Joseph Barakat PhD

Joseph Barakat PhD Veryst Engineering LLC Senior Engineer

Dr. Joseph Barakat is a Senior Engineer at Veryst Engineering. Dr. Barakat has technical expertise in fluid dynamics and computational modeling of complex and multiphase fluids, including colloidal suspensions, polymeric liquids, surfactants, and self-assembling fluids. He has extensive modeling experience in microfluidic and electrokinetic flows, rheology and non-Newtonian flows, lubricated flows in thin films and foams, capillarity and wetting phenomena, molecular self-assembly, coupled heat and mass transfer, and fluid-structure interaction of deformable bodies. Dr. Barakat applies computer simulations and analytical methods to solve problems relevant to biomedical devices, microfluidic devices, industrial processing of liquids, complex two-phase flows, particle self-assembly, and materials characterization. Prior to joining Veryst, Dr. Barakat was an NIH Ruth Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His postdoctoral research focused on investigating the physical mechanisms of lung surfactant inactivation in acute respiratory distress syndrome, with a goal of developing new strategies for treatment and intervention. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and regularly presents his work at national conferences. In 2021, he was named an MRSEC (Materials Research Science & Engineering Centers) Rising Star in Soft and Biological Matter by the University of Chicago.