Jesse Capecelatro

Associate Professor


2011 W.E. Lay Auto Lab
1231 Beal Avenue Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2133


Additional Title(s)

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Jesse Capecelatro is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. His research group develops numerical methods and data-driven approaches for the prediction and optimization of “messy turbulent flows” relevant to energy and the environment (often multiphase and reacting). Prior to joining Michigan in 2016, Dr. Capecelatro was a research scientist at the Center for Exascale Simulation of Plasma-coupled Combustion (XPACC) at the University of Illinois. He received a B.S. from SUNY Binghamton in 2009, a M.S. from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2011, and a Ph.D. from Cornell in 2014. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, and the ASME Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal Award.


  • Cornell University
    • Ph.D., Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, 2014
    • M.S., Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, 2012
  • University of Colorado
    • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2011
  • SUNY Binghamton
    • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2009

Research Interests

Fluid mechanics, with an emphasis on computational methods, multiphase and granular flow, turbulence, combustion, and high-performance computing. Applications include renewable energy, carbon capture, environmental flows, aerosols, turbomachinery, and space.

Professional Service

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Member)
  • American Physical Society (Member)


  • ASME Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal “for outstanding achievements in mechanical engineering within ten years of graduation”, 2019
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2019
  • Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, 2019