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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

Alumna Aprille Ericsson Named Tau Beta Pi 2018 Distinguished Alumna

Wed, October 3, 2018

Mechanical Engineering Alumna Aprille Joy Ericsson (M.S. ’90; Ph.D. ’95) has been named 2018 Distinguished Alumna of the International Engineering Society, Tau Beta Pi. Dr. Ericsson was nominated by the Howard University DC Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi.Read More >>

Assistant Professor Hyung Bae Receives 2018 DARPA Young Faculty Award

Mon, August 27, 2018

Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Hyung Bae recently received the 2018 DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA).Read More >>

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