Lindsey Gilman
Lindsey Gilman, Ph.D., P.E., CFEI
Senior Engineer
Thermal Sciences
Natick

Dr. Gilman's background is in fluid dynamics and heat transfer, and she specializes in computational analysis of fluid flows for single and multi-phase systems. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modeling experience includes thermal management of electronics and battery systems, subsea oil dispersion, thermal modeling of human skin to evaluate potential for burns, calculation of downcomer forces during LNG storage tank filling, thermal evaluation of outdoor natural gas pipelines, evaluation of aerosol particle distribution, calculations of wind forces on stationary objects, and shock propagation through fluids. She also has experience in water quality modeling, particularly in both hydrodynamic and sediment contaminant transport (for example, PCBs) in complex riverine systems using the Environmental Fluid Dynamics Code (EFDC). Dr. Gilman has developed coastal models, using software such as DELFT-3D and STAR-CCM+, to evaluate mixing, dispersion, and dilution rates of discharges, and has experience using oil spill modeling software such as OSCAR. She also has experience in numerical analysis for heat exchanger sizing and evaluation of steam generator designs.

Prior to joining Exponent, while working as a graduate research assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, Dr. Gilman employed her thermal hydraulics training to develop and implement a new boiling model that can be used in CFD software. During this work, she identified and evaluated key experimental data to formulate the new model and then tested the accuracy and sensitivity of the new model at both low and high pressure flow boiling conditions to illustrate the improvement on wall temperature predictions.

Dr. Gilman has also utilized her chemistry training to perform water quality fieldwork on a watershed and analyzed samples for items such as phosphorous, heavy metals, pH, and oxygen content. She also attended and was a laboratory assistant for the DOE-sponsored Nuclear and Radiochemistry Summer School where she acquired experience using a High Purity Germanium Semi-Conductor detector, a Silicon Surface Barrier Alpha detector, and a Dual Phosphor Scintillation detector.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Nuclear Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2014
  • M.S., Nuclear Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2012
  • B.S., Chemistry, Valparaiso University, 2010
  • MIT – Energy Initiative Fellow 2010–2011

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Mechanical Engineer, California,  #38379

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) in accordance with the National Association of Fire Investigators National Certification Board per NFPA 921 Section 13.6.5.2

Publications

Murray K, Gilman L, Beegle-Krause CJ. Untangling History, Filling Gaps, and Predicting the Future: The Role of Numerical Models in Oil Spills and Other Environmental Contamination Cases, MCLE Credit Webinar, June 21, 2018.

Owens Z, Gilman L, Dunne R, McNulty J, Kemal A. Evaluation of Breathable Enclosures for Thermal Management of Outdoor Electronics, 16th IEEE ITHERM Conference, Orlando, FL, May 2017.

Gilman L, Baglietto E. A self-consistent, physics-based boiling heat transfer modeling framework for use in computational fluid dynamics, International Journal of Multiphase Flow, Vol. 95, 2017, p. 35-53.

Owens Z, Gilman L, Rosen J, Kemal A. Investigation of variables affecting electrical arcing with applications in wildland fire investigations, 2015 Wildland Fire Litigation Conference, Monterey, CA, May 2015.

Gilman L, Forsberg C. Optimum double-wall heat exchanger for containment and trapping of tritium in a salt-cooled reactor. ANS National Meeting, Washington D.C., November 10-14, 2013.

Gilman L, Baglietto E. An advanced heat partitioning approach in CFD for subcooled boiling. 4th International Symposium on Innovative Nuclear Energy Systems, Tokyo, Japan, November 6-8, 2013.

Gilman L, Baglietto E. Advancements on wall boiling modeling in CFD: Leveraging new understanding from MIT Flow Boiling Facility. NURETH-15, Pisa, Italy, May 12-17, 2013.

Gilman L, Baglietto E. Advancements on wall boiling modeling in CFD. ANS National Meeting, San Diego, CA November 11-15, 2012.

Schoer J, Gilman L. Contrasts and similarities in water quality issues facing East Central China and Northwest Indiana: Issues, perceptions, and approaches for resolutions, and water quality changes in the Valparaiso Chain of Lakes Watershed. Council on Undergraduate Research National Meeting, College of Saint Benedict, MN, June 22, 2008.

Gilman L, Schoer J. Water quality changes in the Valparaiso Chain of Lakes Watershed. Water Quality-Indiana State American Water Works Association, Indianapolis, IN, February 20, 2008.

Professional Affiliations

National Associations of Fire Investigators —NAFI

Alpha Nu Sigma National Honors Society

American Nuclear Society—ANS

Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society

Phi Lambda Upsilon Honorary Chemical Society

Iota Sigma Pi Chemistry Honor Society (2008–2010)

American Chemical Society—ACS

Alpha Lamda Delta Honors Society

Additional Information

Peer Reviewer

Marine Pollution Bulletin

Journal of Hydrologic Engineering

News & Events

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Nuclear Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2014
  • M.S., Nuclear Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2012
  • B.S., Chemistry, Valparaiso University, 2010
  • MIT – Energy Initiative Fellow 2010–2011

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Mechanical Engineer, California,  #38379

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) in accordance with the National Association of Fire Investigators National Certification Board per NFPA 921 Section 13.6.5.2