Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department Assistant Professor Seongkyu Lee was named among this year's UC Davis Hellman Fellows.
Lee was chosen for the fellowship as a result of his project, “Toward Quiet Transformative Electrical Vertical Aircraft.” According to Lee, electrical vertical aircraft will transform existing methods of transportation and enhance human life. His research includes the complex flow patterns of transformative electrical vertical aircraft and the associated noise they generate, using computational fluid dynamics to capture the interactional aerodynamics of such vehicles, and developing mathematical formulations to predict tonal and broadband noise generated by these aircraft.
"This research will help to increase public acceptance of small-sized urban aircraft flying in heavily populated cities," Lee noted.
Sabbie Miller (CEE), Sharon Aviran (BME) and Alejandro Martinez Vela (CEE) were named UC Davis Hellman Fellows as well.
Established by Warren and Chris Hellman and their children in 1994, the purpose of the Hellman Fellows Program is to support the research of promising assistant professors who show capacity for great distinction in their chosen fields of endeavor. The Hellman Fellows Program is active at 14 institutions: the 10 campuses of the University of California -- including UC Davis -- and four programs with private institutions. Each institution is responsible for the application process and award decisions.