Mechanical and Environmental Engineering

Eckart Meiburg


Eckart Meiburg's research interests lie in the general area of fluid dynamics and transport phenomena. He primarily employs the tools of computational fluid dynamics (CFD)—in particular highly-resolved direct numerical simulations—in order to obtain insight into the physical mechanisms that govern the spatio-temporal evolution of a wide variety of flow fields. Occasionally, he extends his analyses to address issues of linear stability as well. One application of his research is the multiphysics modeling of complex fluid flows as it relates to fluid transport of energy in building systems. Additional interests are focused on particle and droplet laden flows, free shear flows with and without swirl, gravity currents, fluid transport in porous media, and miscible fluid flows with steep concentration gradients.


Center for Energy Efficient Design, Member


After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University, he spent three years as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Applied Mathematics at Brown University. In 1990, he moved to the University of Southern California as an Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering. He joined UC Santa Barbara in 2000, where he currently serves as a Professor of Mechanical and Environmental Engineering. Meiburg has held a number of visiting appointments at several foreign institutes, including the Institute for Fluid Dynamics at ETH Zurich in Switzerland; the Ecole Superieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles in Paris, France; the Max-Planck Institute in Goettingen, Germany; and the University of Western Australia in Perth.


2005 Gledden Senior Fellowship
2005 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Senior Research Award
2001, 2004 Gallery of Fluid Motion, Flow Visualization Award, APS
1990 NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award
2005 American Physical Society Fellow
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Member
2013 American Society of Mechanical Engineers Member


PhD: Mechanical Engineering, University of Karlsruhe (1985)

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