Michael Barad

  • Program Years: 2002-2006
  • Academic Institution: University of California, Davis
  • Field of Study: Computational Environmental Fluid Mechanics
  • Academic Advisor: Geoffrey Schladow
  • Practicum(s):
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2003)
  • Degree(s):
    Ph.D. Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of California, Davis, 2006
    M.S. Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1997
    B.S. Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Colorado, 1993

Current Status

  • Status: Developing and applying computational fluid dynamics codes at NASA Ames
  • Research Area: Computational Fluid Dynamics


Refereed Publications:

Christoph Brehm, Michael F. Barad, Jeffrey A Housman, and Cetin C. Kiris, "A Comparison of Higher-Order Finite-Difference Shock Capturing Schemes", Computers & Fluids 122:184 - 208, August 2015

Cetin C. Kiris, Michael F. Barad, Jeffrey A. Housman, Emre Sozer, Christoph Brehm, Shayan Moini-Yekta, "The LAVA Computational Fluid Dynamics Solver", 13-17 January 2014, National Harbor, Maryland, AIAA SciTech 52nd Aerospace Sciences Meeting

Barad, M.F., C. Brehm, C.C. Kiris, R. Biswas, "Parallel Adaptive High-Order CFD Simulations Characterizing SOFIA Cavity Acoustics", 27th Internaional Conference on Parallel CFD, May 17th-20th 2015, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Shayan Moini-Yekta, Michael F. Barad, Jeffrey A. Housman, Cetin Kiris, Emre Sozer, Christoph Brehm, "Verification and validation studies for the LAVA CFD solver", June 24-27, 2013, San Diego, CA, 21st AIAA Computational Fluid Dynamics Conference

Moini-Yekta, S., M. Barad, E. Sozer, J. Housman, C. Brehm, and C. Kiris. "Towards Hybrid Grid Simulations of the Launch Environment." In Seventh International Conference on CFD, ICCFD7, vol. 3102. 2012.

Gusman, M.R., M. F. Barad, and C. C. Kiris, 2011. "Aerodynamic Database Generation for SRB Separation from a Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle”, 29th AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii. AIAA-2011-3651.

Housman, J.A., M. F. Barad, and C. C. Kiris, 2011. ”Space-Time Accuracy Assessment of CFD Simulations for the Launch Environment”, 29th AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii. AIAA-2011-3650.

Housman, J.A., M. F. Barad, C. C. Kiris, and D. Kwak, 2010. "Space-Time Convergence Analysis of a Dual-Time Stepping Method for Simulating Ignition Overpressure Waves”. Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics, St Petersburg, Russia.
Edited by A. Kuzmin.

Allshouse, M. R., M.F. Barad, T. Peacock, 2010. "Propulsion generated by diffusion-driven flow”, Nature Physics, Volume 6, Issue 7, pp. 516-519.

Barad, M.F. and O.B. Fringer, 2010. "Simulations of shear instabilities in interfacial gravity waves”, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 644, 61-95.

Barad, M.F., P. Colella, and S.G. Schladow, 2009. "An adaptive cut-cell method for environmental fluid mechanics”, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, Number 5, Volume 60, pp. 463-514.

Barad, M.F. and O.B. Fringer, 2007. “Numerical simulations of shear instabilities in open-ocean internal gravity waves” Proceedings of the Fifth International Symposium on Environmental Hydraulics, Tempe, Arizona, USA.

Barad, M.F., O.B. Fringer, and P. Colella, 2006. “Multiscale simulations of internal gravity waves”, 722-727. Proceedings of the Sixth International Symposium on Stratified Flows, Perth, Australia. Edited by G.N. Ivey.

Schwartz, P.O, M.F. Barad, P. Colella, and T.J. Ligocki, 2005. “A Cartesian grid embedded boundary method for the heat equation and Poisson’s equation in three dimensions”, Journal of Computational Physics, 211(2), 531-550.

Barad, M.F. and P. Colella, 2005. “A fourth-order accurate local refinement method for Poisson’s equation”, Journal of Computational Physics, 209(1), 1-18.

Ganju, N.K., D.H. Schoellhamer, J.C. Warner, M.F. Barad, and S.G. Schladow, 2004. “Tidal oscillation of sediment between a river and a bay: a conceptual model” Estuarine, Coastal, and Shelf Science, 60(1), 81-90.

Juza, B., and M.F. Barad, 2000. “Dynamic and steady state modeling approaches to riverine hydraulic studies using 1-D, looped 1-D, and 2-Dimensional topological discretizations.” Hydroinformatics Conference Proceedings, Iowa City, Iowa.


NASA Early Career Achievement Medal, 2014
NASA Group Achievement Medals, 2013, 2014, 2014
NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2006-2008
DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship, 2002-2006