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Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Cody J. Brownell, Ph.D.

Professor Cody J. Brownell, Ph.D.
United States Naval Academy
590 Holloway Road
Annapolis, MD 21402-5042
410 293 6525


Cody J. Brownell is a Professor in the Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department at the U.S. Naval Academy. His research interests involve fluid dynamics and optical propagation, including past projects on measurement and prediction of optical turbulence in the atmosphere, high-energy laser effects on aqueous aerosols, and the use of machine learning for assessing laser system performance in turbulent environments. Professor Brownell has also used and/or developed a number of laser and imaging-based techniques for measuring properties of turbulent fluid flows. His recent research has been sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Joint Directed Energy Transition Office (DE-JTO). At the Naval Academy, Professor Brownell teaches classes on fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and heat transfer as well as elective classes on High Energy Laser Systems and Biological Fluid Dynamics. He regularly mentors undergraduate student researchers, including supervision of six prestigious Trident Scholars. He is the winner of the 2015 Raouf Ali Raouf Award for Excellence in Teaching Engineering. Professor Brownell is the Faculty Chair of the Naval Academy Science and Engineering Conference, a premier undergraduate STEM conference held in Annapolis each fall. He holds a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University, and M.S. and Ph.D. also in Mechanical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.    

     The Johns Hopkins University, 2008
    Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Doctor of Philosophy, Mechanical Engineering
    Dissertation: "Imaging of multi-species fluid mixing in turbulent flows"
     The Johns Hopkins University, 2005
    Masters of Science, Mechanical Engineering
     Duke University, 2002
    Bachelors of Science, Mechanical Engineering


     The United States Naval Academy
      Professor, 2019 - present
      Associate Professor, 2013 - 2019
      Assistant Professor, 2008 - 2013    
    Laser interactions with drops and aerosols
    Optical Turbulence
    Thermal blooming 
    Laser heating of structural materials
    Optical measurement techniques for fluids 
    Turbulent free shear flows - wakes jets, mixing layers
    Biologically-inspired propulsion
    Fluid mixing

    Fluid Dynamics
    Heat Transfer
    Fluid Flow in Biology
    High Energy Laser Physics and Applications

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