Alexander Taylor-Lash, ’21, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

I studied the interface between the ocean and the atmosphere, specifically the formation of aerosols from crashing ocean waves. Studying this interaction allows us to better understand how compounds in the ocean such as heavy metals from an oil spill are released into the
air. I studied the droplets produced by a single bubble bursting on the surface of de-ionized water by analyzing their size, velocity and ejection angle. To do this, I took high-definition video of the bubbles and processed them using various software. Through this process, I learned image-processing techniques, in addition to data manipulation and plotting in Python. I am grateful for the opportunity to explore a field that I previously had not realized existed.