The mission of the Unsteady Flow Interactions Laboratory is to discover the fundamental physics behind unsteady flow phenomena and fluid-structure interactions that occur in engineering and throughout nature. We are focused on understanding the basic science of unsteady flow interactions from the origins of forces and flow mechanisms to the emergent behavior of interacting objects in flows and the scaling laws underlying phenomena. We integrate fast in-house numerical tools with state-of-the-art experimental techniques to generate new understanding of phenomena at the intersection of fluid mechanics, solid mechanics and biology. Our research has broad applications to bio-inspired underwater vehicles, unmanned aerial systems, aircraft, rotorcraft, marine hydrokinetic turbines, and wind turbines.

Laboratory Director: Dr. Keith Moored (he/him/his)

  • Associate Professor,                                    Lehigh University,    2020–present
  • Assistant Professor,                                     Lehigh University,          2013–2020
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate,          Princeton University,    2010–2013
  • Ph. D., Mech. and Aero. Engineering,     University of Virginia,   2004–2010
  • B. S., Aerospace Engineering,                  University of Virginia,  2000–2004
  • B. A., Physics,                                                  University of Virginia,  2000–2004


Funding Sources

Student Placement

Interested in joining the lab? We are a diverse team always looking for new talent.

We are continually looking for researchers who are eager to work hard and discover new science.  We believe that diversity in race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language, culture, national origin, religious commitments, age, and (dis)ability status makes our team stronger.  Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  If you are interested, please reach out:


Dr. Keith Moored

Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics
Packard Laboratory
Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA 18015