Levich Institute Seminar Announcement, 09/04/2007
Tuesday, 09/04/2007
2:00 PM
Steinman Hall, Room #312
(Chemical Engineering Conference Room)

Professor Marc Ingber
National Science Foundation
(Currently on Leave from University of New Mexico,
Department of Mechanical Engineering)

"Multiscale Modeling of Suspension Flows"


ABSTRACT


The analysis of particles suspended in nonlinear, viscous shear flows is playing an increasingly important and often critical role in a number of developing technologies including composite and ceramic processing, encapsulation of electronic components, secondary oil recovery by hydraulic fracturing, carbon-dioxide sequestration, and the transport of sediments, contaminants, and slurries, to name a few. A common outstanding fundamental research issue associated with the technologies listed above is the development of the relationship between microstructural interactions and macroscopic behavior. Linking recent progress in molecular- and nano-scale science to progress in the ability to accurately model suspension flows at the macroscale is an important scientific challenge. A multidisciplinary research program including experiment, analysis, and high-performance computing has been undertaken with the end goal of developing a reliable rheological model to allow engineers and scientists to design efficient processes for this important class of problems.

BRIEF ACADEMIC/EMPLOYMENT BACKGROUND:

  • 2007-present Program Director, Chemical, Biological, Environmental, and Transport Systems Division, National Science Foundation
  • 1996-present Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of New Mexico
  • 2004 Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of New Mexico
  • 2003 Director, Center for High Performance Computing, University of New Mexico
  • 1999-2002 Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of New Mexico
  • 1997-1999 Director, Albuquerque High Performance Computing Center University of New Mexico
  • 1991-1996 Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of New Mexico
  • 1988-1991 Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of New Mexico
  • 1984-1988 Assistant Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Iowa State University
  • 1984 Ph.D. (App. Mech.) University of Michigan

CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Computational Fluid Mechanics, Hydrodynamic Stability, Stratified Flows, Multiphase Flows, Analysis of Heterogeneous Materials, Vorticity Methods for Navier-Stokes Equations, Carbon Dioxide Sequestration, Boundary Element Methods, Finite Element Methods, High-performance Computing