Kyle A. Brucker received the B.S. degree (with High
Honors) in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University,
Milwaukee, WI, in 2001 and the M.S. degree from Cornell
University, Ithaca, NY, in 2003. He is currently pursuing the
Ph.D. degree at the University of California, San Diego, CA.
His current research involves direct numerical simulations of a
turbulent stratified shear layer, and wake (with Prof. Sarkar).
His master thesis involved writing a direct numerical simulation
(DNS) of a homogeneous shear flow that implements a newly
developed numerical algorithm to avoid the remeshing step that
limited previous algorithms to low shear rates (with Prof.
Collins). While an undergraduate student, he has authored seven
archival papers; this work involved developing asymptotic
solutions for the effective thermal conductivities of multiple
heat sinks used in the cooling of electronics (with Prof.
Majdalani). He also worked in the area of mechatronics (with
Prof. Nagurka) and was involved with a National Science
Foundation sponsored research project, in Rapid Prototyping at
the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
Mr. Brucker received a grant from NASA via the New York Space
Grant Consortium and a National Defense Science and Engineering
Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG) Award pursuant to a nomination by
Prof. Majdalani. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Pi Tau Sigma,
and Pi Mu Epsilon. He has also won the Atmospheric and
Oceanographic Sciences, and Ecology and Environmental Sciences
section and the division wide Robert I. Larus Award for the best
presentation at the 2006 AAAS Pacific Division Conference.