The Department of Aerospace Engineering would like to welcome Dr. Jesse Capecelatro as an affiliate assistant professor. Dr. Capecelatro has held an assistant professorship at U-M since 2016, where he is the leader of the Capecelatro Research Group multiphase/multi-physics flow lab. His lab focuses on developing physics-based models and numerical methods for predicting and optimizing “messy turbulent flows.”
Dr. Capecelatro’s research interests are in fluid dynamics with an emphasis on computational methods to study multiphase and granular flow, turbulence, combustion, and high-performance computing. This has found potential applications in reducing the hazards caused by backwash from powered lunar and Martian landings, protecting engines against particle intakes, and controlling the particle emissions from car brakes.
Before coming to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Dr. Capecelatro acted as a research scientist at the Center for Exascale Simulation of Plasma-coupled Combustion (XPACC) at the University of Illinois. He received his PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Cornell (’14), an MS in Mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado (’11), and his BS in Mechanical Engineering from SUNY Binghamton (’09).
Dr. Capecelatro’s awards include the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, and the ASME Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal Award.