Photo of Kyle Niemeyer hiking in the Rocky Mountains

Welcome

I’m Kyle Niemeyer, an Assitant Professor (Senior Research) in mechanical engineering at Oregon State University.

My research interests generally focus on computational modeling of multi-physics flows relevant to applications in aerospace, transportation, and energy systems. This includes both developing new tools and strategies to integrate accurate physical models into practical engineering simulations, as well as using these and existing computational models to study scientific and engineering problems in the above areas. You can find out more about me by poking around the links above and below.

Contact

The easiest way to contact me is via email:
Kyle.Niemeyer@oregonstate.edu

Alternatively, try my office:
541-737-5614
308 Dearborn Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR, 97331

Research

My day job is as an Assistant Professor, Senior Research, 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.

Science
Writing

Since June 2011 (but not as much recently), 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:

Blog

I keep a blog on personal and research topics. Here are some recent posts:

Reading