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   Cynthia Dinwiddie
   Research Engineer
Southwest Research Institute
San Antonio, Texas
United States Of America
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High School: Thunderbird Academy, Scottsdale,  AZ
Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Walla Walla College, College Place, WA
Master of Science, Environmental Systems Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina
Doctor of Philosophy, Environmental Engineering and Science, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina

Background Information
Dr. Dinwiddie has an educational background in mechanical engineering and the mathematical sciences, and most recently in the fields of hydrogeology and environmental engineering, including the use of mathematics to describe groundwater systems, mass transport and contaminant dispersion. She researches subsurface heterogeneity, and works with field and laboratory instrumentation to quantify the physical properties of water-bearing rocks. When the need arose, she and her colleagues developed a new probe to determine rock properties, and she has provided guidelines to the scientific community for appropriate use of such instruments. Dr. Dinwiddie has some experience with multi-phase flow computer models, and recent work has involved development of a multi-phase flow computer code that is capable of modeling the unusual behavior of water on Mars--a planet that is very cold with a thin atmosphere in comparison to the Earth we are familiar with.

PROFESSIONAL CHRONOLOGY: Teaching/Laboratory Assistant, Walla Walla College, 1990–1995; Research Assistant, Clemson University, 1995–2001; Research Engineer, Southwest Research Institute, Center for Nuclear Waste Regulatory Analyses, 2001–present.

Contributions to Mars Exploration

content image for contributions section Dr. Dinwiddie and colleagues have recently developed a multi-phase flow computer code that is capable of modeling the behavior of water on Mars. Water is modeled in all three naturally occuring thermodynamic phases (liquid, vapor, and ice), and a carbon-dioxide component is included, as well. [more contributions ...]
Personal Reflections

Learn to love mathematics. [more personal reflections ...]