Emily is pursuing a Ph.D. in Energy Science and Engineering with a focus on computational thermal-hydraulics modeling for high heat flux components in Fusion Energy devices. Her research is performed in the Fusion and Materials for Nuclear Systems division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory under the guidance of Dr. Arnold Lumsdaine and Dr. Kivanc Ekici.
Originally from Morristown, Tennessee, Emily graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 2011. Emily’s interest in research was fostered at the National Transportation Research Center (NTRC) during a summer position in the Volkswagen Distinguished Scholars Program. At NTRC, Emily worked on an interdisciplinary team to develop a unique algorithm to identify object statistics of nanoparticles exhausted from the combustion process. She went on to earn a Master’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Tennessee in 2013. During the course of her M.S. work, Emily had the opportunity to perform research at Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) where she analyzed two fundamental low-speed flow problems using a harmonic balance method in MATLAB. This experience at WPAFB sparked her interests in computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Emily further pursued this interest at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where she performed CFD modeling to satisfy design requirements for the Wendelstein 7-X high heat flux scraper element using ANSYS CFX.
Computational thermal-hydraulics modeling for high heat flux components in fusion energy devices
Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering – University of Tennessee
Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering – University of Tennessee
Awards and Recognitions
- ANS Student Conference Best Presentation in Fusion Energy – 2016
- ORNL 3rd Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium Poster Presentation Honorable Mention – 2015
- Symposium on Fusion Engineering (SOFE) Student Paper Award Finalist – 2015
- ASEE Summer Faculty Fellowship Program – 2012
- Volkswagen Distinguished Scholars Program – 2011
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