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Jones, Anya R.

Jones, Anya R.

Aerospace Engineering
Maryland Robotics Center
3154 Glenn L. Martin Hall


  • Ph.D. 2010, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom Aerodynamics Laboratory. Department of Engineering
  • S.M. 2006, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • B.S. 2004, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. Aeronautical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering


Anya R. Jones is Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her PhD in Aerodynamics from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, her S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, and her B.S. in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. At UMD, she teaches a graduate course in unsteady aerodynamics and an undergraduate course in incompressible aerodynamics. Her research is focused on the experimental fluid dynamics of unsteady and separated flows. Her current projects focus on the flow physics of large-amplitude gust encounters, separated and reverse flow rotor aerodynamics, and flight through airwakes and other unsteady environments. Prof. Jones has been awarded the AFOSR Young Investigator Award, NSF CAREER Award, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). She has been a  Fulbright Scholar at the Technion in Haifa, Israel and an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at TU Braunschweig in Germany. She is currently chair of a NATO Research Technology Organization task group on gust response and unsteady aerodynamics, an associate fellow of AIAA, and a member of the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center.


  • Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany, 2018
  • Fulbright Scholar Award, J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, 2017--2018
  • Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), Department of Defense, 2016
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award for “Flow Physics of Aerodynamic Forcing in Unsteady Environments,'” 2016-2021
  • AIAA National Capital Section Hal Andrews Young Engineer/Scientist of the Year, 2015
  • U.S. Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship, Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Research and Scholarship Award for “The Aerodynamics of Cross-Flow Wind and Water Turbines,'” UMD Graduate School, 2012
  • U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Young Investigator Program (YIP), “Lift Production on Flapping and Rotary Wings at Low Reynolds Numbers,” 2012-2015
  • Technical Team Member of NATO RTO AVT-149 on “Micro Air Vehicle Unsteady Aerodynamics,” recipient of the NATO Research and Technology Organization's Scientific Achievement Award, 2011
  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, U.S. Department of Defense, 2004-2007
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation (NSF), 2004-2009


  • Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Member, American Physical Society (APS), Division of Fluid Dynamics (DFD)
  • Member, American Helicopter Society International (AHS)
  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)


Experimental fluid dynamics and flow modeling with a focus on unsteady aerodynamics, flow separation and control, vortex dynamics, and the physics of aerodynamic forcing.

  • Jones, A. R., Cetiner, O., and Smith, M. (2022, January). Physics and Modeling of Large Flow Disturbances: Discrete Gust Encounters for Modern Air Vehicles. Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics, 54. pp. 469–493. Online November 1, 2021. doi: 10.1146/annurev-fluid-031621-085520
  • Jones, A. R. and Cetiner, O. (2021). Unsteady Aerodynamics of Gust Encounters: Introduction to the Virtual Collection. AIAA Journal, 59 (3), pp. 764–764. doi: 10.2514/1.J060379
  • Jones, A. R. and Cetiner, O. (2021). Overview of Unsteady Aerodynamic Response of Rigid Wings in Gust Encounters. AIAA Journal, 59(2). AIAA Journal, 57(8), pp. 731–736. Online November 19, 2020. doi: 10.2514/1.J059602
  • Lidard, J. M., Goswami, D., Snyder, D., Sedky, G., Jones, A. R., and Paley, D. A. (2021). Feedback Control and Parameter Estimation for Lift Maximization of a Pitching Airfoil. Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 44(3). pp. 587–594. Online January 11, 2021. doi: 10.2514/1.G005441
  • Biler, H., Sedky, G., Jones, A. R., Saritas, M., and Cetiner, O. (2021). Experimental Comparison of Transverse and Vortex Gust Encounters at Low Reynolds Numbers. AIAA Journal, 59(3), pp. 786–799. Online December 29, 2020. doi: 10.2514/1.J059658
  • Moriche, M., Sedky, G., Jones, A. R., Flores, O., and García-Villalba, M. (2021). Characterization of Aerodynamic Forces on Wings in Plunge Maneuvers. AIAA Journal, 59(2), pp. 751-762. Online December 1, 2020. doi: 10.2514/1.J059689
  • Badrya, C., Biler, H., Jones, A. R., and Baeder, J. (2021). The Effect of Gust Width on Flat-Plate Response in Large Transverse Gust at Low Reynolds Number. AIAA Journal, 59(1), pp 49–64. Online December 1, 2020. doi: 10.2514/1.J059678
  • Jones, A. R. (2020, November). Gust Encounters of Rigid Wings: Taming the Parameter Space (Invited). Physical Review Fluids, 5 (11). Online November 24, 2020. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevFluids.5.110513
  • Andreu Angulo, I., Babinsky, H., Biler, H., Sedky, G. and Jones, A. R. The Effect of Transverse Gust Velocity Profiles. (2020). AIAA Journal. Online October 31, 2020. doi: 10.2514/1.J059665
  • Smith, L. and Jones, A. R. (2020). Vortex Formation on a Pitching Aerofoil at High Surging Amplitudes. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 905(A22). Online October 27, 2020. doi: 10.1017/jfm.2020.741
  • Mohamed, A., Watkins, S., Ol, M., and Jones, A. R. (2020). Flight- Relevant Gusts: Computation-Derived Guidelines for MAV Ground Test Unsteady Aerodynamics. Journal of Aircraft. Online October 8, 2020. doi: 10.2514/1.C035920
  • Sedky, G., Lagor, F. D., and Jones, A. R. (2020). Unsteady Aerodynamics of Lift Regulation during a Transverse Gust Encounter. Physical Review Fluids, 5 (7). Online July 1, 2020. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevFluids.5.074701
  • Sedky, G., Jones, A. R., and Lagor, F. D. (2020). Lift Regulation During Transverse Gust Encounters Using a Modified Goman Khrabrov Model. AIAA Journal, 58(9), pp. 3788–3798. Online April 30, 2020. doi: 10.2514/1.J059127
  • Smith, L., Jung, Y.-S., Baeder, J., and Jones, A. R. (2019). The Role of Rotary Motion on Vortices in Reverse Flow. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 880, pp. 723–742. Online October 15, 2019. doi: 10.1017/jfm.2019.728
  • Biler, H., Badrya, C., and Jones, A. R. (2019). Experimental and Computational Investigation of Transverse Gust Encounters. AIAA Journal, 57 (11), pp. 4608–4622. Online July 25, 2019. doi: 10.2514/1.J057646
  • Badrya, C., Baeder, J., and Jones, A. R. (2019). Application of the Field Velocity Method to a Large-Amplitude Flat Plate Gust Encounter. AIAA Journal, 57 (8), pp. 3261–3273. Online June 24, 2019. doi: 10.2514/1.J057978
  • Gomez, D. F., Lagor, F. D., Kirk, P. B., Lind, A., Jones, A. R., and Paley, D. A. (2019). Data-Driven Estimation of the Unsteady Flowfield Near an Actuated Airfoil. Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 42 (10), pp. 2279–2287. Online June 24, 2019. doi: 10.2514/1.G004339.
  • Lefebvre, J. N. and Jones, A. R. (2019). Experimental Investigation of Airfoil Performance in the Wake of a Circular Cylinder. AIAA Journal, 57 (7), pp. 2808–2818. Online June 2, 2019. doi: 10.2514/1.J057468.
  • Smith, L., Lind, A., and Jones, A. R. (2019). Measurements on a Yawed Rotor Blade Pitching in Reverse Flow. Physical Review Fluids, 4(3). doi: 10.1103/PhysRevFluids.4.034703
  • Manar, F. and Jones, A. R. (2019). Evaluation of Potential Flow Models for Unsteady Separated Flow with Respect to Experimental Data. Physical Review Fluids, 4(3). doi: 10.1103/PhysRevFluids.4.034702
  • Mancini, P., Medina, A., and Jones, A. R. (2019). Experimental and Analytical Investigation into Lift Prediction on Large Trailing Edge Flaps. Physics of Fluids, 31(1). doi: 10.1063/1.5063265
  • Eldredge, J. and Jones, A. R. (2019). Leading Edge Vortices: Mechanics and Modeling. Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics.
  • Kirk, P. B. and Jones, A. R. (2018). Vortex Formation on Surging Aerofoils with Application to Reverse Flow Modelling. Journal of Fluid Mechanics.
  • Perrotta, G. and Jones, A. R. (2018). Quasi-Steady Approximation of Forces on a Flat Plate Due to Large-Amplitude Plunging Maneuvers. AIAA Journal.
  • Stevens, P. R. R. J., Babinsky, H., Manar, F., Mancini, P., Jones, A. R., Nakata, T., Phillips, N., Bomphrey, R. J., Gozukara, A. C., Granlund, K. O., and Ol, M. V. (2017). Experiments and Computations on the Lift of Accelerating Flat Plates at Incidence. AIAA Journal. doi: 10.2514/1.J055323
  • Manar, F. and Jones, A. R. (2017). Transient Response of a Single Degree-of-Freedom Wing at High Angle of Attack and Low Reynolds Number. AIAA Journal. doi: 10.2514/1.J055708
  • Perrotta, G. and Jones, A. R. (2017). Unsteady Forcing on a Flat Plate Wing in Large Transverse Gusts. Experiments in Fluids, 58, (101). doi: 10.1007/s00348-017-2385-z
  • Medina, A., Ol, M., Mancini, P., and Jones, A. R. (2017). Revisiting Conventional Flaps at High Deflection-Rate. AIAA Journal. doi: 10.2514/1.J055754
  • Mulleners, K., Mancini, P., and Jones, A. R. (2017). Flow Development on a Flat Plate Wing in a Stream-Wise Gust Encounter. AIAA Journal. doi: 10.2514/1.J051609
  • Medina, A. and Jones, A. R. (2016). Leading-Edge Vortex Burst on a Low Aspect Ratio Rotating Flat Plate. Physical Review Fluids, 1, (4). doi: 10.1103/PhysRevFluids.1.04450
  • Hodara, J., Lind, A., Jones, A. R., and Smith, M. (2016). Collaborative Investigation of the Aero dynamic Behavior of Airfoils in Reverse Flow. Journal of the American Helicopter Society, 61 (3), pp. 1-15. doi: 10.4050/JAHS.61.032001 21
  • Lind, A. and Jones, A. R. (2016). Unsteady Aero dynamics of Reverse Flow Dynamic Stall on Oscillating Blade Sections. Physics of Fluids, 28 (7). doi: 10.1063/1.4958334 22.
  • Lind, A., Smith, L., Milluzzo, J., and Jones, A. R., (2016). Reynolds Number Effects on Rotor Blade Sections in Reverse Flow. Journal of Aircraft, 53,(5), pp. 1248-1260. doi: 10.2514/1.C033556
  • Lind, A. and Jones, A. R. (2016). Unsteady Airloads on Static Airfoils through High Angles of Attack and in Reverse Flow. Journal of Fluids and Structures, pp. 259-279. doi: 10.1016/j.juidstructs.2016.03.00
  • Jones, A. R., Medina, A., Spooner, S., and Mulleners, K. (2016). Characterizing a Burst Leading-Edge Vortex on a Rotating Flat Plate Wing. Experiments in Fluids, 57 (4), pp. 1-16. doi: 10.1007/s00348-016-2143-7
  • Granlund, K., Ol., M., and Jones, A. R. (2016). Streamwise Oscillation of Airfoils into Reverse Flow. AIAA Journal, 54 (5). doi: 10.2514/1.J054674
  • Mancini, P., Manar, F., Granlund, K., Ol, M., and Jones, A. R. (2015). Unsteady Aerodynamic Characteristics of a Translating Rigid Wing at Low Reynolds Number. Physics of Fluids, 27 (2). doi: 10.1063/1.4936396
  • Manar, F., Mancini, P., Mayo, D. B., and Jones, A. R. (2015). A Comparison of Rotating and Translating Wings: Force Production and Vortex Characteristics. AIAA Journal, 54 (2), pp. 519-530. doi: 10.2514/1.J054422
  • Perrotta, G., Glucksman-Glaser, M., and Jones, A. R. (2015). Similarity Parameters for the Characterization of Sediment Mobilization by Unsteady Rotor Wakes. Journal of Aircraft, 52 (6), pp. 2090-2095. doi: 10.2514/1.C033245
  • Lind, A. H. and Jones, A. R. (2015). Vortex Shedding from Airfoils in Reverse Flow. AIAA Journal, 53 (9), pp. 2621-2633. doi: 10.2514/1.J053764
  • Beals, N., and Jones, A. R. (2015). Lift Production on a Passively Flexible Rotating Wing. AIAA Journal, 53 (10), pp. 2995-3005. doi: 10.2514/1.J053863
  • Lind, A. H., Jarugumilli, T., Benedict, M., Lakshminarayan, V. K., Jones, A. R., and Chopra, I. (2014). Flow Field Studies on a Micro Air Vehicle-Scale Cycloidal Rotor in Forward Flight. Experiments in Fluids, 55 (12). doi: 10.1007/s00348-014-1826-1
  • Lind, A. H., Lefebvre, J., and Jones, A. R. (2014). Time-Averaged Aerodynamics of Sharp and Blunt Trailing Edge Static Airfoils in Reverse Flow. AIAA Journal, 52 (12), pp. 2751-2761. doi: 10.2514/1J052967
  • Manar, F., Medina, A., and Jones, A. R. (2014). Tip Vortex Structure and Aero dynamic Loading on Rotating Wings in Confined Spaces. Experiments in Fluids, 55 (9), pp. 1-18. doi: 10.1007/s00348-014-1815-4
  • Schlueter, K., Jones, A. R., Granlund, K., and Ol, M. (2014). Effect of Root Cutout on the Lift Produced by a Rotating Wing. AIAA Journal, 52 (6)14/1.J05282
  • Kolluru Venkata, S. and Jones, A. R. (2013). Leading Edge Vortex Structure over Multiple Revolutions of a Rotating Wing. AIAA Journal, 50 (4), pp. 1312-1316. doi: 10.2514/1.C03212814/1.J05282
  • Jones, A. R. and Babinsky, H. (2011). Reynolds Number Effects on Leading Edge Vortex Development on a Waving Wing. Experiments in Fluids, 51 (1), pp. 197-210. doi: 10.1007/s00348-010-1037-14/1.J052823
  • Jones, A. R., Pitt Ford, C. W., and Babinsky, H. (2011). Three-Dimensional Effects on Sliding and Waving Wings. Journal of Aircraft, 48 (2), pp. 633-644. doi: 10.2514/1.C0311814/1.J05282
  • Jones, A. R. and Babinsky, H. (2010). Unsteady Lift Generation on Rotating Wings at Low Reynolds Numbers. Journal of Aircraft, 47 (3), pp. 1013-1021. doi: 10.2514/1.4664914/1.J05282
  • Hileman, J. I., Spakovszky, Z. S., Drela, M., Sargeant, M. A., and Jones, A. (2010). Airframe Design for Silent Fuel-Efficient Aircraft. Journal of Aircraft, 47 (3), pp. 956{969. doi: 10.2514/1.465414/1.J052825
  • Jones, A. R., Bakhtian, N. M., and Babinsky, H. (2008). Low Reynolds Number Aerodynamics of Leading-Edge Flaps. Journal of Aircraft, 45 (1), pp. 342- 345. doi: 10.2514/1.330014/1.J052821

Flatau Named UMD AE Chair

Alison Flatau has been named the new chair of aerospace engineering at UMD.

Celebrating Women in Aerospace Engineering: Anya Jones

When her science fair plants died, Anya Jones sought out alternatives—and discovered fluid dynamics.

Girguis Sedkey Receives Aerospace Distinguished Alumni Scholarship

Scholarship provides merit-based support to aerospace engineering students.

Congratulations to the 2020 Aerospace Engineering Honors Class

Students complete final presentations to earn “Honors Citation.”

COVID-19: Aerospace Engineers Contribute Needed Supplies

The department provided a University of Maryland School of Medicine practice with masks, goggles and other items.

Aerospace Engineering Students Win at AIAA YPSE Conference

Undergraduate and graduate students take top spots at AIAA’s Region 1 Young Professionals, Students, and Educators Conference.

2019 Dean's Doctoral and Master's Student Research Awards

Created by Clark School Dean Darryll Pines, the competition recognize distinguished graduate student researchers in order to help propel their careers and demonstrate the value of high-quality engineering research.

Jones invited to NAE 2017 Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

Two Clark School faculty plan to attend NAE 2017 Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

Researchers Demonstrate New Approach to using PIV in the Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel

UMD Researchers Demonstrate Successful Use of PIV for Time-resolved Flow Field Measurements

Jones Promoted to Associate Professor

Aerospace Engineering faculty member Anya Jones promoted to Associate Professor.

Professor Anya Jones Recognized with PECASE for Foundational Aerodynamics Research

In 2016, President Barack Obama named Aerospace Engineering Professor Anya Jones, a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

UMD’s Anya Jones Receives Presidential Early Career Award

Aerospace Engineering faculty member awarded U.S. government's highest honor for early-career science and engineering professionals.

Jones Named AIAA Associate Fellow

Aerospace Engineering Assistant Professor Anya Jones named AIAA Associate Fellow.

Bogdanowicz and Lind Win Department’s Graduate Student Research Awards Competition

Aerospace Engineering Department’s Graduate Student Research Awards Competition showcases student research.

Jones Named AIAA National Capital Section's Hal Andrew Young Engineer of the Year

AIAA National Capital Section selects Anya Jones as the 2015 Hal Andrews Young Engineer/Scientist of the Year.

Spooner Wins 2015 Winston Family Best Honors Thesis Award

Aerospace Engineering senior Hannah Spooner wins in 2015 Winston Family Best Honors Student Paper Awards.

UMD Students Excel at AAIA Region 1 Student Paper Conference

Aerospace engineering students sweep undergrad category at AAIA Region 1 Student Paper Conference.

Vera Klimchenko Wins ASME Student Paper Award

Aerospace grad student wins at ASME 2014 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition

Aerospace Students Excel at 14th AIAA YPSE Conference

UMD students placed in both presentations and paper categories at the 14th AIAA YPSE Conference.

Aerospace Engineering Faculty Honored at University Celebration of Scholarship and Research

15 Aerospace Engineering faculty were recognized for their research and scholarly achievements.

Aerospace Faculty Recognized at 15th Annual Research Leaders Luncheon

15 Department of Aerospace Engineering's faculty honored for successful research funding efforts.

Aerospace Student Named 2014 Future Faculty

Andrew Lind selected as one of "Tomorrow’s Great Engineering Teachers"

Schlueter and Sherman Awarded 2013 NDSEG Fellowship

Kristy Schlueter and Stephen Sherman are the Newest U-Md. NDSEG Fellows

David Mayo wins L-3 Fellowship

Ph.D. student David Mayo won an L-3 Graduate Fellowship for 2012-2013.

Jones and Sedwick Win DURIP Instrumentation Awards

Two Aerospace faculty members won Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP).

Kristy Schlueter Participating in AFOSR Fellowship Program

Schleuter and Prof. Jones will be conducting flapping wing experiments

Jones, Zhou Win Air Force Research Awards

Anya Jones (aerospace engineering) recognized for wing research. Alumna Enlu Zhou also receives an award.

AGRC is a Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence

Rotorcraft Center Garners VLRCOE Designation

The Aerospace Department Welcomes Dr. Anya Jones

Dr. Anya Jones, Asst. Prof. Joins the Aerospace Department

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)