Research Assistant Professor
Aeronautics & Astronautics
- (206) 543-6880
- GUG 318C
- Williams Lab
Dr. Williams studies the effects of non-uniform fluid properties (such as density or viscosity) on turbulence and the resulting impact on real world vehicles and devices. These non-uniformities can be due to heat-transfer, compressibility or additives, for example, with applications to the development of high-speed vehicles, environmental or biomedical flows. Previous work has primarily focused on the examination of high-speed/hypersonic turbulent flows and the stratified atmosphere.
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
Landing big on Mars
A&A is researching supersonic retropropulsion, a leading technique to slow down and land large spacecrafts on Mars.
A&A's supersonic retropropulsion
With SRP, the vehicle slows down from supersonic speeds by firing its engines into the oncoming supersonic flow.