Dr. Sarah Woods

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Dr. Sarah Woods is a Research Scientist at SPEC. She received a B.S. with honors in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University in 2004, and Ph.D. in Applied Marine Physics from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at University of Miami in 2010. From 2010 to 2012 she was an ASEE Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Ocean Sciences Branch of the Naval Research Laboratory, where she characterized the thermal structure, velocity fluctuations, and optical properties of turbulent flow and suspended particulates in laboratory, lake, and ocean environments through measurement of water column properties and determination of velocity flow field, turbulent kinetic energy and thermal dissipation rates. Dr. Woods deployed, processed and analyzed physical oceanographic and optical data from acoustic Doppler velociometers, fast conductivity and temperature sensors, a vertical microstructure profiler, ac-9, LISST, and backscattering sensors, and aided in team design, implementation and testing of Rayleigh-BĂ©nard convective laboratory tank to produce controlled turbulent flow to be utilized for optical-turbulence experiments. Dr. Woods joined SPEC in 2012 and has participated in the DC3, SEAC4RS, ATTREX, ACME-V, POSIDON, and REThinC field programs.