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Dr. Joseph Kuehl
Dr. Joseph Kuehl
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Assistant Professor

AFOSR Young Investigator
CSR Fellow


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Rhode Island, 2009
  • Ph.D., Physical Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, 2009
  • B.S. Physics (Magna Cum Laude), Michigan Technological University, 2004


  • ME 2345: Thermodynamics
  • ME 3321: Fluid Mechanics

External Funding:

  • AFOSR via Young Investigator Program
  • Texas General Land Office
  • MFB Concepts Inc.

Research Themes:

My research interests and experiences are broad. Yet, they share the common thread of fundamental, basic science which is my strength and has helped me to produce cutting edge research in three different fields of study: hypersonic boundary-layer stability and transition, geophysical fluid dynamics, and nonlinear vibrations. This multi-faceted research background has allowed me to find connections between different fields of study, leading to new and novel solutions for complex problems.

Boundary-layer Stability and Transition:
  • Current research focus is on Nonlinear Parabolized Stability Equations analysis of hypersonic vehicles, to better understand laminar-turbulent transition physics.

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics:
  • Experimental, observational, theoretical and numerical investigation of ocean physics. Current research focuses include: Loop Current systems, bottom boundary-layer processes, influence of topography on fate and transport modeling.

Nonlinear Vibrations:
  • Current research focus is on application of the Phase Space Warping methodology (slow drifting of system dynamics due to slow variation in system parameters) to finite-time invariant manifold studies (such as chaotic mixing) and fatigue prediction.