Scott Wieland
Ph.D. Student, Mechanical Engineering

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Scott was born with a passion for physics and a desire to determine the way the world work. This has shone throughout his academic career. In 2012, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania along with minors in both Applied Mathematics and Philosophy. After a brief stint as a professional brewer, the allure of science could not be ignored anymore. In 2013, he moved to Colorado to join the Multiscale Modeling and Simulation Laboratory to pursue a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on doing computational fluid dynamics. To do this, he began investigating the effects of compressibility and stratification on the growth of the Rayleigh-Taylor instability while using the highly innovative numerical technique known as the Adaptive Wavelet Collocation Method. Since then, he has continued to investigate the physics involved with this problem along with other compressible fluid flows all while improving the numerics involved. Through this research, he was able to collaborate with scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and worked there as a student researcher for three summers. In the 2016, due to unforeseen circumstances, he had to relocate his workspace and joined the TESLa team where he currently resides and continues to work on the same project. In his spare time, Scott has many hobbies including homebrewing beer, playing disc golf and ultimate Frisbee, biking, and exploring new places through hiking and travel.


Research Interests

Exploring complex flows, i.e. turbulent, compressible, variable density, reacting, etc., through the use of computational fluid dynamics and novel numerical schemes.

Teaching Assistant Positions

For a list of publications and presentations, please refer to my CV