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Doan Nhat Minh



Fields of Interest: experimental fluid mechanics, computational fluid dynamics, wind and hydro power, turbomachinery

Education: Ph.D. 2021, Keio University, Japan


Doan Nhat Minh is a mechanical engineer with a strong passion for renewable energy and fluid mechanics. His Ph.D. dissertation at Keio University (Japan) scrutinized a system of counter-rotating cross-flow hydrokinetic turbines for enhanced energy output. While in Japan, Dr. Doan spent 3 years at the Wind Energy Institute of Tokyo working on multiple Japanese floating offshore wind projects.

His research interest was inspired by professors at Bucknell University (United States) where he obtained his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and B.A. in Physics. As a senior college student, he worked on a couple of experimental fluid mechanics projects funded by the US National Science Foundation. Upon college graduation, he was a Faculty Research Assistant at University of Maryland (UMD) implementing fluid measurement systems for the UMD Three-Meter Geodynamo experiment.

Dr. Doan was born and raised in Hanoi. After more than 10 years of living abroad, he came back to his motherland and joined Fulbright University Vietnam in 2022.


  • Design and Systems Thinking
  • Fluid Mechanics

Select Publications:

  1. Doan, T. Kawata, and S. Obi. Numerical study of the dynamic stall effect on a pair of cross-flow hydrokinetic turbines and associated torque enhancement due to flow blockage. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 9(8), 829, 2021.

  1. Doan, T. Kawata, and S. Obi. Flow field measurement of laboratory-scaled cross-flow hydrokinetic turbines: Part II – The near-wake of twin turbines in counter-rotating configurations. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 9(7), 777, 2021.

  1. Doan, Y. Kai, T. Kawata, and S. Obi. Flow field measurement of laboratory-scaled cross-flow hydrokinetic turbines: Part I – The near-wake of a single turbine. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 9(5), 489, 2021.

  1. Doan, Y. Kai, and S. Obi. Twin marine hydrokinetic cross-flow turbines in counter rotating configurations: A laboratory-scaled apparatus for power measurement. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 8(11), 918, 2020.

  1. Doan, J.J. Simons, K. Lilienthal, T. Solomon, and K. A. Mitchell. Barriers to front propagation in laminar, three-dimensional fluid flows, Physical Review E, 97, 033111 (Editors’ Suggestion), 2018.

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