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Justin W. Jaworski

Department: Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics

Position: Assistant Professor

Address: Packard Lab 455
19 Memorial Dr. West
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 758-4519

Areas of Research

  • Fluid/Structure Interaction
  • Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, and Transport Phenomena
  • Nonlinear/Dynamical Systems and Chaos
  • Mathematical Modeling and Computational Mechanics


Professional Experience:

  • NSF International Research Fellow, Dept. of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, 2011-2013
  • NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate, Air Force Research Laboratory, 2010-2011

Research Focus:

My work addresses natural and aerospace phenomena involving coupled fluid-structure interactions, with recent applications ranging from the performance and stability of compliant wings to the mechanisms of silent owl flight.

Selected Journal Publications:

  • Jaworski JW, Peake N. 2013. Aerodynamic noise from a poroelastic edge with implications for the silent flight of owls. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 723, 456-479.
  • Jaworski JW. 2012. Thrust and aerodynamic forces from an oscillating leading edge flap. AIAA Journal, 50(12), 2928-2931.
  • Jaworski J, Dowell EH. 2012. Scaling analysis for aeroelastic phenomena using the Navier-Stokes fluid model. AIAA Journal, 50(11), 2622-2626.
  • Jaworski JW, Gordnier RE. 2012. High-order simulations of low Reynolds number membrane airfoils under prescribed motion. Journal of Fluids and Structures, 31, 49-66.
  • Cousins TR, Goldstein RE, Jaworski JW, Pesci AI. 2012. A ratchet trap for Leidenfrost drops. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 696, 215-227.
  • Gardner WG, Wang I, Jaworski JW, Brikner NA, Protz JM. 2010. Experimental investigation and modeling of scale effects in jet ejectors. Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 20(4), 085027.
  • Jaworski JW, Dowell EH. 2008. Free vibration of a cantilevered beam with multiple steps: comparison of several theoretical methods with experiment. Journal of Sound and Vibration, 312, 713-725.
  • Jaworski JW, Dowell EH. 2007. Supersonic indicial lift functions from transform methods. AIAA Journal, 45(8), 2106-2111.


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University, 2009
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University, 2006
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University, 2003*
    *Magna cum Laude, with Distinction