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Russ College alumnus awarded prestigious graduate research fellowship

Russ College alumnus awarded prestigious graduate research fellowship

Author: Baylee Demuth

Russ College alumnus Quinn Mitchell, BSME ’19, has been awarded an National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) fellowship, providing him with funding to further pursue his research at Johns Hopkins University, where he’s pursuing a doctorate in mechanical engineering.


The competitive NSF program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. More than 12,000 individuals applied, and about 2,000 awards were made.

Mitchell ’s interest in applying for the fellowship stemmed from his undergraduate opportunities, especially in research.

"Both Dr. Sarah Hormozi and Dr. Monica Burdock were incredibly important to my development as a researcher. They've mentored me on how to think like a researcher," Mitchell said. "Furthermore, Dr. Hormozi introduced me to fluid dynamics, which I am now studying in graduate school."

Monica Burdick, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, knew Mitchell, whom she mentored during his application to receive a 2019 Goldwater Scholarship, had the “it” factor the moment she met him.

“It was an incredible honor to be able to work with him through research and the Goldwater Scholarship application his junior year, and to hear his perspectives on the engineering world as he progressed throughout his time at OHIO,” Burdick said. “Quinn is exactly the sort of vibrant, intelligent and creative individual the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship was intended to support.”

Currently, Mitchell is developing new numerical simulation techniques, high-performance computing algorithms and uncertainty analysis tools for turbulence in both the non-Newtonian and high-speed regimes. This research examines fluid flows with dynamics that defy intuition. Elasticity complicates turbulence in non-Newtonian fluids while compressibility makes high-speed flows challenging to study.

“I'm excited to pursue such a challenging and rewarding topic, I and am grateful to have the support of the NSF GRFP in this endeavor," Mitchell said.