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Nate Werner, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. (candidate)

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering


  • BS. Engineering Science, Onondaga Community College
  • BS. Mechanical Engineering, Clarkson University minoring in Math and Physics
  • MS. Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

Experience Record

  • Graduate Research Assistant – BioRob-InFL Lab at Penn State under Bo Cheng
  • Teaching Assistant at Penn State for several courses in Mechanical Engineering
  • Presented research at the American Physical Society – Division of Fluid Mechanics in 2017 and 2019
  • Several internships at Welch Allyn (now Hill-Rom) in mechanical engineering, computer engineering, and metrology

Specialty Areas

  • Fluid dynamics
  • Vorticity dynamics
  • Aerodynamics of insects, bats, and small birds
  • Quasi-steady models of insect flight
  • Leading-Edge Vortex stability in revolving and flapping wings at intermediate Reynolds numbers
  • Biomimetics
  • Finite Difference Methods
  • Particle Tracking Velocimetry
  • Dimensional Analysis
  • MATLAB and Simulink


  • Werner, N. H., Chung, H., Wang, J., Liu, G., Cimbala, J. M., Dong, H., & Cheng, B. (2019). Radial planetary vorticity tilting in the leading-edge vortex of revolving wings. Physics of Fluids, 31(4), 041902.
  • Werner, N. H., Wang, J., Dong, H., Panah, A. E., & Cheng, B. (2020). Scaling the vorticity dynamics in the leading-edge vortices of revolving wings with two directional length scales. Physics of Fluids, 32(12), 121903.
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