Jen Franck received her B.S. from University of Virginia in aerospace engineering in 2003, followed by a M.S. in aeronautics (2004) and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering (2009) from California Institute of Technology. She was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University from 2009-2011, and joined the faculty as a Lecturer in 2012.
Dr. Franck is a member of the Fluids and Thermal Sciences group within the School of Engineering. Her research is primarily focused on computational fluid dynamics (CFD), in particular understanding the flow physics of high Reynolds number or turbulent flows. Applications include unsteady flight dynamics, flow control, and renewable energy technologies.
ARPA-E, “Marine Hydrokinetic Energy Harvesting Using Cyber-Physical Systems”. Nov. 2014-Nov. 2016. PI: S. Mandre, Co-PI: K. Breuer, J. Franck. $3,107,909.39
Office of Naval Research, “Plasma Actuators for Improved Wind Turbine Performance”. Sept. 2013-Sept. 2016. PI: K. Breuer, Co-PI: J. Franck. $120,000
Rhode Island Innovation Voucher, "Design of an Active Flow Control System for Improved Wind Turbine Performance“, $50,000