From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.

–Luke (12:48)


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.