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Owen Williams

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Deputy Director, Washington Space Grant Consortium

Research Assistant Professor
Aeronautics & Astronautics

Pronouns: He/him


Dr. Williams is an Assistant Research Professor within the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Washington. He studies turbulent, unsteady and separated turbulent flows and their resulting impact on vehicle design, environmental processes and energy generation. He has focused extensively on enhancing our understanding of structure and scaling of compressible turbulence at hypersonic speeds. He currently focuses on non-equilibrium turbulent flow separation and its unsteady dynamics, supersonic/hypersonic turbulent boundary layers and shock interactions, and the hydrodynamics of rotating foils for renewable power generation.

Owen Williams was born and educated in Toronto, Canada before moving to England to complete his Master’s in Engineering from Imperial College, London. He obtained his PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University, experimentally examining the effects of compressibility and stratification on wall-bounded turbulence. Before joining the University of Washington he was a Research Associate at the University of Maryland, computationally examining turbulent scaling theories for hypersonic turbulent flows as well as shock boundary layer interactions.


  • PhD, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University
  • MEng, Aeronautical Engineering, Imperial College, London