Karen A. Flack  

Professor
Mechanical Engineering Department
United States Naval Academy
590 Holloway Road
Annapolis, MD 21402-5042
(410) 293-6509
Fax (410) 293-3041
flack@usna.edu



EDUCATION
    Stanford University, (Jul 89 - Jul 93)
    Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Doctor of Philosophy, Mechanical Engineering
    Dissertation "Near‑Wall Investigation of Three‑Dimensional Turbulent Boundary Layers"

    University of California, Berkeley, (Aug 08 – Jun 89)
    Masters of Science, Mechanical Engineering

    Rice University, (Aug 82 - May 86)
    Bachelors of Science, Mechanical Engineering


RESEARCH AREAS
    Turbulent Boundary Layers
    Evaporative Heat Transfer
    Gas Turbine Cooling


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
    Professor, U.S. Naval Academy (Aug 04 – present)
    Associate Professor, U.S. Naval Academy (Aug 98 – Aug 04)
    Assistant Professor, U.S. Naval Academy (Aug 93 – Aug 98)
    Wind Tunnel Test Engineer, NASA Ames Research Center, (Jan 88- Aug 88)
    Mission Controller, NASA Johnson Space Center, (Jun 86 – Jan 88)


RECENT PUBLICATIONS
    Schultz, M.P., Flack, K.A., "Turbulent boundary layers on a systematically varied rough wall," Physics of Fluids , Vol. 21, 015104, 2009.

    Flack, K.A., Schultz, M.P., Connelly, J.S., “Examination of a Critical Roughness Height for Boundary Layer Similarity,” Physics of Fluids , Vol. 19, 095104, 2007.

    Schultz, M.P., Flack, K.A., "The Rough-Wall Turbulent Boundary Layer from the Hydraulically Smooth to the Fully Rough Regime," Journal of Fluid Mechanics , Vol. 580, pp. 381-405, 2007.

    Coulthard, S.M, Volino, R.J., Flack, K.A., “Effect of Jet Pulsing on Film Cooling, Part 1, Effectiveness and Flowfield Temperature Results,” ASME Journal of Turbomachinery , Vol. 129 (2), pp. 232-246, 2007.

    Volino, R.J., Schultz, M.P. and Flack K. A., “Turbulence Structure in Rough- and Smooth-Wall Boundary Layers,” Journal of Fluid Mechanics , Vol. 592, pp. 263-293, 2007.


AWARDS
    2009 Meritorious Civilian Service Award
    2004 ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering Best Research Paper, Robert T. Knapp Award     2001 Pi Tau Sigma Teaching Excellence Award

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