Melissa Green

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Melissa Green

Associate Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics

Contact

Akerman Hall
Room 124
110 Union Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Education

B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 2003

Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, 2009

Professional Background

2021 -: Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, MN, USA

2019 – 2021: Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA

2012 – 2019: Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA

2009 – 2011: NAS/NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate, Laboratory for Computational Physics and Fluid Dynamics, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC, USA

2009: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA

Research Interests

Lift generated by flapping wings, thrust generated by oscillating fins, drag generated by struts and cables, moments generated by a gust hitting an aircraft wing. In all of these scenarios, the interaction of fluid (air, water) with the surface generates coherent structures or motions in the fluid, often in the form of vorticity or distinct vortices. These in turn are often associated with pressure and forces on the surface. Depending on the application, these interactions are desired and need to be augmented. In others, they need to be mitigated. Fundamental investigation and visualization of how these interactions play out is key to predicting future forces or moments, and to designing appropriate geometries, motion profiles, or control systems to detect and direct the flow field evolution on-the-fly.

Teaching Subjects
AEM 4602W
Honors and Awards

2020: The Filtertech, Pi Tau Sigma, and Sigma Gamma Tau Award for Excellence in Education in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (Syracuse University)
2019: Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
2016: Dean’s Award for Excellence in Engineering Education (Syracuse University)
2016: Senior Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
2015: The Filtertech, Pi Tau Sigma, and Sigma Gamma Tau Award for Excellence in Education in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (Syracuse University)
2014: Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award
2009: National Research Council Research Associateship
2007: Wu Prize for Excellence (Princeton University School of Engineering and AppliedScience)
2004 – 2007: National Science Foundation Graduate Re search Fellowship
2006: Larisse Rosentweig Klein Memorial Award (Princeton Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department)

Selected Publications

(2018) King, J. T., Kumar, R., & Green, M. A. Experimental observations of the three- dimensional wake structures and dynamics generated by a rigid, bio-inspired pitching panel, Physical Review Fluids, 3, 3, 034701. 

(2019) Rockwood, M. P., Loiselle, T., & Green, M. A. Practical concerns of implementing a finite-time Lyapunov exponent analysis with under-resolved data, Experiments in Fluids, 60:74. 

(2018) Liu, Y., Wilson, C., Green, M. A., and Hughes, C. W. Gulf Stream transport and mixing processes via coherent structure dynamics, Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, 123, 4, pp. 3014–3037. 

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