Mauro Rodriguez Jr. is an Assistant Professor of Engineering in the School of Engineering at Brown University. In 2010, Rodriguez earned his B.S. degree with honors in Mechanical Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). In 2012, he received M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University as a graduate engineering fellow. He earned with Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor under the supervision of Associate Professor Eric Johnsen. Rodriguez's doctoral thesis focused on high-fidelity computational fluid dynamic simulations of bubble dynamics near (linear) viscoelastic media. Rodriguez was a Ford Foundation and National Science Foundation-Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate postdoctoral research fellow at the California Institute of Technology under the mentorship of Professor Tim Colonius. Rodriguez’s current research interests are in cavitation bubble dynamics in and near viscoelastic materials. He uses high-fidelity computational fluid dynamics to study wave and bubble dynamics in and near hard/soft materials relevant to energy science, naval engineering, and medical applications (e.g., desired cavitation in ultrasound therapy tools to treat pathogenic tissues).