Beverley J. McKeon

Beverley J. McKeon

Theodore von Karman Professor of Aeronautics

Degrees and Appointments

B.A., University of Cambridge, 1995; M.Eng.,1996; M.A. (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering); M.A. (Engineering), Princeton University, 1999; Ph.D., 2003. Assistant Professor, Caltech, 2006-11; Professor, 2011-17; von Karman Professor, 2017-; Associate Director, 2012-17.

Email: mckeoncaltech.edu

Tel: 626-395-4460

285 Firestone Laboratory MC 105-50 Pasadena, CA 91125


Research Group Matters
Jamie Meighen-Sei
277 Firestone Laboratory

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Research Overview

Professor McKeon explores new ways to manipulate or control the boundary layer—the thin layer between a material and flowing air—to improve flow characteristics, such as a reduction of drag, noise, and structural loading or expansion of vehicle performance envelopes during travel. The unifying theme to her work is an experimental and theoretical approach at the intersection of fluid mechanics, control, and materials science to investigate fundamental flow questions, address efficiency and performance challenges in aerospace vehicle design, and respond to the energy conservation imperative in novel and efficient ways.

List of Research Areas

Fluid mechanics, turbulent boundary layers, flow control, morphing surfaces, measurement techniques

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