David B. Brown

Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles

David B. Brown

David B. Brown received his bachelor's degree in 2012 and his PhD in 2019, both in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is currently funded by the Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles, where he is investigating the cooling of ultra-high-speed (supersonic and hypersonic) leading edges of air vehicles. His research involves a physically unrealized approach using two simultaneously occurring cooling mechanisms — thermionic electron emission and mass transpiration of the molten electron-emitting material. In future research, he will design physical experiments representing real-world systems and develop mathematical models to validate their performance. Brown has mentored undergraduate students as part of the NSF-funded Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation and has mentored high school students through the Atlanta Public Schools Gifted Mentor/Internship Program and the Army Educational Outreach Program. He has industry experience as a senior mechanical engineer at Raytheon Intelligence & Space, and he has completed three workshops geared toward future faculty members. He hopes to bring energy and passion to his classroom and be proactive in providing extra assistance to struggling students. Believing that the push for diversity and inclusion should begin before the university level, he will offer encouragement to underrepresented students by partnering with local high school math and science classes.

Research Interests

Heat Transfer, Materials Science