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Mechanical Engineering

Karen A. Flack, Ph.D.

Professor
Mechanical Engineering Department
United States Naval Academy
590 Holloway Road
Annapolis, MD 21402-5042
410 293 6501
flack@usna.edu


EDUCATION
    Stanford University, (1993)
    Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Doctor of Philosophy, Mechanical Engineering
    Dissertation: "Near-Wall Measurements in a Three-Dimensional
      Turbulent Boundary Layer"

    University of California, Berkeley (1988)
    Masters of Science, Mechanical Engineering
    
    Rice University, (1986)
    Bachelors of Science, Mechanical Engineering
         
RESEARCH AREAS

Wall bounded turbulent boundary layers
Prediction of drag on rough surfaces
Marine hydrokinetic turbines

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, U.S. Naval Academy, 2004-present
Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, U.S. Naval Academy, 2014-2018
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, U.S. Naval Academy, 1998-2004
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, U.S. Naval Academy, 1993-1998
Wind Tunnel Test Engineer, NASA Ames Research Center, 1988
Mission Controller, Rockwell Space Operations Co., NASA Johnson Space Center, 1986-1987

AWARDS
International Journal of Marine Energy Best Paper Award, Third Place (2015)
Fellow, American Physics Society (2014)
USNA Class of 1951 Civilian Faculty Research Excellence Award (2013)
US Government Meritorious Service Medal (2009, 2013)
ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering Best Research Paper, Knapp Award (2004)
Pi Tau Sigma Teaching Excellence Award (2001)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP
American Physics Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Society of Women Engineers             

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Lust, E.E., Flack, K.A., Luznik, L, “Survey of the Near Wake of an Axial-Flow Hydrokinetic Turbine in the Presence of Waves,” Renewable Energy, 146, pp. 2199-2209, 2020.

Murphy, E.A.K., Barros, J.M., Schultz, M.P., Flack, K.A., Steppe, C.N., Reidenbach, M.A.,” Roughness effects of diatomaceous slime fouling on turbulent boundary layer hydrodynamics,” Biofouling, 34(9), pp. 978-988, 2018.

Barros, J.M., Schultz, M.P., Flack, K.A., “Measurements of Skin-Friction of Systematically Generated Surface Roughness,” International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, 72, pp. 1-7, 2018.

Flack, K.A., “Moving beyond Moody,” Focus on Fluids, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 842, pp.1-4, 2018.

Lust, E.E., Flack, K.A., Luznik, L, “Survey of the Near Wake of an Axial Flow Hydrokinetic Turbine in Quiescent Conditions,” Renewable Energy, 129, pp. 92-101, 2018.

Flack, K.A., Schultz, M.P., Kim, Y.C, and Barros, J., “Skin-friction behavior in the transitionally-rough regime,” International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, 61, pp. 21-30, 2016.

M. P. Schultz, J. M. Walker, C. N. Steppe & K. A. Flack, “Impact of diatomaceous biofilms on the frictional drag of fouling-release coatings,” Biofouling, 31:9-10, 759-773, 2015.

Flack, K.A., Schultz, M.P., “Roughness Effects on Wall-Bounded Turbulent Flows,” Physics of Fluids, 26, 2014;

Walker, J.M., Flack, K.A., Lust, E.E., Schultz, M.P., Luznik, L., “The Effects of Blade Roughness and Fouling on Marine Current Turbine Performance,” Renewable Energy, 66, pp. 257-267, 2014.

Lust, E.E., Luznik, L., Flack, K.A., Walker, J.M., Van Benthem, M.C., “The Influence of Surface Gravity Waves on Marine Current Turbine Performance ,” International Journal of Marine Energy, 2013.

Schultz, M.P., Flack, K.A. “Reynolds-number Scaling of Turbulent Channel Flow,” Physics of Fluids, 25, 025104, 2013.

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