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Margaret Byron

Assistant Professor


  • Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Research Areas:

Biomechanics and Bioengineering, Environmental Engineering, Experimental Fluid Dynamics

Interest Areas:

Multiphase flow, turbulence, animal locomotion, intermediate Reynolds number phenomena.




  • BS, Princeton University, 2010
  • MS, University of California, Berkeley, 2012
  • Ph D, University of California, Berkeley, 2015


Journal Articles

  • Julie M. Van der Hoop, Margaret Byron, Karlina Ozolina, David L Miller, Jacob L Johansen, Paolo Domenici and John F Steffensen, 2018, "Turbulent flow reduces oxygen consumption in the labriform swimming shiner perch, Cymatogaster aggregata", Journal of Experimental Biology, jeb-168773
  • Margaret Byron, J. Einarsson, K. Gustavsson, G. Voth, B. Mehlig and E. A. Variano, 2015, "Shape-dependence of particle rotation in isotropic turbulence", Physics of Fluids, 27, pp. 035101
  • C. R. Meyer, Margaret Byron and E. A. Variano, 2013, "Rotational diffusion of particles in turbulence", Limnology and Oceanography: Fluids and Environments, 3, (1), pp. 89-102
  • Margaret Byron and E. A. Variano, 2013, "Refractive-index-matched hydrogel materials for measuring flow-structure interactions", Experiments in Fluids, 54, pp. 1456
  • G. B. Bellani, Margaret Byron, A. G. Collignon, C. R. Meyer and E. A. Variano, 2012, "Shape effects on turbulence modulation by large nearly neutrally buoyant particles", Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 712, pp. 41-60

Research Projects

  • May 2017 - June 2019, "Swimming across scales: metachronal rowing in the deep blue sea," (Sponsor: The National Academies Keck Futures Initiative).

Honors and Awards

  • NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology, 2015 - 2017
  • Martin and Beate Block Winter Award for Promising Young Physicists, 2015
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2015 - 2015
  • NSF IGERT Fellowship, CiBER, University of California, Berkeley, 2010 - 2012
  • Donald Janssen Dike Award for Outstanding Research, Princeton University, 2010
  • Morgan W. McKinzie '93 Senior Thesis Funding Prize, Princeton University, 2009


Service to Penn State:

  • Participation in Recruitment and Retention Activities, Faculty, Evaluating faculty candidates, August 2017 - December 2017
  • Committee Work, Committee Member, ME320 Caucus, August 2017
  • Assistance to Student Organizations, Judge, Poster Judge, College of Engineering Research Symposium, April 2018
  • Other, Coordinator, Fluid Dynamics Research Consortium, December 2017

Service to External Organizations:

  • Service through Educational Programs Offered by Media, Volunteer, Volunteer/Representative, National Academy of Engineering, November 2017
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Member, Student Steering Committee, CiBER-IGERT, 2011 - 2012
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Other, Project Leader, Summer Math and Science Honors Academy, 2011 - 2012
  • Participation in Community Affairs, Other, Teacher, Bay Area Scientists in Schools (elementary science enrichment), 2010 - 2011
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Other, Webmaster and Recruitment Chair, Berkeley Graduate Women of Engineering (GWE), 2010 - 2011
  • Voluntary Consultation and/or Advising, Advisor, Engineering Interactor, Princeton University (peer advising), 2009 - 2010
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Other, Poster/Presentation Judge, Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS, November 2012
  • Participation in Community Affairs, Mentor, Girls' Science Institute, San Francisco Exploratorium, June 2014
  • Participation in Community Affairs, Judge, Think College Now/International Community School Elementary Science Fair, May 2014



The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State is one of the nation’s largest and most successful engineering departments. We serve more than 1,000 undergraduate students and more than 330 graduate students

We offer B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering as well as resident (M.S., Ph.D.) and online (M.S., M.Eng.) graduate degrees in nuclear engineering and mechanical engineering. MNE's strength is in offering hands-on experience in highly relevant research areas, such as energy, homeland security, biomedical devices, and transportation systems.

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