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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 second-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.


Orkun Mert Ustun


Orkun is a PhD student in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics. He received his Bachelor's Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University in Spring 2023. He studies compressible Rayleigh-Taylor Instability. His hobbies are playing soccer, watching basketball, and playing guitar.


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.


Scott Weekley


Scott is pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering with a focus in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).  His research is focused on reacting flow simulations for the advancement of high-speed propulsion systems as well as aerodynamics and vehicle performance and stability.  As a former collegiate rower, he enjoys rowing recreationally and staying active.


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.


Laurin Thuney

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Laurin is a graduate student pursuing her MS degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Alabama. She works full-time as a research engineer at the Air Force Research Laboratory on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Laurin's research interests are in hypersonic combustion; she is an experimentalist and loves to spend time in the lab. Laurin holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Ohio State University and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Ohio. In her free time, she likes to enjoy the outdoors with her husband and three kids. 


Current Undergraduate Students

Aidan Gesch

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Aidan is an Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics major on track to earn his BS and MS from the University of Alabama in 2026 and 2027, respectively. He is currently studying in Prague, Czechia through a USAC study abroad program. He is also part of the Randall Research Scholars Program, as well as AIAA, Sigma Gamma Tau, and the UASpace BAMA-2 Mission Team. In his free time, Aidan enjoys attending UA sporting events and learning new coding techniques. 


Elise Theriot

Elise is an undergraduate student studying Aerospace Engineering and minoring in Mathematics, with particular interests in machine learning and CFD. She is also the Vice President and a technical lead for UASpace and a member of Phi Sigma Rho, as sorority for women in STEM. In her free time, Elise enjoys playing guitar, drawing, and spending time with her family. 


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.



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

Ronald Lee MS in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics in Fal2023


Brian Goldstein MS in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics in Fal2022


Undergraduate Alumni

Ian Harlow BS in Mechanical Engineering in Summer 2023


Darren (DJ) Ferrier BS in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics in Spring 2023


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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