ME Department Welcomes Lorena Barba

Assistant Professor Lorena Barba Joins the ME Department This Fall

By Sarah E Cowen

Dr. Lorena Barba
Dr. Lorena Barba

Lorena Barba obtained her PhD in Aeronautics from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 2004. Her first degrees (BSc, PEng) are in Mechanical Engineering from Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, in Valparaiso, Chile. After obtaining her professional engineer's degree, Dr. Barba co-founded a small consulting engineering firm in Chile. During seven years, from 1991 to 1998, she worked as consulting and project engineer, and gained experience as an entrepreneur. The firm grew to hire several professionals, and developed projects in various areas: energy management in industry; design of thermal process equipment; control of atmospheric pollutants; general process engineering; water treatment and more.

In 1998, Dr. Barba's aspirations for a scientific career were on track when she was offered a place at the Graduate Aeronautical Laboratories of Caltech, where she worked under the supervision of Professor Anthony Leonard. After completing her PhD, she took a faculty position in Applied Mathematics at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom.

Dr. Barba is a computational scientist and a fluid dynamicist. Her research covers particle methods used for fluid simulation, the development of fast and efficient algorithms, the use of novel computer architectures, as well as fundamental and applied aspects of fluid dynamics.

Please join in welcoming Dr. Barba to the faculty.

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