Kenneth Brown


Kenneth (“Ken”) Brown, PhD

Aerodynamic Diagnostics and Modeling Engineer


Dr. Kenneth (Ken) Brown joined Sandia in 2019 and is a member of the Wind Energy Computational Sciences Department. He supports the Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) experimental facility and contributes to validation of wind turbine wake models and discovery of novel wake control strategies. Ken’s work with SWiFT has centered on uncertainty quantification for wind turbine nacelle-mounted lidar with applications in fundamental wake physics research and model validation. Broadly, Ken’s research interests include low-speed aerodynamics, flow diagnostics/wind tunnel testing techniques, and reduced-order modeling.

Before joining Sandia, Ken worked in industry on characterization of low-speed propulsors and turbomachinery technology. He holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech where his research in applied aerodynamics included developmental work on the emerging Kevlar-wall wind tunnel configuration for aeroacoustic/aerodynamic testing.

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