Chris Crowley is a PhD student working in Prof. Schatz's Pattern Formation and Control Lab at Georgia Tech. He graduated with a B.S. degree in Physics from the University of Maryland in 2013 and a M.S. degree in Physics from Georgia Tech in 2015. In spring of 2014 Chris joined Prof. Schatz's Pattern Formation and Control Lab at Georgia Tech. Before joining Prof. Schatz's lab, he worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the Fluid Metrology Group under Michael R. Moldover where he studied fluid measurement science. While at NIST, he maintained various liquid flow primary standards and he worked in the wind tunnel developing high fidelity anemometer calibration techniques for varying turbulence intensities.
Now, in the Pattern Formation and Control Lab, Chris is searching for evidence of dynamically relevant, unstable solutions to the Navier-Stokes equations at the onset of turbulence in Taylor-Couette flow using fully time resolved tomographic particle image velocimetry (tomo PIV) and 3D particle tracking. These special solutions, called exact coherent structures, play a key role in a fundamentally deterministic description of turbulence.