Team

Our Team

Cascade’s bench includes PhDs with deep expertise in numerical methods, multi-physics fluid mechanics, high performance computing, as well as geometric modeling, visualization, and data analytics.

Leadership

Frank Ham, PhD

President and CEO

As CEO and President, Frank Ham works with leading executives to address their toughest product design challenges relating to combustion, aeroacoustics and multi-phase applications. Since joining in 2007, Frank leads the design and development of Cascade’s massively parallel, high-fidelity CFD algorithms and software suite. He has been leading engineering teams and writing advanced simulation software for over 15 years.

Before Cascade, Frank was a Senior Research Scientist and Chief Software Architect at Stanford University’s Predictive Science Academic Alliance Center.

Gianluca Iaccarino, PhD

Co-Founder

Gianluca Iaccarino is co-founder of Cascade Technologies, a Professor at Stanford University, and the Director of the DOE’s PSAAP-Exascale Center at Stanford. He has over 15 years of experience in the development and application of CFD methods and acts as a consultant on a variety of projects involving industrial fluid flow simulations. He is also leading the development of a novel tool for uncertainty quantification and robust design.

Parviz Moin, PhD

Parviz Moin, PhD

Co-Founder

Parviz Moin pioneered the use of direct and Large Eddy Simulation techniques for the study of turbulence physics, control and modelling concepts and has written widely on the structure of turbulent shear flows. He founded Cascade in 1997 as a consulting company to bring LES into the commercial world. His focus includes interaction of turbulent flows and shock waves. aerodynamic noise and hydroacoustics, aerooptics, combustion, numerical analysis, turbulence control, large eddy simulation and parallel computing.

He is also a professor at Stanford University and the founding director of the Center for Turbulence Research at Stanford. He’s a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Science.

Our Team

Daniel Banuti, PhD

Senior Research Scientist

Daniel Banuti joined Cascade in 2017 as a Senior Research Scientist. His expertise focuses on the analysis and numerical modeling of fluid behavior at high pressures. These ‘supercritical fluids’ are found in numerous applications, including gas turbines, rocket engines, and CO2 power cycles. Supercritical fluids pose unique challenges to the thermodynamic modeling: neither liquid nor ideal gas idealizations are applicable; mixing behavior remains an open research question. Daniel’s approach is to drive physical understanding for improvements in modeling and technical applications.

He holds a MS degree from RWTH Aachen University and a PhD from the University of Stuttgart.

Sanjeeb Bose, PhD

Sanjeeb Bose, PhD

Chief Technology Officer

Sanjeeb Bose joined Cascade in 2013 and specializes in subgrid-scale and wall modeling for LES and algorithms for large-scale parallel computing. As CTO, Sanjeeb leads the development of the core infrastructure and numerical methods in the Cascade flow solvers.

He was a recipient of the Department of Energy’s Computational Science Graduate Fellowship as a graduate student at Stanford University. He received a BS degree from the California Institute of Technology and a PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford University

Guillaume Brès, PhD

Director of Operations and Senior Research Scientist

Guillaume Brès joined Cascade in 2011 and leads the development and deployment efforts of the aeroacoustic and aerodynamic capabilities in Cascade’s software suite. Before joining Cascade, Guillaume spent two and a half years in the Aeroacoustics and Application Product Management group of Exa Corporation in San Francisco.

He holds a BS Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France, MS Aerospace Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology with emphasis on aeroacoustics and flow control.

Michael Emory, PhD

Research Scientist

In 2015, Michael Emory joined Cascade as a CFD research scientist. He specializes in model-form uncertainty quantification and RANS modeling in complex geometries at Stanford University‘s Predictive Science Academic Alliance center. At Cascade, he focuses on developing new Cascade solver applications, advanced CAD-to-mesh tools, and UI/UX enhancements.

Michael holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2014 and a year as postdoc at the Center For Turbulence Research. He completed an MS from Stanford’s Aeronautics & Astronautics department, and a BA and BS from Columbia University in Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering, respectively.

Christopher Ivey, PhD

Research Scientist

Christopher Ivey joined Cascade in March 2017 as a research scientist after a postdoc at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a MS/PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. During his graduate studies, he was a recipient of the Department of Energy’s Computational Science Graduate Fellowship. He specializes in numerical methods for multiphase flow, computational geometry and algorithms for large-scale parallel computing.

Dokyun Kim, PhD

Dokyun Kim, PhD

Research Scientist

Dokyun Kim joined Cascade Technologies as a CFD research scientist in 2013. He has extensive experience in massively parallel code development, specializing in turbulent multiphase simulations with moving interfaces or bodies.

Before joining Cascade, he was a Research Scientist at the Center for Turbulence Research, Stanford, where he performed theoretical and computational study on atomization in multiphase flows and subgrid-scale model for two-phase turbulent flows.

Dokyun received his BS and MS degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Seoul National University and a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Milad Mortazavi, PhD

Milad Mortazavi, PhD

Research Scientist

Milad Mortazavi joined Cascade as a CFD research scientist in 2016. He specializes in multi-physics problems such as air-entrainment in turbulent breaking waves and particle laden turbulent flows under radiation. At Cascade, he has been expanding solver capabilities in the area of particulate flows and multiphase flows.

Milad received his MS/PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. He also holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Sharif University of Technology.

Jeff O’Brien, PhD

Research Scientist

Jeff O‘Brien joined Cascade in 2017 after completing his PhD at Stanford’s Center for Turbulence Research, where he studied numerical simulation of turbulent reacting flows. He specializes in the field of combustion acoustics, with his PhD work focused on modeling the core noise generated by unsteady combustion within jet engines. He also has experience with supersonic combustion, turbulence-chemistry interaction and high-fidelity numerical simulation.

Jeff holds a MS/PhD from Stanford University and a BS from Notre Dame.

Phuc Quang

Software Architect

Phuc Quang joined Cascade in 2013 as a Software Architect specializing in web development. He has been building a streamlined workflow for Cascade’s simulation software suite and making them accessible through the web. Other projects include a web platform that seamlessly interacts with simulation data spread across different computing resources.

Prior to joining Cascade, Phuc was part of the core team at Fotomoto, a distributed e-commerce solution for photographers and artists, which was acquired by Livebooks in 2012.

Phuc received his BS in Computer Science from Northwestern Polytechnic University.

David Philips, PhD

Research Scientist

David Philips joined Cascade in 2013 and specializes in turbulent mixing, scalar transport, and modeling in complex geometries. He leads Cascade’s efforts to build a streamlined interface for the entire simulation process. Prior to his PhD work at Stanford University, David spent time in industry as a software consultant at Appian Corporation.

He holds a BS from Dartmouth College’s Thayer School of Engineering and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Amirreza Saghafian, PhD

Amirreza Saghafian, PhD

Research Scientist

Amirreza Saghafian joined Cascade Technologies as a research scientist in 2013. He specializes in high-fidelity simulations and modeling of combustion, turbulence, high-speed flows, and their interactions. Amirreza developed combustion models for supersonic combustion, and performed DNS and LES of this regime at Stanford University’s Predictive Science Academic Alliance Center.

Amirreza completed his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. He also holds a BS and MS degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Sharif University of Technology.

Lee Shunn, PhD

Senior Research Scientist

Lee Shunn joined Cascade in 2012 and specializes in combustion modeling, heat transfer, and code verification for turbulent reacting flows. Prior to Cascade, Lee worked at the Idaho National Laboratory, where he conducted computational and experimental research in coal gasification, high-temperature electrolysis, and synthetic fuel production.

Lee holds a BS degree in chemical engineering from the University of Utah and a PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.

Jeanne Welch

Accountant and Office Administrator

Jeanne Welch has a BS in Business Administration and Resort Management. Prior to joining Cascade in 2010, Jeanne spent several years with Coldwell Banker as a real estate broker, and a part-time ski instructor at Alpine Meadows. Jeanne brings to Cascade over 25 years of accounting, audit and related administrative experiences.

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