Phil Klahs (PhD) has been recognized with a 2019-2020 Brown Graduate Fellowship, providing him with a scholarship for the upcoming academic year. Awarded annually, the Brown Graduate Fellowship advances Iowa State research in the areas of science, agriculture and space science that are governed by the Valentine Hammes Family and Leopold Hammes Brown Family Trust.
For his dissertation work, Klahs builds virtual 3-D models of the grass flower and associated parts. These are placed in a virtual wind tunnel to look at the aerodynamics of wind pollination. His research quantifies wind pollination and looks at the structural evolution of the floral structure.
"One of the things that I'm proud of is that my research really is the classic combination of interdepartmental. But we really are using the Navier-Stokes equation to calculate a very agriculturally important plant to really answer questions about broader topics of evolution," said Klahs
Klahs was one of 12 students to receive the award. The Brown Graduate Fellowship will cover his tuition, allowing his to complete ongoing and future research projects during his time at Iowa State.