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Geoffrey Spedding

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Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Education

  • 1981, PhD, Zoology, University of Bristol
  • 1978, Bachelors, Zoology, University of Bristol



Biography


Geoffrey Spedding received his Ph.D. in 1981 from the University of Bristol, England. He began work as a Research Associate in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Southern California in the same year, where he worked on models of insect wings and subsequently on models of atmospheres and oceans. He became a full Professor in 2005, and Chair of the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department in January 2010. In July 2017 he returned to 'normal' faculty life.


Research Summary


Spedding's current research has three themes: (i) Geophysical Fluids: particularly the evolution of turbulence in oceans and atmospheres, and its relation to the persistence of wakes of islands and submarines; (ii) Advanced imagining and data analysis including accurate particle imagining velocimetry (PIV) techniques and novel 2D wavelet transforms and interpolation routines for scattered data; (iii) Aerodynamics of small flying devices, especially those where birds and bats coexist in engineering design space. Experiments in wind tunnels include those on simple fixed wings at USC and on flying birds and bats (at Lund University, Sweden). He has published >60 full journal articles and has given >80 invited talks over the last 10 years. His work has been covered in the New York Times, the LA Times, CNN and BBC News. In 2010 he was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society. In 2013 he was awarded the Chaire Joliot at ESPCI, Paris.

Awards


  • 1982 Original Contribution to Zoology from the Royal Society of London Thomas Henry Huxley Award
  • 2001 USC Residential & Greek Life Faculty Fellow Participation Award
  • 2001 Sigma Gamma Tau Honorary member
  • 2005 Teaching Award
  • 2006 Teaching Award
  • 2010 American Physical Society Fellow
Appointments
  • Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Office
  • RRB 211
  • Robert Glen Rapp Engineering Research Building
  • 854 Downey Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 1191

Contact Information
  • (213) 740-4132
  • geoff@usc.edu

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