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Nicole Sharp

Email: nicole.sharp[at]gmail.com

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Education

 

Education

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

Cornell LogoCornell 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
B.S.E. in Aerospace Engineering, magna cum laude


Experience

Experience


Fuck Yeah Fluid Dynamics
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 252,000+ Tumblr followers, 3800+ Twitter followers, 1000+ Feedly subscribers, and 5100+ 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.

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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
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.

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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

  • “Mixed Nuts, Skipping Rocks, and Molasses Tsunamis: Communicating Fluid Physics to the Public,” Exploratorium, 2017.
  • “Celebrating the Beauty and Diversity of the Flow,” Women’s History Month Address, Advisory Council on Women, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 2017.
  • “Wind Tunnels, Websites, and Waves of Molasses,” Keynote Address, Students in Industry Day, Colorado Chapter, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2017.
  • “Slow as Molasses in January: Fluid Dynamics and the Boston Molasses Flood,” Annals of Improbable Research, AAAS Conference, Boston, MA, 2017.
  • “Mixed Nuts, Skipping Rocks, and Molasses Tsunamis: Communicating Fluid Physics to the Public,” Computations in Science Seminar, University of Chicago, 2017.
  • “The Beauty of the Flow,” 1.060A/B Course Guest Lecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016.
  • “Fluid Dynamics,” 24/7 Lecture, Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, 2016.
  • “Re-Telling Science,” New England Complex Fluids Meeting, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016.
  • “More Than Just Cosmos: Communicating Science in the Internet Era,” Applied Mechanics Colloquium, Harvard University, 2016.
  • “The Extremes of Fluid Dynamics,” Keynote Address, APS New England Section Meeting, 2016.
  • “The Beauty of the Flow,” ES 123 Course Guest Lecture, Harvard University, 2016.
  • “Communicating Science in the Internet Era,” Mechanical Engineering departmental seminar, Tufts University, 2016.
  • “Improbable Fluid Connections,” Annals of Improbable Research, AAAS Conference, Washington, D.C., 2016.
  • “More Than Just Cosmos: Communicating Science in the Internet Era,” Mechanical Science and Engineering departmental seminar, University of Illinois, 2016.
  • “Communicating Fluid Dynamics: From the Lab to the Classroom and Beyond,” Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016.
  • “Adventures in Fluid Dynamics,” Brown University, 2015.
  • “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.

Articles and Conference Papers

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

  • Sharp NS, Kennedy J, and Rubinstein S, “ ‘In a sea of sticky molasses’: The physics of the Boston Molasses Flood,” presented at the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics annual conference, 2016.
  • Sharp NS, “F*** Yeah Fluid Dynamics: Inside the science communication process,” presented at the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics annual conference, 2016.
  • Sharp NS, “F*** Yeah Fluid Dynamics: On science outreach and appealing to broad audiences,” presented at the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics annual conference, 2015.
  • 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. #

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

  • 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

  • American Physical Society (APS), Early Career Member, 2007 to present
    • Member, Science and Media Relations Committee, 2015 to present
    • Vice-Chair, Science and Media Relations Committee, 2017
    • Gallery of Fluid Motion Video Coordinator, 2017
  • 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

  • Programming Languages: MATLAB, Python, Fortran 90/95, LabView, HTML, PHP
  • Software Packages: Lightworks, ANSYS Fluent, SolidWorks, Gnuplot, TecPlot, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere
  • Other: UNIX/Linux Experience
  • Proficient in written and spoken German

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