Dr. David Collao
Ph.D. graduate in Computational Engineering in 2017
Dr. David Collao graduated from UTC with an MS (2011) and PhD (2017) in Computational Engineering. At UTC, the focus of Dr. Collao's PhD research was studying, via computational fluid dynamics simulations, how the operating stability of axial transonic compression systems was affected using a passive stability-enhancing method.
Today Dr. Collao is a software and algorithms engineer at Branch Technology developing software tools and using them to create 3D grids that are “printed” by robots via extrusion. He says the most valuable skills that he learned working toward his PhD while at the SimCenter: mesh generation, computational geometry, and software development for scientific computing.
Dr. Collao's Advice for Current Students:
"Be willing to submit to the guidance of your professors. I found they’re willing to share their knowledge. Also, enjoy your friends in grad school. The friendships I’ve made in grad school have been tightest and most lasting even though these friends are thousands of miles away. And have fun!"