I’m Kyle Niemeyer, a postdoctoral researcher at Oregon State University studying combustion modeling, numerical methods for simulations of various physical processes, and more. You can find out more about me by poking around the links above and below.
My day job is as a postdoctoral researcher in mechanical engineering at Oregon State University, in the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering.
My research to-date has focused on developing methods to ease the integration of detailed and accurate chemistry in combustion modeling. Some of the strategies I’ve explored include chemical mechanism simplification and the use of graphics hardware (GPU computing) to accelerate reactive flow calculations. I’m also interested in developing new numerical methods that will allow us to better simulate all sorts of physical phenomena, including combustion, liquid sprays and droplet atomization, and the interaction of fluids with solid structures.
See my publications page for my journal and conference papers, as well as my master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation.
Since June 2011, I also work in my spare time (ha!) as a science contributor at Ars Technica, where I’ve reported on scientific articles covering a range of topics (e.g., energy, climate, technology) to a technically but not necessarily scientifically literate audience, with audiences of in the tens of thousands each month.
Here are some of my favorite and popular pieces:
I keep a blog on personal and research topics. Here are some recent posts: