Leonardo Chamorro

Associate Professor
(217) 300-7023
3009 Mechanical Engineering Lab

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Education

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Minor, University of Minnesota, 2010.
  • M.Sc. Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2008.

Academic Positions

  • Affiliate, Department of Geology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 08/2020-present.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 08/2019-Present.
  • Affiliate, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 01/2016-present.
  • Affiliate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 08/2014-present.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 06/2013-07/2019.
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 02/2013-06/2013.
  • Research Associate in experimental fluid mechanics. Coordinator of the wind energy and hydrokinetic experimental research, and research manager of the SAFL wind tunnel, University of Minnesota. Supervisor: Fotis Sotiropoulos, 2010 - 2013.
  • Graduate Research Assistant, University of Minnesota. Advisor: F. Porte-Agel, 2006-10.

Research Interests

  • Advanced flow diagnosis
  • Particle Dynamics
  • Geophysical flows, complex boundary layer processes
  • Flow-structure interaction
  • Wind and Hydrokinetic energy
  • Turbulence Theory
  • Fluid Mechanics

Research Areas

  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Thermo and Heat Transfer
  • Transportation

Chapters in Books

  • Arndt, R.E.A. and L.P. Chamorro, (2017) Hydraulic turbines. Handbook of Energy Conversion.

Selected Articles in Journals

Journal Editorships

  • Associate editor for the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy
  • Associate editor for Frontiers in Energy Research
  • Associate editor for the Journal of Energy Engineering
  • Member of the Editorial Board and Academic Editor of the Journal ‘Energies’

Other Outside Service

  • Reviewer for "Journal of Fluid Mechanics"
  • Reviewer for "Scientific Reports"
  • Reviewer for "Physical Review X"
  • Reviewer for "Physical Review E"
  • Reviewer for "Physical Review Fluids"
  • Reviewer for "Journal of Turbulence"
  • Reviewer for "European Journal of Mechanics / B Fluids"
  • Reviewer for "Physics of Fluids"
  • Reviewer for "Atmospheric Environment"
  • Reviewer for "Boundary layer Meteorology"
  • Reviewer for "Environmental Fluid Mechanics"
  • Reviewer for "Experiments in Fluids"
  • Reviewer for "Measurement"
  • Reviewer for "Optics and Lasers in Engineering"
  • Reviewer for "Journal of Visualized Experiments"
  • Reviewer for "Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A"
  • Reviewer for "Journal of the Royal Society Interface"
  • Reviewer for "AIAA Journal"
  • Reviewer for "Aerospace Science and Technology"
  • Reviewer for "Journal of Fluids and Structures"
  • Reviewer for "Journal of Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science"
  • Reviewer for "International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer"
  • Reviewer for "Flow Measurement and Instrumentation"
  • Reviewer for 'Applied Energy'
  • Reviewer for "Wind Energy"
  • Reviewer for "Energies"
  • Reviewer for "Renewable Energy"
  • Reviewer for "Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy"
  • Reviewer for "International Journal of Energy Research "
  • Reviewer for "Wind Energy Science"
  • Reviewer for "Monthly Weather Review"
  • Reviewer for "Journal of Hydraulic Research"
  • Reviewer for "Journal of Hydraulic Engineering"
  • Reviewer for "Theoretical and Applied Climatology"
  • Reviewer for "Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans"
  • Reviewer for "Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics"
  • Reviewer for "Theoretical and Applied Climatology"
  • Reviewer for "Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry"
  • Reviewer for "Transactions of CSME"

Teaching Honors

  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent, Spring 2021.
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent, Spring 2019.
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent, Fall 2018.
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent, Spring 2018.

Research Honors

  • Nature Journal cover page based on our collaborative paper Kim et al., doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-03847-y, 2021.
  • Lab on a Chip Journal cover page based on our collaborative paper Chen et al, doi:10.1039/d1lc00470k, 2021.
  • 'COVID-19 Wall of Recognition in Engineering' by the GCoE to those that create life-changing solutions, 2021.
  • Best Paper Award for the “10th Anniversary" of the Journal Energies. 2018.
  • Distinguished Lecture at the AIAA Student Chapter, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2017.
  • Outstanding Postdoctoral Scholar Award. It recognizes the extraordinary performance and achievement of postdoctoral scholars at the University of Minnesota, 2012.
  • Doctoral dissertation fellowship awarded by the graduate School, University of Minnesota, 2009.
  • Best paper presentation award AMS-18th Symposium on Boundary Layers and Turbulence, Stockholm, Sweden, 2008.
  • The Edward Silberman Award. Awarded to academically outstanding students who perform their research at the St. Anthony Falls Lab. Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2008.
  • Department of Civil Engineering travel award, University of Minnesota, 2007.
  • Minnesota Supercomputer Institute Travel grant, University of Minnesota, 2007.
  • Best graduated in Civil Engineering, awarded by the Chilean Board of Engineers.
  • Best Civil Engineering Student, awarded by the University of Chile and Copeva Company.

Public Service Honors

  • Member of the Research and Development Advisory Group (RDAG) of the National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium. (2019)
  • Member of the Editorial Board and Academic Editor of the Journal ‘Energies’ (January 2015 - Present) (01/2015 )
  • Associate editor for the Journal of Energy Engineering (June 2015 - Present) (06/2015 )
  • Associate editor for the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy (February 2019 - Present) (02/2019 )
  • Selected group leader of the 'Funding and Engaging the Private Sector' of the I-MMAS (Illinois Mexican & Mexican-American Student and initiative). (2021)
  • Selected UMERC (University Marine Energy Research Community) Board of Directors. (08/2021)
  • Selected scientific chair of the fellowship panel on Energy, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Mechanics (W&T7) at the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), Belgium. (07/2021 )

Recent Courses Taught

  • ME 310 AE1 (ME 310 AE2, ME 310 AL1, ME 310 AL3) - Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics
  • TAM 532 - Viscous Flow
  • TAM 537 - Experimental Fluid Mechanics
  • TAM 538 - Turbulence
  • TAM 539 - Fluid Mechanics Seminar