Graduate Research Assistant
Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BS University of Connecticut, MS New York University
Research Areas: Planetary Science, Space Exploration, Numerical Modeling, Computational Fluid Dynamics
Shane is a PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering at New York University, currently employed as a graduate research assistant via the NYU Global Fellowship at New York University Abu Dhabi. His research interests are planetary science and space exploration. He is currently working on simulating the rarefied regimes of planetary atmospheres via numerical models, specifically the tenuous atmosphere of Callisto, Jupiter's outermost Galilean moon.
Shane received his Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 2014. He later received his Master's in Mechanical Engineering from New York University in 2017, where his Master's thesis was dedicated towards applying a computational fluid dynamics method, Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics, towards modeling free-surface interactions with an extraterrestrial submarine as a part of his contribution to the NASA Innovative and Advanced Concepts Titan Submarine project.
Shane is currently developing a numerical model to simulate the atmospheric evolution on Callisto, Jupiter's outermost Galilean moon, via the varying solar illumination and the encompassing Jovian magnetosphere. Results from his research can be validated by and/or help guide forthcoming in-situ observations in the 2020s (e.g., NASA Europa Clipper and ESA JUICE spacecraft). In addition, he is developing a numerical model that specializes in simulating asymmetric collisional rarefied gas dynamics, with particular emphasis on establishing a grid-free approach. This approach is applicable to Callisto due to its day/night atmospheric asymmetries.