Levich Institute Seminar Announcement, 03/27/2007

Tuesday, 03/27/2007
2:00 PM
Steinman Hall, Room #312
(Chemical Engineering Conference Room)

Professor Michael Shelley
New York University
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences

"Bodies Interacting With and Through Fluids"


The interaction of flowing fluids with free bodies -- sometimes compliant, sometimes active, sometimes multiple -- constitutes a class of beautiful dynamic boundary problems that are central to biology and engineering. Examples range from how organisms locomote in fluids (which depends strongly on scale) to how non-Newtonian stresses develop in complex liquids (strongly dependent on the nature of fluidic microstructure). I will discuss several interesting examples, emphasizing how they are formulated mathematically so as to yield models tractable for analysis or simulation, and show how this work has interacted with experimental studies.


  • University of Chicago, 1988-1992
  • Courant Institute, 1992 - present

Complex fluids, bio-fluid dynamics, fluid-body interactions and locomotion