Research Mechanical Engineer
Areas of Specialization:
- Heat, mass, and chemical transport
in porous media
- Snow-air transfer processes
- Snow physics
- Numerical analysis
Dr. Albert's current research is centered on transfer
processes in snow and porous media, including air-snow
exchange in the polar regions and in temperate areas.
Her research includes field measurements, laboratory experiments, and theoretical
modeling. Albert conducts field and laboratory measurements of the physical
properties of snow, including permeability, quantitative
microscopy of snow microstructure,
and thermal conductivity, and uses the measurements to examine the processes
of diffusion and advection of heat, mass, and chemical transport through
snow and other porous media.
Albert has developed numerical
models for investigation of a variety of problems, from
ice core interpretation
to atmospheric chemistry to contaminant transport
on Army training lands. These models include a two-dimensional finite
element code for air flow with heat, water vapor, and chemical
transport in porous
media, several multidimensional codes for diffusive transfer, as well
as a computational
fluid dynamics code for analysis of turbulent water flow in moving-boundary
phase change problems.
Albert is also an adjunct professor at the Thayer
School of Engineering at Dartmouth College, where she serves
as thesis advisor to students
and Ph.D. levels.