PhD Student Michael Adler Receives 2015 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship


Michael Adler, PhD student, has been awarded a 2015 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship, sponsored and funded by the Department of Defense (DoD).

To increase the number of U.S. citizens and nationals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance, DoD awarded approximately 200 new three-year graduate fellowships in April 2015. The fellowship is offered to individuals who have demonstrated the ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering and who will pursue a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, an area of DoD interest within one of fifteen disciplines, including aeronautical and astronautical engineering.

Michael Adler joined MAE’s PhD program in aerospace engineering in fall 2014 working in the High-Fidelity Computational Multi-Physics Laboratory  He is advised by Professor Datta Gaitonde.

Adler comes to Ohio State from Michigan Tech where his focus was computational fluid dynamics involving atmospheric physics as well as scramjet combustion. His area of study is interactions of shock waves with turbulent boundary layers (SBLI) utilizing massively parallel supercomputers operated by DoD to perform high fidelity simulations.

His work focuses specifically on understanding the physics of SBLI unsteadiness in three dimensional SBLI configurations important to understanding the dynamics of supersonic jet inlets, control surfaces and scramjets.

Gaitonde says Adler’s creativity, intelligence and intensity is among the top one percent of students he has worked with in his career. “Michael will make spectacular contributions to his research area,” Gaitonde commented.

“It is a great honor to receive the NDSEG Fellowship,” Adler said. “It reflects very well on our department, our lab and the work we are doing. I am pleased to represent Ohio State among the 2015 NDSEG Fellows.”


The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship is a highly competitive, portable fellowship awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one of fifteen supported disciplines. NDSEG confers high honors upon its recipients, and allows them to attend whichever U.S. institution they choose. To learn more  click here

Category: Graduate