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Laura Schaefer
Professor
Burton J. and Ann M. McMurtrey Chair in Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering
 
e-mail:Laura.Schaefer@rice.edu
 
  • B.A. English (1995) Rice University, Houston, TX
  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering (2000) Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering (1997) Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering (1995) Rice University, Houston, TX
 
Primary Department
   Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Research Areas
 The analysis, design and optimization of energy systems through thermal/fluids modeling and experimentation.
 
Teaching Areas
 Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, Fluids, Thermal Systems.
 
Selected Publications
 Refereed articles
 

Rao, Parthib; Schaefer, Laura; "Lattice Boltzmann simulations of immiscible displacement process with large viscosity ratios." Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 62 (2017)

 
 

Whiston, Michael M; Collinge, William O; Bilec, Melissa M; Schaefer, Laura A; "Exergy and economic comparison between kW-scale hybrid and stand-alone solid oxide fuel cell systems." Journal of Power Sources, 353 (2017) : 152-166.

 
 

Xu, Haifeng; Collinge, William O; Schaefer, Laura A; Landis, Amy E; Bilec, Melissa M; Jones, Alex K; "Towards a commodity solution for the internet of things." Computers & Electrical Engineering, 52 (2016) : 138-156.

 
 

Xu, Lina; Rao, Parthib; Schaefer, Laura; "A novel scheme for curved moving boundaries in the lattice Boltzmann method." International Journal of Modern Physics C, 27 (2016) : 1650144.

 
 

Chen, Leitao; Schaefer, Laura A; "A unified and preserved Dirichlet boundary treatment for the cell-centered finite volume discrete Boltzmann method." Physics of Fluids, 27 (2015) : 27104.

 
 

Collinge, William O; DeBlois, Justin C; Landis, Amy E; Schaefer, Laura A; Bilec, Melissa M; "Hybrid Dynamic-Empirical Building Energy Modeling Approach for an Existing Campus Building." Journal of Architectural Engineering, 22 (2015) : 4015010.

 
 

Olinzock, Maureen A; Landis, Amy E; Saunders, Christi L; Collinge, William O; Jones, Alex K; Schaefer, Laura A; Bilec, Melissa M; "Life cycle assessment use in the North American building community: summary of findings from a 2011/2012 survey." The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 20 (2015) : 318-331.

 
 

Rao, Parthib R; Schaefer, Laura A; "Numerical stability of explicit off-lattice Boltzmann schemes: A comparative study." Journal of Computational Physics, 285 (2015) : 251-264.

 
 

Schaefer, Laura; "Microrotorcraft." Encyclopedia of Microfluidics and Nanofluidics (2015) : 2140-2149.

 
 

Tourkov, Konstantin; Schaefer, Laura; "Effect of regenerator positioning on thermoacoustic effect in a looped tube traveling wave thermoacoustic engine." Energy Conversion and Management, 95 (2015) : 94-100.

 
 

Tourkov, Konstantin; Schaefer, Laura; "Performance evaluation of a PVT/ORC (photovoltaic thermal/organic Rankine cycle) system with optimization of the ORC and evaluation of several PV (photovoltaic) materials." Energy, 82 (2015) : 839-849.

 
 

Tourkov, Konstantin; Zink, Florian; Schaefer, Laura; "Thermoacoustic sound generation under the influence of resonator curvature." International Journal of Thermal Sciences, 88 (2015) : 158-163.

 
 

Whiston, Michael M; Bilec, Melissa M; Schaefer, Laura A; "Influence of the charge double layer on solid oxide fuel cell stack behavior." Journal of Power Sources, 293 (2015) : 767-777.

 
 

Whiston, Michael M; Bilec, Melissa M; Schaefer, Laura A; "SOFC Stack Model for Integration Into a Hybrid System: Stack Response to Control Variables." Journal of Fuel Cell Science and Technology, 12 (2015) : 31006.

 
 

Xu, Haifeng; Bilec, Melissa M; Collinge, William O; Schaefer, Laura A; Landis, Amy E; Jones, Alex K; "Lynx: a self-organizing wireless sensor network with commodity palmtop computers." System Level Interconnect Prediction (SLIP), 2015 ACM/IEEE International Workshop on (2015) : 7-Jan.

 
 

Xu, Haifeng; Li, Yong; Collinge, William O; Schaefer, Laura A; Bilec, Melissa M; Jones, Alex K; Landis, Amy E; "Improving efficiency of wireless sensor networks through lightweight in-memory compression." Green Computing Conference and Sustainable Computing Conference (IGSC), 2015 Sixth International (2015) : 8-Jan.

 
 

Collinge, W.O., Landis, A.E., Jones, A.K., Schaefer, L.A., and Bilec, M.M., 2014, “Productivity Metrics in Dynamic LCA for Whole Buildings: Using a Post-Occupancy Evaluation of Energy and Indoor Environmental Quality Tradeoffs,” Building and Environment, vol. 82, pp. 339-348, doi: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2014.08.032.

 
 

Ikeda, M.K., Rao, P.R., and Schaefer, L.A., 2014, “A Thermal Multicomponent Lattice Boltzmann Model,” Computers and Fluids, vol. 101, pp. 250-262, doi: 10.1016/j.compfluid.2014.06.006.

 
 

Kimber, M., Clark, W.W., and Schaefer, L., 2014, “Conceptual Analysis and Design of a Partitioned Multifunctional Smart Insulation,” Applied Energy, vol. 114, pp. 310-319, doi: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2013.09.067.

 
 Refereed conference papers
 

Xu, H., Li, Y., Collinge, W.O., Schaefer, L.A., Bilec, M.M., Jones, A.K., and Landis, A.E., 2015, “Improving efficiency of wireless sensor networks through lightweight in-memory compression,” Sixth International Green Computing Conference and Sustainable Computing Conference, IEEE, 1-8. 

 
 

DeBlois, J.C., Collinge, W.O., Bilec, M.M., and Schaefer, L.A., 2015, “Calibration and Modeling for a Dashboard that Provides Real-Time Feedback on Energy Saving Strategies,” Building Simulation Conference, Hyderabad, India, BS-2150.

 
 

Xu, H., Bilec, M.M., Collinge, W.O., Schaefer, L.A., Landis, A.E., and Jones, A.K., 2015, “Lynx: a self-organizing wireless sensor network with commodity palmtop computers,” ACM/IEEE International Workshop on System Level Interconnect Prediction (SLIP), 1-7.

 
 

DeBlois, J.C., Collinge, W.O., Bilec, M.M., Jones, A.K., and Schaefer, L.A., 2014, “Modeling a Multi-Purpose Public Building with Stochastic Gains and Occupancy Schedules,” ASHRAE Winter Meeting, New York, NY, 12093.

 
 

Whiston, M.W., Collinge, W.O., Bilec, M.M., and Schaefer, L.A., 2014, “Dynamic Response of a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Stack to Changes in a University Building’s Load,” ASME, International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE2014-39206.

 
Presentations
 Conference abstracts
 

Chen, L., and Schaefer, L., 2014, “A conservative Dirichlet boundary treatment for the finite volume lattice Boltzmann method,” 67th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, L31.00009.

 
 

Rao, P., and Schaefer, L., 2014, “Thermal lattice Boltzmann simulations with non-space-filling lattices,” 67th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, L31.00010

 
 Seminar Speaker
 

Schaefer, L., and Tourkov, K., 2015, “Thermoacoustic Sound Generation Under the Influence of Resonator Curvature,” ASHRAE Winter Meeting, Chicago, IL, Seminar 58.

 
Editorial Positions
 Associate Editor, Journal of Heat Transfer (JHT), ASME. (2015 - 2016)

 Editor in Chief, Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments (SETA). (2012 - 2016)

 Associate Editor, Journal of Energy Resources Technology (JERT), ASME. (2012 - 2015)

Supervised Theses & Dissertations
 Junqi Yuan, PhD Small Scale Free Surface Propulsion with Aid of Electrowetting. (2015) (Thesis Committee Member)

 D. Tyler Landfried, PhD Characterization of the Behavior of Confined Laminar Jets. (2015) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Michael Whiston, PhD Design, Characterization, and Optimization of a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Microturbine System. (2015) (Thesis Director)

 Lina Xu, PhD A New Moving Boundary Condition in Particulate Suspensions with the Lattice Boltzmann Method. (2015) (Thesis Director)

 Nina Baird, PhD Sustainable Mechanical Systems: Conditioning with Low-Grade Thermal Energy. (2015) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Parthib Rao, PhD A Higher-Order Thermal Lattice-Boltzmann Model. (2015) (Thesis Director)

 Kevin Laux, MS Visualizing Flow Regimes in a Small-Scale Heat Pipe. (2016) (Thesis Director)

 Leitao Chen, PhD Characterization of Flows through Graphite Foams. (2016) (Thesis Director)

 Konstantin Tourkov, PhD Optimization of Large Scale Solar Thermal Generation. (2016) (Thesis Director)

Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
 Bicentennial Board of Visitors Faculty Fellow, School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh (2005-2015)

 Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2011)

Positions Held
 Member, Provost's Committee, Molecular Nanotechnology Initiative. (2015 - 2015)

 Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers. (1992 - 2015)

 Member, Society of Women Engineers. (1992 - 2015)

 Member, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, & Air-Conditioning Engineers. (1995 - 2015)

 Member, American Society for Engineering Education. (2000 - 2015)

 Segment Leadership Team, ASME. (2014 - 2016)

 Chair. (2015 - 2020)

 Faculty Advisor, ASME, University of Pittsburgh Student Chapter. (2001 - 2015)

 Executive Committee , Advanced Energy Systems Division, ASME. (2005 - 2014)