Oscar Curet is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering at Florida Atlantic University. He completed his Ph.D and M.S. in mechanical engineering at Northwestern University where he studied the propulsion of knifefish, a fish that uses an electric field to “see” at night in the Amazon River, and propels itself using a long ribbon fin to navigate around its complex environment. As a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Brown University, he studied the mechanics of bat flight. Using a simple self-excited wing model he studied the fluid-structure interaction and the emergence of flapping motion in animal flight. In addition, he worked with electrically adapted wing membranes to develop highly maneuverable air vehicles.
Oscar Curet research interests include fluid dynamics, animal locomotion, biomimetics, biological propulsion, fluid-structure interaction, flow visualization and energy harvesting.
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Current and Recent Visiting Scholars
B.S. Bevan Taylor, Sarel Sandoval, Jose Mendes, Abm Kadir, Williman Nolan,
Kenny Breuer, Brown University
Sharon Swartz, Brown University
Malcolm MacIver, Northwestern University
Neelesh Patankar, Northwestern University
George Lauder, Harvard University
Keith Van de Riet, Florida Atlantic University