My background is in mechanical engineering, with a specialization in fluid mechanics and elasticity from the interdisciplinary perspectives of engineering, geophysics, and hydrology. I'm generally interested in using theoretical modeling and simple experiments to study complex geophysical and environmental mechanics problems.
I earned my PhD, SM, and SB from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. I worked with Ruben Juanes on the fluid mechanics of geological carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestration. Specifically, I studied the large-scale migration and trapping of buoyant CO2 in saline aquifers.
I was then a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University, where I worked with John Wettlaufer and Eric Dufresne on the flow-driven deformation of porous materials. I studied the mechanics of fluid injection into soft porous materials, as well as the propagation of mechanical waves through packings of wet particles. My work at Yale was funded by a generous Fellowship from the Yale Climate & Energy Institute.