Athens, OH 12 February 2018 –
Although I am taking lots of interesting classes this semester, the one I am most excited for is my independent study with Dr. Sarah Hormozi. An independent study is a class made for a student, or small group of students, to investigate a specific topic under the supervision of a professor.
I am so excited for this class because I had the opportunity to help design the curriculum. I have taken this opportunity to make a class that will be extremely beneficial to my development as an engineer. By the end of the semester, I will have developed many skills that I will need moving forward in my career.
Dr. Hormozi is involved in the study of non-Newtonian fluids, which is also one of my areas of interest. Consequently, the topic of our independent study is the flow of elastoviscoplastic fluids through porous media. The main objective for the semester will be to design and run a numerical simulation to relate pressure drop to flow rate for elastoviscoplastic ﬂow in porous media.
To do this, we are collaborating with a group of researchers from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. This project will give me the opportunity to learn a series of extremely valuable skills including computational fluid dynamics, parallel processing, supercomputing, and programming in Fortran. I will also have the opportunity to meet engineers who are involved in the type of research that I plan to pursue in graduate school.