Michael Martin

Researcher IV-High Performance Computing


Michael James Martin joined NREL in 2017 as a staff scientist after holding a range of scientific and policy positions in academia, federal research facilities such as the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and NASA-JPL, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research, and the United States Senate. His current research interests include understanding the energy costs and applications of quantum computing, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer in supercritical fluids, especially carbon dioxide, and machine learning predictions of engineering systems. He also has several laboratory planning roles, including managing Eagle allocations, developing a laboratory strategy for quantum computing, serving as NREL’s practicum coordinator for the DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (CSGF), and as NREL’s representative for the HPC4EI program.

Research Interests

Fluid mechanics and heat transfer

sCO2 power systems

Quantum computing

Integration of HPC and sustainability

Thermal management


Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan

M.S., Science and Technology Studies, Virginia Tech 

M.A., East Asian Studies, University of Michigan

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida

Professional Experience

ASME Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow, United States Senate (2016–2017)

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science, Advanced Scientific Computing Research (2014–2016)

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Louisiana State University (2008–2014)

Summer Faculty Fellow, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2009–2012) 

Postdoctoral Researcher, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (2006–2008) 

Featured Work

2015 Department of Energy Quadrennial Technology Review (2015) 

Measurement of continuum breakdown during disc spin-down in low pressure airAIAA Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer (2015)

Momentum and heat transfer in laminar slip flow over a cylinderAIAA Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer (2013)

Gas flow and heat transfer in nanotube and nanowire arraysPhysics of Fluids (2012)

Dynamic simulation of atomic force microscope cantilevers oscillating in liquidJournal of Applied Physics (2008)

Momentum and heat transfer in a laminar boundary layer with slip flowAIAA Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer (2006)