Assistant Professor, Aeronautics & Astronautics
- PhD, Mechanical and Aerospace Engr, UC, Irvine
- MSc, Aeronautics and Aerospace, von Karman Institute
- BS, Aeronautical Engineering, Universita' di Napoli Federico II
Dr. Ferrante came to us from the California Institute of Technology where he was a Postdoctoral Scholar in Aeronautics. His research and teaching interests are in the area of Computational Fluid Mechanics (CFM). His research is mainly focused on single-phase, multi-phase, and multi-species turbulent flows relevant to engineering applications, e.g., internal and external aerodynamics, propulsion, and to natural phenomena. Ferrante’s research group develops numerical methods and algorithms for high-performance computing (HPC) to perform state of the art Direct Numerical Simulations (DNS) and Large Eddy Simulations (LES) of turbulent flows.
His computer visualizations of the spatio-temporal development of coherent structures in a turbulent boundary layer received the Award as Best Video of the Gallery of Fluid Motion (2003) from the American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics. His postdoctoral research at Caltech, which was funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), was focused on dispersion and mixing of jets in turbulent, supersonic cross-flows for high-speed propulsion applications. The results of his research have been presented in over fifty conferences, contractor meetings, and invited talks in U.S., Europe and Asia. His scientific papers are published in premiere refereed journals such as J. of Fluid Mechanics, Physics of Fluids, and J. of Computational Physics.