Prof. Anya Jones
Originally from New Orleans, LA, Prof. Jones has been a member of the Aerospace Engineering faculty at the University of Maryland since 2010. She earned her Ph.D. in experimental aerodynamics from the University of Cambridge, her S.M. from MIT in Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a dual B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering. In addition to running her lab, she teaches a graduate course in unsteady aerodynamics and an undergraduate course in incompressible aerodynamics. Prof. Jones has been awarded the AFOSR Young Investigator Award (2012), NSF CAREER Award (2016), and the PECASE from the White House (2016). In 2017 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award to the Technion in Haifa, Israel (2017-2018) and an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship to TU Braunschweig in Germany (2018). She is currently chair of a NATO Research Technology Organization task group on gust response and unsteady aerodynamics, an associate fellow of AIAA, and a member of the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center, University of Maryland Energy Research Center, Maryland Robotics Center, and faculty advisor to the UMD Women in Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Post Docs

Camli Badrya
Camli was born and raised in a small village located on the green Carmel mountains in Israel. She earned her BSc from the Technion in Aerospace Engineering. She then received a Fulbright scholarship to pursue her Masters in the USA, and in 2011 she arrived at Maryland. She began at UMD as a Master’s student and continued on to earn her PhD in 2016. During her graduate studies she worked with Dr. James Baeder and used CFD tools to investigate the aerodynamic principles behind bio-inspired flapping wing flight. In early 2017, Camli joined our group to apply her computational skills to learn more about the fundamental flow physics of the flow interaction between a flat plate wing and a large amplitude gust. In her free time, Camli enjoys being outdoors, hiking, traveling, and running. She love trees, coffee, and sushi.

André Bauknecht
André is from a small town in the Black Forest region of Germany. He received his MSc in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Stuttgart, Germany, which included a research stay at the California Institute of Technology. From 2011 to 2017 André worked as a researcher at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Göttingen, Germany in the Department of Helicopters. During this time, he focused on experimental helicopter aerodynamics including active twist flow control for noise suppression on helicopters, and rotor wake characterization of free-flying model- and full-scale helicopters. He received his PhD with honors from the Leibniz University Hannover, Germany in 2016. André joined the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center in 2017, where his research focuses on reverse flow and aerodynamic interaction effects on high-speed compound helicopter models in the Glenn L. Martin wind tunnel. Outside the lab, André enjoys playing volleyball, reading, hiking, skiing, playing board games, and traveling.

PhD Students

Hülya Biler
Hülya was born and raised in Antalya, Turkey. Her interest in aeronautics started in high school. The thing that attracted her the most to aeronautics was nature itself. She moved to Istanbul to study Aeronautical Engineering at Istanbul Technical University where she completed her undergraduate study, and received a Fulbright scholarship to complete her M.S. at Maryland. She is interested in flapping wing applications, gust studies, and low Reynolds number flows. Along with her scientific work, she enjoys swimming, abstract art, and chess.

Jonathan Lefebvre
Jonathan was born in Huntsville, Alabama and grew up in Bethesda, Maryland. At the age of fifteen, he enjoyed his first flight experience in a Waco YMF5 cementing his desire to study aerospace engineering. Jonathan first joined the lab during his senior year as an undergraduate at the University of Maryland in 2012 researching airfoils in reverse flow. After completing his B.S. in 2013, he moved to France until 2016 during which he earned his M.S from ISAE-SUPAERO in Toulouse researching neuro-ergonomics and interned as a systems engineer at Airbus Helicopters near Marseille. Returning to UMD for a Ph.D., his research focuses on the shedding of ship-superstructure vortices on airfoils by performing wind tunnel experiments. Outside the lab, Jonathan enjoys flying, sailing, rock climbing, traveling, and meeting new people.

Luke Smith
Luke is from the wayward town of Cumberland, MD. His fascination with aerospace began as a child, likely between his one-hundredth and two-hundredth viewing of Star Wars, and that fascination has intensified as his studies have continued. His research involves investigating reverse flows on helicopter rotor blades and wind-tunnel testing of airfoil sections in reverse flow. Outside of his aerospace work, Luke can be found running, playing music, or shredding the ski slopes of Western Maryland.

MS Students

Phil Kirk
Phil was raised the local town of Beltsville, MD, in the outskirts of College Park. His interest for aircraft began with dozens of airshows at Andrew’s Air Force Base, and intensified while training for his private pilot license. Phil is pursuing his B.S./M.S. in aerospace engineering, and is researching flow reattachment on helicopter rotor blades. When not pushing the boundaries of intellectual thought, Phil can be found fixing stuff that breaks at UMD’s Catholic Student Center, building homes with Habitat for Humanity, scaling cliff faces near Great Falls, flying, swing dancing, and playing jazz saxophone.

Girguis Sedky
Girguis was born in Cairo, Egypt, and raised in both Cairo and Abu Dhabi, UAE. He moved to the U.S. to continue his higher education. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Aerospace Engineering from LSU and then moved to the University of Maryland to pursue his Masters of Science in Aerospace Engineering. He took a special interest in research during his two years of work in LSU’s combustion lab as an undergraduate where he mainly focused his efforts on designing experimental devices and automating experiments. His specific interest in Aerodynamics developed through both his fluid mechanics coursework and his involvement in the LSU Hyperloop team as the Aerodynamics lead. He designed the aerodynamic shell of the vehicle and led its building effort. Outside of school, Girguis enjoys playing sports like squash and ping pong, jogging, traveling, and hiking.

Zachary Smith
Zach is from the far away Annapolis, MD. His love for aerospace engineering started somewhere between watching the first Ironman movie and his first hang gliding flight. It was further confirmed when he joined the DBF team as an undergraduate at RPI. Zach’s M.S. research focuses on the development of a vertical gust generator in a wind tunnel, and he is working closely with colleagues at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. When not in the lab, Zach is looking for any excuse to get to the mountains, whether it be to hike, ski, or rock climb.


Mohamed Nassif
Nassif was born and raised in Dubai, UAE. His interest with aerospace began when he wanted to be a pilot in middle school. He soon became interested in the engineering aspect of aerospace and after attending the NASA Space Camp in 2010 he was sure aerospace engineering was all he wanted to major in. His main goal is to become an astronaut. Nassif is an international student pursuing his B.S. at UMD with the class of 2018. His research involves flow separation and laminar separation bubbles on airfoils at low Reynolds numbers. Nassif is also a Teaching Fellow for ENES100 and a Clark School Ambassador. Outside of academics, he is part of the UMD Fencing Club, junior liaison for AIAA (UMD chapter) and is regularly seen attending UMD basketball games.

Lab Alumni

Field Manar completed his Ph.D. in January of 2018 and accepted a position as an engineer in the Hydroacoustics and Propulsor Design branch of the Carderock Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Maryland.

Peter Mancini completed his Ph.D. in the fall of 2017 and began working as a Research Analyst in Cyber Systems at The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) in Alexandria, VA.

Gino Perrotta completed his Ph.D. in the fall of 2017 and moved to a postdoc position at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Andrew Lind completed his Ph.D. in 2015 and remained in the group as postdoc until 2017, when he began working as an Assistant Research Engineer at the Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel.

Max Cassell graduated in the spring of 2016 with his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and accepted a job at Toyon Research Corporation in Sterling, VA.

Ignacio Andreu graduated in the spring of 2016 with his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and moved to Illinois continue his studies at the University of Illinois.

Hannah Spooner graduated in the spring of 2015 with her B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and moved to Wichita, KS to work on airframe design for Cessna.

Ryan Joyce graduated in the spring of 2015 with his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and remained on campus to begin graduate school in the fall.

Mateusz Gabryszuk graduated in the spring of 2015 with his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and remained in the department to begin graduate school in the fall.

Krista Cratty graduated in the spring of 2015 with her B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and moved to College Station, TX to begin graduate school at Texas A&M in the Department of Aerospace Engineering.

Nate Beals graduated in the spring of 2014 with his M.S. in Aerospace Engineering, “The Effect of Passive Deformation on the Lift Produced by a Rotating Hinged Wing” and accepted a job at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory in Aberdeen, MD.

Michael Madden graduated in the spring of 2014 with his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from UMD. His departmental honors thesis was entitled “Interactions between a Model Turbine and the Seafloor.” He has since moved on to work at NAVAIR in Pax River, MD, performing flight tests on the F35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Kristy Schlueter completed her M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from UMD in 2013, entitled “Analysis of Factors Affecting the Aerodynamics of Low Reynolds Number Rotating Wings.” She was awarded the NDSEG Fellowship in 2013 and moved on to pursue a Ph.D. at Caltech.

Sarvesh Sethi was an undergraduate research assistant in 2013. He graduated with his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from UMD in the spring of 2014, and moved to Ann Arbor, MI to work for Vayu, a small company that designs and builds UAVs for healthcare supply chain management and post-disaster aid delivery.

Mark Glucksman-Glaser earned his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from UMD in 2010 and M.S. in 2013, entitled “Effects of Model Scaling on Sediment Transport in Brownout.” He moved on to work for ISSI, supporting NAVAIR at Pax River, MD.

Sid Kolluru completed his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering in 2010 from UMD and his M.S., entitled “Unsteady Low Reynolds Number Aerodynamics of a Rotating Wing,” in 2012. He moved on to work in experimental aerodynamics for Bell Helicopter in Ft. Worth, TX.

Baozhu Zhang was an undergraduate research assistant and a Women in Engineering Research Fellow in 2011-2012. She completed her M.S. in systems engineering at UMD in the spring of 2014, and then moved on to work at AAI as a systems engineer in Cockeysbille, MD.

Oscar Alvarado, an undergraduate research assistant in 2011, completed his M.S. in the AeroSmart lab in 2013.