Contact Information


Office: 333P Norris Hall

Phone: (540) 231-1227

Fax: (540) 231-0696

Mailing Address

Engineering Science & Mechanics
Mail Code 0219
780 Drillfield Drive, Room 333P
Blacksburg, VA 24061

   elcome to my "virtual office" in engineering science and mechanics at Virginia Tech. My research activities are primarily in the area of fluid mechanics, with emphasis on mixing in laminar flows and vortex dynamics, and a particular interest in problems having a biological application. Current studies include topological chaos, mixing in microfluidic systems, and bluff body wakes. My primary focus is theoretical analysis, with computational analysis and experimental flow visualization used as supportive tools.
Simulation of flow patterns in a channel that produces chaotic transport with 'ghost rods' (top) and the rapid stirring of dye lines that results (bottom). mixing in a channel with ghost rods

I also direct the Multi-Scale Transport in Environmental and Physiological Systems (MultiSTEPS) group, an interdisciplinary consortium of Virginia Tech faculty conducting research and education at the interface of the engineering and biological sciences.

News Items:

Planning for the 4th annual Fall Fluid Mechanics Symposium is underway. More information is coming soon!
Mohsen Gheisarieha has successfully defended his PhD thesis, titled "Topological chaos and chaotic mixing of viscous flows".
The MultiSTEPS team has received supplemental funding from Virginia Tech's Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program (IGEP).
Souvick Chatterjee has successfully passed his Ph.D. preliminary exam! Souvick will be studying at Jadhavpur University through Fall 2012 as he pursues a dual Ph.D.
Pradeep Rao has joined our research group. Pradeep comes from Texas A&M, where he earned his MS in mechanical engineering under the direction of Dr. Andrew Duggleby.