Meet the group

Environmental Fluid Dynamics

Faculty and staff.

Diogo Bolster

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. University of California, San Diego, 2007

Environmental fluid dynamics (analytical, experimental and laboratory): transport and reactive flows in heterogeneous porous media; multiphase flows in porous media (related to CO2 sequestration); buoyancy driven flows; mixing; sustainable building ventilation; contaminant transport in low energy ventilated spaces; risk analysis; vortex rings.

Harindra Fernando

Wayne and Diana Murdy Professor

Ph.D. The Johns Hopkins University, 1983

Fluid mechanics; specifically turbulence in homogeneous, stratified, and rotating flows; double-diffusive phenomena; multiphase flows; oceanic and atmospheric flows, especially boundary layers and transport processes; industrial fluid mechanics; energy storage and extraction, urban air pollution; sustainability engineering, remote sensing.

Ashan Kareem

Robert M. Moran Professor

Ph.D. University of Colorado, 1978

Aerodynamics; wind effects; fluid-structure interactions; Boundary layer, gust front and hurricane winds; turbulence stochastic simulation; computational wind engineering; wave-structure interactions; natural hazards; liquid sloshing; wind energy.

Andrew B. Kennedy

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Monash University, Australia, 1998

Coastal engineering; theoretical, computational and experimental techniques for nearshore waves, currents, and storm surge; coastal geomorphology; development and use of remote sensing techniques in the coastal zone.

Tracy Kijewski-Correa

Associate Chair and Linbeck Collegiate Associate Professor

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2003

Time-frequency signal analysis, full-scale monitoring of wind fields and contaminant transport, wind-structure interactions, stochastic analyses, tsunami impacts on civil infrastructure, cyber-collaboratories and virtual organizations.

Iossif Lozovatsky

Research Professor

Ph.D. Russian Academy of Sciences, 1975

Physical oceanography; oceanic turbulence, microstructure, fine structure; nonlinear internal waves; ocean and coastal ocean boundary layers; air-sea interaction and corresponding mixing in the oceanic upper turbulent layer; nonlinear internal waves and turbulence in shallow marginal seas; turbulence closure for stratified flows using field data and laboratory experiments.

Stephen E. Silliman

Associate Chair and Professor

Ph.D. University of Arizona, 1985

Groundwater hydrology flow/transport; water resources in developing countries; numerical, laboratory and field studies; water source protection and management; groundwater/surface water interaction.

Alexandros Taflanidis

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, 2008

Modeling uncertainty; robust analysis and design of high-performance systems; reliability-based design, life-cycle cost optimization and structural control and health monitoring; protection of base-isolated structures from near-fault earthquakes; reliability-based optimization of controlled systems; design of a grid of oscillating buoys for wave-energy harvesting; risk evaluation for hurricane inundation.

Seizo Tanaka

Assistant Research Professor

Ph.D. Chuo University, 2006

Computational fluid dynamics; finite element methods; Navier-Stokes solutions; free surface flows with moving boundaries; coastal ocean circulation; hurricane storm surge modeling; massively parallel computing.

Sergey I. Voropayev

Research Professor

Ph.D. Russian Academy of Sciences, 1980

Oceanography; fluid mechanics; experimental and theoretical dynamics and interactions of vortex structures in stratified/rotating fluids; analytical solutions for basic structures; mathematical and numerical models of vortex structure interactions and experimental verification; applications to geophysical turbulence, oceanic vortex structures, mixing and transport phenomena in stratified/rotating flows; jet/wake dynamics.

Joannes J. Westerink


Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1984

Computational fluid mechanics; finite element methods; modeling of circulation and transport in coastal seas and oceans; tidal hydrodynamics; hurricane storm surge prediction; geophysical turbulence modeling; numerical modeling of the convection-diffusion and Navier-Stokes equations; environmental fluid mechanics.

Damrongsak Wirasaet

Assistant Research Professor

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame, 2007

Computational fluid mechanics; numerical modeling of the convection-diffusion and Navier-Stokes equations; discontinuous Galerkin finite element methods; modeling of circulation and transport in coastal seas and oceans.

Reneta Dimitrova

Assistant Research Professor

Ph.D. Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2002

Modeling of atmospheric flows; human health and pollution; mesoscale processes and their influence on the large scales; air emissions and air quality; computational fluid dynamics; wind energy

Eliezer Kit

Visiting Professor

Ph.D. Tel Aviv University, Israel

Turbulent Flows; Water waves and modeling of marine structures; Numerical investigation of bifurcation phenomena; Vortex dynamics

Dan Liberzon

Visiting Professor

Ph.D. Tel Aviv University, Israel

Fluid mechanics; Physical oceanography, especially wind-waves coupling, energy transport and wind to wave energy transfer mechanisms, wind induced water currents; Ocean boundary layers; Experimental fluid mechanics, two phase flows, boundary layer turbulence, data acquisition automation.

Julian Hunt

Visiting Professor

CB, MA, Ph.D, FIMA, FRS Cambridge University

Experimental and theoretical research in magnetohydrodynamics; Air polution dispersion models; Urban meteorology; turbulent and stratified flows; Wind energy; ocean-atmosphere dynamics

Silvana Di Sabatino

Visiting Professor

Ph.D. University of Salento,Lecce

Modeling of turbulent flows in atmospheric boundary layers; Urban fluid dynamics; Air polution dynamics

Rafael Pacheco

Visiting Professor

Ph.D. Arizona State University

Free surface flows; Modeling of flood hazards and risk mitigation; Modeling complex thermal systems; spectral methods and programming

R. Scott Coppersmith

Research Engineer

B.S.EE Michigan Technological University

Embedded systems design and programming; Mechanical and electrical prototype design and fabrication; Laboratory test equipment design, instrumentation, signal conditioning and data acquisition systems.