Peter is the group leader of TESLa and works in several different areas of research on turbulence, energy systems, and computational fluid dynamics. He joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at CU as an assistant professor in Fall 2012. Previously, Peter was an assistant research professor in Aerospace Engineering Sciences at CU and a National Research Council postdoctoral research associate at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC. He completed his PhD in Aerospace Science at the University of Michigan and has a BA in physics from the University of Chicago. In his spare time, Peter enjoys running, hiking, and trying to keep his dogs, Charlie and Ellie, under control.
Peter's research is focused on understanding and modeling turbulent flows in both engineering and geophysical problems. His engineering research is focused on unsteady, boundary layer, and chemically reacting turbulent flows. Data from large-eddy or direct numerical simulations is used to understand fundamental turbulence physics in these flows, and the insights gained are used to develop physically accurate models for large-scale simulations of realistic problems. Peter’s research on geophysical turbulence is currently focused on characterizing turbulent processes in the oceanic mixed layer (ML). Ultimately, these studies may lead to more accurate parameterizations of subgrid-scale processes for larger-scale climate and weather simulations. Recent research in Peter's group has focused on numerical simulations for the study of wind and ocean renewable energy.