Mirko Musa is an R&D Associate Staff within the Water Resource Science and Engineering Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Mirko received his Ph.D. in Civil, Environmental and Geo- Engineering from the University of Minnesota. His research focused on the experimental investigation of the interaction between hydrokinetic turbines and the surrounding physical environment. Specifically, he conducted physical modelling at St. Anthony Falls Laboratory to study the effects of operating turbines on the local erodible bathymetry (local erosion-deposition) and non-locally on river morphodynamics (forced river instabilities). He was the recipient of the 2020 Best Dissertation Award in Physical Sciences and Engineering awarded by the University of Minnesota Graduate School. He also received a B.S and M.S. in Environmental Engineering at the University of Trento (Italy).
At ORNL, Mirko's research spans both conventional hydropower and hydrokinetic energy and how water power production can be made more sustainable while continuously pursuing their technological advancement.
2020 - Best Dissertation Award in Physical Sciences and Engineering of the University of Minnesota Graduate School.
2018 - Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Recipient 2018-2019 Academic Year (graduate tuition and stipend), University of Minnesota.
2017 - Heinz Stefan Fellowship Recipient 2016-2017 Academic Year, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota.