Environmental Complexity Lab

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Stanford University

Contact:

Nicholas T. Ouellette
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Stanford University

Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building
Room 153
473 Via Ortega
Stanford, CA 94305

Tel: (650) 723-4860
Fax: (650) 725-9720
nto -at- stanford.edu

People

Principal Investigator

Nick Ouellette

Nick Ouellette (CV) is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He graduated from Swarthmore College in 2002 with majors in Physics and Computer Science, and earned his Ph.D. (in Physics) in 2006 from Cornell University, where he worked with Eberhard Bodenschatz. He held postdoctoral positions at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in 2006 (with Eberhard Bodenschatz) and in the Physics Department at Haverford College from 2007-2008 (with Jerry Gollub). Before coming to Stanford, he spent seven years on the faculty in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Yale University. Ouellette has broad research interests in fluid mechanics and nonlinear physics. He teaches courses in both of these areas, and has won teaching awards at both Stanford and Yale.

 

 

Graduate Students

Yuki Tanimoto

Yuki Tanimoto is a graduate student in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. He graduated from Tufts University in 2014 with a BS in Environmental Engineering. Prior to coming to Stanford, he worked as a Water Quality Modeler at HDR Inc (formally HydroQual Inc). His current research focuses on the interaction between dense gravity currents and internal waves in the near-coastal environment.




Marios Galanis

Marios Galanis is a graduate student in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. He graduated from the University of Patras in 2015 with a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering. His current research focuses on the erosion of granular beds by shear flows including topics such as strengthening and armoring of the beds.




Saksham Gakhar

Saksham Gakhar is a graduate student in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, India in 2017 with Bachelor of Technology (with Honors) in Mechanical Engineering and Minor in Computer Science and Engineering. He is motivated by the problem of bathymetric inversion. His research focuses on understanding the physical connection between a bedform and its free-surface signature in shallow turbulent flows such as in fluvial, estuarine, and coastal environments.




Laura Clark

Laura Clark is a graduate student in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2017 with a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a BA in English. Her current research focuses on particle motion in waves.








Yenchia Feng

Yenchia Feng is a graduate student in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. She graduated from Cooper Union in 2018 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Her current research focuses on collective behavior of insect swarms.







Jennifer Yin

Jennifer Yin is a graduate student in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. She graduated from Queen’s University in 2018 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Her current research focuses on developing instrumentation for field measurements of stratified turbulence.




 

 

Alumni

with last known coordinates

Patricia Yang (postdoc), Assistant Professor of Power Mechanical Engineering at National Tsing Hua University.

Sarah Eagleman (postdoc), Instructor in Neurosurgery at Stanford University.

Hangjian Ling (postdoc), Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

Kasper van der Vaart (postdoc).

Michael Sinhuber (postdoc), University of Oldenburg.

Abe Clark (postdoc), Assistant Professor of Physics at the Naval Postgraduate School.

Charlie Hogg (postdoc), data scientist at Aruba.

Rui Ni (postdoc), Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

James Puckett (postdoc), Associate Professor of Physics at Gettysburg College.

Doug Kelley (postdoc), Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Rochester.

Joseph Ballouz (Ph.D. 2020, Stanford).

Lei Fang (Ph.D. 2020, Stanford), Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.

Michelle DiBenedetto (Ph.D. 2019, Stanford), Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington.

J.C. Salevan (Ph.D. 2018, Yale), research analyst at Yale's Office of Institutional Research.

Alexandre de Chaumont Quitry (Ph.D. 2016, Yale), research engineer at Visby.

Yang Liao (Ph.D. 2015, Yale), Assistant Scientist in Marine Geology and Geophysics at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Nidhi Khurana (Ph.D. 2013, Yale), researcher at the Centers for Disease Control Global HIV program.

Manisha Patel (B.S. 2019, Stanford), graduate school in Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Pearson Miller (B.S. 2014, Yale), graduate school in Physics at MIT.

Ben Green (B.S. 2014, Yale), Assistant Professor, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan.

Jerry Wang (B.S. 2013, Yale; McCrosky Prize winner), Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

Courtney Engle (B.S. 2012, Yale), in industry.

Kevin Shen (B.S. 2011, Yale), graduate school in Chemical Engineering at Caltech.

Sophia Merrifield (B.S. 2010, Yale; Lichty & Waters Prize winner), postdoc in Physical Oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.