Faculty Profile

Mattia Gazzola

Mechanical Science and Engineering
Mattia Gazzola
Mattia Gazzola
Assistant Professor
352 Mechanical Engineering Bldg
1206 W. Green
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 300-4773

Primary Research Area

  • Fluid Mechanics


  • PhD Mechanical Engineering, ETH Zurich, 2013
  • MSc Nuclear Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, 2006
  • BSc Energy Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, 2003

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, UIUC, 2016-date
  • Faculty Affiliate, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, UIUC, 2016-date

For more information

Resident Instruction

  • Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics, Spring 2017
  • Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics, Fall 2016

Research Interests

  • Bio-locomotion
  • Bio-inspired optimization
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Soft mechanics
  • Numerics
  • High Performance Computing

Research Areas

  • Applied Physics
  • Computation and Applied Math
  • Energy
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Health and Bio
  • Security and Defende
  • Security and Defense
  • Solid Mechanics

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Park, S., M. Gazzola, K. Park, S. Park, V. Di Santo, E. Blevins, J. Lind, P. Campbell, S. Dauth, A. Capulli, F. Pasqualini, S. Ahn, A. Cho, H. Yuan, B. Maoz, R. Vijaykumar, J. Choi, K. Deisseroth, G. Lauder, L. Mahadevan, and K. Parker, "Phototactic guidance of a tissue-engineered soft-robotic ray," Science, 353(6295):158-162, 2016.
  • Gazzola, M., M. Argentina, and L. Mahadevan, "Gait and speed selection in slender inertial swimmers," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(13):38743879, 2015.
  • Gazzola, M., L. Dudte, A. McCormick, and L. Mahadevan, "Dynamics of soft filaments that can stretch, shear, bend and twist," arXiv, 2015.
  • Gazzola, M., A. Tchieu, D. Alexeev, A. de Brauer, and P. Koumoutsakos, "Learning to school in the presence of hydrodynamic interactions," Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 2015.
  • van Rees, W.M., M. Gazzola, and P. Koumoutsakos, "Optimal morphokinematics for undulatory swimmers at intermediate Reynolds numbers," Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 775:178￿188, 2015.
  • Huhn, F., W. van Rees, M. Gazzola, D. Rossinelli, G. Haller, and P. Koumoutsakos, "Quantitative flow analysis of swimming dynamics with coherent lagrangian vortices," Chaos, 25(8), 2015.
  • Rossinelli, D., B. Hejazialhosseini, W. van Rees, M. Gazzola, M. Bergdorf, and P. Koumoutsakos, "MRAG-I2D: Multi-resolution adapted grids for remeshed vortex methods on multicore architectures," Journal of Computational Physics, 288:1￿18, 2015.
  • Gazzola, M., M. Argentina, and L. Mahadevan, "Scaling macroscopic aquatic locomotion," Nature Physics, 10(10):758761, 2014.
  • Gazzola, M., B. Hejazialhosseini, and P. Koumoutsakos, "Reinforcement learning and wavelet adapted vortex methods for simulations of self-propelled swimmers," SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing, 36(3):B622B639, 2014.
  • van Rees, W., M. Gazzola, and P. Koumoutsakos, "Optimal shapes for anguilliform swimmers at intermediate Reynolds numbers," Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 722:R3, 2013.
  • Gazzola, M., C. Mimeau, A. Tchieu, and P. Koumoutsakos, "Flow mediated interactions between two cylinders at finite Reynolds numbers," Physics of Fluids, 24(4):043103, 2012.
  • Gazzola, M., W. van Rees, and P. Koumoutsakos, "C-start: optimal start of larval fish," Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 698:5￿18, 2012.
  • Gazzola, M., P. Chatelain, W. van Rees, and P. Koumoutsakos, "Simulations of single and multiple swimmers with non-divergence free deforming geometries," Journal of Computational Physics, 230(19):7093￿ 7114, 2011.
  • Gazzola, M., O. Vasilyev, and P. Koumoutsakos, "Shape optimization for drag reduction in linked bodies using evolution strategies," Computers and Structures, 89(11-12):1224￿1231, 2011.
  • Chatelain, P., M. Gazzola, S. Kern, and P. Koumoutsakos, "Optimization of aircraft wake alleviation schemes through an evolution strategy," Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 6649:210￿221, 2011.
  • Gazzola, M., C. Burckhardt, B. Bayati, M. Engelke, U. Greber, and P. Koumoutsakos, "A stochastic model for microtubule motors describes the in vivo cytoplasmic transport of human adenovirus," PLoS Computational Biology, 5(12):e1000623, 2009.
  • Peiro, J., L. Formaggia, M. Gazzola, A. Radaelli, and V. Rigamonti, "Shape reconstruction from medical images and quality mesh generation via implicit surfaces," International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, 53(8):1339￿1360, 2007.
  • Oubel, E., M. De Craene, M. Gazzola, O. Alfred, and A. Frangi, "Multiview registration of cardiac tagging mri images," 4th IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging: Macro to Nano, 1-3:388￿391, 2007.


  • Blue Waters Professorship (2016)
  • Cover of Science (2016)
  • Advanced Swiss National Science Foundation Fellowship (2015)
  • Le Prix La Recherche (2015)
  • Cover of Nature Physics (2014)
  • Swiss National Science Foundation Fellowship (2013)
  • ETH Medal Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis (2013)
  • Cover of Journal of Fluid Mechanics (2013)
  • Cover of Journal of Fluid Mechanics (2012)
  • Focus on Fluids in Journal of Fluid Mechanics (2012)

Teaching Honors

  • UIUC Teacher Ranked as Excellent by Their Students - Fall 2016

Improvement Activities

  • Collins Scholars, 2016-2017