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Andrew Dickerson

Assistant Professor

Email: dickerson@ucf.edu
Phone: 407-823-3524
Office: ENG I, Room 316
Website: Fluids and Structures Lab

Office Hours: Mondays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (VIRTUAL)

Andrew Dickerson is a fluid dynamicist with expertise in the mechanics of interfaces, and explores problems in which the dynamics fluids and their solid boundaries are highly coupled. His work is a direct study of or inspired by problems in biology, aimed at uncovering the physics of living systems from insect flight to pine tree interactions with rainfall.

Dickerson’s work in these areas has generated broad interest across the fields of engineering, biology and robotics, resulting in publications in high-impact interdisciplinary journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Proceedings of the Royal Society Interface, as well as popular journals such as Physics of Fluids.

His research has also played a role in educating the public in science and engineering.  He has been an invited guest on numerous television and radio shows to discuss his research, including Good Morning America, National Public Radio, The Weather Channel, and Discovery Channel. His mosquito research was featured in a BBC documentary, Monsoon.  His work has also been featured in Popular Mechanics, Wired, The New York Times and National Geographic.

Education:

  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology,  2012
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009

  • Interfacial fluid mechanics
  • Insect mechanics
  • Water entry
  • Multifunctional biostructures

  • Dickerson, A.K., Olvera, A., Luc, Y.K. (2018) Void entry by Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae) mosquitoes is lower than would be expected by a randomized search. Journal of Insect Science. https://doi.org/10.1093/jisesa/iey115
  • Smith, N.M., Clayton, G.V., Khan, H.A., & Dickerson, A.K. (2018) Mosquitoes modulate leg dynamics to accommodate surface roughness. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics. https://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1748-3190/aaed87
  • Watson, D.A., Stephen, J., & Dickerson, A.K. (2018) Jet amplification and cavity formation induced by penetrable fabrics in hydrophilic sphere entry. Physics of Fluids. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5036655 (issue cover image)
  • Smith, N.M. and Ebrahimi, H. and Ghosh, R. & Dickerson, A. K. (2018) High-speed microjets issue from bursting oil gland reservoirs of citrus fruit. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1720809115
  • Dickerson, A.K., Shankles, P.G., Berry Jr, B.E. & Hu, D.L. (2015) Fog and dense gas disrupt mosquito flight due to increased aerodynamic drag on halteres. Journal of Fluids and Structures.   https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jfluidstructs.2015.03.016.
  • Dickerson, A.K., Liu, X., Zhu, T. & Hu, D.L. (2015) Fog spontaneously folds mosquito wings. Physics of Fluids. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4908261.
  • Dickerson, A.K. & Hu, D.L. (2014) Mosquitoes actively remove drops deposited by fog and dew. Integrative and Comparative Biology. https://doi.org/10.1093/icb/icu042.
  • Dickerson, A.K., Shankles, P., & Hu, D. L. (2014) Raindrops push and splash flying insects. Physics of Fluids. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4865819.

  • American Physical Society
  • Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology