Eric Brown Lab

Mechanical Engineering
& Materials Science
Yale University


Principal Investigator

Eric Brown (Curriculum Vitae) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Yale University. He graduated with a B.S. in Physics from Harvey Mudd College in 2002. He earned his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2007 for his work in turbulent Rayleigh-Benard convection with Guenter Ahlers. He spent time as a Postdoctoral Scholar in The James Franck Institute at the University of Chicago working with Heinrich Jaeger. His research interests include turbulence, dynamos, and the mechanics of granular materials.


Nivi Samudrala is a postdoctoral scholar studying shear thickening fluids. Nivi earned her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Yale in 2017, while also being a cross-registrant at the Yale School of Management through the Advanced Graduate Leadership Program. Her dissertation was on colloidal particles at fluid interfaces, advised by Eric Dufresne . Her research interests include soft matter, mechanics, and bio-inspired materials. In Brown lab, she is investigating the impact dynamics and rheology of shear thickening materials.

Graduate students

Dandan Ji is a graduate student in physics studying the dynamics of large-scale coherent structures in turbulent convection.

Rijan Maharjan is a graduate student in the Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science department working on shear thickening fluids. He graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Lafayette College in May 2014 where he worked with Daniel Sabatino on quantifying hairpin vortex generation.

Former students


Shomeek Mukhopadhyay
Kunlun Bai
Florian Carle

Undergraduate theses

Henos Musie (B.S. 2016, Yale)
Sarah Strong (B.S. 2016, Yale)
Tammer Abiyu (B.S. 2014, Yale)
Andrew Hendricks (B.S. 2014, Yale)
Dalton Johnson (B.S. 2014, Yale)
Tina Kuang (B.S. 2014, University of California, Merced) - fellowship for teacher training at UC Berkeley
Ben Allen (B.S. 2013, UC Merced, visiting researcher at Yale 2014) - graduate school at Clark U
Russell Hawkins (B.S. 2013, University of California, Merced) - graduate school at UC Davis
Cesar Ramirez (B.S. 2013, University of California, Merced)
Marcus Bell (B.S. 2013, University of California, Merced)
Thanasi Athanassiadis (B.S. 2013, University of Chicago) - graduate school at MIT
Alice Nasto (B.S. 2011, University of Chicago) - graduate school at MIT
Nick Rodenberg (B.S. 2011, University of Chicago) - Boston Dynamics
Jason Merritt (B.S. 2011, University of Chicago) - graduate school at UIUC

Rotation projects

Judith Hoeller
Ross Bauer
Joshua Casara
KM Faysal

Summer students

Aparna Nair-Kanneganti
Daniel Tokarz
Ian Billinge
Ben Sokol
Kristi Wharton
Laszlo Gendler
Chris Valdez
Xuan-Truc Nguyen
Ethan Kyzivat
Tobias Storz
Andres Moron
Lucia Korpas
Aubrey Wahl