CV/Resume

Nicole Sharp

Email: nicole.sharp[at]gmail.com

Education

Texas A&M University
Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering
Thesis: “Hypersonic Measurements of Roughness-Induced Transient Growth.”
Advisor: Dr. Edward B. White; GPA 4.00

Cornell University
M.S. in Aerospace Engineering
Thesis: “Effects of Large-Scale Free Stream Turbulence on a Turbulent Boundary Layer.”
Advisor: Zellman Warhaft; GPA 3.87

Case Western Reserve University
B.S.E. in Aerospace Engineering, magna cum laude
GPA 3.79 overall; 3.90 in major

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Sharp NS, Neuscamman S, and Warhaft Z, “Effects of large-scale free stream turbulence on a turbulent boundary layer,” Physics of Fluids, Vol. 21, No. 9, 2009. #
  • Geraschenko S, Sharp NS, Neuscamman S, and Warhaft Z, “Lagrangian measurements of inertial particle acclerations in a turbulent boundary layer,” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 617, 2008, pp. 255-281. #

Articles

Leadership

Aggie Aerospace Women in Engineering
Founding Member and Chief Coordinator (President – 2012-2013)

  • Led the Formalization Committee which designed the group’s mission and hierarchy and by-laws.
  • Elected and served as highest officer in the group’s first year, responsible for organizing the Leadership Core of officers and ensuring the direction and future of the organization.

Texas A&M Cycling Team
Women’s Coordinator (2012-2013)

  • Led regular training rides aimed at teaching skills and improving fitness.
  • Recruited racers and doubled A&M’s female participation in mountain bike season.

Experience

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Fuck Yeah Fluid Dynamics
Creator and Author (Jul 2010 to present)

Texas A&M University
College Station, TX (Jan 2009 to Mar 2014)
Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant

  • Investigated surface roughness effects on hypersonic boundary layer transition in a low-disturbance tunnel.
  • Designed a hypersonic wind tunnel model with interchangeable rough nosetips.
  • Performed boundary layer stability computations supporting Northrup Grumman flight tests.
  • Prepared and led laboratory sessions focused on experimental aerodynamics with 50 students per semester.

Cornell University
Ithaca, NY (Dec 2006 to Dec 2008)
Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant

  • Studied effects of high free stream turbulence on turbulent boundary layers using hotwire anemometry.
  • Led 40 students in laboratory sessions for a mechanical engineering course focused on solid mechanics.
  • Trained and certified as a teaching assistant by Cornell’s College of Engineering.

Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH (May 2005 to May 2006)
Undergraduate Researcher and SOURCE Summer Fellow

  • Designed and executed wind tunnel experiments studying the odor-sensing abilities of moths.
  • Developed and fabricated a passively-controlled foot for a cockroach-inspired robot as part of a team.

Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH (Aug 2004 to May 2006)
Undergraduate Writing Tutor

  • Tutored 30+ fellow undergraduate students one-on-one in writing skills.

Conference Presentations

  • Sharp NS and White EB, “Discrete surface roughness effects on a blunt hypersonic cone in a quiet tunnel,” presented at the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics annual conference, November 2013. #
  • Sharp NS. “F*** Yeah Fluid Dynamics: Lessons from online outreach,” presented at the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics annual conference, November 2013. #
  • Sharp NS, Hofferth J, and White EB, “Surface roughness effects on a blunt hypersonic cone,” presented at the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics annual conference, November 2012. #
  • Sharp NS, Hofferth J, and White EB, “Experiments on roughness-induced transient growth in a hypersonic boundary layer,” presented at the International Workshop on Hypersonic Stability and Transition, Sedona, AZ, October 2012.
  • Sharp NS, Neuscamman S, and Warhaft Z, “Complex dynamics of a boundary layer with free stream turbulence,” presented at the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics annual conference, San Antonio, TX, November 2008. #
  • Sharp N, Neuscamman S, Geraschenko S, and Warhaft Z. “Measurements in a boundary layer with intense free stream turbulence,” presented at the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics annual conference, Salt Lake City, UT, November 2007. #

Invited Talks

  • “Scientist-Reporter Workshop: How to tell your science story,” co-taught with David Hu, Flora Lichtman, Rachel Levy and Jason Bardi, APS Division of Fluid Dynamics annual conference, November 2014.
  • “The Beauty of the Flow,” Applied Mathematics Undergraduate Seminar, Texas A&M University, 2013. # (.PPTX)
  • “Surface roughness effects on hypersonic boundary layer transition and online outreach in fluid dynamics,” Pointwise, Inc., Sep. 2013.
  • “Hypersonic Transition to Turbulence,” Zonta Club of Fredericksburg, Feb 2012.
  • “Hypersonic Laminar-Turbulent Transition,” Zonta International District 10 Conference, Oct 2011.

Poster Sessions

  • Sharp N, Neuscamman S, Geraschenko S, and Warhaft Z. “Effects of intense free stream turbulence on a turbulent boundary layer,” presented at Fluid Science and Turbulence Symposium, Baltimore, MD, May 2008.
  • Sharp N, Neuscamman S, and Warhaft Z. “Measurement in a boundary layer with intense free stream turbulence,” presented at SiGMA Visit Weekend Poster Session, Ithaca, NY, March 2008. #
  • Sharp N and White EB. “An investigation of the odor-sensing abilities of moths,” presented at CWRU’s Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors (SOURCE) Symposium and Poster Session, Cleveland, OH, April 2006. #
  • Taylor B, Sharp N, Wilson M, and Cohen M. “Improved foot design of Robot V,” presented at CWRU’s SOURCE Symposium and Poster Session, Cleveland, OH, April 2005.

Honors, Grants, and Proposals

  • Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellow (2011-2012)
  • Boeing Fellowship recipient, January 2009
  • Fred Hale Vose Prize recipient for showing “great promise of professional leadership,” Dept. of Mech. and Aero. Engr., Case Western Reserve University, May 2006
  • 2nd place in Engineering at SOURCE Symposium and Poster Session, April 2006
  • Awarded a $3,000 research grant as a SOURCE Summer Fellow for a proposal on the fluid mechanics of odor-sensing in moths, Summer 2005
  • Robert and Leona Garwin Award recipient for excellence in theoretical and experimental mechanical engineering, Dept. of Mech. and Aero. Engr., Case Western Reserve University, May 2005
  • Shared 2nd place in Engineering at SOURCE Symposium and Poster Session, April 2005
  • Trustees Scholarship recipient, Case Western Reserve University, August 2002 – May 2006
  • Tau Beta Pi Honor Society Member
  • Golden Key International Honor Society Member

Professional Service

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Student Member, 2012 to present
  • American Physical Society (APS), Early Career Member, 2007 to present
  • Aggie Aerospace Women in Engineering (AAWE), Texas A&M University, 2012 to 2014
  • Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable (WISER), Case Western Reserve University, 2002-2006

Outreach

  • Author of FYFD – A popular science blog focused on fluid dynamics with 5 posts per week and 13,700+ unique visitors per month, July 2010 to present. Learn more.
  • Expanding Your Horizons – Cornell University conference volunteer 2007 and 2008
  • Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable – Mentored aerospace underclassmen, 2004-2006

Skills

  • Programming Languages: MATLAB, Fortran 90/95, LabView, HTML, PHP
  • Software Packages: SolidWorks, ANSYS Fluent, TecPlot, Kaleidagraph, Adobe Photoshop
  • Other: UNIX/Linux Experience