The Young Investigator Program award supports early-career academic researchers whose scientific pursuits show exceptional promise for supporting the Navy and Marine Corps while also promoting professional development.

Gayme studies large-scale networked and spatially distributed systems in applications such as power networks, wind farms, and wall-turbulence. Her ONR research plan focuses on a Restricted Nonlinear (RNL) Framework for Navy vessel boundary layers, and will exploit reduced order modeling to inform new drag reduction strategies. In 2015, she was selected to receive a Johns Hopkins Catalyst Award, a grant given to promising early career faculty members.