Dr. Mara Broering has been an instructor with the University of Louisville since August 2013 and teaches for the Engineering Fundamentals department at The Speed School for Engineering. She obtained her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Louisville in 2013. Her doctoral research topic was in the area of Computational Fluid Dynamics where she modeled the aerodynamics of a tandem flapping wing configuration.
Dr. Broering currently teaches the required mathematics courses for engineering students at Speed School including Calculus I-III and Differential Equations.
Dr. Broering's research background is in the area of computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The topic of her dissertation was the study of tandem flapping wing configurations, similar to a dragonfly, using a Navier-Stokes flow solver. The focus of the study was to determine how vortex shedding from the fore wing influences the vortex generation of the hind wing and what effect this has on the hind wing’s lift and thrust production. Applications of this research include the development of micro air vehicles (MAVs), which typically utilize a flapping wing design due to the inefficiencies of fixed wing configurations at the low Reynolds numbers typically encountered in MAV flight.