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William Anderson

William Anderson

Associate Professor - Mechanical Engineering

Professional Preparation

PhD - Mechanical Engineering
Johns Hopkins University - 2011
MSME - Mechanical Engineering
Johns Hopkins University - 2009
MS - Civil Engineering
Texas Tech University - 2007


Willingham D, Anderson W, Kenneth T. Christensen, Julio Barros, 2014: Turbulent boundary layer flow over transverse aerodynamic roughness transitions: induced mixing and flow characterization. Physics of Fluids 26, 025111-1-16. 2014 - Publication
Anderson W, Marcelo Chamecki, 2014: A numerical study of turbulent flow over complex aeolian dune fields: the White Sands National Monument. Physical Review E 89, 013005-1-14. 2014 - Publication
Anderson W, Meneveau C, 2011: A dynamic large-eddy simulation model for boundary layer flow over multiscale, fractal-like surfaces. J. Fluid Mech. 679, 288-314. 2011 - Publication


Assistant Professor
UT Dallas [2014–Present]
Assistant Professor
Baylor University [2011–2014]

News Articles

Scientist's Work May Provide Answer to Martian Mountain Mystery
Scientist's Work May Provide Answer to Martian Mountain Mystery By seeing which way the wind blows, a University of Texas at Dallas fluid dynamics expert has helped propose a solution to a Martian mountain mystery.

Dr. William Anderson, an assistant professor of mechanical engineeringin the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, co-authored a paper published in the journal Physical Review E that explains the common Martian phenomenon of a mountain positioned downwind from the center of an ancient meteorite impact zone.
Anderson’s co-author, Dr. Mackenzie Day, worked on the project as part of her doctoral research at The University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her PhD in geology in May 2017. Day is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Washington in Seattle.


- Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Turbulence and Transition Program [2014–2018]
- Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Young Investigator Program [2014–2017]
- Army Research Office, Atmospheric Sciences Program [2013–2015]