Alberto Roman Afanador

University of Notre Dame

Alberto Román Afanador

Alberto Román Afanador earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2015 from the University of Puerto Rico. At the University of Notre Dame, he received his master’s degree (2019) in aerospace engineering and currently is a Ph.D. candidate in aerospace and mechanical engineering. He was an instructor and teaching assistant at Notre Dame from 2015-2017 and completed an internship at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in 2014. His research focus is on multi-scale phenomena that commonly arise due to the nature of multiphase flows, specifically developing simplified models for small scales in the problem. He has developed a multi-scale model for thin films based on mass and momentum conversation principles to provide the capacity to simulate complex flow problems without requiring high resolutions. In the future, he plans to continue his study of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). He was a member of the SAE Aero Design team, serving as aircraft performance and aerodynamics leader, at the University of Puerto Rico, and is a current member of the Latinx Graduate Association (LGAND) at Notre Dame. He plans to use his bilingual education to reach out to future Latinx/Hispanic students and colleagues, addressing the needs and concerns of students with diverse backgrounds and sharing his own experience as an underrepresented minority.

Research Interests

Computational Fluid Mechanics of Multiphase flows