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John Kim John Kim: Editor-in-Chief

John Kim is Rockwell Collins Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UCLA. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 1978. Prior to joining UCLA he was with NASA Ames Research Center, where he conducted research in the areas of turbulence and transition physics as a research scientist and Chief of Turbulence and Transition Physics Branch.

Research Interests: John Kim's primary research interest is numerical simulation of transitional and turbulent flows, physics and control of turbulent flows, and numerical algorithms for large-scale scientific computations. John Kim has been a pioneer in developing direct numerical simulations (DNS) and large eddy simulations (LES) as a reliable tool for studying physics of turbulence. He has been at the forefront of application of a new cutting-edge approach to flow control. His current interest is applying systems control theoretic approach to turbulence control.

Professional Activities and Awards: John Kim received NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement in 1985, the H. Julien Allen Award from NASA Ames Research Center in 1994, the Otto Laporte Award from the American Physical Society (APS) in 2001, the Ho-Am Prize in Engineering from the Ho-Am Foundation in 2002, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Seoul National University College of Engineering in 2009. He has been serving as Editor of Physics of Fluids since 1998. John Kim is a Fellow of the APS and AIAA, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.


Leal L. Gary Leal: Editor-in-Chief

Professor Leal obtained BS, MS and PhD degrees in chemical engineering, the latter two from Stanford University where he carried out research under the direction of Prof. Andreas Acrivos. He then spent two years as a postdoctoral student in the Dept of Applied Math and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University working with Prof G.K. Batchelor, prior to returning to faculty positions at Caltech (1970-89) and UCSB where he is currently the Schlinger Professor of Chemical Engineering, and holds joint appointments in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Engineering.

Research Interests: Laminar flows, Interfacial Phenomena including the dynamics of drops, bubbles and related membrane-based particles; The rheology and dynamics of Complex Fluids including polymeric fluids, suspensions, and emulsions.

Professional Activities and Awards: Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Prof. Leal has received a number of other awards including: The Fluid Dynamics Prize of the APS; the Bingham Medal of the Society of Rheology; and the Allan P. Colburn Award, the William H. Walker Award and the Warren K. Lewis Award of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He was identified in 2001 by ISI Thompson Scientific as one of the 100 Most Highly Cited Researchers in Engineering. He has served as Chair of the US National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, as member and Chair of the IUTAM Symposium Panel for Fluid Mechanics, and Chair of the Group 1 Programming area for fundamental research of the AIChE. He has served on numerous editorial advisory boards, and has written two textbooks, the most recent being “Advanced Transport Phenomena: Fluid Mechanics and Convective transport Processes” published by CUP. He has also directed the PhD research of 60 students, and authored or co-authored more than 280 archival papers.


E. John Hinch – Associate Editor for Letters

John Hinch received his education at Cambridge University, graduating with a B.A. in mathematics in 1968 and a Ph.D. in 1972 supervised by George Batchelor on the "Mechanics of suspensions of particles in fluids, with an additional section on the convection due to a moving heat source". After a post-doc at Caltech under the then young Gary Leal, he returned to a faculty position at Cambridge University and since 1998 has been there a Professor of Fluid Mechanics. He has benefited greatly from many collaborations, first with Andreas Acrivos and his students, and later with experimental groups in France following introductions by Etienne Guyon.

Research Interests: His research interests include suspensions of particles and other mobile particulate systems, the flow of non-Newtonian fluids and applications of mathematics to industrial problems.

Professional Activities and Awards: John is a Fellow of the APS and the Royal Society of London, and a Foreign Member of the NAE.

Selected Papers Published in PoF:

Transient buoyancy-driven front dynamics in nearly horizontal tubes
Phys. Fluids 19, 123603 (2007)

Spreading fronts and fluctuations in sedimentation
Phys. Fluids 15, 1875 (2003)

Kelvin–Helmholtz instability in a Hele-Shaw cell
Phys. Fluids 14, 922 (2002)

Numerical studies of the influence of the dynamic contact angle on a droplet impacting on a dry surface
Phys. Fluids 21, 072102 (2009)


Shelley Anna – Associate Editor

Shelley completed her doctorate at Harvard University in the area of polymer rheology after studying physics at Carnegie Mellon University. After earning her Ph.D., she worked as a rheologist at Solutia Inc. and then carried out postdoctoral research in the area of microfluidics and interfacial flows at Harvard. Shelley is currently Professor of Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, with an affiliated appointment in Physics.

Research Interests: Shelley’s research interests are in the area of interfacial fluid mechanics, interfacial rheology, and surfactant transport. Her research has used experiments and scaling analysis to establish design rules for droplet-based processing strategies in microfluidics, including developing a method for robustly producing uniform submicron droplets in a microfluidic flow-focusing device using a fluid dynamical phenomenon called “tipstreaming”.

Professional Activities and Awards: Anna is the recipient of a 2005 NSF CAREER award, the 2006 George Tallman Ladd Research Award from the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon, and a 2012 Honorable Mention for a Carnegie Science Award for Emerging Female Scientist. She held the Russel V. Trader Career Junior Faculty Fellowship in Mechanical Engineering from 2011 to 2013.

Selected Papers Published in PoF:

Predicting conditions for microscale surfactant mediated tipstreaming
Phys. Fluids 24, 082110 (2012)

Role of geometry and fluid properties in droplet and thread formation processes in planar flow focusing
Phys. Fluids 21, 032103 (2009)

Microscale tipstreaming in a microfluidic flow focusing device
Phys. Fluids 18, 121512 (2006)


Michael P. Brenner – Associate Editor

After studying physics at the University of Chicago, Michael received the PhD in 1994. From 1995-2001, he was a faculty member in the Mathematics Department at MIT. In 2001, he moved to Harvard University, where he is now a Harvard College Professor and the Glover Professor of Applied Mathematics and Applied Physics.

Research Interests: His research focuses on mathematical models in science and engineering. Current interests range from basic problems in fluid mechanics (e.g. droplet splashing, vortex interactions), to biofluid mechanics (fungal spore dispersal, slime molds, lichen growth, biofilm development), to topics in material science (ion beam sputtering; femto second laser doping; self-assembly of colloids}, to problems in biology (developmental coding; sequence analysis, etc.).

Professional Activities and Awards: In 2013 Michael was the recipient of the Stanley Corrsin Award "For his intellectual leadership in fluid dynamics and in particular for his seminal contributions to electrohydrodynamics and droplet splashing". Other awards and professional recognitions include: Simons Investigator (2012); Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship (2011-12); George Ledlie Prize, Harvard University, 2011; Fellow, American Physical Society (2004); Guggenheim Fellowship (2004); Francois Frenkiel Award of the American Physical Society (2000).

Selected Papers Published in PoF:

Electrospinning and electrically forced jets. I. Stability theory
Phys. Fluids 13, 2201 (2001)

Linear stability and transient growth in driven contact lines
Phys. Fluids 9, 530 (1997)

Phase diagrams for sonoluminescing bubbles
Phys. Fluids 8, 2808 (1996)

Pinching threads, singularities and the number 0.0304
Phys. Fluids 8, 2827 (1996)


Jonathan B. Freund – Associate Editor

Jonathan received his PhD degree in 1998 from Stanford University. From 1998 to 2001, he served on the faculty of the University of California, Los Angeles, before moving to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is a Kritzer Faculty Scholar in Mechanical Science & Engineering and jointly appointed in Aerospace Engineering.

Research Interests: Most of his work is in flow physics, usually using computational methods. Application areas include turbulent-jet noise, cell-scale microcirculatory blood flow, shock-wave lithotripsy, atomic-scale flow mechanisms, and recently plasma-coupled combustion. He has also studied thermal transport at atomically rough interfaces and surface morphology tailoring of semiconductors with ion bombardment.

Professional Activities and Awards: He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and received the 2008 François Frenkiel Award from its Division of Fluid Dynamics. He currently serves on its Executive Committee. In additional to Physics of Fluids, he serves on the editorial board of Annual Reviews of Fluid Mechanics. At Illinois, he co-directs the Center for Exascale Simulation of Plasma-Coupled Combustion.

Selected Papers Published in PoF:

The sound from mixing layers simulated with different ranges of turbulence scales
Phys. Fluids 20, 101503 (2008)

Thermal capillary waves relaxing on atomically thin liquid films
Phys. Fluids 22, 022002 (2010)

Transport of particles by magnetic forces and cellular blood flow in a model microvessel
Phys. Fluids 24, 051904 (2012)

The flow of red blood cells through a narrow spleen-like slit
Phys. Fluids 25, 110807 (2013)


Nicolas G. Hadjiconstantinou – Associate Editor

Dr. Hadjiconstantinou holds BA and MA degrees in Engineering from Cambridge University, UK, as well as SM degrees in Physics and Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He obtained his PhD degree from MIT in Mechanical Engineering in 1998 and after spending one year at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a Lawrence Fellow, he joined the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, where he is now a Professor.

Research Interests: Kinetic theory, nanoscale hydrodynamics and the breakdown of Navier-Stokes theory, computational methods, molecular simulation, stochastic simulation methods, nanoscale solid-state heat transfer. Dr. Hadjiconstantinou’s group pioneered deviational methods, a new class of stochastic particle simulation methods for efficiently solving kinetic equations that describe small-scale transport in regimes where traditional continuum methods fail.

Professional Activities and Awards: Dr. Hadjiconstantinou is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and was the recipient of the 2012 Gustus Larson Memorial Award of the ASME. He is co-director of the Computation for Design and Optimization (CDO) SM degree program and the Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) PhD program at MIT.

Selected Papers Published in PoF:

Analysis of discretization in the direct simulation Monte Carlo
Phys. Fluids 12, 2634 (2000)

Comment on Cercignani’s second-order slip coefficient
Phys. Fluids 15, 2352 (2003)

Variance reduction for Monte Carlo solutions of the Boltzmann equation
Phys. Fluids 17, 051703 (2005)

The limits of Navier-Stokes theory and kinetic extensions for describing small-scale gaseous hydrodynamics
Phys. Fluids 18, 111301 (2006)


Eric Lauga – Associate Editor

After studying mechanics at the École Polytechnique in France and joining the Corps des Mines program from the École des Mines de Paris in 1998, Eric obtained his PhD in 2005 from Harvard University in Applied Mathematics. After a one-year postdoc in Mechanical Engineering at MIT, he joined the faculty at MIT as Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics in 2006. He then moved to the University of California, San Diego in 2007 first as Assistant then as Associate Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
In 2013 he moved back to Europe and joined the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) at the University of Cambridge (UK).

Research Interests: His research exploits the tools of applied mathematics to address problems in biological fluids and solid mechanics, biophysics, and soft matter mechanics. Problems of current interest include the dynamics of swimming microorganisms, the flow of non-Newtonian and complex fluids, microfluidics and small-scale hydrodynamics, mixing, suspensions, and capillary flows.

Professional Activities and Awards: Eric has published some 100 reviewed papers and has given some 100 invited talks at conferences and universities. He was invited Professor (Chaire Joliot) at ESPCI, Paris (France) and invited Professor at the Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse (IMFT, France). He serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Fluids and Structures and the European Physical Journal E. He is the recipient of the 2006 Andreas Acrivos Dissertation Award in Fluid Dynamics from the American Physical Society, a 2008 NSF CAREER Award, the 2010-2011 Teacher of the Year Award from Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, San Diego and the 2012 Faculty Mentorship Award, from the UC San Diego Graduate Student Association.

Selected Papers Published in PoF:

The wobbling-to-swimming transition of rotated helices
Phys. Fluids 25, 071904 (2013)

Micropropulsion and microrheology in complex fluids via symmetry breaking
Phys. Fluids 24, 103102 (2012)

Passive hydrodynamic synchronization of two-dimensional swimming cells
Phys. Fluids 23, 011902 (2011)

Efficiency optimization and symmetry-breaking in a model of ciliary locomotion
Phys. Fluids 22, 111901 (2010)


Eckart Meiburg – Associate Editor

After studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Karlsruhe and the DLR in Goettingen, sandwiched around a year as DAAD Fellow in Chemical Engineering at Stanford University, Eckart received his Ph.D. degree in 1985 from the University of Karlsruhe. Following a postdoctoral appointment at Stanford, he held faculty positions at Brown University and the University of Southern California, before moving the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2000, where he currently is the Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Fluids.

Research Interests: His research interests lie in the general area of fluid dynamics and transport phenomena. His group primarily employs the tools of computational fluid dynamics and linear stability analysis, in order to obtain insight into the physical mechanisms that govern the spatio-temporal evolution of a wide variety of geophysical, multiphase and porous media flows. Some current interests focus on gravity and turbidity currents, Hele-Shaw displacements and double-diffusive phenomena in particle laden flows.

Professional Activities and Awards: Eckart has published over 150 peer-reviewed publications and given numerous invited talks. He has received several prestigious awards, such as the Presidential Young Investigator Award, the Humboldt Senior Research Award, and the Senior Gledden Fellowship, and he is a Fellow of the American Physical Society as well as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Selected Papers Published in PoF:

Dynamics of heavy particles in a Burgers vortex
Phys. Fluids 7, 400 (1995)

Miscible displacements in capillary tubes: Influence of Korteweg stresses and divergence effects
Phys. Fluids 14, 2052 (2002)

Small particles in homogeneous turbulence: Settling velocity enhancement by two-way coupling
Phys. Fluids 18, 027102 (2006)

Circulation based models for Boussinesq gravity currents
Phys. Fluids 25, 101301 (2013)


Peter J. Schmid – Associate Editor

After completing his undergraduate and graduate studies in Aerospace Engineering at the Technical University of Munich, Dr. Schmid completed his doctorate in Mathematics at MIT, studying transitionmechanisms in wallbounded shear flows. He then joined the faculty of the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he remained until 2005. He then took a position of research director in the French National Research Agency (CNRS) and joined the faculty of Mechanics of the Ecole Polytechnique near Paris. In 2013, he moved to his current position of Chair of Applied Mathematics at Imperial College London.

Research Interests: Dr. Schmid's research interest are centered on hydrodynamic instabilities, flow control, model reduction and optimization, and quantitative flow analysis techniques. Applications range from wall-bounded and open shear flows to aero- and thermo-acoustic systems.

Professional Activities and Awards: He served on the Nomination Committee of the American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics and various expert panels. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (2011), an Overseas Fellow of Churchill College and was a Moore Distinguished Scholar (CalTech); he also held a "Chaire d'excellence" (France) and the Boeing Professorship (UW).

Selected Papers Published in PoF:

Sparsity-promoting dynamic mode decomposition
Phys. Fluids 26, 024103 (2014)

Modal and transient dynamics of jet flows
Phys. Fluids 25, 044103 (2013)

Transient growth in compressible boundary layer flow
Phys. Fluids 8, 826 (1996)

A new mechanism for rapid transition involving a pair of oblique waves
Phys. Fluids A 4, 1986 (1992)


Howard A. Stone – Associate Editor

Howard received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from U.C. Davis in 1982, a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Caltech in 1988, and spent a postdoctoral year in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University. From 1989 -2009 Howard was on the faculty of the (now) School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. In July 2009 Howard moved
to Princeton University where he is Donald R. Dixon ’69 and Elizabeth W. Dixon Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Research Interests: Howard’s research interests are centered in fluid dynamics. He studies a wide range of problems in low-Reynolds-number hydrodynamics and in particular in the flows of complex fluids. He frequently collaborates with colleagues in different areas of biology, chemistry, engineering, and physics.

Professional Activities and Awards: Howard received the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), and is past Secretary-Treasurer and Chair of the Division of Fluid Dynamics of the APS. For ten years he served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Fluid Mechanics, and is currently on the editorial or advisory boards of several other journals, including Langmuir, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Soft Matter, and is co-editor of the Soft Matter Book Series. He is the first recipient of the G.K. Batchelor Prize in Fluid Dynamics, which was awarded in August 2008. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2009, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011 and the National Academy of Sciences in 2013.

Selected Papers Published in PoF:

Curvature suppresses the Rayleigh-Taylor instability
Phys. Fluids 26, 051704 (2014)

Imbibition of concentrated suspensions in capillaries
Phys. Fluids 23, 081701 (2011)

Inertia dominated thin-film flows over microdecorated surfaces
Phys. Fluids 22, 073602 (2010)

A simple derivation of the time‐dependent convective‐diffusion equation for surfactant transport along a deforming interface
Phys. Fluids A 2, 111 (1990)


Bruce R. Sutherland – Associate Editor

After receiving a B.Math degree at the University of Waterloo, Bruce studied atmospheric science in the Department of Physics at the University of Toronto, where he received his PhD in 1994. He pursued postdoctoral training in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge before taking up a position in 1997 as Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Alberta. Bruce presently holds the position of Professor at the University of Alberta, being jointly appointed in the Departments of Physics and of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences.

Research Interests: His research combines theory, numerical simulations and laboratory experiments to examine phenomena occurring in stratified fluid. Main topics include interfacial and vertically propagating internal waves and the evolution of gravity currents and plumes in stratified fluids.

Professional Activities and Awards: In addition to journal publications, Bruce is author of the textbook “Internal Gravity Waves”. He was awarded the Killam Annual Professorship (2010) and was a Gledden Visiting Senior Fellow (University of Western Australia, 2012) and a Churchill College Overseas Fellow (University of Cambridge, 2012). He presently serves as Director of the Institute for Geophysical Research at the University of Alberta.

Selected Papers Published in PoF:

Bedload Transport by a Vertical Jet Impinging upon Sediments
Phys. Fluids 26, 035103 (2014)

Anelastic Internal Wave Reflection and Transmission in Uniform Retrograde Shear
Phys. Fluids 26, 026601 (2014)

Radial intrusions from turbulent plumes in uniform stratification
Phys. Fluids 26, 036602 (2014)

Gravity currents shoaling on a slope
Phys. Fluids 25, 086604 (2013)


Emmanuel Villermaux – Associate Editor

Emmanuel Villermaux received an education in engineering and physics, and completed his Ph.D from the University of Paris VI, Pierre & Marie Curie in Grenoble. He spent there six years at CNRS, obtaining his habilitation from the University Joseph Fourier, before moving to Marseille where he now holds a position of distinguished Professor at Aix Marseille University, and at the Institut Universitaire de France.

Research Interests: His interests are in the mechanics of deformable bodies in the broad sense, from fluids to solids, with a particular taste for mixing and fragmentation. He has identified the stretched sheet as the building block of stirred scalar mixtures, demonstrated the interaction rules between nearby sheets and discovered the coarse grained scale of randomly stirred mixtures. His work on free surface flows has singled out the role played by ligaments whose dynamics builds-up the drop size distribution of sprays.

Professional Activities and Awards: He leads the group `Fragmentation, Mixing and Combustion’ at the Institut de Recherche sur les Phénomènes Hors Equilibre, and is an Associate Editor for the Comptes Rendus Mecanique of the French Academy of Science. Bronze Medal from CNRS (1996), Fellow of the American Physical Society (2011), Milton van Dyke award from APS (2012), Junior (2002), and then Senior (2012) member of the Institut Universitaire de France.

Selected Papers Published in PoF:

Remnants from fast liquid withdrawal
Phys. Fluids 26, 031701 (2014)

A nonsequential turbulent mixing process
Phys. Fluids 22, 035104 (2010)

Fragmentation of stretched liquid ligaments
Phys. Fluids 16, 2732 (2004)

Short circuits in the Corrsin–Obukhov cascade
Phys. Fluids 13, 284 (2001)

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