Tracy Mandel

Asst Professor
Phone: (603) 862-0111
Office: Mechanical Engineering, Chase Ocean Engineering Lab Rm 121C, Durham, NH 03824
Tracy Mandel

Prof. Tracy Mandel joined the Mechanical and Ocean Engineering faculty at UNH in January 2020. Prior to joining the faculty at UNH, she received her M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University in the Bob and Norma Street Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory, and was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Merced.

Prof. Mandel's research explores several problems in environmental fluid mechanics, with a focus on laboratory experiments. She is particularly interested in the surface signature of systems that have complex subsurface hydrodynamics (such as a seagrass bed or an oil plume), and in developing simplified models that can "invert" this interior behavior by measuring the free surface. She also studies near-shore circulation and coastal dynamics.


  • Ph.D., Stanford University
  • M.S., Stanford University
  • B.S., Cornell University

Research Interests

  • Coastal & Ocean Engineering
  • Fluid Mechanics

Courses Taught

  • IAM 550: Intro to Engineering Computing
  • OE 753/853: Ocean Hydrodynamics

Selected Publications

Mandel, T. L., Gakhar, S., Chung, H., Rosenzweig, I., & Koseff, J. R. (2019). On the surface expression of a canopy-generated shear instability. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 867, 633-660. doi:10.1017/jfm.2019.170

Mandel, T. L., Rosenzweig, I., Chung, H., Ouellette, N. T., & Koseff, J. R. (2017). Characterizing free-surface expressions of flow instabilities by tracking submerged features. Experiments in Fluids, 58(11). doi:10.1007/s00348-017-2435-6

Mandel, T., Zhou, D. Z., Waldrop, L., Theillard, M., Kleckner, D., & Khatri, S. (n.d.). Retention of rising droplets in density stratification. Retrieved from

Most Cited Publications