Multiscale Computational Physics Lab







Welcome to Multiscale Computational Physics Lab

We develop fundamental theories and utilize simulation based experiments for different physical problems across different time/length scale and their applicaitons

Current Members

James Chen, Lab Director

I hold my master degree from Institute of Applie Mechanics, National Taiwan University in Taiwan. My master thesis was about traveling wave dielectrophoretic pump (TW-DEP): Using traveling wave dielectrophoresis to pump cell or micro-size particles in a microchannel. Before starting my PhD study, I was a research assistant at NanoBioScience Lab, Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taiwan under the supervision of Dr. Chia-Fu Chou. At that time, his research project was about electrodeless dielectrophoretic DNA trap. During 2008-2011, I worked on my Ph.D. with Professor James D. Lee and Professor Chunlei Liang at The George Wahsington University. My Ph.D. dissertation, entiled "Micropolar Electromagnetic Fluids: Theory and Simulation," is to further extend Micropoalr fluid theory (Morphing Continuum Theory) and to develop numerical schemes for compressible and imcompressible fluid flow with electromagnetic interaction.

My research interests invloves multiscale mechanics, bio-continuum mechanics, Nanoscale electrodynamics and Micropolar fluid dynamics (Theory and Compuations). I have published more than 15 journal articles and contributed more than 15 technical reports/presentations. I am an Honorary Fellow of Australian Institute of High Energetic Materials (AIHEM), one of Founding Members and technical committee of ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute on Nanomechanics and Nanomaterials, and member of ASME, APS, SES, Sigma Xi and Pi Tau Sigma (International Mechanical Engineering Honor Society).

Those interested in mathematics geneaology can explore my mathematical lineage (at the Mathematics Genealogy Project). My academic ancestry includes Timoshenko, Prandtl, Lipschitz, Dirichlet, Fourier, Poisson, Lagrange, Euler, Ohm, Leibniz, Laplace and all the way back to Bernoulli. The full tree even date all the way back to 1400 B.C. (Dr. Moses Perez, Dissertation Unkown, School Unknown). In addition, my Erdös Number is 4 (for information about Erdös numbers see the Erdös Number Project).

Louis Wonnell, PhD Student

Hi, my name is Louis Blais Wonnell. I was born and raised in San Diego California with two teachers for parents. My Dad teaches law and economics at the University of San Diego and my Mom teaches math to high school students at Santana High School. I became interested in mathematics in grade school, and started developing an interest in science during middle school. Only after graduating from Francis Parker School in 2006, however, did this interest in science develop into a passion. High school physics, chemistry, and biology classes lacked the passion those subjects deserved.

At Wake Forest University, I began to experience the universal scope and wonder of science and in particular, Physics. I decided to merge my pursuit of a Bachelor's degree in the Mathematics Department with my studies in Physics. Luckily, the creation of an interdisciplinary degree allowed me to incorporate both subjects into my undergraduate thesis, which focused on the Schwarzschild Metric describing the spacetime geometry of a black hole.

My undergraduate work involved several fields of Physics that captured my attention, but I wanted to make use of these fields for the direct benefit of humanity. This desire pushed me in the direction of engineering and alternative energies. I have pursued two main fields within the fields of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, namely plasma physics and computational fluid dynamics. My dream job is to work on magnetic confinement fusion reactors such as the design employed by ITER. I am currently looking to understand, describe, and model turbulent flows under the direction of Dr. James Chen at Kansas State University.

Emma Schinstock, Undergraduate Reseach Assistant

I am an undergraduate junior in Mechanical Engineering at Kansas State University. I grew up in a large family of engineers. My father is a college professor at K-State in mechanical engineering so naturally I am following in his footsteps. However, he got his degree from KU and we just couldn't bring ourselves to attend such a place. My mother got her degree at KU as well but both my parents have been adopted into the K-State family. I have 4 siblings and 3 of us have or are currently attending K-State. A significant part of mine and my siblings' childhood was spent on the third floor of the engineering building on campus which has led to me feeling very at home on campus. I feel that the previous statement and being labeled a "townie" (a K-State student from the town of Manhattan, KS) has earned me the right to call K-State my home. I am very much looking forward to at least the next two years and K-State and getting my hands dirty in research as well as even more traditional learning.

Nicole Johnson, Undergraduate Reseach Assistant

I am an undergraduate junior in Mechanical Engineering here at Kansas State University. I am from Blue Springs, MO which is just outside of Kansas City. I am the first in my family to come to K-State and study engineering. I always loved math while growing up but had never really thought to study engineering until my junior year of high school where I talked to my math teacher who suggested that I go into engineering. I thought about it and did some research and now here I am four years later studying engineering. K-State has become a second home to me where I stay as involved as possible. I love going to all of the sporting games and staying involved in Alpha Phi Omega which is a community service based fraternity. I look forward to improving my experience as K-State both personally and educationally by being involved in research.

Grant Ferland, Undergraduate Reseach Assistant

I grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. I have no previous affiliation with Kansas State but have quickly come to enjoy the culture and learning environment it has to offer. I decided to pursue Mechanical Engineering after my rock band broke up during my senior year of high school. Physics and Math have always interested me and I hope to one day use those skills and the skills I will gain from K-State to aid in the development of effective alternative energy sources. One of my idols is Elon Musk. Working for either Space-X or Tesla is a dream of mine. On Friday nights you can find me working on personal projects, usually robots or playing around with microcontrollers. Programming is therapeutic to me. If you want to know more about my projects just ask. Outside of school and technical work I enjoy yoga and knitting.

Leidong Xu, Undergraduate Reseach Assistant

Hi, my name is Leidong Xu. I came from Zibo, Shandong Province, China. I am an undergraduate junior student in Mechanical Engineering at Kansas State University. Both my parents are mechanical engineers working in the field of fluid and machine design. Due to too much family pressure, I tried my best to avoid to studying in engineering major when I was in high school. However, after one boring freshman year in business major in China, I found that mechanical engineering is real my passion from my blood. That experience finally pushed me to K-State. I always enjoy help other students to study physics and courses which are related to mechanical engineer. Both my father and I think that using computer programming is the best way to simulate and analyze the the extreme conditions which would never be simulated in the real lab. I am looking forward to contribute to MCPL and improve myself to a really independent engineer.

Former Members

Maurin Lopez, Postdoctoral Researcher

Vada Palochko, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Chris Ryba, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Jason Norman, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Steven Niemkiewicz, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Russell Faber, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Caleb Fisher, Undergraduate Research Assistant