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Associate Professor, Oregon State University
Microtechnology-Based Energy and Chemical Systems
Dr. Sharp`s primary expertise is in the areas of experimental fluid mechanics including diagnostic techniques, mixing, suspension flows and microfluidics for biological and energy applications. She and her co-investigators have made recent contributions to the scientific community by advancing the state of understanding of microscale flow characteristics, the measurement and quantification of fluid structures in mixer flows, and the understanding of multi-phase transport in fuel cell diffusion media. Her research program has been funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Army Research Office, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and industry. She is currently expanding her interests to include sustainable energy for developing countries and international emphases in engineering research and education.
She directed the Microscale Flow Lab during her eight years as a mechanical engineering faculty member at The Pennsylvania State University. She spent the summers of 2008 and 2009 as a visiting researcher at the Laboratory for Aero and Hydrodynamics, Technical University of Delft, Netherlands. She has twice been invited to participate in the National Academy of Engineering`s Frontiers of Engineering Program, mostly recently in 2009 as one of 30 U.S. participants in the 1st Chinese-American Frontiers of Engineering conference held in Beijing and Changsha, and sponsored jointly with the Chinese Academy of Engineering. In 2004, Dr. Sharp received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award supporting her work on particle effects in microfluidics. She served as an American Institute of Physics (AIP)/American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Congressional Science Fellow in the office of U.S. Senator J. Lieberman in 2001, immediately after earning her Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.