Dr. Spencer H. Bryngelson

Senior Postdoctoral Scholar

  • (2018- ) Senior Postdoc, Caltech (with Tim Colonius)
  • (2019) Visiting Researcher, MIT (with Themis Sapsis)
  • (2017-8) Postdoc, Center for Exascale Simulation of Plasma-Coupled Combustion (XPACC, with Carlos Pantano, Dan Bodony, Jon Freund)
  • (2017) Ph.D. Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (with Jon Freund)
  • (2015) M.S. Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (with certificate in Computational Science & Engineering)
  • (2013) B.S. and B.S. University of Michigan-Dearborn (Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mathematics)


Dr. Spencer Bryngelson develops computational tools to improve human health outcomes. He is currently a Senior Postdoctoral Scholar at the California Institute of Technology, working with Professor Tim Colonius. He also works with Professor Themis Sapsis at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Previously, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Center for Exascale Simulation of Plasma-Coupled Combustion. He holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, where he worked with Professor Jonathan Freund.


  • Stanley Weiss Outstanding Dissertation Award, University of Illinois (2017)

  • Hassan Aref Memorial Award for Research in Fluid Mechanics, University of Illinois (2016)

  • Alumni Teaching Fellowship, University of Illinois (2015)

  • Dean’s List, University of Michigan (2010–2013)

  • Pi Tau Sigma—Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, Member


  • Co-PI: XSEDE Allocation CTS120005, 9M CPU Hours ($135K dollar valuation)

  • ONR MURI N0014-17-1-2676 (with Tim Colonius): High-Fidelity Simulation Methodologies for Multi-Phase Flows

  • ONR BRC N0014-17-1-2625 (with Tim Colonius): Experimental-numerical Approach for the Development of a Multiscale Theory for Cavitation in Soft Complex Materials

  • NIH 2P01-DK04881 (with Tim Colonius)

  • DOE PSAAP II DE-NA0002374 (with Jonathan Freund, Carlos Pantano, Daniel Bodony)

  • NSF CBET 13-36972 (with Jonathan Freund): Order and chaos in the flow of red blood cells