Dr. Yufei Wang joined the group in June 2023 as a research fellow. She completed her PhD at the National University of Singapore, followed by a master's degree from Imperial College London and a bachelor's degree from Hohai University. Yufei's research interests primarily revolve around coastal protection, solitary wave dynamics, and the study of viscous damping.
Yufei grew up in China. Outside research, Yufei enjoys reading, photography, and travelling. She loves to explore diverse nature and cultures.
Dr. Sindhu Sreeranga’s research focuses on coastal engineering and ecology, specializing in nature-based solutions for sustainable coastal management. With a PhD from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, her research revolves around the intricate relationship between fluid flow dynamics and coastal ecosystems. Sindhu employs advanced computational tools such as OpenFOAM and OlaFlow, along with high-performance computing, to model complex fluid dynamics. Her passion for the environment drives her active contributions to the field, including her work on blue carbon, mangrove rehabilitation, breakwater design, field surveys, and providing nature-based solutions. Her dedication to preserving and restoring coastal ecosystems for future generations is a guiding force in her research endeavors.
Apart from research, Sindhu enjoys meditations, nature, landscape photography, cooking and playing with her kid.
PhD students / visiting PhD students
Zichen Xu is a Ph.D. student in the Hydraulic Engineering Laboratory of Civil & Environmental Engineering (Jan 2022 - ). She completed her bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering at Sichuan University (2020). During her Master's degree in Environmental Engineering at NUS, Zichen collected field samples to study microplastic pollution near Singapore. She is interested in understanding wave attenuation and blue carbon sequestration by aquatic vegetation, which contributes to climate change mitigation and nature-based coastal protection solutions.
Zichen grew up in China. The top three of her favorites in the world are sunset, sea, and cute animals. In her free time, she enjoys landscape photography, hiking, cycling, and going for walks, through which she can connect with nature.
Xinya Liang joined in August 2022 as a Ph.D. student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of the National University of Singapore. She completed her bachelor's degree and master's degree (a collaborative program with Polytech Nice-Sophia) at Tianjin University in Coastal Engineering. Her research aims at understanding sediment transport and hydrodynamics in vegetated aquatic environments through computational fluid dynamics.
Outside of academics, Xinya enjoys yoga, water sports, painting, writing novels, and (making) games. She loves people, seas, and sunshine.
Sheng Huang is a visiting Ph.D. student at the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department of the National University of Singapore (2022–2023), and a Mphil-Ph.D student at the Hydrology and Water Resources Department of Wuhan University (2019–2024). He completed his bachelor's degree at Wuhan University in Harbor, Waterway, and Coastal Engineering (2015–2019). He previously studied hydrodynamic-water quality modeling by coupling physical methods and machine learning, and now focuses more on the impact of hydrodynamics on blue carbon in Prof. Lei's group.
Shangpeng Gong is a visiting Ph.D. student at the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department of the National University of Singapore (2023–2024) and a Ph.D. student at Southeast University (2020-2024). He previously studied wave-vegetation interaction through laboratory studied and now focuses more on the numerical investigation of wave attenuation and resistance induced by submerged vegetation.
Shangpeng is from Changsha, China. Outside of research, he enjoys cycling, swimming, and playing badminton.
Past Students and Projects
Mengxiao Xu, MSc, CE5001 Research Project, The impact of aquatic vegetation on wave attenuation, 2022-2023
Kaishan Lin, MSc, CE5314 Research Project, The impact of hydraulic regime on sediment transport around transplanted seagrass, 2022-2023
Yuwei Li, MSc, ESE5004 Research Project, Wave Attenuation over Vegetation, 2022
Zhaoping Huang, undergrad, 311 FYP, 2022-2023
Elizabeth Jeyapriya, undergrad, FYP, 2022-2023
Susmriti Barua, undergrad, FYP, 2022-2023
Tan Ming Jie, undergrad, FYP, 2022-2023