Airplanes, yachts and fast cars. Margot Gerritsen has helped design them all. The Professor of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford, here describes her varied and exciting career to date, working on the design of modern airplanes, yachts, trucks and cars through her expertise in mathematical and computational modeling of energy and fluid flow processes.
She is active in large scale solar development, wind farm optimization, marine energy, as well as mitigation of the harmful environmental impacts of oil and gas production.
She regularly advises NGOs, VCs, policy makers and the energy industry, while still finding time to design sails for America’s Cup yachts and hypothesising pterosaur flight dynamics.
Gerritsen teaches courses in energy and the environment, computational mathematics and computing at Stanford University.
In this introductory lecture she hopes to inspire enthusiasm in maths students for the practical application of mathematics.
Mathematics Gives You Wings