William Anderson joined the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science in 2014 as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He is currently an Associate Professor of mechanical engineering and a Fellow, Eugene McDermott Professor. His work on fluid dynamics helped him and a colleague propose a solution to the mystery of Martian crater mountains formation. His research interests include:
- Computational fluid dynamics,
- Turbulent flows,
- Environmental fluid dynamics,
- High-performance computing, and
- Boundary layer meteorology
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Numerical Study of Turbulent Channel Flow Perturbed by Spanwise Topographic Heterogeneity: Amplitude and Frequency Modulation Within Low- and High-Momentum Pathways We have studied the effects of topographically driven secondary flows on inner-outer interaction in turbulent channel flow. Recent studies have revealed that large-scale motions in the logarithmic region impose an amplitude ...
Langmuir Turbulence In Coastal Zones: Structure and Length Scales Langmuir turbulence is a boundary layer oceanographic phenomenon of the upper layer that is relevant to mixing and vertical transport capacity. It is a manifestation of imposed aerodynamic stresses and the aggregate ...
Turbulent Flow Over Craters on Mars: Vorticity Dynamics Reveal Aeolian Excavation Mechanism (American Physical Society, 2017-10-27)Impact craters are scattered across Mars. These craters exhibit geometric self-similarity over a spectrum of diameters, ranging from tens to thousands of kilometers. The late Noachian-early Hesperian boundary marks a ...