Prof. Tracy Mandel joined the Mechanical and Ocean Engineering faculty at UNH in January 2020. Prior to joining the faculty at UNH, she received her M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University in the Bob and Norma Street Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory, and was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Merced.
Prof. Mandel's research explores several problems in environmental fluid mechanics, with a focus on laboratory experiments. She is particularly interested in the surface signature of systems that have complex subsurface hydrodynamics (such as a seagrass bed or an oil plume), and in developing simplified models that can "invert" this interior behavior by measuring the free surface. She also studies near-shore circulation and coastal dynamics.