Laura Villafane Roca

Laura Villafane Roca
Laura Villafane Roca
Assistant Professor

Education

  • Ph.D. Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI) Belgium / Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain, 2014
  • Research Master in Fluid Dynamics, Aeronautics and Aerospace, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI), Belgium, 2008
  • B.S./M.S. Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering, Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), Spain, 2007

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering Department, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, January 2019 - present
  • Research Engineer, Center for Turbulence Research (CTR), Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, January 2018 - December 2018
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Center for Turbulence Research (CTR), Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, September 2014 - December 2017, Advisor: John K. Eaton, Fields: Particle-laden flows, particle-turbulence-radiation interaction, experimental techniques and image processing analysis, magnetic resonance imaging
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Aeronautics and Aerospace Department, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics 2014, Advisor: Guillermo Paniagua, Fields: Low speed propulsive aerodynamics, large wind tunnel testing, multi-component force balance design

Research Interests

  • Particle-laden flows
  • Turbulence
  • Heat transfer
  • High speed flows
  • Plume-surface interactions
  • Complex and separated flows
  • Measurement techniques (instrumentation design and non-intrusive optical diagnostics)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Research Areas

Selected Articles in Journals

Articles in Conference Proceedings

Other Publications

Journal Editorships

  • Associate Editor of Measurement, EES Journal, February 2018 - present
  • Editor of Results in Engineering (RINENG), Elsevier, March 2020 - present

Professional Societies

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, AIAA, member, 2010-2014, 2019 -present
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME, member since 2013
  • Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellows, member since 2013
  • American Physical Society, APS, Division of Fluid Dynamics, member since 2015.

Research Honors

  • Ph.D Thesis Award, Summa cum laude, Polythechnic University of Valencia (02/2014)
  • Amelia Earhart Fellowship, Zonta International Foundation (04/2013)
  • Outstanding Graduate Thesis Award, Polythechnical University of Madrid (06/2007)

Other Honors

  • NATO fellowship - von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (Research Master) (09/2007 - 06/2018)

Recent Courses Taught

  • AE 311 - Incompressible Flow
  • AE 514 - Boundary Layer Theory

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