Aaron Towne


Aaron Towne is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Turbulence Research at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology in 2015 as a member of the Computational Flow Physics group, directed by Professor Tim Colonius. His thesis work focused on the development of rapidly computable, reduced order jet noise models. Aaron received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech in 2010 and his B.S. in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009.


  • Ph.D. California Institute of Technology

    Mechanical Engineering

    Defended December 2015

  • M.S. California Institute of Technology

    Mechanical Engineering

    June 2010

  • B.S. University of Wisconsin - Madison

    Engineering Mechanics

    May 2009, Graduated with Highest Distinction


  • Present2016

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    Center for Turbulence Research -- Stanford University

  • 20152010

    Graduate Research Assistant

    California Institute of Technology

  • 20132012

    Teaching Assistant -- Computational Fluid Dynamics

    California Institute of Technology

  • 20092008

    Undergraduate Research Assistant

    University of Wisconsin - Madison

  • 20092008

    Teaching Assistant -- Aerodynamics

    University of Wisconsin - Madison

  • 20082007

    Tutor -- Dynamics, Mechanics of Materials, and Mechanical Vibrations

    University of Wisconsin - Madison


  • Best Student Paper Award, AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference, 2016
  • Center for Turbulence Research Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2016
  • California Institute of Technology Graduate Research Fellowship, 2009-2010
  • Graduated with Highest Distinction, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Engineering Physics merit based scholarships, 2006-2008
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Dean’s List Honoree, every semester Fall 2004 – Spring 2009

Professional Activities

  • Session Chair: AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference (Jet Noise I: Supersonic), 2017
  • Referee: Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Journal of Computational Physics, Proceedings of the Royal Society A, AIAA Journal, C. R. Mecanique, CTR Proceedings
  • Member: American Physical Society, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Acoustical Society of America
  • Judge: Stanford MECON poster competition, 2016
  • Founder & president: Bridges at Caltech, a student organization that helps international students thrive at Caltech, 2014-2015