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Huertas Cerdeira, Cecilia

Huertas Cerdeira, Cecilia

Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Maryland Robotics Center
The Institute for Systems Research
2151 Martin Hall

Dr. Huertas Cerdeira is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland. Her research interests lie at the intersection of fluid mechanics, fluid-structure interactions, robotics and optimization. The focus of her group is to develop a fundamental understanding of the interactions between structures of complex mechanical properties and a flow. Current applications include the engineering of bio-inspired propulsion systems for underwater robotics and the development of aeroelastic energy harvesters for autonomous platforms.


  • PhD., Aeronautics, California Institute of Technology, 2019
  • M.S., Aeronautics, California Institute of Technology, 2015
  • B.S/M.S., Mechanics and Aeronautics, ENSMA Poitiers (France), 2014
  • B.S., Aeronautics, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain), 2014


  • William F. Ballhaus Prize for an outstanding doctoral dissertation in Aeronautics, California Institute of Technology (2019)
  • Charles D. Babcock Award for achievements in teaching or other assistance to students, California Institute of Technology (2018)
  • Victoria Alegria Tracy Scholarship to a student who shows exceptional promise in advancing his or her field, The Aerospace Historical Society (2018)
  • La Caixa Fellowship Grant for Post-Graduate Studies, La Caixa Foundation (2015-2017)

Huertas-Cerdeira C., Goza A., Sader J., Colonius T., and Gharib, M. (2021) Dynamics of an inverted cantilever plate at moderate angle of attack. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 909, A20

Fan B., Huertas-Cerdeira C., Cosse J., Sader J. and Gharib M. (2019) Effect of morphology on the large-amplitude flapping dynamics of an inverted flag in a uniform flow. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 874, 526-547

Huertas-Cerdeira, C., Fan, B., and Gharib, M. (2018) Coupled motion of two side-by-side inverted flags. Journal of Fluids and Structures76, 527-535

Sader, J., Huertas-Cerdeira,C., and Gharib, M. (2016) Stability of slender inverted flags and rods in uniform steady flow. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 809, 873-894

Kim, D., Cosse, J., Huertas Cerdeira, C., and Gharib, M. (2013) Flapping dynamics of an inverted flag. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 736, R1



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