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William McDoniel


AICES Graduate School
RWTH Aachen University
Schinkelstr. 2
D-52062 Aachen
Germany
Office: Schinkelstrasse 2a, GRS building, Room 207

Phone: +49 152 36685386
Email: mcdoniel@aices.rwth-aachen.de

Education

8/2008 - 12/2015
Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA, under supervision of Profs. David Goldstein and Philip Varghese
8/2004 - 6/2008
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and B.A. in Philosophy at Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA.

Professional Career

01/2016 - present
Postdoctoral Research Associate at AICES

Research Interests

Direct Simulation Monte Carlo, Molecular Dynamics, Io

Peer Reviewed Journal Publications

McDoniel, W.J., Goldstein, D.B., Varghese, P.L., and Trafton, L.M., 2015. Three-dimensional simulation of gas and dust in Io's Pele plume. Icarus, Volume 257, pp 251-274.

McDoniel, W.J., Goldstein, D.B., Varghese, P.L., and Trafton, L.M., 2016. The interaction of Io's plumes and sublimation atmosphere. Icarus, in revision.

McDoniel, W.J., Goldstein, D.B., Varghese, P.L., and Trafton, L.M., 2016. The interaction of Io's plumes with Jupiter's plasma torus. Icarus, in preparation.
 

Peer Reviewed Conference Publications

McDoniel, W.J., Goldstein, D.B., Varghese, P.L., Trafton, L.M., Buchta, D.A., Freund, J., and Kieffer, S.W., 2011. Simulating Irregular Source Geometries for Ionian Plumes. Proceedings of the 27th International Rarefied Gas Dynamics Symposium, Pacific Grove, CA.

Dissertation

Realistic simulation of Io's Pele plume and its effects on Io's atmosphere


Talks

    Simulations of the Effects of Jupiter's Plasma Torus on Io's Pele Plume. 46th Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting, November 2014. Tucson, AZ.

    Constraining Diameters of Ash Particles in Io's Pele Plume by DSMC Simulation. 45th Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting, October 2013. Denver, CO.

    Cracks in a Lava Lake: Boundary Conditions for Io's Pele Plume. Direct Simulation Monte Carlo 2013: Theory, Methods, and Applications (DSMC13), October 2013. Santa Fe, NM.

    DSMC Simulations of Io's Pele Plume. 44th Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting, October 2012. Reno, NV.

    Modeling Gas and Dust Flow in Io's Pele Plume. Direct Simulation Monte Carlo 2011: Theory, Methods, and Applications (DSMC11), September 2011. Santa Fe, NM.

    DSMC Simulations of Irregular Source Geometries for Io's Pele Plume. 42nd Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting, October 2010. Pasadena, CA.

    DSMC Modeling of the Pele Plume on Io. 39th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. March, 2010. The Woodlands, TX.

    DSMC Modeling of an Irregular Vent Geometry for Ionian Plumes. 38th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. March, 2009. The Woodlands, TX.