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Anne Staples, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
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232 Norris Hall
495 Old Turner St.
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Research Areas

  • Biomechanics
  • Fluid mechanics

Research Interests

  • Fluid flows in nature
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Medical fluid dynamics
  • Bioinspired engineering
  • Experimental microfluidics
  • Machine learning


  • Naval Research Laboratory: National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associate, Computational Physics and Fluid Dynamics, Washington, D.C., 2006-2008
  • Princeton University: Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 2006
  • Princeton University: M.Eng., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 2001
  • Cornell University: B.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 2000

Awards, Honors, and Service

  • Virginia Tech College of Engineering Dean's Fellow, 2023 - Present
  • Chair, Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society, 2023
  • Editorial Board Member, PLOS ONE and Scientific Reports, 2021 - Present
  • Virginia Tech Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching, College of Engineering, 2021
  • Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar in Haifa, Israel, 2016 
  • Virginia Tech Scholar of the Week, Office of Vice President for Research, 2015  

Selected Publications

M. Dhingra, O. San, and A. E. Staples, “Accelerated evolution of Burgers turbulence with coarse projective integration and deep learning,”, arXiv:2305.16564,, 2023

A. E. Staples, L. A. Miller, S. Khatri, and M. M. Hossain, "Editorial: Local hydrodynamics of benthic marine organisms," Frontiers in Marine Science, 10: 1170230,, 2023 (IF 5.25) 

M. R. Mikel-Stites, M. K. Salcedo, J. J. Socha, P. E. Marek, and A. E. Staples, "Reconsidering tympanal-acoustic interactions leads to an improved model of auditory acuity in a parasitoid fly," Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 18(3): 035007,, 2023 (IF 3.06)

K. Chatterjee, P. M. Graybill, J. J. Socha, R. V. Davalos, and A. E. Staples, "Frequency-specific, valveless flow control in insect-mimetic microfluidic devices," Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 16: 036004,, 2021 (IF 3.06)

A. E Staples and M. R. Mikel-Stites, “Insect microfluidics: Hearing and breathing while tiny,” Proceedings of the 25th International Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, edited by A. Corigliano and published by IUTAM, FM12: 0109104, 1154-1155, ISBN 978-83-65550-31-6, 2021 

M. M. Hossain and A. E. Staples, "Effects of coral colony morphology on turbulent flow dynamics," PLOS ONE, 15(10): e0225676,, 2020 (IF 3.75)

M. M. Hossain and A. E. Staples, “Mass transport and turbulent statistics within two branching coral colonies,” Fluids, 5(3): 153,, 2020 (IF 1.95)

S. Tahmasian, A. Jafaryzad, N. L. Bulzoni, and A. E. Staples,”Dynamic analysis and design optimization of a drag-based vibratory swimmer,” Fluids, 5(1): 38,, 2020 (IF 1.95)

H. Vaddireddy, A. Rasheed, A. E. Staples, and O. San, “Feature engineering and symbolic regression methods for detecting hidden physics from sparse sensor observation data,” Physics of Fluids, 32(1): 015113, 2020,, 2020, Editor's Pick (IF 4.98)

M. M. Hossain and A. E. Staples, “Passive vortical flows enhance mass transfer in the interior of a coral colony,” Physics of Fluids, 31(6): 061701,, 2019, Featured article, Scilight (IF 4.98)