James Wright

PhD Student, Aerospace Engineering

University of Colorado Boulder

Who am I?

I’m a PhD student studying aerospace engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. My research interests are in computational fluid dynamics, hybrid turbulence models, and vehicle aerodynamics.

I’m also interested in motorsports and disc golf.


  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Turbulence Modeling
  • Numerical Methods
  • Vehicle Aerodynamics


  • PhD in Aerospace Engineering

    University of Colorado Boulder

  • MSc in Mechanical Engineering, 2019

    Clemson University

  • BSc in Mechanical Engineering, 2018

    Clemson University

Recent Posts

Calculate Wall Shear Gradient from Velocity Gradient

If the gradient of velocity is already calculated, how could you get the wall-shear gradient for any arbitrary wall? The aim of this post is to answer that question and give the reasoning for the result.

Deriving Vorticity Transport in Index Notation

How to derive the vorticity transport equation using index summation notation.

Cross Product and Curl in Index Notation

Review of how to perform cross products and curls in index summation notation. In essence, this ends up being an overview on how to apply the Levi-Civita symbol in these contexts.

Automate Deployment of Wowchemy Website onto GitHub Pages

This tutorial goes over how to take a website built using Hugo and Wowchemy (formerly Academic) and host that website using GitHub Pages. More specifically, it goes over how to automate the deployment of a Hugo site using GitHub Actions. This website you’re viewing right now is run using this exact process.

Recent Publications

Unstructured LES_DNS of a Turbulent Boundary Layer over a Gaussian Bump

Introduce the LESDNS simulation framework for developing turbulence models. The proposed framework is then applied onto the Gaussian speed-bump problem and compared to other simulation results, including DNS and WMLES.

Hybrid Turbulence Model Computations of the NASA Juncture Flow Model Using PHASTA

Simulations of the NASA Wing Juncture problem using the open-source PHASTA solver. Results from SA and DDES turbulence models with adaptive refinement are examined.

Static Pressure Recovery Effects of Conical Diffusers with Swirling Inlet Flow

Conical diffusers are used in hundreds of engineering applications in various industries. Some of the operating conditions that they …