2001- 2003 Ph.D., University of California Santa Barbara, Mechanical Engineering1999- 2001 M.S., Stanford University, Chemical Engineering1994- 1998 B.S., Missouri University of Science & Technology, Chemical Engineering; Minor: Applied Mathematics

Dr. Ward received a B.S. (1998) in Chemical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology with a minor in Applied Mathematics, M.S. (2001) in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University and Ph.D. (2003) in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Santa Barbara. He worked in postdoctoral researcher positions at Harvard University from 2001-2003 in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and at the University of California, Los Angeles from 2003-2005 in the Math department. Prior to joining UVA, he served in the Aerospace Engineering department at Iowa State University. His research efforts have been supported by NSF, AFOSR, AFRL and DARPA, among others.



  • Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program Award 2022

Research Interests

  • Thomas Ward's research thrusts include studies in fluid mechanics and dynamical systems. This includes a experiments, analysis/theory and computation to investigate the fundamental physics that underly a specific fluid flow.
  • High-speed flow physics
  • Fluid-structure interactions
  • Metal oxidation, processing and recovery
  • Advanced manufacturing

Selected Publications

  • Sasetty, S., Ward, T. Stability and critical volume of a suspended pendant drop in air via experiments and eigenvalue analysis 2023 Colloids Surf., A: Physicochem. Eng. Aspects 666, 131346.
  • Ward, T., Shellabarger, E., Davis, S.K. Matched asymptotic shock-layer analysis of the interaction between a planar viscous-hypersonic boundary-layer and a thin inviscid-layer 2022 Theoret. Comp. Fluid Dyn. 36, 545-573 (Approved for Public Release. Case Number: 88ABW-2020-1961).
  • Sajjanapu, V., Ward, T. 2022 Vibration of a semi-rigid cantilever in a cylinder’s unsteady wake at zero incidence angle. J. Sound. Vib. 116948.
  • Martin, A., Chang, B., Cutinho, J., Shen, L., Ward, T., Cochran, E., Thuo, M.M. 2021 Passivation-driven speciation, dealloying and purification. Mater. Horiz. 8, 925-931.