Faculty Profile

Leonardo Chamorro

Mechanical Science and Engineering
Leonardo Chamorro
Leonardo Chamorro
Assistant Professor
3009 Mechanical Engineering Lab
105 S. Mathews
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 300-7023

Primary Research Area

  • Fluid Mechanics


  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Minor, University of Minnesota, 2010.
  • M.Sc. Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2008.

Academic Positions

  • Affiliate, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 01/2016-present.
  • Affiliate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 08/2014-present.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 06/2013-present.
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 02/2013-06/2013.
  • Research Associate in experimental fluid mechanics. Coordinator of the wind energy and hydrokinetic experimental research and research manager of the SAFL wind tunnel, University of Minnesota. 2010 - 2013.
  • Graduate Research Assistant, University of Minnesota. Atmospheric Boundary Layer, 2006-10.

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Research Interests

  • Advanced flow diagnosis
  • Fluid Mechanics & Turbulence
  • Wind and Hydrokinetic energy
  • Geophysical flows, complex boundary layer processes
  • Flow-structure interaction

Research Areas

  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Thermo Heat and Transfer
  • Transportation

Chapters in Books

  • Arndt, R.E.A. and L.P. Chamorro, (2017) Hydraulic turbines. Handbook of Energy Conversion.

Selected Articles in Journals

Invited Lectures

  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm
  • Institute of Innovation Research, Hohai University , China.
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • TBD, Department of Mechanical Engineering. University of Iowa.
  • Invited talk at the School of Mechanical Engineering Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • TBD, keynote lecture at the Int. Conf on New Energy and Sustainable Development. Tianjin, China, 2017.
  • On the Potential of Windbreaks for Wind Farm-Scale Power Production. Arizona State University, 2017.
  • Onset of flow instability and turbulence development over distributed sinusoidal 2D and 3D roughness, London, UK.
  • On the turbulence over Large-scale topography. SHPE, Washington, Seattle, 2016.
  • Windbreaks for enhanced wind turbine power and potential for wind farms. Penn State University, 2016.
  • On the small- and large-scale control strategies for enhanced wind turbine power, Texas, WindFarms workshop, Dallas, 2016.
  • Fundamental and applied problems in turbulence: Ongoing efforts at the Renewable Energy and Turbulent Environment Group, Baltimore, 2015.
  • Whither Turbulence and Big Data In the 21st Century. Understanding and Harnessing Turbulence, France, 2015
  • Fluid dynamics of Hydrokinetic energy, Santiago, Chile, 2014
  • On the non-linear relationship between turbulence and wind turbine power across scales. Symposium on Frontiers of Fluid Dynamics - A Legacy. Puerto Rico, 2013.
  • Challenges in the Wind and Marine Hydrokinetic Energy Technologies. 3rd New Energy Forum, Xi￿an, China, 2013.
  • Addressing turbulence related problems in wind and hydrokinetic energy. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012.
  • Addressing turbulence related aspects in wind turbine/farm optimization, Los Alamos National Lab, 2012.
  • Addressing turbulence related problems in wind and hydrokinetic energy. Stanford University, 2012.
  • Turbulence related problems in wind and hydrokinetic energy. University of California San Diego, 2012.
  • Fundamental problems in wind and hydrokinetic energy across a range of scales, University of Minnesota, 2012.
  • Research questions in wind energy, Los Alamos National Lab, 2011.
  • Underwater Turbines and the V3V(TM) System: An experimental tool for understanding complex 3D flows, Fluid Mechanics Webinar Series from TSI, 2012.

Journal Editorships

  • Associate editor for the Journal of Energy Engineering (June 2015)
  • Member of the Editorial Board and Academic Editor of the Journal ￿Energies￿ (January 2015)

Conferences Organized or Chaired

  • Member of Executive Committee of the 2017 Symposium of the North American Wind Energy Academy (NAWEA 2017).
  • Co-Chair of the paper presentation in the "Engineering Science Symposium" SHPE 2016.

Other Outside Service

  • Reviewer for "Journal of Fluid Mechanics"
  • Reviewer for "Physics of Fluids"
  • Reviewer for "Journal of Turbulence"
  • Reviewer for "Physical Review Fluids"
  • Reviewer for "Experiments in Fluids"
  • Reviewer for "Journal of Visualized Experiments"
  • Reviewer for "Boundary layer Meteorology"
  • Reviewer for "Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A"
  • Reviewer for "AIAA Journal"
  • Reviewer for "Journal of Fluids and Structures"
  • Reviewer for "Journal of Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science"
  • Reviewer for "International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer"
  • Reviewer for "Flow Measurement and Instrumentation"
  • Reviewer for "Energies"
  • Reviewer for "Wind Energy"
  • Reviewer for "Renewable Energy"
  • Reviewer for "Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy"
  • Reviewer for "Wind Energy Science"
  • Reviewer for "Monthly Weather Review"
  • Reviewer for "Journal of Hydraulic Engineering"
  • Reviewer for "Theoretical and Applied Climatology"
  • Reviewer for "Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans"
  • Reviewer for "Transactions of CSME"
  • Reviewer for "Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics"
  • Reviewer for "Theoretical and Applied Climatology"

Research Honors

  • Distinguished Lecture at the AIAA Student Chapter, University of Winvonsin-Milwaukee
  • Outstanding Postdoctoral Scholar Award. It recognizes the extraordinary performance and achievement of postdoctoral scholars at the University of Minnesota, 2012.
  • Doctoral dissertation fellowship awarded by the graduate School, University of Minnesota, 2009.
  • Best paper presentation award AMS-18th Symposium on Boundary Layers and Turbulence, Stockholm, Sweden, 2008.
  • The Edward Silberman Award. Awarded to academically outstanding students who perform their research at the St. Anthony Falls Lab. Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2008.
  • Department of Civil Engineering travel award, University of Minnesota, 2007.
  • Minnesota Supercomputer Institute Travel grant, University of Minnesota, 2007.
  • Best graduated in Civil Engineering, awarded by the Chilean Board of Engineers
  • Best Civil Engineering Student, awarded by the University of Chile and Copeva Company