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Joseph W. Nichols
Assistant Professor

Joseph Nichols

Contact information
Office: 216 Akerman Hall
Phone: 612-626-5496
E-mail: jwn (at) umn.edu

List of research topics

Professor Nichols’ research spans a variety of fields. His doctoral work focused on simulation and analysis of turbulent reacting flows. While at Ecole Polytechnique, his research included absolute vs. convective instability, weakly nonlinear/nonparallel stability theory, global mode decomposition, secondary instability and Floquet analysis, adjoint-based methods for non-normal flow systems, dynamic mode decomposition, optimal perturbations and developing reduced order models for active flow control. At Stanford, Professor Nichols’ work included extreme-scale LES (large eddy stimulation) and computational aeroacoustics.

Degrees

B.S., Computer Science, Pacific Lutheran University, 1999
B.S., Computer Engineering, Pacific Lutheran University, 1999
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, 2001
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, 2005

Experience

2013 - current: Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota
2011 - 2013: Research Associate, Center for Turbulence Research, Stanford University
2009 - 2011: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for Turbulence Research, Stanford University
2006 - 2008: Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Laboratoire d'Hydrodynamique (LadHyX), Ecole Polytechnique
2001 - 2005:  Pre-Doctoral Research Associate, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Washington
2001: Research Assistant, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Washington

Five Recent Publications

  • Nichols, J.W., Lele, S.K., Ham, F.E., Martens, S., Spyropoulos, J.T., 2013, Crackle noise in heated supersonic jets, Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power, Vol. 135, (Journal Article) More Details, Request PDF
  • Chandler, G.J., Juniper, M.J., Nichols, J.W., Schmid, P.J., 2012, Adjoint algorithms for the Navier- Stokes equations in the low Mach number limit, Journal of Computational Physics, 231(4), 1900- 1916, (Journal Article) More Details, Request PDF
  • Nichols, J.W., Lele, S.K., 2011, Global modes and transient response of a cold supersonic jet, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 669, 225-241, (Journal Article) More Details, Request PDF
  • Nichols, J.W., Lele, S.K., 2011, Non-normal global modes of high-speed jets, International Journal of Spray and Combustion Dynamics, 3(4), 285-302, (Journal Article) More Details, Request PDF
  • Lele, S.K., Mendez, S., Ryu, J., Nichols, J.W., Shoeybi, M., Moin, P., 2010, Sources of high-speed jet noise: analysis of LES data and modeling, Procedia Engineering, 6, 84-93, (Journal Article) More Details, Request PDF

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Honors and Fellowships

Louis and Katherine Marsh Memorial Fellowship, University of Washington, 2002

Subjects and Courses Taught

Undergraduate
AEM 4201 -- Fluid Mechanics
Graduate
AEM 8202 -- Fluid Mechanics II
Curriculum Vitae  

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