Graduate Study
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Graduate Specializations
PhD Specialization In Fluid Mechanics

Faculty

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University has several faculty members actively pursuing graduate level research in this area.

  • Sandip Ghosal: fluid mechanics at micro and nano scales
  • Elmer Lewis: reliability engineering and nuclear engineering
  • Seth Lichter: turbulent mixing, vorticity dynamics, Hamiltonian and molecular dynamics
  • Richard Lueptow: granular, filtration & Taylor-Couette flows, physical acoustics, design
  • Neelesh A. Patankar: computational fluid dynamics, micro/nano-scale flows, bio-applications
  • Siavash Sohrab: combustion, turbulent reactive flows, physico-chemical thermodynamics

Suggested Courses

Courses in bold with an asterisk (*) are considered fundamental. Unless taken at the undergraduate level, these should be treated as requirements.

These courses are appropriate for first year MS and MS/PhD students in Fluid Dynamics:

Fall Quarter

  • ME 425*
  • Elective or MS Core Requirement
  • Mathematics Elective
  • Elective
  • Seminar Series: ME 512

Winter QUARTER

  • One or more of ME 420, 421, 422, 427, 428, 429
  • Elective or MS Core Requirement
  • Mathematics Elective
  • ME 499 or Elective
  • Seminar Series: ME 512

Spring QUARTER

  • One or more of ME 420, 421, 422, 427, 428, 429
  • Elective
  • ME 499 or Elective
  • ME 499
  • Seminar Series: ME 512

Many students elect to cover the MS program in fluid dynamics over four to six quarters instead of three quarters. Students with research assistantships typically take two courses per quarter. Excluding ME 499, a minimum of five courses must be 400-level, and a minimum of five courses must be ME courses.

At least two electives should be in mathematics. For students who have not had mathematics beyond undergraduate differential equations, ESAM 311-1,2 is suggested. Other appropriate mathematics electives are:

  • ESAM 311: 1,2,3 Methods in Applied Mathematics
  • ESAM 411: 1,2,3 Differential Equations of Mathematical Physics
  • ESAM 420: 1,2,3 Asymptotic & Perturbation Method in Appl. Math.
  • ESAM 446: 1,2,3 Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Eqns.

Additional Suggested Courses

  • ME 420: Micro- and Nanoscale Fluid Dynamics
  • ME 421: Design and Analysis of Microfluidic Systems
  • ME 422: Statistical Mechanics for Applications
  • ME 423, 424: Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • ME 425: * Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics (* If ME425 is not offered, students may enroll in ChE 424-1.)
  • ME 427: Viscous Fluid Dynamics
  • ME 428: Compressible and Inviscid Fluid Dynamics
  • ME 429: Turbulent Flows
  • ME 432: Optimization Methods in Science and Engineering
  • ME 434: Random Data and Spectral Analysis
  • ME 379, 478: Combustion
  • ME 489: Selected Topics in Cellular-Level Transport
  • ChBE 404: Advanced Thermodynamics
  • ChBE 424-1,2: Transport Phenomena
  • CEE 356: Transport Processes in Porous Media
  • CEE 455: Computational Methods in Subsurface Hydrology
  • ESAM 322: Applied Dynamical Systems
  • ESAM 346: Modeling and Computation in Science & Engineering
  • ESAM 424-1,2: Mathematical Topics in Combustion
  • ESAM 426, 427: Flows with Small Inertia and Small Viscosity
  • ESAM 429-1,2: Hydrodynamic Stability
  • ESAM 430-1,2,3: Wave Propagation

Contact

Please see your graduate adviser to discuss your program of study. New graduate students without an adviser should see Professor Neelesh A. Patankar to discuss their initial course of study.