Dr. Andrew J. Banko

Assistant Professor


Dr. Andrew J. Banko is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering at the United States Military Academy, West Point. He earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2014 and 2018, respectively. Prior to coming to West Point, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford's Center for Turbulence Research. Dr. Banko's research combines experiments and computation to uncover the dynamics of complex turbulent flows with applications in health, energy, and the environment. Recent projects include aerosol transport in the human airways, radiative and convective heat transfer in particle-based solar receivers, contaminant dispersion in urban areas, data-driven modeling of separated flows, and the development magnetic resonance imaging measurement techniques.

Ongoing Research Projects

Measurement and analysis of turbulent dispersion in urban areas using magnetic resonance imaging

Turbulent transport in porous structures

Multi-modal heat transfer in particle-laden flow

Data-driven RANS modeling using neural networks and gene expression programming

Publications & Presentations

Selected Peer-reviewed technical publications:

Banko, A.J., Coletti, F., Schiavazzi, D., Elkins, C.J. and Eaton, J.K., 2015. Three-dimensional inspiratory flow in the upper and central human airways. Experiments in Fluids, 56(6), pp.1-12.

Banko, A.J., Coletti, F., Elkins, C.J. and Eaton, J.K., 2016. Oscillatory flow in the human airways from the mouth through several bronchial generations. International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, 61, pp.45-57.

Banko, A.J., Villafañe, L., Kim, J.H., Esmaily, M. and Eaton, J.K., 2019. Stochastic modeling of direct radiation transmission in particle-laden turbulent flow. Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 226, pp.1-18.

Milani, P.M., Gunady, I.E., Ching, D.S., Banko, A.J., Elkins, C.J. and Eaton, J.K., 2019. Enriching MRI mean flow data of inclined jets in crossflow with Large Eddy Simulations. International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, 80, p.108472.

Banko, A.J., Villafañe, L., Kim, J.H. and Eaton, J.K., 2020. Temperature statistics in a radiatively heated particle-laden turbulent square duct flow. International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, 84, p.108618.

Esmaily, M., Villafane, L., Banko, A.J., Iaccarino, G., Eaton, J.K. and Mani, A., 2020. A benchmark for particle-laden turbulent duct flow: A joint computational and experimental study. International Journal of Multiphase Flow, 132, p.103410.

Banko, A.J., Benson, M.J., Gunady, I.E., Elkins, C.J. and Eaton, J.K., 2020. An improved three-dimensional concentration measurement technique using magnetic resonance imaging. Experiments in Fluids, 61(2), pp.1-19.

Milani, P.M., Ching, D.S., Banko, A.J. and Eaton, J.K., 2020. Shear layer of inclined jets in crossflow studied with spectral proper orthogonal decomposition and spectral transfer entropy. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 147, p.118972.

Homan, T.A., Benson, M.J., Banko, A.J., Elkins, C.J., Chung, D.H., Rhee, J., Mooradian, L.D. and Eaton, J.K., 2021. Magnetic Resonance Imaging measurements of scalar dispersion for a scaled urban transient release. Building and Environment, 205, p.108163