John R. Saylor

Clemson University
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Clemson, SC 29634-0921
Phone: (864) 656-5621
Fax: (864) 656-4435

E-Mail: jsaylor "at" clemson "dot" edu

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Interfacial Hydrodynamics Research Group


Shivuday Kala

Nisarg Patel

Shivuday Kala
Doctoral Student
Research Area: Improved sizing resolution of particle impactors in the nanoparticle range.

Nisarg Patel
Masters Student
Research Area: The effect of flow swirl on particle removal via fog.


Student Awards, Graduations, etc.


Graduated Students and Former Postdocs

Tyler M. Merrell

Steven A. Fredericks

Xingchen Shao

Tyler M. Merrell
M. S. (August 2016)
Thesis Title: Aerosol removal in a cylindrical ultrasonic standing wave field

Current Affiliation: Harris Corporation

Steven A. Fredericks
Ph.D. (May 2018)
Thesis Title: Investigation of single drop particle scavenging using an ultrasonically levitated drop

Current Affiliation: University of Minnesota, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Xingchen Shao (co-advised with Dr. Joshua Bostwick)
Ph.D. (August 2020)
Thesis Title: Pattern formation and elastocapillary instabilities in soft gels

Current Affiliation: Johns Hopkins University, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department

Rachel K. Sundberg-Anderson

Mayur Sunil Mohite

Jonathan Lee Hodges

Weiyu Ran

Rachel K. Sundberg-Anderson
M.S., non-thesis (May 2014)

Current Affiliation: Clemson University, Academic Success Center

Mayur S. Mohite
M.S., non-thesis (May 2014)

Jonathan L. Hodges
M.S. (Dec. 2014)
Thesis Title: A model of the diurnal variation in lake surface temperature
Current Affiliation: Virginia Tech

Weiyu Ran
Ph.D. (Dec. 2014)
Thesis Title: Particle scavenging by water drops in an ultrasonic standing wave field,
Current Affiliation: Cummins Fuel Systems

Alexandria M. Cochrane

David Adam Spencer

Christian Gerard Anthony Gaeta

Ryne Chamberlain Phillips

Alexandria M. Cochrane
Undergraduate Researcher (2012)
A comparison of foam and liquid water cooling above the Leidenfrost temperature.

Current Affiliation: Clemson University

D. Adam Spencer
Undergraduate Researcher (ME H415, 2012-2013)
Research Area: An experimental study of foam as a cooling agent: A comparision with water
Current Affiliation: Clemson University

Christian G. A. Gaeta
Undergraduate Researcher (ME H415, 2012-2013)
Research Area: The effect of airborne particle concentration on Mesler bubble formation

Current Affiliation: DWG Consulting Engineers

Ryne C. Phillips
M.S. Civil Engineering (Dec. 2013)
Thesis Title: Evaporation and modeling water availability in the Savannah River Basin,
co-advised with Dr. Nigel B. Kaye
Current Affiliation: W. P. Law, Inc.

Forrest Williard

Jie Kou

Greg Johnson

Steven M. Bower

Forrest Williard
Undergraduate Researcher (2010)
Prototyping of a field-deployable method for surfactant monolayer removal.

Current Affiliation: Clemson University

Jie Kou
Ph.D. (Dec. 2010)
Thesis Title: A study of the statistics of the air/water interfacial temperature field during mixed convection heat transfer.

Current Affiliation: Cummins Fuel Systems

Greg Johnson
Undergraduate Researcher (ME 415, Summer 2011)
Research Area: The evoluation of the cell size distribution during foam drainage

Steven M. Bower
Ph.D. (Aug. 2011)
Thesis Title: An investigation of the effects of surfactant monolayers on natural convection heat transfer and evaporative mass transfer.

Current Affiliation: Southwest Research Institute

David Sitarski

R. J. Lee

Brantley Mills

Garrett Bounds

David Sitarski
Undergraduate Researcher ME 415 (2009)
Patterns in flows from a spatially periodic temperature gradient.

Current Affiliation: Hubbell Lighting

R. J. Lee
M.S. (Dec. 2009)
Thesis Title: The effect of a surfactant monolayer on gas exchange across an air-water interface during mixed convection

Current Affiliation: Leidos

Brantley Mills
Undergraduate Researcher (ME 415, 2009)
Research Area: Mesler Entrainment: the effect of surfactants and Weber number

Current Affiliation: Georgia Institute of Technology

Garrett Bounds
Undergraduate Researcher (ME 415, 2010)
Research Area: Mesler Entrainment: the effect of Froude, Capillary, and Weber numbers

Current Affiliation: BMW

Dr. K. Peter Judd


Justin L. Lapp

Prasad Gokhale

Dr. K. Peter Judd
Postdoctoral Fellow (2006 - 2007)
Infrared Imaging of Air/Water Interfaces

Current Affiliation: NRL

Dr. Timothy Conover
Postdoctoral Fellow (2005 - 2006)
Effect of Wind Speed on the RMS of Surface Temperature

Current Affiliation:

Justin L. Lapp
M.S. (Aug. 2007)
Thesis Title: Analyzing relationships between lightning and rain in order to improve estimation accuracy of rain

Current Affiliation: University of Maine, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Prasad Gokhale
M.S. (2008)
Thesis Title: An experimental investigation of air/water heat transfer during mixed convection conditions

Current Affiliation: General Electric




Paul H. Wright

Nithya Sivasubramanian

Diana Lang

Raymond McDonnell, III

Paul H. Wright
M.S. (Dec. 2005)
Thesis Title: A statistical analysis of the surface temperature field during evaporative convection

Current Affiliation: Electrolux Home Products

Nithya A. Sivasubramanian
M.S. (May 2006)
Thesis Title: Digital image processing methods for the analysis of raindrop size

Current Affiliation: Consultant, Almac Clinical Technologies, Yardley, PA

Diana M. Lang
M.S. (Aug. 2006)
Thesis Title: Simulation of the optical characteristics of raindrops using ray tracing

Current Affiliation: Moore School of Business, USC

Raymond E. McDonnell, III
M.S. (Dec. 2006)
Thesis Title: The effects of water droplet oscillations on the scavenging of micron sized particles

Current Affiliation: URS Corp, Y-12 National Security Complex

James W. Ballentine

Abigail L. Kinard

Brian K. Jones

Disha Saxena

James W. Ballentine
Undergraduate Researcher (ME 415, 2004)
Research Topic: The Correlation between Lightning Strikes and DSD Parameters

Abigail L. Kinard
Undergraduate Researcher (ME 415, 2004)
Research Topic: Simulation of Particle Deposition beneath Faraday Waves in Thin Liquid Films

Current Affiliation: General Electric

Brian K. Jones
M.S. (Aug. 2004)
Thesis Title: A wind tunnel study of the oscillation and vortex shedding behavior of water drops at terminal velocity

Former Undergraduate REU Student and Undergraduate Researcher.
Research Topic: Experimental investigations of oscillatory behavior in falling raindrops

Current Affiliation: Columbia University

Disha D. Saxena
M.S. (Dec. 2004)
Thesis Title: Comparison of algorithms for raindrop image processing: detection and sizing

Current Affiliation: AOL, LLC

Nathan K. Grizzard

Robert H. King

Jessica A. Taylor

Jesse D. Black

Nathan K. Grizzard
M.S. (Aug. 2002)
Thesis Title: The effect of surfactant monolayers on the velocity of drop-induced vortex rings
Sealed Air Corp.

Robert H. King
Undergraduate Researcher (ME 415, 2002)
Research Topic: The Effect of Drop
Shape on Drop-Induced Vortex Penetration


NASA South Carolina Space
Grant Research Scholar
Research Topic: Wind tunnel development
for drop levitation investigations

Jessica A. Taylor
Former Undergraduate REU Student
Research Topic: Laser imaging of raindrops

Jesse D. Black
Undergraduate Researcher
Research Topic: The effect of drop shape at impact on the velocity of drop induced vortices


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I served as the faculty advisor for Pi Tau Sigma (Phi Kappa chapter) from 2000-2007. In 2005 we hosted the International Convention at the Madren Center at Clemson University.





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