dimensional Rayleigh-Taylor Instability", US NSF - XSEDE Startup allocation (12/2020).
  • Selected for participating in the Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing, ATPESC 2020 in Chicago IL, which is a part of the Exascale Computing Project, and a collaborative effort of the DOE Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration.​
  • Denis Aslangil, Daniel Livescu & Arindam Banerjee publish an article titled "Variable-density buoyancy-driven turbulence with asymmetric initial density distribution" in the journal Physica D (03/2020).
  • Denis Aslangil attends the 3rd Physics Informed Machine Learning Workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico (01/2020).
  • Denis Aslangil attends ASME IMECE 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah (11/2019).

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