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.


  • 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. He has been with the Hydro and Aero Energy Group since the spring of 2018 working as an undergraduate thesis student. 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.





  • Tommy Malkus

Tommy is currently pursuing a MS in Mechanical Engineering. He spent summer 2018 as a OSU SIMCenter intern learning Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in hydropower application and completed an undergraduate thesis 2018/2019 with with Hydro and Aero Energy Group, developing CFD models of a William’s Cross Flow Turbine.







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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.