"Where the flow carries a large quantity of water, the speed of the flow is greater and vice versa."

by Leonardo da Vinci

Welcome to my website:

I am Dixia Fan, currently a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT Mechanical Engineering Department and MIT Sea Grant College, and an Energy Fellow at MIT Energy Initiative. I work closely with Professor Michael S. Triantafyllou at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT  and Professor George Karniadakis at the Department of Applied Mathematics, Brown University since I got my Ph.D. degree from MIT in 2019. Before that, I got my M.S. degree from MIT in 2016 and B.S. from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) in 2013.

My major research interest focuses on the vortical flow sensing and control, and its application in both fundamental fluid-structure interaction (FSI) problems and aero/aquatic bio-propulsion and maneuvering. With my colleagues and collaborators, I established a new lab at MIT Sea Grant, the lab of "pink coach", featuring an Intelligent Towing Tank (ITT, the figure is shown in the head). At the lab of "pink coach", with a combination of fundamental fluid mechanics experimentation and modeling techniques, inspirations from the nature and machine learning technologies, I study and further our understanding for the FSI problem in an intelligent, integrative, informational and interdisciplinary way (i⁴ FSI).

© 2019 by Dixia Fan, a "lazy" fluid mechanist