Graduate Students

Below you will find a listing of each Aeroelasticity faculty's current graduate students. Please click on the graduate students' names to find out more about them and their research projects!

PhD Students


Chip Cervi

Ph.D. Candidate

Research Interests: Chip is interested in structural dynamics of slender structures and using additive manufacturing capabilities to explore them. His research primarily focuses on buckling of slender structures with the focus now being on cylindrical shells. These structures have theoretical [...]


Ian K Eldridge-Allegra

Ph.D. Candidate

Research Interests: Ian is particularly interested in the study of aeroelastic instabilities and the application of computational fluid dynamics.


Christopher Kaminski

Ph.D. Candidate

Research Interests: Christopher is interested in Nonsynchronous Vibrations in Turbine Flows, particularly in the development of frequency-domain models that can be used to analyze such flows in a computationally efficient manner.

Piccolo Serafim

Luisa Piccolo Serafim

Ph.D. Candidate

Research Interests: Luisa is a Ph.D. student at Professor Earl Dowell's lab and is currently working on analytical implementation and computational models to assess high-speed flows and fluid-solid-thermal interactions considering structural and aerodynamic nonlinearities.


Harry Xu

Ph.D. Candidate

Research Interests: Harry is interested in ways to optimize fluid-structure interaction simulations and the application of computational fluid dynamics in the hypersonic regime.

Masters Students


John Smalley

Research Interests: John is part of Dr. Dowell's research group studying the unsteady behavior of pressure distribution of an airfoil and other geometries given an arbitrary motion, operating the Duke Wind Tunnel and comparing results with computational models.