Student NameKyle Howarth
Faculty Mentor NameRanga Narayanan
CollegeCollege of Engineering
MajorChemical Engineering
Research InterestsFluid Mechanics, Microgravity heat transfer
Academic AwardsAnderson Scholar (Highest Distinction)
OrganizationsUF Men's Club Soccer Team (National Champions), Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity
Hobbies and InterestsI have a passion for law and plan on attending law school after graduation with the intent to practice patent law. I will look to use my Chemical Engineering education and research background to aid in this endeavor. Outside of school, I devote over 10 hours a week to the UF Men's Club Soccer team. We are the current (2019) Men's Club Soccer National Champions.

Research Project

Faraday Instability at Interfaces

Mixing in microsystems is of importance in Lab-on -a chip devices, in microgravity processing, and in micro-heat pipes. This mixing can be caused by flow instabilities. Flow instabilities due to resonant interaction between parametric forcing and the natural frequency leads to interfacial patterns. This project is about prediction and experimental validation of the onset of interfacial patterns between fluid layers. This requires work with 3D printing of experiments, imaging, and data analysis.