Jesse Capecelatro

Assistant Professor


2011 W.E. Lay Auto Lab
1231 Beal Avenue Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2133

Additional Title(s)

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Primary Website


Cornell University
Ph.D., Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, 2014
M.S., Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, 2012

University of Colorado
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2011

SUNY Binghamton
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2009

Research Interests

Fluid mechanics, with an emphasis on computational methods, multiphase and granular flow, turbulence, combustion, and high-performance computing. Applications include renewable energy, carbon capture, environmental flows, aerosols, turbomachinery, and space.

Professional Service

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Member)
American Physical Society (Member)


Jesse Capecelatro is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. His research group develops numerical methods and data-driven approaches for the prediction and optimization of “messy turbulent flows” relevant to energy and the environment (often multiphase and reacting). Prior to joining Michigan in 2016, Dr. Capecelatro was a research scientist at the Center for Exascale Simulation of Plasma-coupled Combustion (XPACC) at the University of Illinois. He received a B.S. from SUNY Binghamton in 2009, a M.S. from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2011, and a Ph.D. from Cornell in 2014. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, and the ASME Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal Award.


ASME Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal “for outstanding achievements in mechanical engineering within ten years of graduation”, 2019
National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2019
Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, 2019