• Scientist & Engineer

    Yile (Yi) Gu

  • Who is Yile (Yi)

    Yile (Yi) Gu

    (顾亦乐)

    Through Ph.D. studies at Princeton University, I have undergone rigorous training as a scientist and engineer.

     

    As a scientist, I have helped elucidate the physics of granular flow and fluidization, with numerous journal publications and conference presentations (Google Scholar). I won Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Honorific Fellowship from Princeton University for the research work.

     

    As an engineer, I have helped develop simulation capabilities to design and troubleshoot industrial-scale fluidized beds which are frequently encountered in energy, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries. I have also gained industrial experiences through internships.

     

    I strive to utilize the critical-thinking skills developed as a scientist and problem-solving skills developed as an engineer to tackle a broad range of interesting problems.

  • Education

    Princeton University

    September 2012 - June 2017 (Expected), Princeton, NJ

    Ph.D. Chemical and Biological Engineering

     

    Multiphase Flow Group with Professor Sankaran Sundaresan, Norman John Sollenberger Professor in Engineering

     

    Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Honorific Fellowship for thesis work and professional promise.

     

    Four first-author publications in physics and engineering journals.

    Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

    September 2009 - June 2012, Terre Haute, IN

    B.S. Chemical Engineering

    Summa cum laude. Graduated in three years.

     

    Percopo Full Tuition Scholarhip

  • Experience

    SABIC Americas

    Intern Scientist, June 2016 - August 2016, Houston, TX

    Developed simulations capabilities for fixed-bed reactors.

    Princeton University

    Researcher, January 2013 - Present, Princeton, NJ

    Developed appropriate models and computational methodologies that would enable simulation of performance of fluidized beds at industrial scale. Research is funded by ExxonMobil Research and Engineering and Department of Energy.

    Princeton University

    Teaching Assistant, 2014-2016, Princeton, NJ

    Assisted in teaching 4 undergraduate and graduate level courses in mathematics and engineering.

  • Awards

    Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Honorific Fellowship by Princeton University, 2016

    Among ~10 out of the entire graduate school for thesis work and professional promise.

    Donald F. Othmer Award by American Institute for Chemical Engineers, 2011

    Among ~60 out of chemical engineering undergraduate students in the US for academics.

  • Publication

    Journal Publication

    (1) Y. Gu, S. Chialvo, and S. Sundaresan. Rheology of cohesive granular materials across multiple dense-flow regimes. Physical Review E 90, 032206 (2014), doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.90.032206

     

    (2) Y. Gu, A. Ozel, and S. Sundaresan. A modified cohesion model for CFD-DEM simulations of fluidization. Powder Technology 296, 17 (2016), doi: 10.1016/j.powtec.2015.09.037 (invited paper)

     

    (3) Y. Gu, A. Ozel, and S. Sundaresan. Numerical studies of the effects of fines on fluidization. AIChE Journal 62, 2271 (2016), doi: 10.1002/aic.15229

     

    (4) Y. Gu, A. Ozel, and S. Sundaresan. Rheology of granular materials with size distributions across dense-flow regimes. Powder Technology 295, 322 (2016), doi: 10.1016/j.powtec.2016.03.035

     

    (5) W. Mulhearn, D. Kim, Y. Gu, and D. Lee. Facilitated transport enhances spray layer-by-layer assembly of oppositely charged nanoparticles. Soft Matter 8, 10419 (2012), doi: 10.1039/c2sm26456k

    Conference Presentations

    (1) Y. Gu, A. Ozel, and S. Sundaresan. A modified cohesion model for CFD-DEM simulations of fluidization. 2015 AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, 9 November 2015.

     

    (2) Y. Gu, A. Ozel, and S. Sundaresan. Implementation of a modified kinetic theory model for frictional granular flows. 2015 AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, 11 November 2015.

     

    (3) Y. Gu, A. Ozel, S. Radl, and S. Sundaresan. Effects of fines on fluidization. 2014 AIChE Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, 19 November 2014.

     

    (4) Y. Gu, A. Ozel, S. Radl, and S. Sundaresan. Effects of cohesion on granular flow and fluidization. Graduate Student Symposium, Princeton, NJ, 17 October 2014.

     

    (5) Y. Gu, S. Chialvo, and S. Sundaresan. Implementation and refinement of a comprehensive model for dense granular flows. 2014 NETL Cross-cutting Research Review Meeting. Pittsburgh, PA, 19-23 May 2014.

     

    (6) Y. Gu, S. Chialvo, and S. Sundaresan. Rheology of cohesive granular materials across multiple dense flow regimes. 2013 AIChE Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA, 5 November 2013.

     

    (7) A. Ozel, Y. Gu, and S. Sundaresan. Development of particle stress model for MP-PIC approach. 2015 AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, 11 November 2015.

     

    (8) A. Ozel, Y. Gu, S. Radl and S. Sundaresan. Numerical simulations of fluidized suspensions of cohesive particles with size distributions. Frontiers in Particle Science and Technology. Chicago, IL, 30 April 2014.

     

  • Interests

    Pianist

    I enjoy playing piano. I was a pianist in a jazz band in college (shown in picture). I also enjoy improvise. Some of my improvisation pieces can be found here.

    Kung-Fu tea ceremony master

    Kung-Fu tea ceremony is a traditional Chinese method for ritualized preparation and presentation of tea. I enjoyed serving it for my friends.

    Go player (1 dan)

    Go originated in ancient China more than 5,500 years ago.

    I achieved 1 dan as certified by Chinese Go association.

  • LET'S CHAT

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