Carlos F. Coimbra
Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Faculty, Center for Energy Research
Solar energy, intelligent energy systems, stochastic modeling and forecasting, fractional and variable order methods, evolutionary methods, and multiphase flows/unsteady flow phenomena.
Professor Coimbra explores the intersection between experimental, theoretical and fieldwork methods to analyze and develop new technologies to harvest solar power in its diverse forms (direct, wind, hydropotential, etc). He uses a network of solar observatories distributed throughout several University of California campuses to harvest valuable ground data to be used in forecasting simulations with time horizons varying from seconds to multiple days. He is particularly interested in the development of highly nonlinear, evolutionary stochastic models for chaotic processes, and linking this knowledge to the development and active control of receiver-to-storage solar and wind systems. Visit the Carlos Coimbra research page at UC San Diego.
Professor Coimbra received his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. He joined the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego in July of 2011, and is now the Co-Director of the UCSD Center for Excellence in Renewable Resource Integration (CERRI) and the Faculty Director of the IDEA Student Center. Professor Coimbra is also associated with the Center for Energy Research at UCSD.
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