Kenneth Franko

Hertz Fellow: Kenneth Franko
School

Stanford University

Area of Study

Aerospace Engineering

Fellowship Years

2004 - 2011

Ken Franko is a senior member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratory, helping to create the next generation of computational fluid dynamics codes for national defense application. Ken's thesis, Linear and Nonlinear Processes in Hypersonic Boundary Layer Transition to Turbulence, advances the physical understanding of the fundamental processes involved in transition to turbulence of boundary layers on vehicles which travel at speeds greater than 5 times the speed of sound. Understanding the physical processes of boundary layer transition is key to ultimately predicting the heat loads that these vehicles experience. Different aspects of the work have been or will be submitted to the Journal of Fluid Mechanics and Physics of Fluids. In the future, Ken plans to work on the development of computer simulations on exascale platforms.

Thesis:

2011 - Linear and Nonlinear Processes in Hypersonic Boundary Layer Transition to Turbulence