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Keith Moored

Discipline: Engineering

Dr. Moored is currently a Lecturer in fluid dynamics at Princeton University. He also holds a position as a research associate in the Gas Dynamics Laboratory at Princeton University. He has received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and his B.A. in Physics from the University of Virginia. He went on to also receive his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia. His current research interests focus on tensegrity mechanics, unsteady fluid mechanics of swimming and flying organisms, the mechanics of flexible bodies in fluid environments at both very high and very low Reynolds numbers, on fluid dynamic interactions among collective bodies and near boundaries and on the development of advanced underwater technologies. He is currently part of a Multiple University Research Initiative to understand the hydrodynamics of the manta ray and to develop technology that reproduces the performance of the manta ray in an autonomous underwater vehicle. Dr. Moored has lead a team on undergraduate students in the design, fabrication and successful launch of a sub-orbital rocket at NASA Wallops Flight Facility. He has travelled throughout Europe and Central America. He is also dive certified and has travelled twice to Micronesia on the island of Yap to perform research dives with resident manta rays. Dr. Moored has been in direct contact with leading experts and cutting-edge research in fluid mechanics pertaining to the MDGs and plans to incorporate this knowledge into exposure topics throughout his Fluid Mechanics course.