Dr. Matthew Klema

Dr. Matthew Klema
Assistant Professor of Physics & Engineering


  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Environmental Fluid Mechanics
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • Turbulence & Stratified Turbulence
  • Flow Measurement Instrumentation
  • Numerical Methods


  • Ph.D, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University, 2021
  • M.S., Civil & Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University, 2017
  • B.S, Engineering, Fort Lewis College, 2014


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About Dr. Klema

Dr. Matthew Klema is an assistant professor of physics and engineering at Fort Lewis College. His research focuses on the understanding of fluid mechanics and turbulence, especially in the environmental setting. Dr. Klema utilizes computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to model fluid flow and study the interactions of a fluid with the environment and with engineered systems. Simulations can help inform our understanding of fluid systems and implications for engineering in a wide variety of applications from river restoration practices, to aerodynamics, to biomedical research of the lungs and heart. The study of turbulence, the smallest fluid dynamics processes, in the stratified flow environments is an area of particular focus in Dr. Klema’s work. All his computational work relies on expertise in the computational methods applied by numerical algorithms to solve the governing equations of fluid flow and of high-performance computing (HPC) systems. Measurement of turbulence is a very difficult process and is often overlooked by practicing engineers. Dr. Klema has also completed work evaluating flow measurement instrumentation and different instruments’ ability to measure relevant fluid flow quantities accurately. Additionally, Dr. Klema is an active member of the Fort Lewis College student organization Village Aid Project and has contributed to project implementations in Myanmar in 2017 and 2019.

Publications & Presentations

Velocity measurements in developing narrow open-channel flows with high free-stream turbulence: Acoustic Doppler Velocimetry (ADV) vs. Laser Doppler Anemometry (LDA). Rostello, M., Klema, M., Carpenter, A., Garanaik, A., Venayagamoorthy, S., Gates, T., Marie, J.L. Flow Measurement & Instrumentation (2022)

Analysis of mixing in homogeneous rotating stratified and decaying turbulence. Klema, M., Venayagamoorthy, S., Pouquet, A., Rosenberg, D. & Marino, R. Environmental Fluid Mechanics (2022)

Analysis of acoustic Doppler current profiler mean velocity measurements in shallow flows. Klema, M., Pirzado, A., Venayagamoorthy, S. & Gates, T. Flow Measurement & Instrumentation (2020)

Analysis of Mixing in Rotating Stratified Turbulence. M. Klema presenting at 72nd Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, Seattle WA, November 2019

Assessment of acoustic flow measurement instrumentation for mean flow measurements. Klema, M., Pirzado, A., Venayagamoorthy, S. & Gates, T. Colorado Water (2019)

Evaluation and effects of acoustic Doppler velocimeter mean flow velocity measurements. M. Klema presenting at The International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research Conference on Fluid Mechanics, Notre Dame, South Bend IN, May 2018                                 

Assessment of acoustic flow measurement instrumentation for mean flow measurements. M. Klema presenting at American Geophysical Union Hydrology Days Conference, Colorado State University, Fort Collins CO, March 2018

Testing the Hydraulic Efficiency of Pressure Difference Samplers While Varying Mesh Size and Type: Report submitted to the Technical Committee of the Federal Interagency Sedimentation Project. Bunte, K., Klema, M., Hogan, T. & Thornton, C. (2017)