Nicholas Navarro

Nicholas Navarro
Mentor: Dr. Ranga Narayanan
College of Engineering
"I wanted to gain experience in the realm of Research and Development. Science has always fascinated me since I was a little kid and I could not picture myself doing anything else."


Chemical Engineering



Research Interests

  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Energy Efficiency

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program
  • Theta Chi Academic Brother of the Year


  • Theta Chi
  • AIChE


  • Theta Chi Kickball (Fraternity Philanthropy)

Hobbies and Interests

  • Intramural Sports (Racquetball, Flag Football)
  • Playing the Guitar
  • Traveling

Research Description

Patterned Convection

Patterns within systems arise from competition between different forces. The main two driving forces in this competition are surface tension forces versus the force of gravity. The apparatus in the laboratory is set up in a way to manipulate thermal gradients to study the competition of these two forces within a system of liquid bound by two plates. Knowing the science and physics behind this phenomena can be applied in a variety of ways. Applications of this research range from microfluidic patterns that enhance mixing to striations in semi conductor crystal growth.