Luciana Bassi Marinho PiresCountry of origin: Brazil Currently in: United States, Atlanta General field of specialization: Interdisciplinary
Degrees2000 Undergraduate Engineering sciences2003 Master Engineering sciences2009 Doctorate Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences
Current Research Activities
Luciana Pires is devoted to science and to visions of a better world. She has a strong interest in the study and conservation of the Amazon and the Antarctic, as well as in the responsible generation of renewable energy. She currently is engaged in establishing collaborations between South American and African companies, universities, and governmental agencies with their counterparts in the UK and USA, focusing on the fluid mechanics aspects of wind and marine energy generation and distributed microgeneration of energy, to bring energy to the entire world, including remote and disadvantaged areas. She networks with distinguished scientists around the world, having lived, studied and worked in Germany, the UK and the USA in addition to her home country of Brazil; she has participated in research development meetings sponsored by the NSF (National Science Foundation of the USA) at universities and ministries in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia; she has delivered academic presentations in several other countries including Portugal, Italy, and Peru. She has over 18 years of experience in research involving engineering and geophysics fluid mechanics as well as atmospheric boundary layers, turbulence and their applications to complex terrain and continent-ocean interactions, in particular regarding the study of flow around coastal cliffs. She received the 2010 Best Ph.D. Thesis Award in Geophysics from CAPES (Agency for the Coordination and Support of Graduate Education of the Ministry of Education in Brazil), for her work, “Study of the internal boundary layer downwind of coastal cliffs with application to the Brazilian Launching Center of Alcântara”, conducted at INPE (Brazilian National Institute for Space Research) 2004-2009. She has had the opportunity to utilize state-of-the-art technologies such as PIV (Particle Image Velocimetry) and HWA (Hot Wire Anemometer) for measurements in wind tunnels and analysis of data from anemometric towers, as well as to use radiossondes, satellite images, and DNS (Direct Numerical Simulation), Large Eddy Simulation (LES) etc. She has applied this background and expertise to studies of wind and marine energy generation, aerospace meteorology, and micrometeorology in the Alcantara Launching Center, as well as the Amazon, the northeast and southeast of Brazil regions, and Antarctica.
Current professionCurrent professional activities type:Research