Principal Investigator

Asc. Prof. S. A. E. Miller, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Associates

I am open to hiring post-doctorial associates.

Current Students

  • King, Christian (Ph.D. May 2021 – Present) – Hypersonic aerodynamics, atmospheric turbulence, transition.
  • Lin, Albert (Ph.D. August 2021 – Present) – Hypersonic stability and transition with roughness.
  • Nabid, Fahad (Ph.D. Jan. 2023 – Present) – Hypersonic exhaust shock wave modeling.
  • Rowe, Mary (B.S. Aerospace May 2023 – Aug. 2023, Aug. 2024 – Present) – Jet flow / CFD. Vortex dynamics.

Previous Students

The University of Florida Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

  • Shepard, Colton (B.S. Aerospace Jan. 2023 – Jan. 2024) – Transonics.
  • Gibbons, Brida (B.S. Aerospace August 2023 – Jan. 2024)
  • Kibler, Kaiana L. (B.S. Aerospace Jan. 2023 – May 2023) – Supersonic exhaust double sonic boom shock radiation.
  • Resende Coelho, Gustavo (M.S. Jan 2021 – May 2023) – eVTOL Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics – Placement after Graduation – Yamaha.
  • Skowron, Sean (B.S. Aerospace Aug. 2022 – May 2023) – Sonic Boom Prediction and Validation – Placement after Graduation – Lockheed Martin.
  • Rosenblum, Jason Matthew (B.S. Aerospace Jan 2023 – April 2023) – Wave rotor nozzle.
  • Dr. Carr, Alex (Ph.D. August 2017 – August 2022) – NASA Fellow, Sonic Boom, and Jet structure interaction – Placement after Graduation – Research Aerospace Engineer, NASA Langley Research Center.
  • Dr. Cheng, Jianhui (Ph.D. August 2018 – August 2022) – Large-scale turbulent structure prediction, control, stability, high-speed flow, and transition – Placement After Graduation: COMAC / Beijing in CFD / Aeroacoustics.
  • Robert, Kaufman (B.S. Aerospace Aug. 2022 – Dec. 2022) – CFD of aortic flow-fields.
  • Dr. Zhang, Tianshu (Ph.D. August 2017 – May 2022) – Infrasound propagation from tornadoes, wind tunnel propagation measurements – Placement After Graduation: Convergent Science.
  • Zambrano, Noah C (B.S. August 2021 – May 2022) – Hypersonic turbulence modeling for improved heat transfer prediction – Placement: Michigan Aerospace Engineering
  • Burns, Noah (B.S. April 2021 – May 2022) – Aerodynamics and Acoustics of Rotorcraft – Placement: Michigan Aerospace Engineering
  • Mr. Rajendran, Achyuth (M.S. Spring 2021) – Noise from suction within high speed turbulent boundary layers – Placement After Graduation: Convergent Science.
  • Dr. Weiqi Shen, (Graduate Student Ph.D.) “Modeling of Broadband Shock-associated Noise in Supersonic Jets Using Large-eddy Simulation and Decomposition Methods,” Ph.D., May 2017 – December 2020. Placement after graduation – ZJU-UIUC Institute, Zhejiang University, Haining, China, and AECC Commercial Aircraft Engine Co., China.
  • Dr. Wei Wang, (Graduate Student Ph.D.) “A Numerical Study of Acoustics from Supersonic Particle-laden Jets via Multi-Phase Acoustic Analogy,” Ph.D., January 2017 – December 2020. Placement After Graduation: Convergent Science.
  • Dr. Patel, Trushant, (Graduate Student Ph.D.) “Analysis of Supersonic Jet Noise in The Sideline and Upstream Directions Using the Navier-stokes Equations,” Ph.D., January 2017 – December 2020. – Placement: Naval Research Laboratory.
  • Mr. Baran Yalcin, (Graduate Student, M.S.), January 2019 – August 2020, Investigation of shock-wave boundary layer separation prevention concepts.
  • Ms. Katherine Munden, (Undergraduate, B.S.), January 2019 – August 2019, Support NOAA Tornado and Jet Flow-Field RANS Prediction Programs – Placement Pratt & Whitney.
  • Mr. Chris Annunziata, (Graduate Student, M.S.), January 2019 – May 2019, Rocket Propulsion Design, Design of Heavy-lift, Liquid Chemical Propulsive Systems in Rockets
  • Ms. Pager, Elisha R., (Undergraduate, B.S.), January 2017 – June 2018, Introduction to CFD Course Development and Undergraduate Research on Turbulent Boundary Layers – Placement: Florida Aerospace and Johns Hopkins Research Lab.
  • Mr. Endurthi, Vijay (Graduate Student, M.S.), January 2017 – May 2018, Rotorcraft aerodynamics using CFD.


  • Coelho, Gustavo Resende, “Aeroacoustic and Aerodynamic Interaction Effects Between eVTOL Rotors,” M.S. Aerospace Engineering, Thesis, May 2023.
  • Rajendran, Achyuth, “Investigation of Acoustics from Turbulent Boundary Layers on Flat Plates with Suction,” M.S. Thesis, Aerospace Engineering, Mar. 11, 2021.
  • Smith, Matthew J., “The Analysis and Prediction of Jet Flow and Jet Noise about Airframe Surfaces,” M.S. Thesis Aerospace Engineering, Dec. 2013. Placement after Graduation – Vice President, Boeing.


  • Tamvada, Suhas R., TBD, Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D., TBD.
  • Tingle, Henry. TBD, Aerospace Engineering, Ph.D., TBD.
  • Posey, Jacob, W. TBD, Aerospace Engineering, Ph.D., TBD.
  • Dallas, Matthew, “Newton-Anderson at Singular Points,” Ph.D. Mathematics, Ph.D., TBD.
  • Keister, Justin D., “Development of a High-Frequency MEMS Pressure Sensor and Associated Calibration Technique for Hypersonic Wind Tunnel Measurements,” Ph.D., TBD.
  • Goldschmidt, James D., “The Experimental Investigation of Unsteady Noise Sources Generated by a Sub-Scale UAM Rotor in Forward Flight,” Aerospace Engineering, Ph.D., Summer, 2023.
  • Li, Ying, “Efficient Ensemble Methods for Simulating Groundwater-Surface Flows,” Ph.D. Mathematics, Summer 2023.
  • Bhagwat, R. M. “Characterization of Ionic Liquid Based Open Absorption System for Dehumidification and Water Heating,” Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D., May 2023.
  • Rosano, Francesco, “Jet-Noise Modeling and Prediction using Steady RANS Solutions,” Università degli Studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Ph.D., Fall 2022.
  • Li, Hsiao-Chi, “3D Simulation of Flame Propagation and Quenching or Detonation in a Channel with an Embedded Metal Foam,” Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D. Fall 2022.
  • Gu, Yi, “Degree Counting Theorems and blow-up analysis for singular Liouville Systems,” Ph.D. Dissertation Mathematics, Fall 2021. 
  • Divaker, Moses, “Equivalent Wing Numerical Lifting Line Theory for Predicting Rotor Performance and Rotor-Rotor Interference,” Ph.D. Dissertation Aerospace Engineering, Spring 2021.
  • Li, Songqi, “An Experimental Investigation of In-flow Pressure Fluctuations and Pressure-informed Velocity Estimation in a Subsonic Axisymmetric Jet,” Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering, Ph.D. Dissertation, Spring 2021.
  • Liu, Kai, “Systematic Evaluation And Improvement Of Euler-lagrange Methodology: Application To Spray Control,” Ph.D. Dissertation, Fall 2020.
  • Alipanahrostami, Morteza, “Science and Engineering of Membrane-Based Two-phase Heat Sink – New Discoveries and Universal Chf Model,” Ph.D. Dissertation, Summer 2020.
  • Zhou, Haocheng, “MEMS Based Five Hole Probe with Optical Pressure Transducers,” Ph.D. Dissertation in Mechanical Engineering, Aug. 2020.
  • Martelet, Yann, “Jet Mixing Noise Model Based on Geometrical Acoustics for the Prediction of Installation Effects,” External member for École Centrale de Lyon, May 2020. 
  • Marjanovic, Goran, “Direct Numerical Simulations of Single and Multiphase Turbulent Plumes in the Forced, Pure, and Lazy Regimes at Large Grashof Numbers,” Ph.D. Defense, Aug. 2018. 
  • Stewart, Cameron S., “Soft Sphere Simulations of a Planar Multiphase Shockwave Passing through a Bed of Particles,” Ph.D. Defense, Aug. 2018.

M.S. Thesis Committees

  • Wu, Songzi, “A Study for Interaction of a Reactive Step and the Detonation Propagating Through the Layer of Reactants Bounded by an Inert Gas With Various Acoustic Impedances,” M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Summer 2020.

Honor Thesis Committees (Chair)

  • Zambrano, Noah C., “Improved Turbulence Model for Hypersonic Boundary Layer Heat Transfer,” Aerospace Engineering, B.S. Honors Thesis, Spring 2022.

Honor Thesis Committees

  • Seubert, Sebastian M., “Biologically-Inspired Geometric Axihedral for a Horizontal Stabilizer to Improve Turn Performance,” Aerospace Engineering, B.S. Honors Thesis, Spring 2021.
  • Fillebrown, Jennifer, “Hypersonic Vehicle Trajectory Optimization using GPOPS-II,” Aerospace Engineering, B.S. Honors Thesis, Fall 2020.
  • Posey, Jacob, “Modeling, Ignition, and Combustion of Aluminum Powder,” University of Florida, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, B.S. Honors Thesis, Fall 2020.
  • Plavcan, Maximilian, “Inception of a Multi-Planetary Society,” University of Florida, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, B.S. Honors Thesis, Fall 2019.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

I have advised multiple undergraduate and graduate students at NASA through the research process. Here are some pictures of my students and myself: The exit of the 8 ft. tunnel at NASA LaRC [jpg], the entrance to the NASA Quiet Flow Facility [jpg], a marina in Poquoson Virginia [jpg]. I have also advised students jointly under other advisors. Previous students under my guidance:

  • Smith, Matthew, “The Analysis and Prediction of Jet Flow and Jet Noise about Airframe Surfaces,” NASA/NIA/VT Graduate Student (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), 2012-2013.
  • Howton, Alexandra, “The Prediction of Noise Generated by Turbulent Jet Flow Past the Trailing Edge of a Flat Plate,” NASA LARSS (Boston University), 2013.
  • Hipp, Kyle, “The Sideline Refraction Effects of Twin Jet Flow,” NASA LARSS (The Ohio State University), 2013.
  • Mazur, Emily, “Assessment of Nonlinear Propagation Methodology for Jet Noise,” NASA LARSS (Rochester Institute of Technology), 2012.
  • Beisser, Megan, “Aeroacoustics,” NASA/Virginia Governors School, 2012.
  • Massey, Benjamin, “Prediction of Jet Noise based on Empirical Flow-Field Models and CFD Results,” NASA LARSS (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), 2011.

Student Awards and Fellowships

  • King, C., “Prediction of Hypersonic Transition from Realistic Turbulent Atmospheres,” National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship, 2023.
  • Carr, Alexander N., “UF MAE Dissertation of the Year Award,” April, 2023.
  • Shah, Esha, “UF MAE Student Leadership Award,” April, 2023.
  • Zambrano, Noah, “Grey-Box Augmented Reynolds Stress Transport Turbulence Model for Hypersonic Shock Wave Boundary-Layer Interactions,” National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship, 2022.
  • Burns, Noah, “2022 Bill “Roto” Reuter & Peter Nicholas Outstanding Student Leadership Award,” April, 2022.
  • Carr, Alexander N., NASA Dissertation and Thesis Improvement Fellowship Program, 2021.
  • Orr, Olivia, “UF MAE Student Leadership Award,” Sept. 2021.
  • Pond, Ellie, “Aerospace Engineering Outstanding Senior Award,” Sept. 2021.
  • Carr, Alexander N., “UF MAE Graduate Student Research Award,” Sept. 2021.
  • Rajendran, Achyuth, “AIAA Region II Student Conference Masters Category,” 2nd Place, April, 2021.
  • Patel, Trushant K., “UF MAE Graduate Student Research Award,” April, 2020.
  • Carr, Alexander N., “Modeling Sonic Boom Propagation through Atmospheric Turbulence and Around the Lateral Extent of the Boom Carpet,” NASA Graduate Fellowship, 2019 – 2023.