Research students

Please note:

  • The only student positions 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 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. Queries regarding such positions will not be answered.


  • Jaikeun Chung

Jaikeun is a senior student of Mechanical Engineering at OSU. Before he enrolled at the OSU, he earned bachelor’s degree of civil engineering at Hanyang University (ERICA, South Korea) as Cum laude. Currently, he is working on CFD simulations of hydrokinetic turbines as part of Dr. Belloni’s research group.  Jaikeun’s work mainly deals with setups of multiple low head axial turbines in various canal geometries. The turbines studied are those developed for canal applications by Smart Hydro Power GmbH. Jaikeun’s research is supported by the OSU SIMCenter.


  • TJ Erb

TJ is currently pursuing his BS in mechanical engineering and plans to graduate in May of 2019. He has been with the Hydro and Aero Energy Group since the spring of 2018. His work focuses around the effects of a slotted weir on the performance of a low-head cross-flow hydro turbine. This work is being performed in collaboration with kW River as well as Central State University. Outside of his research, TJ enjoys his time as a UTA in the ENGR1281 and ME2900 classrooms. He also serves as the vice president of Epsilon Tau Pi service fraternity.


  • Tommy Malkus

 Tommy is an Undergraduate Engineering Physics Major and combined BS/MS Mechanical Engineering student. He spent summer 2018 as a OSU SIMCenter intern learning Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in hydropower application. Tommy’s current thesis project consists of developing CFD models of a William’s Cross Flow Turbine, which is designed to extract energy from low-head hydro sights such as small dams and weirs. These simulations will model turbulent, multiphase (water and air) flow through the turbine, and will be used to predict the power output of this novel turbine design at various operating conditions. Results from the CFD simulation will be validated with experimental taken from a model scale turbine at Central State University’s experimental facility. After validation, CFD can be used to study the effects of scaling up the turbine in size.


  • Michael Scherping

I am a senior mechanical engineer, looking to focus my career in renewable energy and sustainability. On campus, I am involved with a variety of different organizations: The International Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta, Ohio Union Activity Board, and Ohio State Food Recovery Program. For my senior year, I will be working on a research project with Dr. Belloni. My project will focus on low head hydropower energy production. I will be helping to test the Williams cross-flow turbine (being commercialized by kW River) with different variations of hydro screens. The goal is to determine the benefits of hydro screens and different blade adjustments, by using parametric analyses to find the optimal operating conditions and design parameters yielding the highest efficiency. My experimental work is conducted at Central State University.