Research students

Students please note: The only student positions currently available are for masters students with alternative funding sources (scholarships or teaching assistantships) or for current OSU undergraduate students interested in research (must have taken or currently be taking fluid mechanics). At this point no funding is available to support Masters or PhD students, Postdocs, or any type of summer internships for non-OSU students.


  • Abigail Clark

Abigail Clark is currently pursuing a MS in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Engineering Education. She began working with Dr. Belloni during the summer of 2019 and is researching various low-head hydropower options. Prior to coming to Ohio State, she worked for several years as a researcher at Battelle Memorial Institute, also located in Columbus, where she worked on the development of unique systems and equipment for a variety of clients.  She earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio Northern University in 2012. Outside of school, Abigail is a volunteer with the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland and likes to read, bake, and play board games with her family and friends.


  • TJ Erb

TJ is currently pursuing his MS in mechanical engineering and has been with the Hydro and Aero Energy Group since the spring of 2018. His undergraduate thesis work focused on flow velocity characterization in an experimental flume to support analysis of turbine and weir performances in an experimental flume. His current work focuses on developing an experimental flume laboratory experience for ME3503 Introduction to Fluid Mechanics.




  • Tommy Malkus

Tommy is an M.S. mechanical engineering student, working on CFD/aeroacoustics modeling of wind turbines, with the high hopes of helping to bring the cost of wind energy down. Tommy also holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from The Ohio State University. He joined the hydro and Aero Energy Group in Spring 2018 and completed an undergraduate thesis simulating and optimizing a low head hydro turbine employing free surface CFD.







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  • Jaikeun Chung

Jaikeun worked on CFD simulations of hydrokinetic turbines as part of an undergraduate research thesis in AY18/19.







  • Michael Scherping

Michael Scherping completed an undergraduate thesis performing experimental work on the Williams Cross Flow Turbine in collaboration with Central State University.







  • Daniel Bonavita – laboratory research intern in summer 2018