Carlos F. Coimbra
Assoc Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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. from the University of California, Irvine, in 1998. He was an associate professor and founding Chairman of the Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics graduate program at UC Merced from 2006 to 2011. He joined the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego in July 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.
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