Bryan Schmidt, BS, MS, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Case School of Engineering

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Hypersonic aerodynamics
  • Optical diagnostics for fluid flows
  • Turbulence
  • Flow instabilities
  • Image processing
  • Wavelet analysis


  • B. E. Schmidt and J. A. Sutton, “Improvements in the accuracy of wavelet-based optical flow velocimetry (wOFV) using an efficient and physically based implementation of velocity regularization,” Experiments in Fluids, 2020.
  • B. E. Schmidt and J. E. Shepherd, “Stability of Supersonic Flow with Injection,” AIAA Journal, 2019. doi 10.2514/1.J058080.
  • B. E. Schmidt and J. A. Sutton, “High-resolution velocimetry from tracer particle fields using a wavelet-based optical flow method,” Experiments in Fluids, 2019, vol. 60 no. 37. doi 10.1007/s00348-019-2685-6.
  • B. E. Schmidt and J. E. Shepherd, “Oscillations in cylinder wakes at Mach 4,” Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 2015, vol. 785. doi 10.1017/jfm.2015.668.
  • B. E. Schmidt and J. E. Shepherd, “Analysis of focused laser differential interferometry,” Applied Optics, 2015, vol. 54 issue 28, pp. 8459-8472.
  • B. E. Schmidt, N. P. Bitter, H. G. Hornung, and J. E. Shepherd, “Injection into supersonic boundary layers,” AIAA Journal, 2015. doi 10.2514/1.J054123.

Additional Information

Bryan Schmidt leads the Flow Physics and Imaging Laboratory in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. Bryan received his bachelor’s degree from CWRU in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 2011 before earning his Ph.D. in Aeronautics at the California Institute of Technology in 2016. His Ph.D. work involved the stability of supersonic boundary layers with transpiration of gas through a porous injector, an enabling technology for boosting the performance of scramjet engines and localized surface cooling for hypersonic vehicles. Bryan then served as a postdoctoral researcher at the Ohio State University where he developed a wavelet-based optical flow velocimetry (wOFV) method for determining velocities in fluid flows from image sequences. He joined the faculty at CWRU in January 2020, where he studies turbulent and unsteady flows across a wide range of Mach numbers, from incompressible to hypersonic. His focus is on understanding the fundamental physics of these flows through experiments and modeling so that we can develop vehicles that can fly faster, further, and more efficiently. In his free time, Bryan enjoys spending time with his family, softball, playing guitar, and experiencing all that Cleveland has to offer.