Faculty Directory
Stephen Davis

Walter P. Murphy Professor of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics and (by courtesy) Mechanical Engineering


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech M440
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-491-5397Email Stephen Davis


Research Projects


Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics

Mechanical Engineering


Ph.D. Mathematics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

M.S. Mathematics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

B.E.E. Electrical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

Research Interests

Theoretical fluid mechanics; hydrodynamic stability and interfacial phenomena; material science; thin films and crystal growth; asymptotic and variational methods

Significant Recognition

  • National Academy Of Engineering
  • National Academy of Sciences
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • ISI Highly Cited Researcher
  • G.I. Taylor Medal, Society Of Engineering Science 2001
  • Fluid Dynamics Prize, American Physical Society 1994

Selected Publications

  • Davis, Stephen H.; Tavakoli, Faryar; Kavehpour, H. Pirouz, “Freezing of supercooled water drops on cold solid substrates: initiation and mechanism”, Journal of Coatings Technology Research, (2015)
  • Davis, Stephen H.; Stewart, Peter S.; Grzybowski, Bartosz A.; Hermans, Thomas M.; Bishop, Kyle J. M., “Vortex flows impart chirality-specific lift forces”, Nature Communications, (2015)
  • Davis, S.H.; Miksis, M.J.; Salac, D.; Vogl, C.J., “The effect of glass-forming sugars on vesicle morphology and water distribution during drying”, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, (2014)
  • Davis, Stephen H.; Tavakoli, F.; Kavehpour, H.P., “Spreading and arrest of a molten liquid on cold substrates”, Langmuir, (2014)
  • Kirkinis, Eleftherios; Davis, Stephen H., “Moffatt vortices induced by the motion of a contact line”, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, (2014)
  • Stewart, Peter S.; Davis, Stephen H.; Hilgenfeldt, Sascha, “Viscous Rayleigh-Taylor instability in aqueous foams”, Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, (2013)
  • Voorhees, Peter W.; Davis, Stephen H.; Muralidharan, Srevatsan, “Nonaxisymmetric droplet unpinning in vapor-liquid-solid-grown nanowires”, Journal of Applied Physics, (2013)
  • Davis, Stephen H.; Davis, Michael J., “Droplet spreading: Theory and experiments”, Comptes Rendus Physique, (2013)