CV/Resume

CV/Resume

For a printer friendly version, click here.

Nicole Sharp

Email: nicole.sharp[at]gmail.com

Jump straight to a section: Education | Experience | Invited Talks | Guest Lectures and WorkshopsArticles and Conference Papers | Peer-Reviewed Publications | Conference Presentations | Poster Sessions | Honors, Grants, and Proposals | Professional Service | Skills

Education

Education

Texas A&M University.

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

Cornell Logo

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

Case Western Reserve University.

Case Western Reserve University
B.S.E. in Aerospace Engineering, magna cum laude

Experience

Experience

FYFD

FYFD
The Internet (Jul 2010 to present)
Founder and Editor

  • Created, researched, wrote, and maintained a popular science blog with new posts 3-5 days/week. Learn more.
  • Built an audience of over 331,600+ Tumblr followers, 6900+ Twitter followers, 1000+ Feedly subscribers, and 9200+ YouTube subscribers.
  • Studied the physics of the Boston Molasses Flood with collaborators at Harvard University and received national and international press coverage from The New York Times, the Associated Press, New Scientist, Smithsonian Magazine, CBC (Canada), Cosmos Magazine (Australia), Die Welt (Germany), and many others.
  • FYFD featured on Wired, Physics World, Science, io9/Gizmodo, NPR, BoingBoing, Mashable, Tumblr and others.

Sharp Science Communication Consulting, LLC
The Internet (Mar 2018 to present)
Owner

  • Filmed, produced, and animated short videos on scientific topics for clients at institutions including Stanford University, Knexus Research Corporation, and the Journal of Fluid Mechanics.
  • Offered science communication workshops and training at institutions such as Harvard University, the Technical University of Delft, Stanford University, and the United States Military Academy.
Harvard University.

Harvard University
Cambridge, MA (Feb. 2016 to Jun. 2016)
Visiting Science Communication Expert

  • Mentored 80 undergraduates on communicating science in an introductory fluid dynamics course.
  • Met weekly with students during the semester to provide feedback and advice on their final video projects.
Lincoln Laboratory

MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Lexington, MA (Mar. 2014 to Jan. 2016)
Technical Staff

  • Created and disseminated models for aerodynamics, aerothermal heating, and re-entry physics of gliding hypersonic vehicles.
  • Analyzed and modeled complex sensor architectures used for national defense.
  • Created technical materials presented internally and externally, including in the Department of Defense and on Capitol Hill.
Texas A&M University.

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 Logo

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.
Invited Talks

Invited Talks

Northeastern University.
ORD Camp.
  • 100 Years Ago, Boston Flooded With Molasses, Ignite Talks, ORD Camp, 2019.
APS Logo.
National Academy of Sciences.
  • Communicating Science in the 21st Century, United States National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Meeting, National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, 2019.
  • Creator Brainstorm: Peer Reviews, EduCon US, YouTube LA, 2019. With Miriam Nielsen and Peter Musser.
Stanford University.
  • From Memes to Molasses Floods: Adventures in Science Communication, Chemical Engineering Department Seminar, Stanford University, 2019.
UCLA.
  • From Memes to Molasses Floods: Adventures in Science Communication, Earth, Planetary, and Space Science Department Seminar, UCLA, 2019.
United States Military Academy.
  • Help! I Want to Make a Video!, West Point Writing Program Evening Seminar, United States Military Academy, 2019.
Cornell Logo
  • Help! I Want to Make a Video!, Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics Seminar, Cornell University, 2019.
ASME.
  • My Fluid Dynamical Odyssey, Keynote Address, Students in Industry Day, Colorado Chapter, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2019.
United States Military Academy.
  • Technical Communication: Finding Your Message, West Point Writing Program Wednesday Night Seminar, United States Military Academy, 2019.
TU Delft.
Princeton University.
  • From Memes to Molasses Floods: Adventures in Science Communication, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Dept. Seminar, Princeton University, 2018.
Utah State University.
  • Spreading Science Through Art, Liquid Assets, Utah State University, 2018.
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
  • The Beauty of the Flow, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Dept. Seminar, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, 2018.
JPL.
  • Celebrating the Beauty and Diversity of the Flow, Women’s History Month Address, Advisory Council on Women, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 2017.
Oregon State University.
  • Mixed Nuts, Skipping Rocks, and Molasses Tsunamis: Communicating Fluid Physics to the Public, Thermal-Fluids Seminar, Oregon State University, 2017.
Exploratorium
  • Mixed Nuts, Skipping Rocks, and Molasses Tsunamis: Communicating Fluid Physics to the Public, Employee Seminar, Exploratorium, 2017.
University of Chicago.
  • Mixed Nuts, Skipping Rocks, and Molasses Tsunamis: Communicating Fluid Physics to the Public, Computations in Science Seminar, University of Chicago, 2017.
Improbable Research Podcast.
  • Slow as Molasses in January: Fluid Dynamics and the Boston Molasses Flood, Annals of Improbable Research Show, AAAS Conference, 2017.
ASME.
  • Wind Tunnels, Websites, and Waves of Molasses, Keynote Address, Students in Industry Day, Colorado Chapter, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2017.
MIT.
  • Communicating Fluid Dynamics: From the Lab to the Classroom and Beyond, Fluid Mechanics Lab Seminar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016. Slides
Tufts University.
  • Communicating Science in the Internet Era, Mechanical Engineering Department Seminar, Tufts University, 2016.
Improbable Research Podcast.
Improbable Research Podcast.
  • Improbable Fluid Connections, Annals of Improbable Research Show, AAAS Conference, 2016.
Harvard University.
  • More Than Just Cosmos: Communicating Science in the Internet Era, Applied Mechanics Colloquium, Harvard University, 2016.
University of Illinois.
  • More Than Just Cosmos: Communicating Science in the Internet Era, Mechanical Science and Engineering Department Seminar, University of Illinois, 2016.
MIT.
  • Re-Telling Science, New England Complex Fluids Meeting, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016. With Felice Frankel.
APS Logo.
  • The Extremes of Fluid Dynamics, Keynote Address, APS New England Section Meeting, 2016. Slides
Brown University.
  • Adventures in Fluid Dynamics, Seminar, Brown University, 2015. Slides
APS Logo.
  • Scientist-Reporter Workshop: How to tell your science story, Special Event, APS Division of Fluid Dynamics Annual Meeting, 2014. With David Hu, Flora Lichtman, Rachel Levy and Jason Bardi.
Pointwise.
  • Surface roughness effects on hypersonic boundary layer transition and online outreach in fluid dynamics, Special Seminar, Pointwise, Inc., 2013. Slides
Texas A&M University.
  • The Beauty of the Flow, Applied Mathematics Undergraduate Seminar, Texas A&M University, 2013. Slides
Zonta International.
  • Hypersonic Transition to Turbulence, Monthly Meeting, Zonta Club of Fredericksburg, 2012.
Zonta International.
  • Hypersonic Laminar-Turbulent Transition, District 10 Conference, Zonta International, 2011.
Guest Lectures and Workshops.

Guest Lectures and Workshops

Harvard University.
  • Help! I’m Trying to Make a Video, ES 123 Course Guest Lecture, Harvard University, 2020.
Harvard University.
  • Help! I’m Trying to Make a Video!, ES 123 Course Guest Lecture, Harvard University, 2019.
Stanford University.
  • Science Communication: Finding Your Message, Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, 2019.
United States Military Academy.
  • Technical Communication in Mechanical Engineering, ME201 Guest Lectures, United States Military Academy, 2019.
CU Boulder.
  • Communicating Your Science: Finding the Message, Flow Visualization Course Guest Lecture, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2018.
TU Delft.
  • Communicating Your Science: Reaching Beyond Your Peers, Workshop, Delft University of Technology, 2018.
CU Boulder.
  • From Memes to Molasses Floods: Adventures in Science Communication, Introduction to Fluids Course Guest Lecture, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2018.
Harvard University.
  • Help! I’m Trying to Make a Video!, ES 123 Course Guest Lecture, Harvard University, 2018.
CU Boulder.
  • Spreading Science Through Video, Flow Visualization Course Guest Lecture, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2018.
MIT.
  • The Beauty of the Flow, 1.060A/B Course Guest Lecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016.
Harvard University.
  • The Beauty of the Flow, ES 123 Course Guest Lecture, Harvard University, 2016.
Articles.

Articles and Conference Papers

Peer-Reviewed Publications.

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. #
Conference Presentations.

Conference Presentations

Science Talk.
FYFD
FYFD
FYFD
APS Logo.
FYFD
FYFD
APS Logo.
FYFD
Texas A&M University.
  • Experiments on roughness-induced transient growth in a hypersonic boundary layer, International Workshop on Hypersonic Stability and Transition, Sedona, AZ, 2012. With Jerrod Hofferth and Edward B. White.
APS Logo.
APS Logo.
  • Complex dynamics of a boundary layer with free stream turbulence, APS Division of Fluid Dynamics annual meeting, San Antonio, TX, 2008. With Stephanie Neuscamman and Zellman Warhaft. Slides
APS Logo.
  • Measurements in a boundary layer with intense free stream turbulence, APS Division of Fluid Dynamics annual meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, 2007. With Stephanie Neuscamman, Sergiy Geraschenko, and Zellman Warhaft. Slides
Poster Sessions.

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.

Honors, Grants, and Proposals

  • AAAS If/Then Ambassador, 2019-2020
  • Tumblr Lifetime Achievement, 2015
  • 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
  • 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
  • Trustees Scholarship recipient, Case Western Reserve University, August 2002 – May 2006
  • Tau Beta Pi Honor Society Member
Professional Service.

Professional Service

  • American Physical Society (APS), Member, 2007 to present Member, Science and Media Relations Committee, 2015 to present
    • Member, Science and Media Relations Committee, 2015 to 2018
    • Chair, Science and Media Relations Committee, 2018
    • Vice-Chair, Science and Media Relations Committee, 2017
    • Gallery of Fluid Motion Video Coordinator, 2017
  • United States National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 2020 to present
  • American Institute of Physics (AIP) Science Communication Award Selection Committee, Book Category, 2017 to present
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Student Member, 2012 to 2014
  • Aggie Aerospace Women in Engineering (AAWE), Texas A&M University, 2012 to 2014
Skills.

Skills

  • Programming Languages: MATLAB, Python, Fortran 90/95, LabView, HTML, PHP
  • Software: Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Illustrator, Audition), ANSYS Fluent, SolidWorks
  • Other: UNIX/Linux Experience
  • Proficient in written and spoken German

Icons designed by Vector Markets.