Alejandro Campos

Alejandro Campos

Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics
Durand Building
Stanford, CA 94305


  • Ph.D., Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University, 2011 - Present.
  • M.S., Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University, 2011.
  • B.S., Mechancial Engineering, University of Rochester, 2009.
  • Minor, Physics, University of Rochester, 2009.

Research Interests

I'm interested in the interdisciplinary use of computational and mathematical methods for the study of turbulence physics and the modeling of turbulent flows. An improved understanding of fundamental turbulence physics is gained through both high-fidelity computational tools, such as Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS), and sophisticated methods of mathematical physics, such as symmetry and asymptotic analysis. This improved understanding serves as the basis for the development of physics-based engineering models for turbulent flows. DNS plays a further role in model development by allowing a priori and a posteriori testing of the engineering models. Applications of interest include turbulent separation, near-wall behavior, turbulent structures, multi-phase flows, etc.

My thesis work focuses on the development of structure-based models, which are RANS type closures that take into account statistical properties of turbulent structures to provide a more complete characterization of turbulence anisotropy. This work originated from research performed by Stanford professor W. C. Reynolds and his student S. Kassinos. Our current work is funded by NASA's Fundamental Aeronautics Program, under the grant "Structure Based Modeling for Turbulent Separated Flows."


Campos, A., Duraisamy, K., Iaccarino, G., "Towards a Two-Equation Algebraic Structure-Based Model with Applications to Turbulent Separated Flows.," AIAA Paper 2013-2719, 21st AIAA Computational Fluid Dynamics Conference, San Diego, CA, June 24-27, 2013.
Palacios, F., Colonno, M. R., Aranake, A. C., Campos, A., Copeland, S. R., Economon, T. D., Lonkar, A. K., Lukaczyk, T. W., Taylor, T. W. R., Alonso, J. J., "Stanford University Unstructured (SU2): An open-source integrated computational environment for multi-physics simulation and design.," AIAA Paper 2013-0287, 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition, Grapevine, Texas, January 7-10, 2013.