Keye Su

Keye is a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Duke. 

Keye graduated from Sun Yat-sen University with a B.S.E from China and came to Duke in 2011 to pursue his M.S. under supervision of Prof. Bliss. His Master thesis studies the vibration reduction problem on a rotary blade using Multi-Element Multi-Path structures. After finishing his M.S. degree, Keye decided to continue his research career as a Ph.D. student. Keye's Ph.D. research involves vortex dynamics, wind turbine aerodynamics and wind turbine wake simulation. His research aims to alleviate the wake shielding problem in a wind farm by tilting a traditional HAWT rotation axis upward. This tilting causes the turbine wake to roll up and rise, preventing its direct impingement on downstream turbine and therefore improving downstream turbine's efficiency. 

In his spare time, Keye enjoys reading, cooking and playing soccer. He is an active participant of Duke Intramural soccer league and his greatest achievement is winning the league's champion as a captain. 


  • B.S., Sun Yat-sen University, 2011
  • Master of Science with Thesis - "Rotor Vibration Reduction Using Multi-Element Multi-Path Design", Duke University, 2013

Research Interests

Vortex dynamics, wind turbines, rotor dynamics, optimization, coding, mathematical modeling