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Girguis Sedky


PhD in Aerospace Engineering

University of Maryland, 2022


M.S. in Aerospace Engineering

University of Maryland, 2019


B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Louisiana State University, 2017



Girguis was raised in Cairo, Egypt, as well as Abu Dhabi, UAE. Upon finishing high school, he moved to the United States to pursue his college education. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University in 2017. Afterward, he moved to the University of Maryland, College Park, where he pursued a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering with a focus on unsteady aerodynamics.


As a Ph.D. candidate, he experimentally studied the fundamental flow physics during large-amplitude wing-gust encounters and the developed effective closed- and open-loop control strategies for gust alleviation. In the summer of 2019, he served as a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge under the International Student Exchange Program, guided by Professor Holger Babinsky, where he developed a cost-effective computational discrete-vortex platform to accurately model unsteady wing-gust encounters and prototype gust-mitigating closed-loop control strategies.


Girguis was also a member of the UMD Future Faculty Program. As a future faculty fellow, he instructed a graduate course on unsteady aerodynamics and an undergraduate course on incompressible aerodynamics. Upon completing his Ph.D., he transitioned to Princeton University for his postdoctoral research at the BAM lab, focusing on bio-inspired aerodynamics and design.


Covert-Inspired Deployable Structures for Flow Control

Girguis' ongoing research centers on the study and development of flow control strategies inspired by the natural behaviors of covert feathers on bird wings. He studies the flow physics of these devices by quantifying the forces they generate and analyzing the resulting flow fields in wind tunnel experiments. He is also actively working towards the practical implementation of these flow control devices by field-testing them on an autonomous, remote-controlled plane.

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