Fluid Mechanics Across Scales
Cluster leads: Gretar Tryggvason and Dennice Gayme (Mechanical Engineering, WSE)
Fluid mechanics is at the heart of critical global challenges from the spread of virus containing microscopic droplets to the atmospheric and oceanic flows governing climate patterns and the production of wind and wave energy. A fluid mechanics thematic cluster will thus enhance an area of current strength for the university that is set to have major impacts on global health, climate, materials, energy and space exploration. These areas are well aligned with the strategic plans of the university and bolster existing multi-school centers, (e.g. CEAFM and ROSEI). These problems span traditional departmental boundaries and therefore the cluster will focus on researchers that bridge subfields and bolster ties across departments and schools.