Cristina White

  • Program Year: 4
  • Academic Institution: Stanford University
  • Field of Study: Mechanical Engineering
  • Academic Advisor: Charbel Farhat
  • Practicum(s):
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2018)
  • Degree(s):
    M.S. Aerospace Engineering, University of Arizona, 2009; B.S. Aerospace Engineering, University of Arizona, 2007

Summary of Research

I research the applications of machine learning tools to fluid dynamics and fluid-structure interaction problems. I'm developing robust and real-time flow physics simulations using high performance computing, domain decomposition, and model order reduction techniques. The recent progress within the field of machine learning has inspired this interdisciplinary study at the crossroads of mechanical engineering, aerospace, and computational sciences.

A computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis is spatially local and involves computing a differential equation on a large number - often millions - of discrete points throughout a computational domain. Although CFD analyses are a vast improvement over wind tunnel or rig testing alone, they are computationally expensive, which is limiting to the engineer trying to rapidly iterate and optimize a design.

A potential solution to the problem of developing real-time methods for predicting highly non-linear fluid solutions is model order reduction. In the offline stage of model order reduction, solution vector snapshots of full CFD simulations are pre-calculated using high performance computing. In the online stage, a residual minimization problem within the pre-calculated reduced order bases predicts new solutions in real time.


Flutter-resistant transonic turbomachinery blades and methods for reducing transonic turbomachinery blade flutter. United States 14/181098. Filed February 14, 2014. Cristina White.

Some Effects of Blowing, Suction and Trailing Edge Bluntness on Flow Separation from Thick Airfoils; Computations & Measurements. 29th AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference. AIAA 2011-3357. 2011. Roman Seele and Cristina White.


Stanford University Research Assistantship. 2016.
Stanford University Teaching Assistantship. 2015 - 2016.
Honeywell Aerospace Technical Achievement Award. 2015.
University of Arizona Graduate College Fellowship. 2009.
University of Arizona Graduate Registration Scholarship. 2007 - 2009.
University of Arizona Honors College. 2004 - 2007.
University of Arizona Dean's List. 2004 - 2007.
University of Arizona Provost Scholarship. 2004 - 2007.
University of Arizona Spirit of Discovery Scholarship. 2004 - 2007.