M. Laura Beninati

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Educational Background

  • B.S. in Architectural Engineering, Drexel University, 1994
  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, Drexel University, 1994
  • M.S. in Civil Engineering, Drexel University, 1997
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Drexel University, 1997
  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, The University of Iowa, 2004

Research Interests

  • Environmental fluid mechanics
  • Sediment transport
  • Multi-phase fluid dynamics
  • Turbulence and vortex dynamics
  • Instrumentation development for experiments in fluids
  • Experimental methods in fluid mechanics

Courses

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Engineering Experimentation
  • Engineering Analysis (mathematical methods)

Selected Honors and Awards:

  • Lindback Career Enhancement Minority Junior Faculty Grant 2007
  • Swanson Research Fellow 2005-2007
  • Amelia Earhart Scholarship Award 2002-2003
  • AAUW Dissertation Fellowship 2001-2002

Selected Publications

M.L. Beninati & J.S. Marshall, An experimental study of the effect of free-stream turbulence on a trailing vortex, Experiments in Fluids 38, 244-257 (2005).

J.S. Marshall & M.L. Beninati, External turbulence interaction with a columnar vortex with and without axial flow, Journal of Fluid Mechanics 540, 221-245 (2005).

J.S. Marshall & M.L. Beninati, Analysis of subgrid-scale torque for large-eddy simulation of turbulence, AIAA Journal 41(10), 1875-1881 (2003).

J.S. Marshall & M.L. Beninati, Turbulence evolution in vortex-dominated flows, Advances in Fluid Mechanics 25 (Nonlinear Instability, Chaos and Turbulence II, edited by L. Debnath and D.N. Riahi), WIT Press, Southampton, England (2000).