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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
  • M.S. 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, 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
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Aeronautics and Aerospace Department, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics 2014, Advisor: Guillermo Paniagua

Research Interests

  • Particle-laden flows,
  • Turbulence,
  • Mixing and heat transfer in fluid dynamics
  • High speed flows,
  • Plume-surface interactions
  • Complex and separated flows
  • Applied aerodynamics
  • Measurement techniques (instrumentation design and non-intrusive optical diagnostics)

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)
  • NATO fellowship - von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (M.S.) (09/2007 - 06/2018)
  • Outstanding Graduate Thesis Award, Polythechnical University of Madrid (06/2007)

Courses Taught

  • AE 311 - Incompressible Flow
  • AE 514 - Boundary Layer Theory
  • ME 411 - Viscous Flow & Heat Transfer

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