Nathan Ricks received his degree in Mechanical and Sustainable Energy Engineering from the University of Adelaide, Australia in 2015. His honours project focussed on using numerical and experimental techniques for bicycle drag reduction. In 2015, he joined the Vrije Universiteit Brussel as a research assistant, where he worked on the field of large eddy simulation. In early 2016, he started his PhD thesis at VUB as part of an FWO research project, under the supervision of Ghader Ghorbaniasl and Francesco Contino.
Nathan's research is generally focussed on computational aeroacoustics - utilising low and high fidelity computational fluid dynamics, combined with acoustic models and accurrate integral methods. Specifically, he's applying uncertainty quantification and optimization methodologies, in order to understand the driving noise mechanisms, and ultimately reduce noise pollution from aircraft.