Dixia Fan (CV)

Post-doctoral Associate

2019 MIT Energy Fellow

ABS Research Fellow

President, Society of Petroleum Engineers, MIT Chapter

MIT Sea Grant, MIT Tow Tank,

MIT Intelligent Towing Tank (Founder)

MIT Mechanical Engineering Department

MIT Energy Initiative

Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), MIT Chapter





Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

B.S. in Ocean Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Research Interests

5. Intelligent, Informational, Integrated, Interdisciplinary Fluid-Structure Interaction (i4-FSI). LinkLink

4. Bio-Inspired Design for Marine Surface and Underwater Vehicles. Link

3. Vortical Flow Sensing and Control. LinkLink

2. 2D Assembly/Soft Materials for Aero/Aquatic Application. Link

1. Teaching Method and Philosophy in STEM Education. Link




2015 - 2019







2009 -  2012

Honors & Awards

11. MIT de Florez Science Award

10. M.A. Abkowitz International Travel Award

9. MIT Museum Exhibition: Harbor Seal Whisker, Nature Inspired VIV Suppression

8. Nico van Wingen Fellowship

7. M.A. Abkowitz International Travel Award

6. American Bureau of Ship Fellowship 

5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Graduate Exploration Fellowship

4. Top 1% Undergraduate Thesis, SJTU

3. SJTU IVA (Founder) is awarded SJTU ten key scientific and creative associations

2. LIoyd's Register Education Trust Award

1. Shanghai Academic Excellence Scholarship

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Professional Services

8. Techanical Committee. International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers (ISOPE)

7. Session Chair. ISOPE(2019) Session 15: Vortex-Induced Vibration

6. Supervisor. MIT microProject Society

5. Member. Shanghai Education Evaluation Association

4. President. Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), MIT Chapter

3. Vice President. MIT Mining, Oil and Gas Clue (MOT)

2. Founder, CTO. SJTU Intelligent Vehicle Association (IVA)

1. Referee of  Ocean Engineering

1. Referee of  Marine Structures

1. Referee of  Journal of Fluids and Structures

1. Referee of  Journal of Sound and Vibration

1. Referee of  Acta Mechanica

1. Referee of  International Journal of Offshore and Polar Engineering

1. Referee of  China Ocean Engineering

1. Referee of  Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications

1. Referee of  Multidiscipline Modeling in Materials and Structures

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2018 (F), 2019 (F)

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2014 (S), 2016 (S)

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MIT (U: undergraduate; G: graduate; F: Fall; S: Spring):

5. Design Electro-mechanic Robotic System, 1.015/2.017 (U). Lab Instructor (2019) & Lecturer (2018)

4. Mens et Manus: The Joy of MIT (Fishbots Component), 6.A01 (U). Lab Instructor (2018 & 2019)

3. Maneuvering and Control of Surface and Underwater Vehicles, 2.154 (G). Lecturer (2017), TA (2015 & 2016) & Lab Instructor (2018 & 2019)

2. Design Principal for Ocean Vehicles, 2.22 (G). TA (2014) & Lab Instructor (2016)

1. Hydrodynamics, 2.016 (U). Lab Instructor (2015 - 2018)

I proposed a new teaching concept of STEM 3.0 for K-12 study and teaching. Here is the publication and a list of my educational talks. This has been implemented since 2017 in the new establishment of 2 educational bases in Shanghai, tens of middle/high schools and department of Ocean Engineering, SJTU. 

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I have been blessed to work closely with and mentor 19 students, including 2 high school, 13 undergraduate and 4 graduate students. Here is the list of the students and their projects (reports or publications are attached): 

19. Natural Inspired Super Maneuverability and Heeling Improvement for surface vehicles, John R Paris (MIT).  Project Proposal.

18. An Active Learning Strategy for Cylinder Wake Control Using Small Rotating Cylinders, Juhan Wang (Tianjin Univ.). BS Thesis.

17. Separation Control and Drag Reduction on Hydrofoil using Matrix of Actuators for Traveling Wave Walls, Taylor Lauren V'Dovec (MIT). BS Thesis.

16. Numerical Investigation of Multiple Flexible Bodies Undergoing Vortex-Induced Vibrations, Lin Ke (Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ., co-supervised by Prof. Jiasong Wang). PhD Project Proposal.

15. Hydrodynamic and Dynamic Modeling of an Ocean Drifter, Anthony C Kriezis (MIT). Project Report.

14. Experimental Investigation of Hydrodynamics of an Underwater Flapping Foil Penguin Robot: Flapping Foil Hydrodynamics, Kevin Lu (Webb Institute, co-supervised by Dr. Gurvan Jodin). Project Report.

13. Experimental Investigation of Hydrodynamics of an Underwater Flapping Foil Penguin Robot: Body Design, Matthew Migliozzi (Webb Institute, co-supervised by Dr. Gurvan Jodin). Project Report.

12. Flow Visualization on the Staggered Cylinders of Different Diameter Ratios (Riser with Buoyancy Modules), Tianyi Zhang (Tianjin Univ.). BS Thesis.

11. Hydrodynamics of Multiple Cylinders Bundle in the Oscillatory Flow, Peiseng Tan (Ocean Univ. of China). Conference Paper.

10. Hydrodynamic Miracle: Devil Ray’s Amazing Jumping Gait, Miranda P Kotidis (MIT).

 9. Wave and Current Induced Vibration for Riser with Piggy-back Configuration, Divya Bachina (Boston Univ. Academy, High School Student). JSV Paper.

 8. 4-DOF Inverted Pendulum Balance on the Water Surface: A Simple Model of Falcon-9 Sea Landing, Marion Tormento (École des Ponts ParisTech, MIT Exchange Master Student). Project Report.

 7. A Physical Understanding on Dual Cylinders in the Oscillatory Flow, Xiaotong Zhang (Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ. Co-supervised by Prof. Decheng Wan). Conference Paper 01, Conference Paper 02.

 6. Modal Group Switch of a Uniform Flexible Cylinder Undergoing Vortex Induced Vibration, Chong Sun (Tianjin Univ.). Conference Paper, BS Thesis.

 5. Experimental Approaches to Simulate Real Ocean Profile, Honglin Du (Tianjin Univ.). BS Thesis.

 4. Uranium extraction from seawater: investigating hydrodynamic behavior and performance of porous shells, Amanda Michelle Hamlet (MIT, for the towing tank experiment). MS Thesis.

 3. Hydrodynamic VIV Database Construction for Riser with Kill Line, Baiheng Wu (Tianjin Univ. MIT Exchange Student). Conference Paper 01, Conference Paper 02, Defense Slides.

 2. Vortex Induced Vibration of Riser with Finite Length Buoyance Module, Jorlyn Le Garrec (MIT). Conference Paper.

 1. Stand-up Controller Design for a Two-Wheel Self-Balanced Car, Chenjie Lu (Imperial College London).

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