Paolo Luzzatto-Fegiz

Assistant Professor
Principal Investigator, Fluid Energy Science Laboratory


PhD, Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University

MS,  Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University

MSc, Applied Mathematics, Imperial College London

BEng, Aerospace Engineering, University of Southampton


2017 Gallery of Fluid Motion Winner, American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics

2017 Invited Speaker, Annual Meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research

2017 Regents Junior Faculty Fellowship

2013  Keynote Speaker, IUTAM Symposium on Vortex Dynamics, Fukuoka, Japan

2011 Andreas Acrivos Award, American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics

2007 Bolgiano Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Cornell University

2004 Cornell Graduate Fellowship

2003 CERN Summer Studentship

2003 Royal Aeronautical Society Prize for highest first-class degree

2003 James Graham Prize for best experimental project in the School of Engineering Sciences

Contact Information

Room location: EII 2328
Email: fegiz [at] engineering [dot] ucsb [dot] edu
Phone: (805) 893-2670
Website: Department Webpage

Short Bio

Paolo Luzzatto-Fegiz graduated with a BEng in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southampton. After a summer working with the ATLAS Magnet Team at CERN, he completed an MSc in Applied Mathematics at Imperial College, and an MS and a PhD in Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University, where he developed theoretical and numerical techniques for studying equilibrium and stability in vortex flows. Upon leaving Cornell, he was awarded a Devonshire Postdoctoral Scholarship from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where he performed experiments and simulations on long internal waves. He subsequently took the position of Junior Research Fellow at Churchill College, University of Cambridge, working in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, where his research interests shifted to the fluid mechanics of large wind farms. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at UCSB, where he directs the Fluid Energy Science Laboratory.

At Southampton, Luzzatto-Fegiz was awarded the Graham prize for best experimental project in the School of Engineering Sciences, together with the Royal Aeronautical Society Prize for highest first-class degree. At Cornell, he received a Graduate Fellowship, as well as the Bolgiano Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. His doctoral work received the Acrivos Award of the American Physical Society for outstanding dissertation in Fluid Dynamics at a U.S. university.