Dr. Twardowski’s research interests include using optical sensing techniques to study problems in imaging, ocean color remote sensing, harmful algal blooms, oil detection, long-term and autonomous monitoring, sediment transport, and particle characterization. Dr. Twardowski has two decades of experience developing transformational technologies for ocean science, several of which have been commercialized. Dr. Twardowski was previously Director of Research and Vice President of WET Labs Inc., where he led the Advanced Technology and Research group in Narragansett, RI. He received his Ph.D. in Oceanography from University of Rhode Island in 1998 and was a postdoctoral fellow in Environmental Optics at Oregon State University. He has been a Naval ASEE Fellow and conducted research at the NATO Centre of Maritime Research and Experimentation as a Visiting Scientist. He is Adjunct Professor at the Universities of Rhode Island and Connecticut. He has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and has participated in more than 30 interdisciplinary field efforts in waters throughout the world.
Dr. Vuorenkoski’s research activities have focused on experimental studies of optical and physical properties of particle suspensions, two-phase flows and mixture formation. Her current research concentrates on the characterization of water column and benthic features by polarimetry, fluorometry, angularly-resolved scattering techniques, and time-resolved short-pulse methods, as well as on the experimental validation of computational radiative transfer models. Her past research activities have included adoption of optical, laser-based techniques to study the properties of turbid media and flows (i.e., fluorescence, Mie scattering, Schlieren, absorption spectroscopy, and acousto-optic methods). She has also been involved in the development and application of Monte Carlo–based computational methods to simulate the effects of multiple scattering in aerosol laser imaging. Dr. Vuorenkoski’s previous research also includes computational flow analysis for combustion engine applications to design turbomachinery component aerodynamic profiles and performance prediction of secondary flowpath components, as well as implementation of computational models to simulate mixture formation.