Faculty Profile

Kelly Stephani

Mechanical Science and Engineering
Kelly Stephani
Kelly Stephani
Assistant Professor
4417 Mechanical Engineering Lab
105 S. Mathews
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 244-9182

Primary Research Area

  • Fluid Mechanics

Education

  • Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 2012
  • M.S. Aerospace Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 2006
  • B.S. Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, 2005

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, August 16, 2014-date
  • Faculty Affiliate, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2016-date
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, 2012-2014
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Aerospace Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 2005-2012
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, 2004-2005

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Research Interests

  • Kinetic methods for non-equilibrium flows, rare events and tail-driven processes
  • Molecular dynamics and material properties
  • Plasma-surface interactions
  • Kinetic theory and transport processes
  • Characterization of material defect/property relationships
  • Fluid mechanics & thermal sciences

Research Areas

  • Applied Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Computation and Applied Math
  • Energy
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Security and Defende
  • Security and Defense
  • Thermo Heat and Transfer
  • Transportation

Selected Articles in Journals

Professional Societies

  • Member, American Physical Society (2014-date)
  • Senior Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (2014-date)
  • Member, Society of Women Engineers (2017-date)

Research Honors

  • AFOSR Young Investigator Research Program Award (2017)
  • NASA Early Career Faculty Award (2015)
  • AFOSR Summer Faculty Fellow - AFRL/RQ Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (2015)
  • Stanford CTR Summer Program Fellowship (2010)
  • Caltech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) (2005)