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Jones, Anya R.

Anya R. Jones
Associate Professor
Department of Aerospace Engineering
3154 Glenn L. Martin Hall

Research Interests 

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


Anya R. Jones is an Associate Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering. She received her PhD in experimental aerodynamics from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, in 2010, her S.M. in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT in 2006, and her B.S. in aeronautical and mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2004. At UMD, she teaches a graduate course in unsteady aerodynamics and an undergraduate course in incompressible aerodynamics. Prof. Jones has been awarded the AFOSR Young Investigator Award, NSF CAREER Award, and the PECASE from the White House. 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, the University of Maryland Energy Research Center, the Maryland Robotics Center, and faculty advisor to the UMD Women in Aeronautics and Astronautics.


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

Selected Publications 

  • 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

Honors and Awards 

  • 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

Professional Memberships 

  • Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Applied Aerodynamics Technical Committee, 2012-2016
  • Member, American Physical Society (APS), Division of Fluid Dynamics (DFD). External Affairs Committee, 2015-2017
  • Member, American Helicopter Society International (AHS)
  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Related News 

Jones invited to NAE 2017 Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

Two Clark School faculty plan to attend NAE 2017 Frontiers of Engineering Symposium June 29, 2017

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 May 24, 2017

Jones Promoted to Associate Professor

Aerospace Engineering faculty member Anya Jones promoted to Associate Professor. May 5, 2017

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). February 27, 2017

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. February 22, 2016

Jones Named AIAA Associate Fellow

Aerospace Engineering Assistant Professor Anya Jones named AIAA Associate Fellow. September 3, 2015

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

Aerospace Engineering Department’s Graduate Student Research Awards Competition showcases student research. May 29, 2015

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. May 8, 2015

Spooner Wins 2015 Winston Family Best Honors Thesis Award

Aerospace Engineering senior Hannah Spooner wins in 2015 Winston Family Best Honors Student Paper Awards. April 21, 2015

UMD Students Excel at AAIA Region 1 Student Paper Conference

Aerospace engineering students sweep undergrad category at AAIA Region 1 Student Paper Conference. April 1, 2015

Vera Klimchenko Wins ASME Student Paper Award

Aerospace grad student wins at ASME 2014 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition November 21, 2014

Aerospace Students Excel at 14th AIAA YPSE Conference

UMD students placed in both presentations and paper categories at the 14th AIAA YPSE Conference. November 10, 2014

Aerospace Engineering Faculty Honored at University Celebration of Scholarship and Research

15 Aerospace Engineering faculty were recognized for their research and scholarly achievements. May 15, 2014

Aerospace Faculty Recognized at 15th Annual Research Leaders Luncheon

15 Department of Aerospace Engineering's faculty honored for successful research funding efforts. January 23, 2014

Aerospace Student Named 2014 Future Faculty

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Schlueter and Sherman Awarded 2013 NDSEG Fellowship

Kristy Schlueter and Stephen Sherman are the Newest U-Md. NDSEG Fellows April 10, 2013

David Mayo wins L-3 Fellowship

Ph.D. student David Mayo won an L-3 Graduate Fellowship for 2012-2013. September 13, 2012

Jones and Sedwick Win DURIP Instrumentation Awards

Two Aerospace faculty members won Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP). June 14, 2012

Kristy Schlueter Participating in AFOSR Fellowship Program

Schleuter and Prof. Jones will be conducting flapping wing experiments June 12, 2012

Jones, Zhou Win Air Force Research Awards

Anya Jones (aerospace engineering) recognized for wing research. Alumna Enlu Zhou also receives an award. January 17, 2012

Prof. Anya Jones 2011 Recipient of NATO Research Achievement Award

Prof. Jones Receives 2011 NATO RTO Award October 28, 2011

AGRC is a Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence

Rotorcraft Center Garners VLRCOE Designation June 30, 2011

The Aerospace Department Welcomes Dr. Anya Jones

Dr. Anya Jones, Asst. Prof. Joins the Aerospace Department November 23, 2010