Neal Morgan, PhD

Neal Morgan received his Masters of Science and PhD from the University of Virginia in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 2022. His masters project involved design of computational experiments to optimize the geometry of secondary flow paths in turbomachinery using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations in ANSYS CFX. He then wrote his own CFD code in Matlab to model flow and dynamic forces generated by the fluid in these secondary flow passages while improving computational speed over generalized commercial CFD software. During his PhD work, he also worked as the software engineer for the ROMAC laboratory managing their software updates and addressing customer feedback. In August 2023, Dr. Morgan joined the research team at the Center for Applied Biomechanics, where his work focuses on finite element modeling and numerical support of experiments.
Neal Morgan, PhD


  • PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering – University of Virginia
  • M.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering – University of Virginia
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering – Clemson University

Research Interests

  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Vibrational Stability
  • Statistical Experimental Design and Optimization
  • Applied Regression and Response Surface Mapping
  • Computational/Finite element/Finite difference modeling
  • Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness
  • Occupant Safety

Other Interests

  • Reading, science fiction/fantasy, games (computer/board/card), amateur photography, racquet ball