Environmental and Biological Fluid Mechanics Lab

Particle-laden turbulence and biological propulsion



Dr. Margaret L. Byron earned her Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California Berkeley in 2015 [CV, updated 6/6/18].  She is interested in the fluid dynamics of animal locomotion at intermediate Reynolds numbers, as well as the dynamics of large particles in turbulent flows.  For more information on current lab projects, see the Research page.

Outside of the lab…
Dr. Byron likes music, traveling, cooking, and outdoor activities like hiking and camping.


Dr. Byron’s availability (for meetings etc) can be accessed here.




Brandon Angle is a first-year M.S. student in Mechanical Engineering. He also received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Engineering Mechanics from Penn State. As an undergrad, Brandon worked with Dr. Tak-Sing Wong’s group, focusing on developing design principles for slippery surfaces inspired by the pitcher plant’s substrate. Currently, Brandon is working with Dr. Matthew Rau and Dr. Margaret Byron on the buoyancy of particles in turbulent flow.

Outside the lab…

Brandon is a huge Louisville Cardinals sports fan and spends most of his weekends at sprint car races.


Coming soon…

Venkata Rajeshwar Majety

Adrian Herrera-Amaya


Joey Bail is an undergraduate senior studying Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. He is interested in understanding animal behavior in fluid flows, and how their responses may benefit engineering design. Joey is helping to analyze ctenophore locomotion in varying flow environments using MATLAB to perform kinematic tracking.

Outside of the lab…
Joey enjoys recreational sports and outdoor activities (e.g. rock climbing, hiking, camping).


Nitis Chantarawong is currently a fourth year undergraduate student studying mechanical engineering and is interested in material science and marine animals– particularly in how marine life has evolved to survive in different environments.  He is currently studying how small freshwater invertebrates swim at intermediate Reynolds numbers.

Outside of the lab…

Nitis enjoys listening to music, drawing, and watching movies.


Aidan Cronin is a third year undergraduate student studying Mechanical Engineering at Penn State. He is interested in particle-fluid interactions in turbulent flows.


Outside of the lab…

Aidan enjoys playing guitar, soccer, reading, and playing with his dog.


Rebecca Denby is currently a third year undergraduate student studying Mechanical Engineering at Penn State. Her academic interests include biomechanics and fluid dynamics. Currently she is studying the mechanics of the locomotion of a small aquatic insect, known as the water boatmen, and the effects of varying Reynolds numbers on locomotion.

Outside of the lab…

Rebecca participates in THON at Penn State and enjoys hiking, drawing, and going to concerts.


Ellie Seber is an undergraduate senior studying Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. She is interested in the varying types of locomotion of aquatic animals. Ellie studies ctenophore locomotion and metachronal swimming in ctenophores using kinematic tracking and PIV.

Outside of the lab…

Ellie enjoys every dog she meets, comic books, and long moonwalks in deep space.


Opportunities are available for motivated, excited students (both graduate and undergraduate) to join the lab!  Check out the Research page to learn more about what we do.  If you are interested in joining the group, send an email to mbyron [at] psu [dot] edu with a description of yourself and your interests, and how you think you could contribute to our work.

NOTE FOR INTERESTED GRADUATE STUDENTS: Please be advised that EBFM lab (at this time) is an entirely experimental laboratory.  We do not do CFD.  If you are interested in the lab and your previous experience is in CFD only, that is not a problem; however, please explicitly outline how you think you could contribute to our experimental work.



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