This is the group of Dr. Georgios “George” Matheou in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Our mission is to provide world-class education, engage and inform the general public, and solve significant problems using computational science to make a positive impact on society and the environment.
We are growing!
The Computational Fluid Dynamics group has immediate openings for graduate students and a Postdoctoral Research Associate on large-eddy simulation of atmospheric convection. We are also looking for dedicated and motivated undergraduate students to join our research team.
Fall teaching: ME 3250 “Fluid Dynamics I” Section 2
If you are taking ME 3250 Section 2 in Fall 2020 you can follow our Twitter account for updates, to ask questions, engage and interact with Dr. Matheou and the TAs. Even if you are not taking ME 3250, follow us, for interesting fluid dynamics content and to keep up to date with our group activities!
September 4: Online teaching
We can stay safe and effectively learn at the same time! We are in our kitchen today recording class videos. Can you spot the textbook? Best wishes for a great semester!
August 4: Congratulations Oumaima!!!
Oumaima Lamaakel, a graduate student in our group, has successfully (virtually) defended her Master’s Thesis today! Oumaima will join the Environmental Engineering Ph.D. Program at UConn in the Fall. Oumaima’s Master’s research is about computer-model error in high-fidelity simulations of clouds and aims to improve weather forecasts and climate projections.
July 20: Spiderweb Stratocumulus Paper
Our paper on the structure of Stratocumulus clouds has been published in the Special Issue of the journal Atmosphere on “Turbulent Transport in Atmospheric Boundary Layers”. Dr. Matheou was the Guest Editor for the Special Issue.
July 13: GABLS4 LES Model Intercomparison Paper
The paper documenting the GABLS4 LES Model Intercomparison study has been published Boundary Layer Meteorology! Our LES model is one of ten models that contributed simulations to model a very stable Antarctic boundary layer. “GABLS4” is an interesting acronym: it is the Fourth GEWEX Atmospheric Boundary Layer Study, and GEWEX is the Global Energy and Water Exchanges project, which is as part of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). So, we contributed our LES to GABLS4, which is part of GEWEX under WCRP.
December 16: AGU Fall Meeting 2019
We participated in the AGU Fall Meeting with several presentations:
Monday, December 9
Residual Cross-Grid Flow Numerical Error in Large-Eddy Simulations of Cumulus-Topped Boundary Layers (A13N-3131)
Oumaima Lamaakel and Georgios Matheou
Infrared Instrument Radiance Modeling from Large Eddy Simulations to Access Sensitivity to Marine Planetary Boundary Layer Processes (A11T-2827)
Evan Fishbein, Bjorn Lambrigtsen, Matthew D. Lebsock, Georgios Matheou, Vivienne Payne, Mathias M. Schreier, Joao Teixeira, and Robert C Wilson
Inherent Properties of Clouds in the PBL Derived from Multi-angle Spectro-Polarimetric Imaging at the “Edge of Space:” New Capabilities of JPL’s AirMSPI Sensor on NASA’s Airborne ER-2 Platform (A11T-2828 )
Anthony B. Davis, Feng Xu, Gerard van Harten, David J. Diner, Aviad Levis, Yoav Y. Schechner, and Georgios Matheou
Wednesday, December 11
Boundary Layer Clouds and Climate: From LES to Simple Models (A32E-01)
Joao Teixeira, Georgios Matheou, Daniel Chung, and Peter Kalmus
Thursday, December 12
The spiderweb structure of stratocumulus clouds (A41Q-2873)
Georgios Matheou, Anthony B. Davis, and Joao Teixeira
December 6: An Art and Science Collaboration
Jonathan Goodrich and Liam McNeece two creative and talented students in Digital Media and Design created an informative and engaging animation to describe the dynamics of stratocumulus clouds. The animation was created in the Scientific Visualization class taught by Prof. Anna Lindemann. The animation seamlessly integrates Jonathan’s and Liam’s illustrations/animations with a movie from a high-resolution simulation of a stratocumulus cloud with our group’s large-eddy simulation model.
November 18: Weather and Art!
We visited Ms Govoni’s 7th Grade Art Class at Parish Hill High School and discussed clouds and weather. Inspired by our conversation, images and movies, students created marble art. Marble art has a striking resemblance to the Earths’s atmospheric motions: behaves like a two dimensional fluid with very little horizontal mixing. (more pictures coming soon!)
Our group participated in Research Connections 2019, a networking event at UConn intended to expose first and second year students to undergraduate research through engaging in meaningful interactions with faculty, staff, graduate students, and peers. Below, Oumaima Lamaakel, a graduate student in our group, is discussing her high resolution simulations of clouds and atmospheric dispersion. Many thanks to the Office of First Year Programs & Learning Communities (FYP&LC), the Office of Undergraduate Research for organizing the even!
Art and Science!
As part of the Fluid Dynamics I course, the Fluid Dynamics in Art and Nature exhibition (August 23 – October 13, 2019) at the Benton Museum of Art explores the intersection of art and science by bringing together works of art from the Benton Museum’s collection with computer simulations of natural phenomena. The exhibition aims to promote creativity, critical thinking, and self-learning. Fluid Dynamics in Art and Nature is curated by Dr. Matheou, and Dr. Amanda Douberley, Assistant Curator/Academic Liaison, Willian Benton Museum of Art.
Benton Museum Workshop: Thursday, October 10 at noon