Meet our team

The FRIL research team at the University of Virginia is directed by Eric Loth and includes several post-doctoral research scientists, graduate-level students/engineers, and undergraduates. FRIL is also honored to have two internationally-recognized visiting faculty from Cambridge and the Italian Institute of Technology who help advise students and Prof. Loth with yearly visits.

Principal Researchers

Graduate Researchers

  • De'Ajree Branch

    Graduate Researcher


    De'Ajree will help to develop an underwater system to extract energy from rivers using oscillating hydrofoils entitled “Bio-Inspired Renewable Energy (BIRE) for Highly-Efficient Low-cost Riverine Hydrokinetics".

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  • Kevin Fletcher

    Graduate Researcher


    Kevin is currently a member of the USFLOWT project and working on understanding the equivalent mass methodology in relation to offshore wind turbine design and analysis.

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  • Darryl Jennings Jr.

    Graduate Researcher


    Darryl's research includes microchannel modeling, nanostructure modeling, slip flow modeling, and CFD analysis.

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  • Michael Jeong

    Graduate Researcher


    Michael is currently working on aerodynamic blade and flap design for extreme scale wind turbines and a member of the Segmented Outboard Articulating Rotor (SOAR) project.

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  • Juliet Simpson

    Graduate Researcher


    Juliet is researching energy storage solutions for improved wind energy integration into the grid, and currently a member of the SUMR project.

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  • Cesar Rodriguez

    Graduate Researcher


    Cesar is currently working on the Inertial Particle Separator project, where he is researching improvements on particle separation efficiency for jet engine inlets.

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  • Spencer Stebbins

    Graduate Researcher


    Spencer's current project has him collaborating with NASA, ONERA, Boeing, FAA, University of Washington, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Wichita State University.

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Undergraduate Researchers

  • Matthew Luksik

    Matthew Luksik

    Undergraduate Researcher


    University of Virginia, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (2022)

    Matt is currently researching the effects of tower shadow on downwind turbines, and is a member of the Segmented Outboard Articulating Rotor (SOAR) project.

  • Trevor Marchhart

    Trevor Marchhart

    Undergraduate Researcher


    University of Virginia, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (2021)

    Trevor is an undergraduate student currently conducting research for the inertial particle separator (IPS) wind tunnel project.