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Sonya T.
Smith

Contact

Office: 
L.K. Downing Room 2020
Phone: 
202-806-4837
Email: 
ssmith@howard.edu

Faculty Details

Rank: 
Professor
Education: 

Ph.D. University of Virginia, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 1995
Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Speciality: 

Computational Fluid Dynamics /Heat Transfer
Mechanotransduction of Inner Ear Hair Cells

Subjects Taught: 

Heat Transfer
Fluid Mechanics
Applied Thermodynamics
Advanced Heat Transfer
Advanced Fluid Mechanics
Aerodynamics
Computational Fluid Mechanics

Research: 

Computational Fluid Dynamics
Computational Neuroscience
Cryogenics

Detailed Information

About Me: 

Dr. Sonya T. Smith joined the Howard University faculty in 1995 and is the first tenured female faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and recently became the first woman promoted to the highest academic rank of Professor (full) in this department at Howard University. Since joining the faculty, Dr. Smith has established an interdisciplinary theoretical and computational fluid dynamics research program. She has received research grants from NASA, DOD, and industry to conduct research on topics in Atmospheric Turbulence, Aeroacoustics, Vortex-Wake Aircraft Encounters, Simulation of Wake Vortex Dynamics, and Rotorcraft Icing Severity and Detection.

Dr Smith also conducts research in computational neuroscience. For over four years she has collaborated with the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). This project uses computational techniques to investigate the role of inner hair cell stereocilia deflection on the mechanotransduction. She is an active member of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology(ARO) and has presented at each of its meeting since becoming a member. She is also a member of the Member of the Diversity in Acoustics Committee of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA).

News

Associate Professor Gbadebo Moses Owolabi Named ASME Fellow

Wed, April 4, 2018

Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director Gbadebo Moses Owolabi has been elevated to the grade of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Fellow remarkably early in his career after nomination from Mechanical Engineering Department Chair Nadir Yilmaz. Read More >>

Associate Professor Grant Warner Honored with the 2018 BEYA Innovators Award

Fri, March 23, 2018

Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Grant Warner receives the 2018 Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) Innovators Award.Read More >>

Events

May122018
Commencement